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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 04.26.2017 | 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 04.21.2017 | 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 04.20.2017 | 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 04.19.2017 | 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 04.11.2017 | 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 03.29.2017 | 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 03.22.2017 | 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 03.12.2017 | 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 03.11.2017 | 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 03.08.2017 | 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 03.04.2017 | 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 03.03.2017 | 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.

Welcoming Everything You Experience: A Path of Joy, Compassion, and Service

Jay Michaelson | Posted 03.02.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Jay Michaelson

Rabbi Jay Michaelson, author of the new book The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path, and Zen teacher Koshin Paley Ellison, co-director of t...

The Courage to Be Mortal: Transform Terror into Commitment, and Entitlement Into Hope

Patti Digh | Posted 02.24.2017 | Women
Patti Digh

(Photo by Lynne Gillis) I asked my friend, Laurie Foley, to speak on the topic, "The Courage to Be Mortal," at the first Camp I hosted in 2013, thirt...

Death Will Not Escape Us

Marion Leary | Posted 02.23.2017 | Impact
Marion Leary

Death will not escape us, any of us. Though it seems that death has a fond proclivity for me, it has followed me throughout my life thus far. Case-in-point, I started writing this from a room in a hospice center, watching as my father-in-law took some of what were his last breaths.

My Transgender Life: Many Little Deaths

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.18.2017 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

As a transgender woman, I have morphed my outer shell more than once. No matter how many times I may have felt down, or sad or unhappy, I learned and accepted that each time, it would lead me to change something; another life; a new skin; a rejuvenated body.

How To Tell Someone They're Dying

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 02.18.2017 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Often a neutral outsider such as a member of a palliative care or hospice team can encourage and facilitate difficult conversation by offering guidance through what can be a frightening process. Even when the news is bad, overwhelmed patients and families often feel relief and gratitude.

Choosing a Hospice Care Program

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.15.2017 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any information on hospice care, how to choose a good provider, and whether Medicare covers it? My grandmother has t...

Hospice: My Journey Continues

Connie Lawn | Posted 02.09.2017 | 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 02.08.2017 | 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 02.08.2017 | 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 reached ou...