Tag: dying 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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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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Before I Die, I Want to ___________

May 6, 2016/0/0/

When Joan, a close friend to New Orleans designer Candy Chang died, the artist and urban planner was moved to invent and create the “Before I Die” wall on the side of an abandoned house in her neighbourhood, using chalkboards and chalk.   Passersby were invited to fill in the blank: “Before I die I [...]

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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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No One Should Die Alone

November 18, 2015/0/0/

“In the real world, out there, it’s more of a habit to protect oneself from fear, from failure and from unknown and from taking risks, certainly from taking the risks of love,” says Patricia Wudel, executive director of Joseph’s House in Washington, DC, a hospice for the homeless that opened in 1990 in response to [...]

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5 Ways Hospice Care is Changing Lives

November 18, 2015/0/0/

It helps us: Open up the conversation about death Think twice about invasive treatments Access a more diverse group of medical professionals Say beautiful good-byes Feel less afraid The rise of hospice and palliative care has done nothing but make health care in Canada, the United States and around the world more informative, more supportive, [...]

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When Death Is Not Separate

September 9, 2015/0/0/

The way of death in North America is not the way in other cultures. Anthropologist Kelli Swazey asks, “What would life be like if the dead literally lived alongside you?”   Through Swazey’s research we get a tour of Tana Toraja, Indonesia, where people experience death “not as a singular event, but as a gradual [...]

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