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Do You Have 'The Little Blue Book' in Your House?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

If you are wondering what I'm talking about, it is for you that I am writing this blog! Here's the bottom line: We were all born one moment of one day...

Funeral Pre-Planning: Your Final Act of Love

Nancy Cronk | Posted 11.10.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Cronk

Have we done what we need to do to protect the people closest to us who will be left behind? Are our spouses, our children, or are partners prepared to make important decisions on our behalf, and have we given them clear instructions for doing so? I

Dying Each Day

Edie Weinstein | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

Sometimes the hardest thing is to face the death of who we believed ourselves to be throughout our lives. Shedding the façade, peeling off the disguise, owning our choices, speaking our truth and being fully seen for who we are can be the most daunting death of all.

Death and Dying: Living and Dying in 140 Characters

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

In Simon's case, the grace, respect and love with which he portrayed his mother transcends technology. It is his words, and the sentiments behind them, that resound in our hearts. He is writing a love poem to his mother, and power to any poem that has a readership of 1.2 million.

The 5 Most Controversial Decisions Alzheimer's Caregivers Will Ever Face

Marie Marley | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Late one evening, I was deeply immersed in editing the photographs I'd taken at the Cincinnati Zoo that day when I was startled by the phone ringing. I thought it was probably Ed, my Romanian life partner and soul mate. But it wasn't.

What The Most Caring People In The World Know

Posted 08.19.2013 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul For The American Nurse Project, filmmaker Carolyn Jones set out to interview and photograph nurses around the country about their w...

Death as a Conversation Starter

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Death and dying are a natural part of life's continuum. The more we as a society discuss this ubiquitous stage of life, the more educated and empowered we will be to navigate our own final days and those of our loved ones.

Saying Goodbye To The Love Of My Life

Joan Price | Posted 10.02.2013 | Fifty
Joan Price

August 2, 2008: I crawled into Robert's bed and wrapped my body around his. If I could only get close enough to make the last hour, the last months, disappear. I hugged him tightly, desperately. I wailed his name and listened to his silence, remembering his murmurs, his words of love.

Caring Daughter or Murder Suspect?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Crime
David Casarett, M.D.

If you're a friend or family member of a hospice patient, you could be facing a murder charge. That's the not-so-subtle message that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is sending to dying patients and their families.

View From the Field: When Chronic Conditions Become Terminal

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

When Mr. Singh died in March, three generations of family members missed him terribly, but they knew they had done all they could to make sure that he died as he had lived -- at the center of his loving family.

Worried Sick: How Medical Advances Have Made Us More Anxious About Our Health

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The relocation of death from home to hospital, nursing home and funeral parlor has made it less familiar and consequently more frightening. Attempts to mask aging, while nothing new, have grown increasingly extreme and speak to a more intense reluctance to acknowledge the inevitable.

End of Life Equality in the Childhood Cancer Community

Jonathan Agin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

So, why is there no standard of care for children in the United States in hospice situations? That is a good question.

A Grandfather's Gift Goes Beyond Words

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 07.18.2013 | Fifty
Lois Alter Mark

Bill starting writing stories for his granddaughter when he realized she was having trouble pronouncing certain letters, and he turned them into a book, Stories for Amanda.

Another Florida Republican Embroiled In Medicare Fraud Case

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 05.09.2013 | Miami

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Department of Justice is suing the hospice company founded by Florida's Senate president, accusing it of submitting tens ...

Remembering My Mother's Life-Affirming Death On Mother's Day

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 07.07.2013 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

As any woman who has lost her mother does, I think of her especially on Mother's Day. In fact, I think I will always consider Mother's Day her day, not mine. And when I think of her life, I also remember the gift of her peaceful death.

Making Time When Time Is Short, and Other Insights From a New End-of-Life-Care Nurse

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

This is National Nurses Week, and a perfect moment to highlight the special training, ability and insights that distinguish hospice nurses in truly remarkable ways.

8 Ways to Volunteer to Help America's Largest Volunteer Health Care Work Force: Family Caregivers

Sherri Snelling | Posted 06.22.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Caregivers are an invaluable volunteer army drafted into service to help loved ones remain at home rather than in facilities and institutions.

Why Everyone Deserves Palliative Care

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

The first principle of palliative medicine is to relieve the pain and other symptoms that burden people living with serious illness -- in short, to help people feel better.

Stone Soup In Soweto

Kristen Marble | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Stone soup is simple: Each person contributes just one ingredient to a pot containing water and a stone. Through cooperation and involvement of an entire community, a nourishing, delicious meal for all is created. Today in Soweto, South Africa we had the privilege of seeing this children's story come to life.

A Beautiful Death

Lauren Cahn | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I can't say that my father was ready for death or that any of us was ready for him to go. But I believe that thanks to hospice care, and some miracle of timing and life force and will that I will never quite understand, my dad's death was as beautiful as a death can be.

Dying, But Still Teaching: The Easter Vigil

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

My mother is in her last days of life. Dialysis has ended. We wait for the inevitable. On this holiest of weekends, we wait. We sit vigil, waiting for her to die, waiting for Jesus to become Christ, waiting for the women to find an empty tomb, waiting to give my mother to her eternal rest.

Dying But Still Teaching: Lessons I'm Learning From My Mother

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

Even in her decline, she is still teaching us lessons about life. She has been told she can stop dialysis at any time and end this roller coaster we are on, but Mom isn't ready for that. She has more to experience and to share with us.

Top 3 Innovations In Hospice Care

Malene Davis | Posted 05.20.2013 | Fifty
Malene Davis

You may have heard the word "hospice" in the news a lot lately. This isn't a surprise as we watch America's frail elderly population surge to unprecedented levels. Naturally, our country is talking about advanced illness care more audibly than ever before.

Intense Treatment in the Last Month of Life Is Rising

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

This latest study reveals not only abject failure, but lost ground as well. It's up to the people -- those approaching the end of life and those who love them -- to prevent medical habit from stealing a peaceful death.

How I Accidentally Wrote a Book on Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I wrote Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy as a love story. It's about the powerful 30-year relationship I had with Edward Theodoru, a delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric Romanian gentleman and scholar.