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

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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.

'I Realized I Don't Have to Believe My Thoughts'

Tara Brach | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Our mindfulness practice is not about vanquishing our thoughts. It's about becoming aware of the process of thinking so that we are not in a trance --...

3 Things I Would Like Health Care Workers to Know About Hospice Caregiving

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

While caregivers may be extremely successful in other areas of their life, very little prepares them for the responsibility of caring for their loved one. Few caregivers have done this before. It is an emotional marathon.

When Dying Meets Denial

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

More often than not, denial serves and supports individuals and their families as they integrate the difficult business of dying into their lives. But now and then, we meet someone so fixed in their denial that it indeed stands in the way of their dying how and where they want.

How I Want to Be Treated If I Develop Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 02.21.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I want to be treated with respect, which means people should not talk about me negatively in my presence. If I am 'still there' I may understand every word even if I don't talk anymore. I will also want people to knock before entering my room and preserve my dignity.

Starting Hospice Care for a Loved One: A Heartbreaking Decision

Marie Marley | Posted 04.20.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

What happens when your loved one is ready for hospice care but you aren't? I'd like to share my personal experience with this situation.

Hospice: A Higher Calling

Brent Green | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Brent Green

Congress honored palliative care for terminally ill patients at the behest of American citizens, thus enabling Medicare and Medicaid funding. The higher, humanistic calling of hospice must not be regulated or prosecuted out of existence.

Step by Step: An Old Man and His Wisdom

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Not long after that, hospice cars and family cars lined the street outside the doctor's home. I heard from a neighbor that the doctor died in his sleep. The news that he died peacefully didn't surprise me. With his ability to be kind and joyful despite pain, I figured he had already arrived wherever it was he was wanting to go.

An Iranian-American 'Pioneer' Celebrates 50 years in America

David Shams | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
David Shams

On Feb. 7, Beatles lovers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's arrival in America. While I like the Beatles, my siblings and I will be celebrating a different 50th anniversary: The arrival of our father in the United States.

Jahi McMath and the Dangerous Language of Hope

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

Until health care providers become more skilled in helping patients and families to choose their hopes carefully, many of us will continue to receive the most aggressive treatment possible because there is still "hope," without the chance to reflect on what that word means to us.

'I Feel Like A Frightened 10-Year-Old Boy Looked After By A Babysitter He Doesn't Know'

Edward M. Weinman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Fifty
Edward M. Weinman

'Shitwa!' The word was a polite way to curse so as not to teach her 12 children epithets that they might repeat in school or in a public place, like a grocery store. Yes, my mother had 12 kids.

Read This If Your Father Is Still Alive

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Mitch Ditkoff

If only we could pay as much attention to the living as we do to the dying. If only we could stop long enough from whatever occupies our time and truly care for each other, aware of just how precious each breath is, each word, each touch, each glance.

The Most Surprising Thing I Learned Working In Hospice Care

Sarah Stroe | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Sarah Stroe

To have an interest in death and dying does not imply a morbid fascination with the end of life. It suggests a deep reverence for the life we are all lucky to live, even if only for a short time. In assisting individuals and families through the dying process, we are also showing them how to continue living.

Adding Life to the Days of Terminally Ill Children in India

Hila Mehr | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

The care is delivered to the patient and their family or support system, usually by a team of experts that include physicians, nurses, social workers, health aides, chaplains as well as support personnel."

Hands-On Care for a Dying Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

In past articles, I've written about both medical massage and end-of-life care for dying pets and their families. Today I'd like to discuss the benef...

Upon the Death of My Mother: Bridging Two Realities

David Bedrick | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Bedrick

I visited my mother just a few months before she passed; that was about two years ago now. We went out to dinner in a restaurant attached to a casino....

Cake and Ice Cream

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Every now and then I hear a story that touches me. Dan, my husband, had an old friend in town from Wisconsin. I knew his friend's father was home un...

Death and Dying: Personal Goals at End of Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

This study is evidence of what can go wrong when doctors, patients and families fail to have frank and open communication about end-of-life care. It is also, in the clarion call of its conclusion, "a first step toward refocusing care on treatments that are more likely to benefit patients."

A Case for Watching Time of Death

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We don't always have the luxury of being able to manage our death, but there are options other than aggressive treatment that may be more appropriate for us -- depending on whether quality of life or quantity of life is more important to us.

Don't Be Afraid to Touch Death

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

How sad to live in a lie at the end of one's life. How sad to risk regrets, not realizing the blessings that come with the alternative -- a depth of intimacy that we may never have experienced before and that will never be available again.

Living With Death on Showtime

Carol Smaldino | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Carol Smaldino

It is not that words are inadequate to describe Time of Death, Showtime's new six-part documentary series. It is more that too often words are devoid ...

Hospice Voices

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Hospice is a difficult decision for anyone, but it allowed me to bring my late husband home, somewhere he desperately wanted to be.

5 Ways to Connect With a Dying Loved One

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The simplest -- and, at the same time, the most difficult -- way to connect at the bedside of a dying loved one is to just be. Let your thoughts land softly, or alternatively, take flight.