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End of Life

Certainty

Martha Hayward | Posted 06.05.2013 | Fifty
Martha Hayward

The one holdout is death. Still today, in 2013, we do not prepare ourselves and our families for the one thing we will all face -- dying. Yet even though life expectancy has grown over the recent years, we are all experiencing the deaths of more family members than ever in history.

How to Ensure Your Pets are Cared for After You're Gone

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.26.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Pet trusts have become more and more popular over the years as senior pet owners are looking for ways to ensure their pets will be well cared for when they're no longer able to do the caring. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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 ...

Amour, Death, Song

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Roger S. Gottlieb

What makes aging and death tolerable? Perhaps nothing. Perhaps we must all, as Dylan Thomas put it, "rage against the dying of the light." And really there is nothing wrong with such a response.

"Cheap Funeral and Good Party": An Amazing Final Gift

Tom Gerdy | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Tom Gerdy

Although we still had some hope, we knew the end was getting close as she penned her final messages to us. The first was "Go get beer and pizza on me." The second was "I was lucky to have all of you." As we got ready to leave the hospital, my mother gave us her last gift.

Hospice: End-of-Life Conversations When the End Is in Sight

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

In this post, I'd like to explore the necessity, challenges and goals of having end-of-life conversations once the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition is confirmed.

Jaweed Kaleem

The Growth Of 'Death Cafes'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion

A few dozen Ohioans will meet Wednesday evening in a community room at a Panera Bread outside of Columbus for tea, cake and conversation over an unusu...

9 Things To Remember When You're A Caregiver

Stacey Gordon | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

Although I knew that meeting Ann again was significant in some sort of cosmic sense, I was unaware of how deeply she would again touch me and forever leave her mark on me and on my work.

The #1 Conversation To Have With Aging Parents

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty
Tara Sophia Mohr

We know that if there is one thing that everybody in this wide, diverse and sometimes contentious world shares, it's their mortality. That is something that all of us will go through with the people we love and then ultimately with ourselves.

Tackling End of Life Issues

Deborah Stambler | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Stambler

A friend of mine recently asked if I would be literary executor of his estate. He's 81, in great health and a fine poet with a couple of books published. I know it's not common to talk about death over coffee, but I was glad we got over the weirdness and could talk about everything.

The New Year's Talk Every Family Needs to Have

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We tend to think that medical decision making discussions are primarily for the elderly or for those with cancer. Yes, they need to plan, but this blog is directed at the rest of you who have completely ignored this issue.

The Slow Death of Dementia

Terry Newell | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Terry Newell

I lost my mother about eight months ago, but she will be 99 in early February. This is the result of dementia. The woman she was is gone. The mother I knew can be reached neither by her conscious awareness nor by all my wishing that I could penetrate her darkening mind.

What Doctors Need to Learn About Death and Dying

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Healing takes place not when death is forestalled, but when life is embraced and affirmed in its entirety, from beginning to end. When doctors can fully understand the nature of death and dying, they will become the true healers that are desperately needed in this world.

Pro-Choice to the End: Taking More Control of Your Final Days

Steve Heilig | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Even if your state does not (yet) have a POLST option, consider documenting your preferences using other forms, like a living will, durable power of attorney for health care, and the like.

How to Save Money by Donating Your Body to Science

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.24.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

With little money to spare, I'm looking for a cheap way to die and have heard that donating my body to science is free, not to mention it benefits medical research. What can you tell me about body donations?

Having an End-of-Life Conversation in the Midst of Life Part 2: Sit Down, Take Action

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

You have introduced the idea of having a family conversation, or a series of conversations, about end-of-life wishes and goals. Mom and Dad are on board, the adult children want to know more, and everyone is ready to take the next steps to ensure wishes are followed. Now what?

What Does It Feel Like To Tell Someone How Long They Have Left To Live?

Quora | Posted 01.19.2013 | Health News
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Andrew Young Shin, Pediatric Cardiologist It doesn't change my focus or delivery of care. Thi...

What Does 'Giving Thanks' Really Mean?

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Between my scientist and my cousin Donald I realized what "giving thanks" really means. It means looking in someone's eyes until you can see their vibrant colors beneath the chlorophyll, beneath the mask or the bravado or the prickly personality.

Why I Wish I'd Had An 'End Of Life' Conversation With My Sister

Patricia Patton | Posted 01.17.2013 | Fifty
Patricia Patton

It is the family's selfishness that insists that the doctors 'do whatever is possible' to keep my sister in this realm. One faction believes that whatever happens is God's will. There are others who feel my sister is gone and it is time to pull the plug. The confusion exists because we, the family, do know my sister's wishes.

How to Write a Eulogy... for Yourself

The Chopra Well | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
The Chopra Well

"Contemplating one's own death is a spiritual practice. It can certainly be the focal point of any meditation or journal writing. A Buddhist would say that we should examine it with every breath."

Hospice: Having an End-of-Life Conversation in the Midst of Life, Part 1

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

An end-of-life discussion is not a conversation likely to arise spontaneously on its own. Whether you are an aging parent or a concerned adult child, you must make the first move. Seize any opportunity to begin the conversation.

How to Write Your Own Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.07.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If you have a simple, straightforward estate and an uncomplicated family situation, writing your own will -- with the help of a good do-it-yourself guide -- is a viable alternative to hiring an attorney.

Nothing You Can Say Will Make Them Feel Better

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We seem to think that we need to have the answers for people's pain and sadness. We don't. What we need to have is the ability to sit with someone and not say anything. Nothing you can say will make them feel better.

Finding Maria: Spiritual Care and Alzheimer's Disease

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Maria fulfilled a profound purpose in those last few months of her life; she taught me the soul cannot be diminished by any illness or injury that damages the physical body.

When the End Is Near, What Really Matters?

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I felt as if ordering hospice care for Ed would be tantamount to signing his death warrant.