What I’ve Learned Over a Lifetime of Caring for the Dying

As a doctor who cares for the dying, I know that direct-care aides are invaluable to patients and their families. We need to honor the work they do.

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Palliative Care in the ICU: What to Know About Time-Limited Trials

Time-limited trials offer I.C.U. patients and their families a sense of empowerment in the face of low odds.

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5 Health Care Jobs on the Rise

Occupations in the industry are increasingly in demand because of an aging population and longer life spans.

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When Patients Choose to End Their Lives

For some, the decision to die is more complicated than a wish to reduce pain.

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‘Mom Is Really Different’: Nursing Homes Reopen to Joy and Grief

Nursing homes, one of the most restricted settings in America during the pandemic, are allowing visitors again. But opening the doors has brought new complications.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dementia, #elderly, #grief-emotion, #hospice-care, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization

Modern Love: How My Father Escaped Jail for Christmas

He got out for good by (almost) dying.

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Brandy Houser, Hospice Care Consultant Who Loved Disney, Dies at 41

Ms. Houser was a karaoke enthusiast and “pop culture ninja,” her husband said. She died of the coronavirus.

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Dying in Your Mother’s Arms

A palliative care doctor on finding a “good death” for children in the worst situations.

#babies-and-infants, #death-and-dying, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hospice-care, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

The Case for Music in Times of Loss

As a hospice chaplain, I know that the path through grief is mourning. Music can meet us on the path and help us keep walking.

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Do You Want to Die in an I.C.U.? Pandemic Makes Question All Too Real

Sobering statistics for older patients sharpen the need to draw up advanced directives for treatment and share them with their families.

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