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The Odds of Dying an Undignified Death: One in Five So They Say by Linda MacDonald Glenn Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Tue 26 Aug 2008 4:26pm Did you ever stop to think how the last chapter in the book called Your Life may transpire? Are you fantasizing that your “final act” will be staged in your own comfortable bed under dim lighting, and surrounded by loved ones, sweet flowers, soft music, satin sheets, and on-demand medications? Or, perhaps you thought you would “phase out” with on ... Read on »
The Final Stage in Living by Deanna C. Posted Thu 04 Feb 2010 10:05pm As a person nears the end of life, there are some very basic similarities that may be seen which crosses the type of illness or ‘reason’ for dying. Below is a list of some of these behaviors. Usually, the closer to death the more pronounced the symptom. Simple to complicated, easy to difficult, know ... Read on »
New Mexico Court to Determine Legality of Aid in Dying by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted Sat 14 Dec 2013 10:53am Yesterday, Compassion & Choices and the ACLU of New Mexico concluded arguments in a landmark trial seeking to establish that aid in dying is legal in New Mexico.  Morris v. New Mexico  is a test case, bringing before a court for the first time the claim that ambiguous state laws prohibiting “assisted suicide” do not apply to physicians ... Read on »
DEATH BY NATURAL CAUSES by Helpful Buckeye Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted Sun 14 Apr 2013 12:00am     “For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.” ― Kahlil Gibran EOB-3.... Death and dying have always been topics for endless conversation, mostly centered on their meaning.  Almost as often, we talk about and search ... Read on »
Stage IV Breast Cancer & The Will to Survive by Brenda Coffee Health Maven Posted Sun 13 May 2012 5:37pm My lower back has been in excruciating pain since Thursday, and I can't get in to see "Dr. Magic Hands" until Monday afternoon. I hesitate to even mention this because many metastatic cancer patients endure far more than I am. In comparison, my back is not even a blip on their pendulum of physical and emotional pain. I think about frie ... Read on »
Seeing pink makes me see red by The Savvy Sister Registered NurseHealth Maven Posted Mon 30 Sep 2013 9:18pm …but it makes big corporate sponsors see green. I was never fond of pink.  Even dressing up as a little girl, pink just wasn’t my color. As most of you are “aware”, breast cancer awareness month is upon us.  But the reason you won’t find this breast cancer survivor touting “pink” on my blog  is that pink has been corrupted.  The beaut ... Read on »
Being with a Dying Person - A Sacred Event by Dr. Kirsti D. Medical Doctor Posted Mon 22 Sep 2008 4:36pm For me when I was a medical student, a resident physician or a physician in practice and now as a bereavement professor, one of the most sacred experiences was that of being with a person during their final stages or life. Being able to walk with someone through the dying process is one of the most challenging and sacred of experiences. This i ... Read on »
Caregivers and End-Stage Cancer by Brenda Coffee Health Maven Posted Wed 23 May 2012 11:19pm ©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. Last week’s blog about the will to survive Stage IV cancer resonated with many of you. The desire to see our children grow up, as well as our curiosity about what lies around the bend, are powerful adjuncts to cancer treatment. For those who have or have had cancer, have you ever thought about how an “ ... Read on »
The Sixth Stage of Grief (after TBI) by Broken Brilliant Patient Expert Posted Tue 05 Mar 2013 7:55am Some days you just have to keep swimming I’ve been dealing with a lot of grief, lately. The work I’ve done for nearly three years has changed dramatically, and with that change, I am losing a key element of my identity which I am realizing has been a big part of who I see myself to be in the world. Not only that, but my (and other coworke ... Read on »
End of Life Issues - Are we really prepared? by Linda MacDonald Glenn Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 12:00pm "The Last Word on the Last Breath" by Jan Hoffman, The New York Times, Oct. 10, 2006 The article was quite interesting and sadly all too true. In today's world it seems that no one wishes to discuss death or dying until often it is too late. Healthcare personnel are often the ones who bear the burden of society's silence on the issue of deat ... Read on »