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Hospice Care

When The Time Comes, Could You Let Go And Die?

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 07.07.2016 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Letting go can be hard at any age. Most people don't want the end to come a minute earlier than it must. Also, family members are often reluctant to relinquish a loved one, even when there is suffering and no reasonable hope for recovery.

4 Things You Should Know About Hospice Care

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 06.29.2016 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Let's start thinking of hospice as a normal part of medical care. Hospice shouldn't be something to be afraid of or be considered substandard care. Instead, think of it as a way to provide continue to provide care, although different than what we traditionally may think, and a more comfortable transition during the natural progression of life.

Working from the Same Script - How Silos in Healthcare Hinder Care

Anthony Cirillo | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Anthony Cirillo

My mom just passed away at 94. She was in the hospital for two weeks. She had a small bowel obstruction. Had she not had emergency surgery, where they...

How To Avoid A Family Feud At The End Of A Loved One's Life

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 05.06.2016 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Say an elderly parent, ill for years, has never completed an advance directive. The parent may not even know what an advance directive is. Neither they nor their children ever considered a conversation about end-of-life care wishes. Then comes some disease that incapacitates them mentally.

What It's Like To Help The Dying As An End-Of-Life Doula

Debbie Slevin | Posted 04.10.2016 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

When I tell people that I am an end-of-life doula, their first question is: what is that? The second question is why? I tell them: I do it because I can. I can 'do' death. The dying process does not frighten me. It might when it is my turn to look death in the eye -- but for now -- I am unafraid.

End-of-Life Care: Serving Those Who Served Our Country

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Doing something physical on a regular basis will increase your lung capacity, increase your sensations, and generally increase your emotional competence, especially if you pair it correctly with breath work.

Death Will Not Escape Us

Marion Leary | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Marion Leary

Death will not escape us, any of us. Though it seems that death has a fond proclivity for me, it has followed me throughout my life thus far. Case-in-point, I started writing this from a room in a hospice center, watching as my father-in-law took some of what were his last breaths.

How To Tell Someone They're Dying

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 02.18.2016 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Often a neutral outsider such as a member of a palliative care or hospice team can encourage and facilitate difficult conversation by offering guidance through what can be a frightening process. Even when the news is bad, overwhelmed patients and families often feel relief and gratitude.

Choosing a Hospice Care Program

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.15.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any information on hospice care, how to choose a good provider, and whether Medicare covers it? My grandmother has t...

Hospice Is Allowing My Father-In-Law To Die With Dignity

Barbara Hammond | Posted 01.29.2016 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

Hospice. How do you envision it? It has become more common, it seems. Or maybe it only seems that way because we are becoming the caregivers for our elderly parents. My father-in-law is in hospice care and, in a way, I feel better about his situation knowing that he'll be allowed to die with dignity.

The Truth About Hospice Care

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 12.27.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Despite continuing advances in pain and symptom management, many Americans still die in pain. Patients in hospitals often report moderate to severe pain before dying, while patients receiving hospice care typically report excellent pain and symptom management.

Increasing Hospice Use Among Hispanics and Latinos: 'Walk With You Every Stage of This Journey'

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Hospice's palliative care model is increasingly recognized for bringing quality of life to end of life, yet Hispanics in America typically underuse it. Recent statistics show that about seven percent of hospice users in 2014 were Hispanic, while Hispanics make up 17 percent of the U.S. population, according to census figures.

My Journey With Hospice Care

Connie Lawn | Posted 11.18.2015 | DC
Connie Lawn

I have had a fantastic, exciting, and fulfilling life, and I hope it can continue. But at the age of 71 I now have something the doctors call Parkinso...

How To Remain Hopeful At The End Of Your Life

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 11.16.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

People approach the loss of a life in different ways. Many never consider that they can choose an attitude toward dying. For patients and caregivers alike, deciding on an attitude to deal with difficult times can actually ease the suffering that so often surrounds the dying process.

Vivid End-Of-Life Dreams May Help Comfort People Facing Death

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science

Barry, an 88-year-old patient in a hospice in upstate New York, had an extremely vivid dream one night in which he was driving somewhere unknown. Whil...

How To Live This Year As If It Were Your Last

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.11.2015 | Healthy Living

Sophia is a project to collect life lessons from fascinating people. Subscribe to get our updates directly via Facebook or email, or share your own wi...

This Is How You Feed A Dying Person

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 09.10.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

My mother likes to say that all children need at least one person in their life who thinks that they are absolutely wonderful and can do no wrong. My grandma Daisy, my father's mother, was that person for me.

Revolutionizing Hospice Care With A Mindful Approach To Death

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.20.2015 | Media

NY Times: The Art Of Dying Well In the latest New York Times "Fixes" column, Courtney E. Martin spotlights the Zen Hospice Project, a San Francisco no...

The Business Of Dying Has Never Been More Lucrative

The Huffington Post | Ben Hallman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business

Some of the most financially successful health care providers are those whose patients usually die. For-profit hospices saw profit margins exceed 15 p...

How To Have Difficult Conversations About Hospice Care

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.23.2015 | Fifty

On the heels of Medicare's recent announcement of plans to start paying doctors to give patients counseling about end-of-life care, HuffPost Live want...

When Cure Is Not an Option

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

"Has anybody asked the patient?" Jessica Nutik Zitter raised her hand to pose that question some years ago, at a "Morbidity and Mortality" conference...

Why Forgiveness Is The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 06.30.2016 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

As Jack's mother grew weaker, another little hospice miracle unfolded: it seemed that the weaker Jack's mother became, the sweeter she became. She stopped cursing her son and began to melt the ice she had packed around her heart.

Social Model Hospice Homes May Revolutionize End-of-Life Care in the U.S.

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

The "social model" hospice home, an uncommon prototype for hospice care, may have great promise for resolving some future end-of-life issues in the U....

Between Life and Death: Deepening the Love Groove

Susan Fauman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Susan Fauman

A few weeks ago, a dear teacher friend of mine died after having been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer just a few weeks before. He had been ill for quite...

How to Care at the Beginning and End of Life: Lessons on Laboring, Loving and Leaving

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

The more time I've spent in the company of pregnant women and their partners, studying ethnographies of midwives, and hearing freshly trained doctors' accounts of delivery clinics in various parts of the world, the more I've come to understand that our collective birth narrative is by no means a universal one.