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End of Life Care

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...

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.

How Changing The Way You Think About Death Can Transform The Way You Live

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.29.2013 | Healthy Living

Woody Allen once said, "I'm not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." And the sentiment isn't uncommon. Many of us living i...

The 5 Most Controversial Decisions Alzheimer's Caregivers Will Ever Face

Marie Marley | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Late one evening, I was deeply immersed in editing the photographs I'd taken at the Cincinnati Zoo that day when I was startled by the phone ringing. I thought it was probably Ed, my Romanian life partner and soul mate. But it wasn't.

Jaweed Kaleem

Death Is On The Menu

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion

At 45, Laura Sweet has thrown plenty of dinner parties. The routine has become familiar: Pick a date, email invites, fire up a few favorite dishes, po...

Ethics of Care: Guiding the Treatment of Dementia in the 21st Century

Elijah Wolfson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Elijah Wolfson

This is a much different type of caregiving than simply making sure a patient gets her meds or does her physical rehabilitation program; working with dementia patients requires a subtle, holistic, and ethically-based approach.

This Isn't Sarah Palin's Death Panel

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Chuck Currie

Those that use this legislation to scare people about Obamacare actually end up hurting those facing the end of their lives. That is a sick form of politics certainly in need of a cure.

Death as a Conversation Starter

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Death and dying are a natural part of life's continuum. The more we as a society discuss this ubiquitous stage of life, the more educated and empowered we will be to navigate our own final days and those of our loved ones.

Dear God, Please Help My Mother Die

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 10.01.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Instead of a magical cure, I pray for an end to my mother's life. I ask God to ease her into death, and do it soon.

A New Must-Read Resource for Healthcare Consumers

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Because we are living longer, but with chronic conditions that may add decades to our lives, we need to be educated as to whether we, as individuals, want to endure whatever might arise based on the chronic nature of a diagnosis.

End of Life Is Just the Beginning

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

The cringe-inducing headlines of scandal and hyper partisan behavior greets us almost daily. Yet amid the conflict I'm encouraged about our work, designed to bring people together to solve problems, and the awareness and appreciation that surrounds it.

View From the Field: When Chronic Conditions Become Terminal

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

When Mr. Singh died in March, three generations of family members missed him terribly, but they knew they had done all they could to make sure that he died as he had lived -- at the center of his loving family.

End of Life Equality in the Childhood Cancer Community

Jonathan Agin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

So, why is there no standard of care for children in the United States in hospice situations? That is a good question.

Jaweed Kaleem

Tech Companies Take Aim At Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.13.2013 | Religion

As his parents age, David Glitzer has begun to accept that the day will come when they are no longer alive. But until recently, Glitzer wasn't sure ho...

The U.S. and France: Same End-of-Life Struggles

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We need to be educated properly so that we can ensure that our loved ones and we ourselves are cared for in the manner we want. We need to have choices in how we and those we care for are treated, particularly as we near the end of our life.

Providing End-of-Life Care to Homeless People

Christine Schanes | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Christine Schanes

My letter is a tribute to all of the people and institutions involved in assuring that Karen Lee, an unsheltered homeless person, died free of pain and indoors.

Remembering My Mother's Life-Affirming Death On Mother's Day

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 07.07.2013 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

As any woman who has lost her mother does, I think of her especially on Mother's Day. In fact, I think I will always consider Mother's Day her day, not mine. And when I think of her life, I also remember the gift of her peaceful death.

Making Time When Time Is Short, and Other Insights From a New End-of-Life-Care Nurse

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

This is National Nurses Week, and a perfect moment to highlight the special training, ability and insights that distinguish hospice nurses in truly remarkable ways.

Susan Sontag, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Care at the End of Life

Andrew Stark | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Stark

It seems as if witnessing aggressive, life-prolonging care actually makes people more likely to want it for themselves -- even with all its miseries and ultimate failure -- than they would if they hadn't witnessed it. That's a puzzle. What might be going on?

'Pulling the Plug' on My Mom

Daylle Deanna Schwartz | Posted 06.30.2013 | Women
Daylle Deanna Schwartz

It used to seem futile to me to keep someone alive when they couldn't respond and had no hope of recovery. But that someone had never been my mother.