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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.

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.

Quality of Death Survey Offers Hope in Unexpected Places

Eric J. Hall | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Palliative care for people at the end of life is meant to ease their physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. However, in many parts of the world, especially in poorer economies, it is still unknown.

Julianna Snow: Can a 5-Year-Old Choose Heaven?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

Perhaps the most vivid aspect of Julianna's story is not that this is a 5-year-old who wants to go to heaven. No, what really struck me as most impressive about her story -- and most unique -- is that she has a team of physicians and family members who are helping her to make the right decision.

A Bereaved Mother On The Right To Die Bill

Aida Salazar | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Aida Salazar

We took our baby girl home from the hospital soon after we took her off life support. We signed "Do Not Resuscitate" documents and we were assigned hospice care especially for children. It took 21 days. With each cavernous minute, I prayed for death to be swift.

Moments of Life Campaign Shatters Common Misperceptions About Hospice Care

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Here are five of the messages conveyed by the Moments of Life campaign that shatter the most common misperceptions about hospice care:

This Is How You Listen to a Dying Person

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 10.11.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

A gentle word of caution: It is hard to imagine the total, bottom-of-the-glass exhaustion that many dying people feel as life ebbs away. The effort to turn in bed, or even lift a cup to sip water can seem impossible.

Project HOPE: Overcoming Demographic Barriers to Hospice Care

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Launched this past summer, HOPE involves a targeted outreach to medical professionals and potential hospice patients in Harlem Hospital and the surrounding community it serves.

10 Countries With The Best Care For The Dying

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion

Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore understood the desire for a peaceful death. One verse of his 1919 poem "Stray Birds" reads: "Let ...

When Death Becomes Intolerable

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

Fast death takes your breath away. Being with those who have experienced the loss of a loved one by sudden, traumatic injury, takes an immense skill set and not just a credential like FEMA 101.

Proceed With Caution, Jerry Brown

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

My purpose is rather to strike a cautionary note, to acknowledge the risks of taking this leap, and to call for a much more rigorous set of conditions to be fulfilled by the physicians assuming this weighty responsibility than I have currently seen proposed.

The Shock

Pia de Jong | Posted 09.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Pia de Jong

He finds it a challenge to guide them, as best as he can, toward the things that matter: smell, touch, food, art, love, friendship. Eleven thousand volts jolted BJ Miller to life.

Why Listening Matters Most During Times Of Loss

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living

 How I ended up working as a hospice chaplain is still a bit of a mystery to me. When I let go of my plans to attend law school after college an...

Doctors, Death and Dignity: The Semantics of 'Suicide'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Death is the enemy, and it is not. Death is simple and inevitable, and inexplicably complicated.

How My Estranged Father's Death Healed Our Narrative

Sara Bobkoff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Sara Bobkoff

Alzheimers is a disease that takes the story of your life and throws the pages of memory up in the air. Many blow away. But some land right in your hands.

What My Mother's Death Taught Me About a Dog's Death

Jessica Vogelsang | Posted 09.10.2015 | Green
Jessica Vogelsang

The more time I spend hearing families' personal stories, the more I see that each pet serves a unique purpose at a point in our lives, a task that defines their all-too-brief time on Earth. Oftentimes we don't even recognize that task until the moment has already passed.

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.

Talking About Death - When Do We Begin?

Erin Coriell | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
Erin Coriell

It is never too soon to befriend this mysterious, unpredictable life experience that we will all undergo. Many of us cheat ourselves out of fully living life by refusing to discuss death until we absolutely have to. It's impossible to experience the richness of life when we subconsciously cling to it.

There's A New Focus On End-Of-Life Care And Counseling In 40 States

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides d...

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, Huf...

I've Been There For Hundreds Of Dying People -- Here's What I've Learned

Refinery29 | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Over the past six years, I have watched hundreds of people transition from life to death ­-- sitting with them in hospice care or in the comfort of their own homes as they sometimes peacefully, sometimes painfully, drew their last breaths.

5 Myths of Hospice: The Reality of Bobbi Kristina and her Father, Bobby Brown.

David Kessler | Posted 07.08.2015 | Entertainment
David Kessler

As someone who has spent decades working in hospice care, it's hard to watch the judgements on the internet about Bobby Brown being demonized for having the audacity to work or have lunch while his daughter is in hospice.

Why Forgiveness Is The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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.

What the Dying Want You to Know About Life

Joni Edelman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Joni Edelman

Money is an illusion. You think you need so much. In the end, you don't really need any of it. Prioritize people and experiences over possession. Your body is just a vessel for your soul. Quit looking in the mirror. Quit obsessing over your wrinkles, your ass, your dress size.