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Five Wishes

One Of The Greatest Gifts You Could Ever Give Your Family

Aileen Clancy Ruess | Posted 11.20.2014 | Fifty
Aileen Clancy Ruess

It was heart wrenching to receive a phone call from a friend who had to stand between her two brothers in the hospital waiting room last night. Her two brothers were ready to fight outside of the Intensive Care Unit where their mother lay on a ventilator. For three days my friend's family gathered as they heard the news of her weakening condition.

Tips for Talking With Your Loved Ones About the End of Life

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

How do we go about engaging in these very important conversations when we meet resistance from those we most need to listen and talk with us? Here are some suggestions for "talking the talk" and breaking through that resistance.

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...

When Wishes Are Fishes

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 06.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

How do we get doctors to honor our wishes at the end of life? Most recommend preparing an advance directive, and I'm no exception. These documents are not infallible, but they are the best things we've got going for us when we can't speak for ourselves.

End of Life Counseling? Had That in My Twenties

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Early in my service I was told, "When a jet crashes, often the boots are all we can find." Such was my not-so-subtle introduction to the need for end of life planning.