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Dying & Death Talk

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

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Opinion: Let Dying People End Their Suffering

Courtesy of The New York Times.com | By Diane Rehm | Illustration by Hokyoung Kim | Originally Published 06.08.2018 | Posted 07.18.2018 Ms. Rehm’s husband died four years ago. It was an emotional moment for my friend and for me.... Continue Reading →

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Dr. Death and The Humorist – Episode 6: What Are Advanced Directives

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 →

What Really Matters at End of Life

Courtesy of TED.com | By BJ Miller | Filmed 03.2015 | Published 09.06.2017 https://www.ted.com/talks/bj_miller_what_really_matters_at_the_end_of_life/transcript?language=en

Understanding Death and Dying

How we die is a profoundly personal journey. This section aims to help you understand what may happen as death approaches, the practical things you may need to think about when caring for a dying person, and how a death can affect family relationships.

How to Recognize and Treat Breakthrough Pain (BTP)

Breakthrough pain (BTP) is the pain that occurs between regularly scheduled doses of pain medication. It is a distressing symptom requiring prompt treatment.

Half a million chat about end-of-life plans on Medicare’s dime, and why that’s a good thing

The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR. But when Steinberg, a palliative care physician, relayed those wishes to the woman’s daughter, the younger woman would have none of it. “She said, ‘I don’t agree with that. My mom is confused,’” Steinberg recalled. “I said, ‘Let’s talk about it.’”

Hospice Care

Courtesy of JAMA | by Janet M. Torpy, MD; Alison Burke, MA; Robert M. Golub, MD | Posted 07.11.2012 | Published 08.13.2017 Hospice care helps people with fatal illnesses have the best possible quality of life when their goal for care is comfort... Continue Reading →

The Gentler Symptoms of Dying

Courtesy of the New York Times |By SARA MANNING PESKIN, M.D | 07.11.2017 | Posted 08.06.2017 The patient’s hair was styled with curls so stiff, they held her head a few inches up from her hospital pillow. She had painted... Continue Reading →

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