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Advance Care Planning

3 Reasons to Do Advance Care Planning on National Health Care Decisions Day

Brad Stulberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

While at face value these issues may seem hard to talk about, once you get started, you'll likely find yourself engaged in an intimate conversation with people you really care about, something precious in of itself that is not too common in today's world.

Advance Care Planning Affects the Smallest and Biggest Decisions

Mary F. Mulcahy | Posted 02.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary F. Mulcahy

The barriers to effective advance care planning are numerous. It is imperative that we, as patients, health care providers and members of society, overcome these barriers and remain active in pursuing our personal values and goals.

When Your Loved Ones Hold Your Life in Their Hands

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 06.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) falls conveniently every April 16 so you can deal with the difficult matters of death and taxes all in one week. NHDD is one day when we're asked to put our own discomfort aside and think about the loved ones we leave behind.

Sibling Rivalry And The Death Of A Parent

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

This sense of one sibling being favored over another often comes to the fore in its ugliest form when a parent is dying, and there are adult children, and there have been no communications by the parents about their wishes.

Reflections On Jack Kevorkian: Who Owns Death?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 08.04.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

There's something about assisted dying that still makes a lot of people squirm. With Dr. Kevorkian's death, I think it's time for us to take that bogeyman out of the closet.

Death and Taxes: National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

On the 15th you fill out your 1040 Form for your Uncle Sam, and the next day you fill out an advance care directive to make the future easier for the rest of your family.

Talking About Death: We All Want To, We Just Don't Know How

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

For heaven's sake (if you believe in heaven, and even if you don't), do talk to your loved ones about dying. Whisper about it if you have to. It can't hear you. Need help? Here are three easy steps to get you started.

Yearning for Freedom and Control at Life's End

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

A person's last days may still be off in the distant horizon, but the yearning for a death that honors the life and the determination to remain a free person is palpable when thoughts turn to life's end.

'Death Panels' And Patients' Choice: How Should We Talk About Dying?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

We need to separate the idea of advance care planning -- which is all about our own choice -- from the horned devil known as government-rationed care -- which is about someone else's choice for us.

Pro-Life Republican Behind So-Called "Death Panels"

Facing South | Sue Sturgis on August 10, 2009 2:11 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

[T]here is nothing resembling the alleged "death panel" in the health care reform plan. A spokesperson for Palin told ABC News that the former governo...