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Hospice: My Journey Continues

Connie Lawn | Posted 02.10.2016 | DC
Connie Lawn

"Make the Most of Every Moment." That is the slogan printed on a blue rubber wrist band given to me by my new friends at Capital Caring Hospice. I pro...

Pre-Death Dreams: Their Psychological and Spiritual Value

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Simply asking a few questions about sleep and dreams can open up a wealth of deeply meaningful images, feelings, and memories that help the individual anticipate and prepare for the end of life.

Repeat After Me: 'Hospice Means More Care, Not Less.'

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

It is a practical and tangible way to help people continue to live at home and in the community, to live life to its fullest with dignity and comfort, to live more connected to family, friends, and faith, to live more reflective on one's history and more intentionally about one's legacy.

What The Dreams Of The Dying Reveal About The Human Spirit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion

Dr. Christopher Kerr was 12 years old when his father died. In the man's final moments of life, Kerr said in a recent TEDx talk, his father re...

Gratitude for Dr. Oliver Sacks' Insights at the End of Life

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Dr. Sacks has certainly deepened our conversation and sharpened our insights about how to face the end of life with dignity, clarity and intentionality. His essays, originally published in the New York Times, drew millions of readers, and Gratitude has been on the best-seller list since it was published late last year.

When Your Loved One Is Ready for Hospice Care - and You Aren't

Marie Marley | Posted 01.30.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Many painful emotional issues face family members and friends when a loved one becomes terminally ill. These include communicating the diagnosis to others; handling the physical and emotional exhaustion of intensive caregiving; and deciding when or whether to engage hospice care services.

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.

Study Counters Huge Stereotype About How Americans Die

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

The U.S. has a reputation for treating terminal illness too aggressively -- throwing all kinds of intensive, painful, but ultimately futile treatment...

Building a Business While Caring for an Alzheimer's Patient

David A. Pride | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
David A. Pride

I've also realized that life and death are unpredictable -- that every day the sun rises is a chance to make someone feel loved -- and that I'm thankful for a mother who constantly told me to pursue my dreams and be the man she believed I would be.

The Day Angie Earned Her Stripes: A Christmas Eve Tale of Love, Loss and Rescue

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 12.28.2015 | Books
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

The little dog with the satellite ears came to us from Los Angeles County's Lancaster Shelter. From the minute she placed her paws with the pink painted nails on the shelter bars and grabbed my finger, we knew we'd be taking her home.

Navigating the Holiday Season After a Loved One's Death

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Here are a few strategies that our counselors recommend for anyone looking for a little guidance in how to manage grief this holiday season:

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.

The Bright Side of Death

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 12.22.2015 | Fifty
Sybil Adelman Sage

"There are no online reviews for hospices," I said to my 79-year-old brother shortly after he announced he was stopping dialysis. Though we knew his decision made this the first day of the rest of his life, we both laughed.

Palliative Care and Universal Health Coverage

Pamela Glasner | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a target of the Global Goal for Health. All people should have access to good quality, comprehensive health services without being exposed to financial hardship.

Dr. Feelgood

Brenda Keesal | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Brenda Keesal

One day, and whether I like it or not, I won't have a choice. Neither will you, your best friend or worst enemy. If we could invest in the inevitability, we'd all be rich. The problem is; dying isn't sexy and it doesn't sell, while fear, denial and escapism is the defining hustle of our time.

Dear Baby Boomers, Plan Ahead to Age at Home

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Good health behavior, good medical care, good genes, and good luck may keep you healthier longer, but eventually Father Time catches up. Here are four suggestions for planning ahead:

10 Ways To Live Life With No Regrets

Grace Bluerock | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Grace Bluerock

This impactful experience became a huge motivator for me to start living as if any day could be my last. We never know how long we will live, so we must make conscious choices each day to live fully and make the most out of each experience we have. Here are ten ways to start living life with no regrets.

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.