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6 Steps to Rise Above Your Fear of Death

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Death represents the ultimate unknown, a territory in which we have no experience and no control. So it is natural to feel fear when we think about death and also natural to avoid those thoughts whenever possible.

"I Love My Mother. But If She Passed Away Today I Would Be Thankful"

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 10.23.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

I love my mother. But if she passed away today I would be thankful. That doesn't make me a heartless, horrible daughter; I only want her to be free from earthly constraints and permanent disability.

A Tale of Two Deaths: The Paradigm Shift of the '15 Minute Test'

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

An excellent death as the capstone to a life well lived requires some forethought and planning. But what if a patient is unresponsive and has not previously expressed or documented his/her wishes? The "15-Minute Test" is a helpful guide for those who have to make end-of-life decisions on behalf of their loved ones.

Letting Someone You Love Die: The Irony Behind a Living Will

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

In the end, living wills are a gift -- to yourself and to your family. Because even though I wanted more than anything to leave my mother on life support, I knew that by taking her off of it, I was supporting her vision of life, and helping her control how she died.

Americans Don't Plan on Dying

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Many people who do not want to die in an intensive care unit, intubated, on a respirator, pierced by a web of intravenous lines are dying this way. For these individuals, this is worse than death. We cannot prevent death, but we can dictate how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Palliative Care or Hospice? It's Not About Giving Up

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Mrs. G., a woman in her 50s, had been receiving disease-directed care for her breast cancer, but her condition reached a point where the treatment was...

7 Things You Can Do When Someone You Love Has Cancer

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Kathleen Buckstaff

You have them right in front of you. Savor them. When you know someone you love has cancer, you are on notice. Fight hard to take advantage of each moment spent together.

Love Is Humble

Hanna Lyons | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Hanna Lyons

I listened to her say that in approximately two-to-four weeks those leukemia cells would multiply ferociously and overtake Dan's bloodstream. I asked her a question to which I already knew the answer. I processed her grim response. Dan was dying.

Melissa Rivers' Courageous Decision

David Kessler | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
David Kessler

I've helped thousands of people with end-of-life decisions and I can tell you that the process is beyond stressful. It's extremely confusing and it's racked with guilt. As we mourn the death of Joan Rivers, here is what we can learn from her daughter's brave decision.

The Extraordinary Ordinary Life and Death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

David Kessler | Posted 10.25.2014 | Good News
David Kessler

Ten years ago this month, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross died. She was the world's foremost expert on death and grief, yet she was the most alive person I've ever met. She was my mentor, my co-author of two books and my friend.

Hospice Healing: Care in the Palm of Your Hand

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

When Kei Okada maneuvered his bike through the streets of Manhattan one morning recently, he had a lot on his mind, including the vehicles whizzing ar...

Let's Stamp Out the Phrase 'There's Nothing More We Can Do'

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

Because we have handed over to the medical profession responsibility not just for our bodies but also, somehow, for our hearts and minds and spirit, we believe that those words mean the end of hope and peace and life -- the end of everything.

Love Doesn't Just Disappear

Abby Heugel | Posted 10.05.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

We all have times that we feel alone or fear that somehow we'll be forgotten simply because we've changed in a way that others find hard to accept.

Going Home

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Abeyta

Tonight, my mother and my brother moved the bed out of her guest room. Tomorrow morning, a truck will deliver a hospital bed to take its place. And sometime after that, an ambulance with my father in tow will make the trek from the hospital to my mother's and father's home.

The 'Miracle' of July 4, 1826

Stafford Betty | Posted 09.01.2014 | Weird News
Stafford Betty

One of the most astonishing coincidences in world history was the deaths of John Adams, America's second president, and Thomas Jefferson, its third. They both died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

6 Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Father Dying in Hospice

Rudri Bhatt Patel | Posted 09.01.2014 | Women
Rudri Bhatt Patel

Experiencing the pendulum between sorrow and happiness, I learned that no state is ever permanent. This is the meat of life. We are all swinging back and forth in various times from happy to sad emotions.

How to Choose a Hospice

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

Choosing wisely takes time. So start thinking early about what hospice you'd want when the time comes. How early? Well, if you were interested enough in this topic to read this blog, then now would be a good time.

Ben Hallman

America's Growing Hospice Crisis, In 1 Map

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business

The U.S. hospice industry is booming. Government data shows that in 2014, nearly half of all Medicare patients who die will do so as a hospice patient...

How Dying Became A Multibillion-Dollar Industry

HuffPost Data | Ben Hallman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business

The hospice business has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past decade. What once was a collection of mostly small, religious-affiliated no...

I Was My Father's Daughter After All

Lisa Meritz | Posted 08.16.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

Because of our dad's lightning-quick reflexes, my sister and I nicknamed him "Cowboy Cohen." Though his oversized Chevy Bel Air wasn't very nimble, he drove it like it was a bronco pony. No matter the weather, he was the rodeo rider, the riskttaker, the free spirit.

Learning to Embrace Empowerment in the Last Chapter of Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

It was Georgia's* 90th birthday party. Unlike several of the other guests (who were at least two decades younger), she was lively, bright and full of...

Dying Man's Wish To Return To The Forest Comes True

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion

A former forest ranger at the end of his life had one wish: to return to the outdoors. Ed, a hospice patient at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Wash...

World's Worst Website for Moms Has Constant Traffic

Jody Becker | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Jody Becker

Two years ago, I launched MomAlways.org, a website that has no business getting international traffic almost every day. But most mornings when I look at the website's analytics, I see a mix of visitors.

Social Media Can Facilitate the Grieving Process

Dianne Gray | Posted 07.13.2014 | Technology
Dianne Gray

Facebook introduced me to a world of people who have suffered the unimaginable loss of a child and, more importantly, to people who lost children to the same disease that claimed my son.

Recognizing Hospice Nurses This National Nurses Week

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

"The care the hospice nurses provided, not only to my husband but also to me, was tremendous. I will always be grateful to them. They were a pillar of...