Dying & Death Talk

Looking at dying and death for what it is: a part of life.



Doctors Need To Talk About Death Instead Of Trying To Keep Patients Alive At Any Cost

Courtesy of | By Kate McLean | Photo by David Pereiras / EYEEM via Getty Images | Originally Posted 01.24.2020 | Published 02. 27. 2020 “The elephant in the room is that many of our patients are dying and... Continue Reading →

My 92-Year-Old Father Didn’t Need More Medical Care

Courtesy of | By Ezekiel Emanuel | Photo by YASSER CHALID / GETTY | Originally published 01.02.2020 | Posted 01.09.2020 Ordering up more tests and surgeries for dying patients is easy. Getting patients the end-of-life care they deserve takes... Continue Reading →

How can doctor-patient communication be improved in palliative care?

Courtesy of The | Originally Posted 09.16.2019 |Published 11.02.2019 By combining AI, linguistics and end-of-life care experts, two brothers are attempting to change the system to make both patients and their doctors more comfortable One afternoon in the summer of... Continue Reading →

How to Make Doctors Think About Death

Courtesy of the New York Times| By Theresa Brown, RN | Illustration by Cecelia Jacobs | Originally Published 04.27.2019 | Posted 08.15.2019 End-of-life treatment guidelines would help families, physicians and nurses confront the inevitable with care and compassion. My patient,... Continue Reading →

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

Courtesy of | 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 →

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

Courtesy of | 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 | 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 →

A Harder Death for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Courtesy of | By Tim Lahey, M.D. | Photo by iStock | Originally Published 04.05.2018 | Posted 06.04.2018 Hanover, N.H. — Several weeks after my patient was admitted to the intensive care unit for pneumonia and other problems, a... Continue Reading →

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