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End of Life Issues

Why Today Wouldn't Be Such A Bad Day To Die

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Jane Adams Ph.D.

All it takes is an awakening experience, a message from the deepest part of the self, to be aware that in certain moments of completion, contentment and even joy, today wouldn't be a bad day to die.

Where Are Your Papers?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.05.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Rebekah McCloud UCF Forum columnist My friend of 30 years died recently. Her husband called one Sunday in February to say she was gone. Not unde...

Death Has Become a Choice

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

The long-term tragedy is that we will continue to see cases like this. As medical technologies develop and advance, we will be able to do more to sustain life. It is imperative that we recognize what we are doing and why.

Why I Trust A Friend With The Most Important Decision Of My Life

Next Avenue | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Gross When we designate a health care proxy to speak for us in an emergency, a family member may not always be ...

How I Accidentally Wrote a Book on Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I wrote Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy as a love story. It's about the powerful 30-year relationship I had with Edward Theodoru, a delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric Romanian gentleman and scholar.

Facing Frailty at End of Life

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

My father does not want to die and I understand that. That said, I have watched as over the past three years the quality of his life has been steadily reduce to something approaching zero.

Call Them 'Compassion Panels,' Not 'Death Panels'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I think that we need to re-label the idea of these "panels" so that we are actually talking about how we need to treat people with compassion no matter what decision has to be made concerning a loved one's end of life issues.

Does God Prefer Longevity Over Quality Of Life?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

For Christians, this is one of the most important weeks of our liturgical calendar. This is the week that we should be contemplating what we never want to contemplate: death.

Talking About The Horse On The Table

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

What does God expect you to do when a loved one is clearly dying: to encourage them to let go or to plead with them to "not die"?

What's More Important To You, Quality Or Quantity Of Life?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We need to determine for ourselves what our "bottom line" is. The question becomes: When is enough, enough?

You Don't Have To Believe In Heaven To Find Life After Death

Rabbi Gary S. Fink | Posted 05.30.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Gary S. Fink

Charlie wanted life after death, but not in some far off, heavenly place. He explained that most of all, he wanted to live in the mind and heart of his grandchild.

Knowing When To Let Go And Accept Death

Andrew Kneier, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Kneier, Ph.D.

In our culture, it seems more acceptable to "rage against the dying of the light" and fight to the bitter end than to take stock of what your life has been about and to be at peace with your coming death.