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End of Life

Vegetative States and PET Scans: Is More Information Better?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 04.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

One typically thinks of advances in medical science and technology as having unalloyed benefits. The ability to cure illness, the mitigation of pain a...

I Wrote My Will at 26

Kevin Lankes | Posted 03.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

My family had given me so much, and I didn't want to leave them without giving them something in return. But the only thing of real value I could give away were the emotions I felt for the people who would read my letter after I was gone. I would leave them with a message of undying love.

In the Cause(s) of Justice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Aggressive plans to legalize death with dignity are underway in several other states. Most supporters -- this writer included -- believe it will only take a few more until the movement for compassion, autonomy and justice at life's end becomes a right to everyone in the U.S.

Hospice: A Higher Calling

Brent Green | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Brent Green

Congress honored palliative care for terminally ill patients at the behest of American citizens, thus enabling Medicare and Medicaid funding. The higher, humanistic calling of hospice must not be regulated or prosecuted out of existence.

7 Tender and Magnificent Lessons That Death Can Teach Us

Judith Johnson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

When all is said and done in our lives, most of us find that our greatest treasures were tender and heartfelt moments shared with others. So remember that as you journey through your life.

What You Should Know About Your Parents' Affairs

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

My pastor recently suggested that I get informed on my elderly parents' financial situation and end-of-life plans so I can be better prepared when something happens to them. What's the best way to handle this and what all do I need to find out?

Jaweed Kaleem

Kicking Off New Year With Death Over Dinner

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

On the evening of Jan. 7, Rosemary Lloyd, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who lives outside Boston, will host one of the most unusual dinner...

'Getting Old Sucks!'

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Jim Taylor

My father has only been truly old, as defined by his health and functioning, for perhaps five years, yet he was young and vigorous for decades before that. It takes time for perception to catch up with reality, but I'm not sure it ever does.

A Family's Struggle: Dealing With End of Life

Nancy Brown | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Advanced illness is unfortunately an aspect of life. While our culture no longer whispers the name of serious conditions such as cancer, we far too often go silent on the subject of dealing with a disease that is likely to take the life of someone we love.

End-Of-Life Decisions Rooted In Faith, Family --And Mistrust For Blacks, Hispanics

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (RNS) “A higher power will deliver me.” “If Jesus suffered, I’m going to suffer.” “I have a daughter, why would I need an...

Death and Dying: Personal Goals at End of Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

This study is evidence of what can go wrong when doctors, patients and families fail to have frank and open communication about end-of-life care. It is also, in the clarion call of its conclusion, "a first step toward refocusing care on treatments that are more likely to benefit patients."

The Death Of Thanksgiving

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Dr. Candi K. Cann

That recipe was a symbol of love, and selflessness, all wrapped up in bacon.

5 Keys To Finding Meaning Later In Life

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

These five suggestions represent a place to begin as you contemplate the meaning of your own existence. But remember that life is a journey with many detours and distractions along the way.

A Case for Watching Time of Death

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We don't always have the luxury of being able to manage our death, but there are options other than aggressive treatment that may be more appropriate for us -- depending on whether quality of life or quantity of life is more important to us.

Don't Be Afraid to Touch Death

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

How sad to live in a lie at the end of one's life. How sad to risk regrets, not realizing the blessings that come with the alternative -- a depth of intimacy that we may never have experienced before and that will never be available again.

Jaweed Kaleem

New TV Series Shows The Lives And Deaths Of The Terminally Ill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.01.2013 | Religion

At 12:26 a.m. on July 13, Nicolle Kissee, a 19-year-old with stage 4 melanoma, took her last breath in a hospital bed in Southern California. Her mout...

How to Find Affordable Cremation Services

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Roughly 40 percent of Americans now choose cremation, up from 27 percent just a decade ago. Here are some tips for locating low-cost services.

5 Ways to Connect With a Dying Loved One

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The simplest -- and, at the same time, the most difficult -- way to connect at the bedside of a dying loved one is to just be. Let your thoughts land softly, or alternatively, take flight.

Continuing to Learn What's Important

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I learned so much from him in my early years as a chaplain, and I was privileged to learn from him, yet again, almost 15 years later, as we talked about his dying.

The Legacy Letters: A Must-Read Book of Wisdom for Life

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

As we read letter after letter we are allowed to see more and more clearly into the heart and soul of this man, whose approaching death is revealing to him, with more and more clarity, the beauty and preciousness of life.

The End of Life

Tom Deegan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Deegan

Death panels and Dr. Kevorkian suck the oxygen out of end of life discussions. In a way, framing death and dying in sweeping abstractions like "right to die" and "rationing life" is an easy way to avoid the subject. But bad end-of-life decisions plague the hospital setting.

Do You Have 'The Little Blue Book' in Your House?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

If you are wondering what I'm talking about, it is for you that I am writing this blog! Here's the bottom line: We were all born one moment of one day...

Funeral Pre-Planning: Your Final Act of Love

Nancy Cronk | Posted 11.10.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Cronk

Have we done what we need to do to protect the people closest to us who will be left behind? Are our spouses, our children, or are partners prepared to make important decisions on our behalf, and have we given them clear instructions for doing so? I

Death and Dying: Living and Dying in 140 Characters

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

In Simon's case, the grace, respect and love with which he portrayed his mother transcends technology. It is his words, and the sentiments behind them, that resound in our hearts. He is writing a love poem to his mother, and power to any poem that has a readership of 1.2 million.

You Can Take It With You But Might Not Want To

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Surprisingly, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying is not a depressing book. It illuminates ways in which even during the final stage of life, there can be redemption and acceptance through the expression and openhearted exchange of honesty and gratitude.