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A Good Life And A Good Death: What Is Palliative Care?

Courtesy of NPR.org | By Carmel Wroth | Photo by Sturti/Getty Images | Originally Published 04.25.2019 | Posted 05.23.2019 "He will not die on your watch." That's what the family of a patient told Sunita Puri when she was a... Continue Reading →

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A real time example on the importance of having Advanced Directives – John Singleton (1968-2019)

by Lisa C. Oliver, EdD JOHN SINGLETON.You may have noticed that when Singleton was still alive, his mother petitioned the court for CONSERVATORSHIP - that is to be given the ability to handle all his affairs because he is incapacitated.... Continue Reading →

Who You See Before You Die: Hospice Documenting Patients’ Mysterious Dream Experiences

Courtesy of Pittsburgh.CBSLocal.com | By David Highfield | Originally Published 02.25.2019 | Posted 04.04.2019 PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Death is one of the mysteries of life. But the dreams of patients at Hospice Buffalo in New York State are revealing something... Continue Reading →

The Choices We Make for Others at the End of Life

Courtesy of YesMagazine.org | By Sallie Tisdale | Photo by Photo by Maskot/Getty Images | Originally Published 01.29.2019 | Posted 03.23.2019 | A palliative care nurse explains what to expect in the last days and hours. In Advice for Future Corpses,... Continue Reading →

The Doctors Who Invented a New Way to Help People Die

Courtesy of The Atlantic | By Jennie Dear |Originally Published 01.22.2019 | Posted 03.04.2019 The two lethal medications used by terminal patients who wish to end their own life recently became unavailable or prohibitively expensive. In 2016, a small group... Continue Reading →

At the End of Life, Denial Comes at a Price

Courtesy of TheNewYorkTimes.com  | By Maggie Jones | Photo By Dana Neely/Getty | Originally Published 04.09.2009 | Posted 11.01.2018   Like the rest of us, doctors struggle to talk about dying. These conversations with patients occur haltingly, awkwardly and often not... Continue Reading →

Why Do We Avoid Advance Directives?

Courtesy of TheNewYorkTimes.com | By Paula Span | Originally Posted 04.09.2009 |   When I visit my father, I make a point of checking: Is that battered leather folder full of legal documents sitting in its usual spot in the... Continue Reading →

Being clear about your last wishes can make death easier for you and loved ones

On the other hand, neglecting to discuss such issues can result in longer hospital stays, a greater likelihood of continuing life-sustaining treatment against a patient’s preferences, and poorer quality of life for patients and family members.

Dr. Death and The Humorist – Episode 6: What Are Advanced Directives

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