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Seeing Uncertainty As A Gift: The Best Sentence Carl Jung Ever Wrote

John Connor | Posted 07.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
John Connor

You are either asking, "Who the hell is Carl Jung, and what's the big deal on one sentence?" Or: "Who the hell do you think you are, buckeroo, to dec...

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.

FAMILY HEROES CAUSES ANIMALS WELLNESS The Most Adorable Baby Goat Love Story You Will Ever See

HooplaHa | Posted 06.29.2016 | Good News
HooplaHa

You have never seen a love story like this before! 'Don't Forget Us Pet Us'' strives to create second chances for animals that otherwise would not have one.

Help For Emotional Healing When Life Comes To A Close

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

End of life is fraught with the stuff of life, and that can include tense relationships between spouses, parents and children, siblings who may disagree on a parent's care or may harbor years of rivalries and resentments. With skill and compassion, VNSNY Hospice counselors and clinicians help foster healing communication at life's end.

When You Find Out You Only Have A Week To Live

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 06.10.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

What do you do when you are fully lucid, not in debilitating pain, confined to bed, and told by your trusted doctor that you have a week to live? You start -- in between bouts of hysteria and protestations that you don't want to die -- to say your goodbyes.

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...

My Link to Muhammad Ali Through Parkinson's

Connie Lawn | Posted 06.05.2016 | DC
Connie Lawn

My Link to Muhammad Ali Through Parkinson's, by Connie Lawn June 4, 2016 I never met Muhammad Ali, but we were linked together in an important and...

Help this amazing family provide for their adopted child

Leon Logothetis | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Leon Logothetis

"We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression." - Confucius Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult times of our lives. You ...

Hospice Nurses Teach Us to Honor Life By Honoring Death -- and Listening

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Is there a hospice care provider who has helped you or a loved one honor life by understanding and honoring the process of death? I encourage you to share your experience and continue this important conversation.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: When Your Loved One Needs Hospice Care

Marie Marley | Posted 05.21.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The need to involve hospice can be extremely difficult and even depressing. It's common to dwell on dark thoughts of impending death. Some families delay ordering hospice care because it would force them to acknowledge that the end is near and they just can't deal with that.

The 4 Best Things You Can Do When A Loved One Is Dying

Laura Dixon | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

Saying goodbye to a dying relative or friend -- what to talk about, when, and how -- doesn't come naturally to most adults. The irony: All these conversations ask of us, ultimately, is what people appreciate hearing at any time of life: words of candor, reassurance and love.

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.

Dying Should Be a Selfish Endeavor

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

The funnel point, when there is a rapid reversal of the direction of how one has lived his or her life, may look like selfishness. It may even FEEL like selfishness. But, I see it rather, as the crucial point at which one is faced with a decision of living one's own life.

Observing the Wish to Die at Home

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Sometimes it's hard to understand how such a seemingly small gesture could ever be enough, but what our hospice workers see time and time again, is the power of just that single act: holding a hand, and letting go.

From a Hospice Worker to the Sons of Mothers

John Connor | Posted 04.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
John Connor

I work as a counselor in Hospice. This is a quick request of you guys out there who have mothers who are either under Hospice care, or in a nursing home.

The Body May Weaken, But the Spirit Can Live a Full Life

Eric J. Hall | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While the body may become incapacitated, the spirit does not suffer the same handicap. It is always able to grow and discover new things.

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.

Forging Solutions Out of Challenges: Why Social Workers Are an Essential Part of Effective Home Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

The outstanding and irreplaceable support they provide -- not only to patients, but also to the nurses, therapists and home health aides that they're collaborating with -- underscores the reality that effective home care is truly team endeavor.

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.

Health Care's Undiscovered Assets

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Most Americans are not familiar with professionally trained, board certified health care chaplains who undergo intensive academic and clinical training to bring comfort and meaning to patients and their families.

The Yoga of Life and Loss

Jenine Durland | Posted 03.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Jenine Durland

I am not a scientist or a guru, and I have no other way of explaining what happened in those moments between Myla's death and me in a parking lot trying to pull my shirt off, or my friend heading straight into a tree, but I have a belief.

I Am Waiting for Someone I Love to Die

Patti Digh | Posted 03.07.2016 | Women
Patti Digh

I know that death ends a life, not a relationship. This is true for all of us who love Laurie. I will be "calling" her many times for advice in the years to come, I know. But damn it, I want her voice, her humor, her wisdom here.

Being a Hospice Nurse to My Father

Linda Scruggs | Posted 03.03.2016 | Women
Linda Scruggs

As much as it is a privilege to be a nurse and watch a baby enter this world, I consider it equally a privilege to be there to comfort someone when they leave this world. I was so lucky to have spent that time with my dad.

What the End-of-Life Movement Can Learn From the Natural Childbirth Movement

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Those of us who long for a similar breakthrough in the end-of-life movement would be wise to study this history and the "lessons learned" from decades of struggle for a humane, respectful and dignified approach to the special event of birth.