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End of Life Care

Young Adult Cancer and the Law

Kevin Lankes | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

I didn't have a will going into my cancer diagnosis, or a power of attorney. I ended up writing a letter that I would have tried to pass off as a will had things gone awry. But simply having something in writing isn't enough.

Death With Dignity: Now Is the Time for Advanced Care Discussions

Eric Kodish, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Kodish, M.D.

End-of-life care, and the subsequent decisions that are related to it, is a sensitive subject that must be handled with compassion and respect from all involved -- from family members to medical personnel.

Catholic Hospital Systems: A Growing Threat To Access T0 Reproductive Services

John Geyman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
John Geyman

Expansion of Catholic hospital systems is accelerating around the country, partly by acquiring non-Catholic hospitals. This trend is posing an increasing threat to access to care in two major areas -- reproductive services and end-of-life care.

Giving Yourself a Basic Education About Funeral Planning Now

Judith Johnson | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

If you had to plan a funeral for a loved one tomorrow, would you know what to do and what not to do? Most of us are woefully unprepared when face...

Have You Heard You're Not Alone in Your Grief? It Isn't Really True

Megan Devine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

You alone carry the knowledge of how your grief lives in you. You alone know all the filaments of life and of love that fly through you. You alone know how deeply your life is now changed. You alone have to face this, inside your own heart.

Texas Fetal Rights Case: Delayed Justice

Ruth Macklin | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

Although this case was resolved satisfactorily -- probably not soon enough for the distraught family -- a question remains about the ethics of the Texas law.

Defining Death: Four Decades of Ambivalence

American Anthropological Association | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science
American Anthropological Association

The case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain dead at Children's Hospital Oakland on Dec. 12, is but the most recent example of a 40-year-old national perplexity and the controversy that it is capable of unleashing.

Unexpected Results From an Unexpected Resolution

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

I usually don't go for New Year's resolutions, but I'm glad we did this one. I want my voice to be heard loud and clear if there ever comes a time when my family has to make health care decisions on my behalf.

When Fetal Rights Trump Those of Patient and Family

Ruth Macklin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

The case of Marlise Munoz may ultimately be decided on legal grounds -- that is, whether the Texas statute is applicable to a dead body containing a living fetus. The ethical question, however, remains.

Are You Thinking About End-of-Life Care? You Should Be.

Hilary Young | Posted 03.16.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Having written instructions helps reduce confusion for doctors and medical professionals and also can prevent arguments among family members.

Jahi McMath and the Dangerous Language of Hope

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

Until health care providers become more skilled in helping patients and families to choose their hopes carefully, many of us will continue to receive the most aggressive treatment possible because there is still "hope," without the chance to reflect on what that word means to us.

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?

When Pro-life Goes Frankenstein: The Case of Marlise Munoz

Morgan Guyton | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Morgan Guyton

Erick and Marlise Munoz were both paramedics. They were both around life-and-death situations on a daily basis. After Marlise went through her broth...

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...

New Research Shows Wide Support for Patients' End-of-Life Rights

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

The answer is simple: "physician-assisted suicide" is a grossly inaccurate way to describe the medical practice of aid in dying, both from a medical and legal perspective.

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.

How to Create a Living Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Creating a living will is one of those things most people plan to do, but rarely get around to actually doing. Less than 30 percent of Americans currently have one. But preparing one now gives you say in how you want to be treated at the end of your life.

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...

12 Facts About American Attitudes Towards Death

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 11.21.2013 | Religion

Pew Research Center's new report, "Americans' Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatment," explores the individual preferences and choices that surround t...

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."

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...

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.

How My Dying Father Became The Zen Master Of Peacock Watching

Lisa Meritz | Posted 11.28.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

I got the call at night. My 86-year-old father Morry, a man so full of energy and life that he worked full-time until he was 76 years old, had overdosed on pain medicine. They pumped his stomach, but they couldn't tell yet whether he would live.

The Ultimate End-Of-Life Plan

Wall Street Journal | Katy Butler | Posted 09.13.2013 | Fifty

My mother died shortly before her 85th birthday, in a quiet hospital room in Connecticut. One of my brothers was down the hall, calling me in Californ...

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...