Dying & Death Talk

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



Dealing With Depression: A Resource Guide

Courtesy of The Recovery Village Columbus If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, it can be difficult to know where to turn. There are many excellent resources online that you can use to find out more about... Continue Reading →

Nurse’s gut-wrenching post on dying patient goes viral: ‘I kept telling you how sorry I was’

Courtesy of | by Justin Chan |Originally Posted 12.27.2019 | Posted 01.13.2020 An Indiana nurse wrote a Facebook post that has since gone viral for the raw emotions she conveyed.  On Dec. 5, Sandra Maria Kluskowski, a nurse at Memorial Hospital... 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 →

When my grandmother died, she didn’t know she had cancer. Was it really ‘a good lie’?

Courtesy of The Lily | By Marian Liu / The Washington Post/Marian Liu; iStock; Lily illustration) | Originally Published 08.05.2019 | Posted 08.23.2019 I don’t cry in movies, but then again, I’ve never seen my life so clearly on-screen. I... Continue Reading →

Barbara Hammer’s Exit Interview

Courtesy of | By Masha Gessen | Photo by Elinor Carucci for The New Yorker | Originally Published 02.24.2019 | Posted 04.01.2019 The pioneering filmmaker talks about her career, her quest to die with dignity, and why being a... Continue Reading →

When the Hospice Care System Fails

Courtesy of | 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 →

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

Courtesy of | 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 | 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| 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 →

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