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7 Things You Can Do When Someone You Love Has Cancer

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.14.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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...

My Mother's Death Taught Me How To Live

Katy Butler | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Katy Butler

Why don't we die the way we say we want to die? Because we say we want good deaths but act as if we won't die at all. Because lifesaving technologies have erased the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying.

Hospice Care for a Homeless Dog

Ken White | Posted 07.02.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

Since Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA accepts all dogs and cats, we get dogs and cats with all sorts of challenges -- and we do our very best to do...

The Long Goodbye

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Right now I am on the worst roller coaster ride of my life, and I desperately want off. But there is no end in sight.

The Challenge of Being Present With My Daughter As My Father Is Dying

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

It is so strange to go about your normal day-to-day activities when one of your loved ones is slowly dying. I find parenting to be particularly challenging right now. Being present with my daughter is hard. So is being patient. I am distracted. Full of emotions. On the edge.

3 Reasons to Do Advance Care Planning on National Health Care Decisions Day

Brad Stulberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

While at face value these issues may seem hard to talk about, once you get started, you'll likely find yourself engaged in an intimate conversation with people you really care about, something precious in of itself that is not too common in today's world.

It Doesn't Matter What You Say: Lessons Learned from Maya Angelou and Pema Chodron

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

I learned that life isn't about how much money you earn. It isn't about your status, how many houses and cars you own. It is about how you roll when life hands you challenges -- because it will. Trust me.