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How to Plan the Perfect Funeral

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

As a hospice medical director I've been to a lot of funerals, but only one of them has been labeled "perfect" in my memory. Over the years I have made...

What Is Palliative Care, Anyway?

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Millions of Americans with a serious illness could benefit from palliative care, but many people know little about it and often confuse it with end-of-life care, or hospice.

The 2 Truths I've Learned After Working Decades In Hospice

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 03.23.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

After spending hours at the bedside of my precious Grandma Daisy, I stepped out of her room to make a brief telephone call. At that moment, Grandma Daisy died. When I began working in hospice, I witnessed similar experiences.

An Update on Advance Health Care Directives

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Drawing up the document itself is fairly simple; the more difficult part comes beforehand, including deciding what kind end-of-life care you do and don't want to receive, and who -- if anyone -- you want to empower to make decisions in your stead.

6 Things I've Learned About Life by Working With Hospice

Dawn Hafner | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact
Dawn Hafner

There is a general distaste and fear surrounding death. It's hard for many to understand why anyone would seek out experiencing that on a regular basis.

3 of the Most Difficult Situations Alzheimer's Caregivers May Ever Face

Marie Marley | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When a loved one doesn't recognize you, it's as though you no longer exist in their world. It can cause searing pain. But ultimately, this is a situation that only hurts you. It typically doesn't bother them. And that's what matters.

Nursing Job Satisfaction, Safety and Productivity

Abby Pingree | Posted 02.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Abby Pingree

I am aware that "get in and get out" is an attitude one must adopt to complete a very busy work day and still have time and energy to manage a home life. I feel this is not right. I understand that days like this occasionally occur but when this is the accepted norm it is time to re-think our nursing business model.

A Good Death

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Trisha de Borchgrave

To look up, down or behind and no longer see the shadow of a parent but only one's own, and to be the next in line to the succession of a generation...

How to Write an Ethical Will: A Love Letter to Future Generations

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

An ethical will is used to pass on personal values, beliefs, blessings, and advice to future generations. It is a way to tell stories and share your memories.

4 Powerful Lessons About Life I Learned As A Hospice Worker

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

As a Hospice volunteer, I spend every Tuesday with people who are dying. I cook their meals; hold their hands; read to them; I sing and I sit quietly. I tell them stories and I listen to theirs. I wipe their foreheads, when fever or illness makes them sweat.

The Care and Management of Mortality

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Dr. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End provides healthy doses of reality - the realities of disease, deterioration, debilitation, decline, dementia, dependence, despondency, and demise.

5 Action Steps to Improve End-of-Life Care in Your Community

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

While we may not be able to singlehandedly transform the death industry in our country, each one of us can do something in our lives and our own communities to make a difference. We just have to be creative and strongly motivated to implement change.

When Death Comes Slowly

Abby Pingree | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Abby Pingree

The aging process is not for the faint of heart. It rushes forth without our willing consent. As we age and watch our loved ones age we are reminded of our true powerlessness. Part of having a family is facing these challenges together, loving and supporting each other through the good times, challenging times and painful times.

A New Play, Looking for Parcifal, Tackles Death -- With Humor

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

If you heard that a play was about illness, death, and dying you would not be inclined to think comedy. But joining the two themes is possible.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

Shane Shifflett

Here Are The Hospices That Break The Most Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Shane Shifflett | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business

Missed appointments. Confidential records left out in the open, in shopping bags and stacked on shelves. A patient overdosed with 10 times the amoun...

Change The Course of History... For You And Your Loved Ones

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Take advantage of this new year to initiate conversations with loved ones about their end-of-life wishes -- and review your own as well.

Wellness Lessons From an Exercise Physiologist Who Beat Cancer for 57 Years

Brent Green | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
Brent Green

Whether swimming 375 miles nonstop in the frigid Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Louis for five grueling days or scaling the exterior of the tallest skyscraper in the Midwest, Mark commanded intense focus with each selected feat.

When Hospices Mistreat The Dying, They Almost Never Get Punished

Posted 12.30.2014 | Business

We almost never shut down a bad hospice in America.

Why It Can Be So Hard To Put The 'Merry' Back Into Christmas

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 02.23.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

With all this holiday festivity, it may be hard to understand how there's room for anything but Merry; yet every year I struggle with mixed emotions. As much as I want to embrace all the cheer around me, I also feel stressed by all the preparations; I miss my family and the memories of Christmases past.

Hannabelle's Special Day

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Jeanne Dennis

There are so many positive stories of people who are able to live out their final weeks and months with dignity and comfort because compassionate and highly trained hospice teams are there to provide comprehensive care, from pain management and skilled nursing to help with processing personal end-of-life goals and emotions.

What Two Sisters Have Learned From Losing Their Mother To Cancer... So Far

Alexandra Detwiler | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Alexandra Detwiler

Something that we learned early on is that people respond differently to the loss of a loved one. Some may want to openly discuss it, while others would prefer to deal with the loss internally.

Our Bodies Wear Out

Abby Pingree | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Abby Pingree

Perhaps with courage and acceptance we can make friends with our own mortality, and with acceptance we can be a peaceful presence when given the opportunity to experience the death of a loved one.

6 Steps to Rise Above Your Fear of Death

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Death represents the ultimate unknown, a territory in which we have no experience and no control. So it is natural to feel fear when we think about death and also natural to avoid those thoughts whenever possible.

"I Love My Mother. But If She Passed Away Today I Would Be Thankful"

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

I love my mother. But if she passed away today I would be thankful. That doesn't make me a heartless, horrible daughter; I only want her to be free from earthly constraints and permanent disability.