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Dying & Death Talk

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

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When the Hospice Care System Fails

Courtesy of TheNewYorkTimes.com | By Daniela J. Lamas, M.D. | Photo by Ryan McVay | Originally Published 10.17.2018 | Posted 11.17.2018 Let me start with an apology. When I saw that your 90-year-old father was in our emergency department, after... Continue Reading →

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A wise guide helped us with the living before and after my father’s death

Courtesy of TheGuardian.com | By Priscilla Ennals | Photo by Robert Daly/Getty Images | Originally Published 07.21.2018 | Posted 08.28.2018 The process of dying is so removed, sterile, and disconnected from living that it is hard to know what to... Continue Reading →

I Know You Love Me — Now Let Me Die

Courtesy of NextAvenue.org | By Louis M. Profeta, MD | Photo Credit: Adobe Stock | Originally Published 03.15.2017 | Posted 03.24.2018 (This piece appeared previously on Dr. Louis Profeta’s LinkedIn page.) In the old days, she would be propped up on... Continue Reading →

Learning to live without my mother

Courtesy of TheWeek.com| By Neda Semnami | Originally Published 05.11.2013 | Posted 03.23.2018 It had been a long winter of epic storms. Spring was coming. It was that sweet time in D.C. when the trees erupt in an annual pink-blossomed... Continue Reading →

More people are adopting old, sick dogs to keep them from dying alone and afraid

Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer | By Karin Brulliard/Washington Post | Photo By Steve Forst | Originally Published 03.05.2018 | Posted 03.14.2018 When a German Shepherd rescue organization posted Elmo’s photo online last fall, it made no effort to mask... Continue Reading →

My Girlfriend Is Dying Of Terminal Cancer, But Here’s Why I Still Feel Lucky

Courtesy of HuffPost.com | By Roy Cross | Originally Published 02.14.2018 | Posted 03.09.2018 I’m a lucky guy. Those are often my closing words after I’ve shared the terrible news with someone that my girlfriend, Susan, has an aggressive, incurable... Continue Reading →

The long goodbye: Coping with sadness and grief before a loved one dies

Courtesy of Kaiser Health News | By Judith Graham | illustions by iStock/Getty Images Plus |Originally Published 12.21.2017 | Posted 02.20.2018 For years before her death at age 96, Nancy Lundebjerg’s mother underwent a long, slow decline. Arthritis made it... Continue Reading →

Dr. Atul Gawande: Make End Of Life More Humane

Courtesy of Fresh Air / NPR.org |By Antul Gawande, MD | Originally Published 07.29.2010 | Posted 02.03.2018 https://www.npr.org/player/embed/128828629/128845071 Medical professionals need to build a system that focuses on how to help patients achieve what's most important to them at the... Continue Reading →

How One Woman Changed The Way People Die In Mongolia

Courtesy of NPR.org | By Rae Ellen Bichell | Illustration by Angie Wang | Originally Published 11.05.2015 | Posted 01.26.2018   Dr. Odontuya Davaasuren has one goal: to improve the way people die in Mongolia. "My father died of lung... Continue Reading →

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