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Caring for a parent

Regret Is An Inevitable Part Of The Grieving Process

Courtesy of ScaryMommy.com | By Meghan Roirdan Jarvis | Photo: PictureNetCorporation/Getty | Originally Posted 02.28.2020 | Published 03.29.2020 My mother conveyed my father’s cancer diagnosis through an e-mail. It was cheerfully worded, full of hope and gratitude — so much so that I almost... Continue Reading →

When Both Parents are Dying of Cancer, and the Hilarity That Ensues.

Courtesy of PS I Love You | By Linda Horton |Photo by Sandrachile on Unsplash | Originally Posted 10.01.2019 | Published 02.17.2020 No, really. Mom’s diagnosis came first, then Dad’s a few weeks later. After Mom started chemo and lost... Continue Reading →

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

Courtesy of Atlantic.com | 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 →

10 Money Questions to Ask Your Parents

Courtesy of US News and World Report.com | By Kimberly Palmer | Images by Getty |Originally Posted 10.14.2014 | Published 10.26.2019 Many families put off these conversations until crisis hits. Getty Images Talk in advance. Waiting to tackle difficult topics... Continue Reading →

You are on vacation and a loved one at home dies. What do you do now?

Courtesy of TheWashingtonPost.com | By Andrea Sachs | Illustration by Yifan Wu/For The Washington Post | Orignally Published 03.29.2019 | Posted 06.27.2019 Before a vacation in Malawi last summer, I shared my trip details with my family, in case of... Continue Reading →

Is it time you had ‘the talk’ with your aging parents?

Courtesy of AJC.Com | By Gracie Bonds Staples | Originally Published 02.05.2019 | Posted 02.18.2019 Another year was coming to an end. Betty Tarr’s husband had died, and she wasn’t the woman she liked remembering. That woman raised three independent... Continue Reading →

A Handbook for Grieving

Courtesy of TheNewYorkTimes.com | By Caroline M. Grant | Image by Yvetta Fedorova | Originally Published 10.12.2018 | Posted 11.20.2018 Go funeral dress shopping. When the saleswoman asks about the event, say: “Dressier than office, but not as fun as... Continue Reading →

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 →

A Dress Rehearsal for the End of Life

Courtesy of TheNewYorkTimes.com | By Monona Yin | Photo by Loris Guzzetta | Orignally Published 10.23.2018 | Posted 11.11.2018 We had started down the path of honoring our mother’s wish to have a good death until a hospice nurse figured... Continue Reading →

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