Tag: death process

Have You Met BJ Miller?

July 14, 2016/0/0/

We don't want to diminish how much palliative care physician BJ Miller's TED Talk, "Not Whether But How," will move you and get you thinking, but we can't resist giving you a taste here (if only to get you to take a break and listen in full):   "I've been seeing Frank now for years. [...]

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Living on a Timeline

June 22, 2016/0/0/

We all wonder what we’ll do, how we’ll react, if (or when) we receive news of our own or a loved one’s terminal diagnosis—and how we'll go on living when we have that information. This is the story of how one young, newly married couple did just that: They requested that doctors never tell them [...]

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Teaching Doctors to Say When

June 3, 2016/0/0/

A woman wants to understand how her cancer will worsen over time. Her oncologist focuses on the treatments that have added years to her life since diagnosis. Enter palliative care physician Diane E. Meier, who asks: Why do so many doctors feel that giving more treatment is the only way they can express their care [...]

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Plan for Death As Though It’s a Birth

May 26, 2016/0/0/

Sheila Kitzinger was a "champion of women's rights in childbirth." She spent her career pioneering birth plans that secured choice and autonomous control for women giving birth. And in her death, in April, Kitzinger was no less influential. As her daughters document here, Kitzinger has provided a model of how to plan for the death [...]

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How to Say Good-Bye

May 12, 2016/0/0/

What does it mean to offer words of candour, reassurance and love when we’re communicating with those who are facing the end of their lives? We have so little contact and experience with death that it’s no wonder we don’t know what to say at these crucial times.   This article, which offers insights from [...]

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Examining Life, Looking Straight at Death

April 28, 2016/0/0/

WNYC Radio’s program Radiolab recently presented an episode all about mortality—it’s thought-provoking and embedded with fascinating questions, starting with “Do we have to die?” and ending with “How do we deal with dying?”   Player not playing? click here to listen on radio lab.     If you have the 59 minutes and 22 seconds, […]

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End of Life Doula

November 26, 2015/0/0/

"There is nothing on Earth – nothing inevitable, anyway – that we are prepared for less than death, and I just don’t understand why that is. Where is our guidance for this? This thing that every single one us will have to face?" Anna is an End of Life Doula. She brings with her the [...]

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Conversations About Death

November 19, 2015/0/0/

The Conversation Project offers a “starter kit” that gets you prepared to initiate and explore the topic of death with loved ones. As the website puts it: “This isn’t about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It’s about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care.” Let’s [...]

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Making Peace with Death

End of Life Zen Care

November 18, 2015/0/0/

End of Life Zen Care “At one of the times that I’m supposed to be extremely miserable,” says Rose Tisnado, who was getting guidance from teachers at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care as she was dying of cancer, “I would say that this is the most loving I’ve ever been in my life.” [...]

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20-Somethings Think About Death, Too

November 18, 2015/0/1/

Given her willingness to talk about any topic, it’s perhaps no surprise that writer and TV star Lena Dunham experiences more flashes of what she calls “mortality awareness” than the average 20-something. But thoughts of death are not reserved for the aged. In this edited excerpt from her book Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham [...]

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