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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.

Between Life and Death: Deepening the Love Groove

Susan Fauman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Fauman

A few weeks ago, a dear teacher friend of mine died after having been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer just a few weeks before. He had been ill for quite...

How to Care at the Beginning and End of Life: Lessons on Laboring, Loving and Leaving

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

The more time I've spent in the company of pregnant women and their partners, studying ethnographies of midwives, and hearing freshly trained doctors' accounts of delivery clinics in various parts of the world, the more I've come to understand that our collective birth narrative is by no means a universal one.

How to Tell When a Household Member Is Impeding Your Loved One's Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

"Our interventions are often for a limited time, so it ultimately falls on the family to make sure the home environment is working. We're always happy and relieved when a family reaches out to us and asks how they can help."

The Problem With Beginnings and Endings

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

She is living in moments of her life that are over, moments where sometimes her children and grandchildren don't even exist. Then every now and again, she is jarred into the present. I would like to think she has points of clarity when she knows that the way her life played out was good.

Is There Such a Thing as Death Etiquette?

Lisa Guest | Posted 05.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lisa Guest

My mother used to say, "All my favorite people have already died." She doesn't say it much anymore because she knows that it is a phrase that disturbe...

How Sheryl Sandberg Is Teaching Us a Valuable Lesson in Grief

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

My heart sank as I heard of Sheryl Sandberg's unexpected and unspeakable loss. I just couldn't believe what I was reading online. My heart went out to...

5 Things a Health Care Provider Should Not Say to a Widow

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Many of the widows sought medical attention from a general health care provider for a plethora of reasons. While some providers are adept and highly sensitive, others clearly lack some appropriate bedside manners.

What's Funny About Dying?

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Many dying patients cling to a zest for life and a sense of humor that endear them to hospice workers.

The Long Goodbye

Tom Hahn | Posted 05.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Hahn

When the day arrives, the day you dreaded, the day you know that you put so far into the back of your mind, it had no possibility of ever coming tru...

Life Is Not a Premortality Condition, and Death Is Not Treatment Failure

Allen Frances | Posted 06.21.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

When you look hard and long enough for an abnormal lab test value, eventually you will find it -- too often a meaningless false-positive outlier that, left alone, would have no impact on your life. The unnecessary testing and treatments triggered by incidental findings carry substantial harms and risks. In your effort to achieve a perfectly healthy body, you wind up hurting your health.

Hospice - A Celebration of Life at the French Embassy

Connie Lawn | Posted 06.12.2015 | DC
Connie Lawn

The Hospice Movement exists to help people in their last stages of life. People in the Hospice Movement are caring and self-sacrificing. Who knew they could also have a sense of fun?

Dying Well Means Dying At Home

Allen Frances | Posted 06.11.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

There should be a statutory, civil right to die for those whose lives are made unbearable by incurable illness. It is an inherent contradiction to be both a libertarian and simultaneously against allowing others to end their lives of pain on their own terms.

We Need to Pay Doctors to Have End-of-Life Conversations

Emily Cerciello | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Emily Cerciello

In my junior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a team of four Health Policy and Management classmates and I set out to understa...

Choosing to Fight Brain Cancer

Gretchen Miller Neuman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Miller Neuman

I understand why Christy McDonnell and Brittany Maynard are requesting relief from their suffering. But don't tell me they are more heroic than those who continue to fight. Like my Sophie.

How to Plan the Perfect Funeral

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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.