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Can a dying patient be a healthy person?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home
The Conversation US

By Richard Gunderman, Indiana University and James W Lynch, University of Florida The news was bad. Mimi, a woman in her early 80s, had been undergo...

Efforts To Prolong My Husband's Life Cost Him An Easy Death

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.22.2017 | Home

For the past seven months, I’ve carried around my husband’s advance medical directive in my purse. During this time, I’ve shown this lawyer-prep...

A Great Read For a New Year

Melanie Bishop | Posted 12.31.2016 | Home
Melanie Bishop

Kerry Egan has written a book that only she could write, combining her study at Harvard Divinity School, her years of experience as a hospice chaplain...

Listening at Life's End: 'Nothing to Say, Everything to Be'

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 12.01.2016 | Home
Rosemary Baughn

Karen Asconi, a retired teacher, had just completed extensive training as a hospice volunteer, learning how to visit and comfort people at the end of ...

How To Give A Loved One Permission To Die

Eva Moon | Posted 11.08.2016 | Home
Eva Moon

We were gathered at my grandmother's home for a final visit. Coming together for this was sad but it was also more joyful than I could have imagined. We sat with her and shared stories, photos, laughter.

Scared of Dying

Galina Nemirovsky | Posted 10.29.2016 | Home
Galina Nemirovsky

My aunt who is dying of ovarian cancer chose to enter hospice today after her third trip to the emergency room in the last two weeks. The hospital sen...

How To Take Charge Of Your Own Death

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Susan R. Dolan

I met Brenda when she decided to seek hospice care. In addition to kidney failure, she had numerous ailments including painful, golf-ball-sized sores throughout her body.

Hospice Month - November 2016

Connie Lawn | Posted 10.25.2016 | DC
Connie Lawn

Hospice Month - November 2016 From Connie Lawn and Dr. Charles Sneiderman Hospice is not really about dying, it is about "Making the most of every mo...

Getting To Yes: Overcoming The Barriers To Hospice Care

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 09.26.2016 | Home
Rosemary Baughn

This benchmark reflects both the valuable benefits of hospice care, and also the progress our city and our nation are making in helping to advance quality of life at the end of life for all of our residents and their families.

Dying is hard but hospital beds are fun!

Connie Lawn | Posted 09.17.2016 | DC
Connie Lawn

Dying is hard but hospital beds are fun! From Connie Lawn September, 2016 Hello friends and family. Thanks to your love, patience, and excell...

Meeting People Where They Are -- Emotionally

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
Rosemary Baughn

For hospice to succeed in bringing quality of life to the end of life, members of our hospice team work hard to meet people where they are emotionally.

How Hospice Is Benefiting Families In Unexpected Ways

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 09.06.2016 | Home
Stephanie R. Caudle

"You're going to have to seek hospice care" are words no family or patient wants to hear when dealing with a debilitating illness. In 2012 it was repo...

The Day (Saint) Mother Teresa Gave Me Her Business Card

David Kessler | Posted 09.02.2016 | Home
David Kessler

As Mother Teresa is being declared a saint by Pope Francis, I remember our meeting in the last year of her life. In 1996, I was visiting India and one evening after viewing the Taj Mahal in Agra, I met a priest in the hotel bar. Really. He was on his way to Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying Destitute. When I mentioned my lifelong work with the dying, he asked if I wanted to join him.

Dying at 37: What Courage Sounds Like

Melanie Bishop | Posted 08.29.2016 | Home
Melanie Bishop

In his short lifetime, Paul Kalanithi earned a BA and an MA in English literature from Stanford; an MPhil in history and philosophy of science and medicine from Cambridge; and an MD from Yale School of Medicine. At Stanford, he was finishing up his residency in neurosurgery and neuroscience, when he learned he was dying. He was 36.

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

John Connor | Posted 07.22.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.