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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.

Vegetative States and PET Scans: Is More Information Better?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

One typically thinks of advances in medical science and technology as having unalloyed benefits. The ability to cure illness, the mitigation of pain a...

Husband Of Brain-Dead Texas Woman Turned To God

Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion

On November 26, Erick Muñoz found his 14-weeks pregnant wife, Marlise, unconscious, the possible result of a blood clot. When the hospital declared h...

Texas Fetal Rights Case: Delayed Justice

Ruth Macklin | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

Although this case was resolved satisfactorily -- probably not soon enough for the distraught family -- a question remains about the ethics of the Texas law.

Pregnant, Brain Dead Woman Must Be Removed From Life Support, Rules Judge

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A judge has ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman. Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. issu...

Brain Dead Woman's Family Seeks To End Life Support

AP | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Attorneys for a Fort Worth-area family will ask a judge Friday to allow a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman to be removed fro...

The Ethics Of Brain Death

USA Today | Liz Szabo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The cases of two young women — a California teen and a pregnant Texas mother — have generated sympathy for their families, but also have lef...

Alissa Scheller

Here's Where Your Living Will Can Be Ignored When You're A Pregnant Woman

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Marlise Munoz, a 33-year-old Texas woman, was left brain-dead after she collapsed in November and her family planned to honor her living will and have...

So 'Miracles' Happen In Children's Hospitals -- Just Not For Jahi?

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

Hospitals know that for some children a miracle is not a viable prospect, so let's not use that word for any patient.

Lawsuit Filed After Dental Procedure Left Three-Year-Old Girl Dead

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

UPDATE: Finley Boyle died on Friday evening. A statement on behalf of her family was issued by Hospice Hawaii and read: "It is with heavy hearts that ...

Terri Schiavo Group Joins Fight Over Jahi McMath's Future

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The family of Jahi McMath is reportedly receiving advice from a group linked to Terri Schiavo as they fight to keep the 13-year-old on life support. ...

When Pro-life Goes Frankenstein: The Case of Marlise Munoz

Morgan Guyton | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Morgan Guyton

Erick and Marlise Munoz were both paramedics. They were both around life-and-death situations on a daily basis. After Marlise went through her broth...

A Palliative to Obamacare Discord

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.24.2013 | College
Joseph Cooper

These stories (I'm sure there are others) make vivid the embarrassments and fears of patients; their efforts to deal with deterioration, endure pain, and cope with unhinging and detachment. The reader, the viewer, and the re-reader can take cues from caregivers who ease the way to acceptance.

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

'Pulling the Plug' on My Mom

Daylle Deanna Schwartz | Posted 06.30.2013 | Women
Daylle Deanna Schwartz

It used to seem futile to me to keep someone alive when they couldn't respond and had no hope of recovery. But that someone had never been my mother.

Terminally Ill NYC Woman Who Asked To Be Off Life Support Dies

AP | Posted 04.15.2013 | New York

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A New Yorker who initially battled her parents for the right to be taken off life support has died. According to her mother, Su...

The Exorbitant Cost of Dying

Paul Raeburn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Raeburn

Krieger reports that feeding tubes can help some patients initially, but they can also keep them alive long past the time that they would have died.

This Is Just Awful: Struggle Over Patient's Right To Stop Life Support To Be Decided In The Courts

Posted 10.05.2012 | New York

The emotional fight over the wishes of terminally ill banker Grace Sung Eun Lee reached a fever pitch Friday after the Appellate Division of State Sup...

The Haunters of the Machine

Ben Thomas | Posted 10.03.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

In study after study, researchers have discovered clear signs of active consciousness in dozens of vegetative patients. A 2009 study found that 40 percent of patients diagnosed as vegetative are at least somewhat conscious.

Judge Issues Landmark Gag Order For Facebook, Twitter

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 07.14.2011 | Technology

A U.K. judge has issued an injunction banning media from posting on Facebook or Twitter any information that could expose the identity of a brain-dama...

The State Department Looks for Bliss

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Hmm, what's the word I'm looking for; happiness, gladness, delight, joy, cheer, glee, rapture, elation, euphoria, ecstatic...? Wait, here it is, BLISS...

How We Talk About Death

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elissa Stein

We hide behind words because the reality can be too painful. We try to soften the edges with euphemisms or oblique references. I will never say "pull the plug" again.

A Husband's Struggle with Glioblastoma: My Tribute

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

Death can be infused with love and caring; and for the most part, peace can come, and in a strange way, gratitude for the opportunity to celebrate a full life.