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 →
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Courtesy of UpWorthy.com | By Evan Porter | Originally Published 10.16.2016 | Posted 02.25.2019 Lucia Maya remembers getting a phone call from her 21-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. She was in agony. A creative writing student at the University of Arizona, Elizabeth... Continue Reading →
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We all harbor the knowledge, however covertly, that we’re going to die, but when it comes to small talk, I am the angel of death. I have seen people try to swallow their own tongue after uttering the simple words “How are you?” I watch loved ones devolve into stammering good wishes and then devastating looks of pity. I can see how easily a well-meaning but ill-placed suggestion makes them want to throw themselves into oncoming traffic.