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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 »
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 »
Does healthcare need a manager (A), a leader (B), or a dictator (C)? by Dr. J. Deane W. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Tue 02 Mar 2010 10:27am The answer to the title question is (B) with a little (A), but all we seem to get is (C). A manager handles (“manages”) what is. A good manager optimizes what we have today, what we have now. A leader moves us into the future, from what is to what will be. A semi-serious definition of a great leader is one who tells us that we are goin ... Read on »
Death: The Dying Process by John A. Patient Expert Posted Sat 20 Dec 2008 7:12pm "Contrary to popular perception, death is not a specific moment," said Sam Parnia, MD, an expert in the field of near-death research and the leader of the AWARE Study, launched by the University of Southhampton's Human Consciousness Project.  "It is a process that begins when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop working, and the brain cea ... Read on »
Death: The Dying Process by John A. Patient Expert Posted Mon 06 Apr 2009 3:07pm "Contrary to popular perception, death is not a specific moment," said Sam Parnia, MD, an expert in the field of near-death research and the leader of the AWARE Study, launched by the University of Southhampton's Human Consciousness Project.  "It is a process that begins when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop working, and the brain c ... Read on »
Termination of Resuscitation, Part 3: Death Notification by Adam THOMPSON Posted Mon 30 Nov 2009 5:33pm The Angel of Grief, Photo courtesy of *AfEX from flickr So, you and another ALS crew, along with fire department first responders have been trying valiantly, but unsuccessfully to resuscitate a 70 year old man who had witnessed arrest by the family. You are a medic and somewhat blessed to be working with another medic due to a call off ... Read on »
The Kubler-Ross stage of grief: Denial – rewritten by DofC Posted Tue 29 Dec 2009 12:00am Many of you have probably heard about the Kubler-Ross stages of grief . These are several stages that individuals who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness go through, and have been extended to include those who have lost loved ones. Wikipedia defines the stage of denial basically as a “this can’t be happening” stage. I actually spent ... Read on »
Sue Wonders -- Am I Prepared for Dotty's Death? by Bob DeMarco Patient Expert Posted Tue 15 Jun 2010 11:55am By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room Sue Ronnenkamp entered this comment under the article -- Dotty Continues to Amaze Me. A recent story about Bill Moyers and his retirement included this quote of his: "I have known all along you need to know when the time has come to exit. There is a time. There is a season." This applies ... Read on »
Nursing Novellas Offer Unique Teaching Tool by Kathy Q. Registered Nurse Posted Wed 18 Nov 2009 10:01pm Two issues that are major players in the nursing world are loss and grief and lateral violence (aka nurses eat their young). For new nurses, these can be problems that make or break a career. For those who are burned out and having trouble coping with caring for others, it can be a major turning point as well and not always for the best. ... Read on »
Do Pets Need to Share in the Death of Another? by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Mon 09 May 2011 3:00am Last week’s house call was like so many others before it: An old dog in the last throes of a terminal illness was ready to call it a life. Friends and family had assembled to commingle their tears while the veterinarian knelt on the floor for the last solemn rites. Finally it came time for the household’s myriad pets — who had absconded for the o ... Read on »