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4 Legal Documents for College Students to Sign This Thanksgiving

4 Legal Documents for College Students to Sign This Thanksgiving

Guess What? College kids are coming home this week. What are you going to serve them for Thanksgiving dinner? Why, you’re going to put the following legal documents for college students on their plate because it’s THAT important. If you didn’t get them to sign before they left […]

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A Good Life, All the Way to the End

A Good Life, All the Way to the End

My friends, Suzanne O’Brien, founder of Doulagivers, and Susan Eley, and I met to attend an event at the NYC Public Library on September 7, 2017. Featured authors were Atul Gawande of “Being Mortal” and Elizabeth Alexander of “A Light of the World”. These books take a […]

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Why End of Life Doulas Should be Part of Your Hospice Team

Why End of Life Doulas Should be Part of Your Hospice Team

End of life doulas and hospice work in tandem to provide the best in care. An End of Life Doula, also known as a death doula or death midwife, can bring comfort and contentment to a dying person’s loved ones, as well as being a steward of […]

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What are advance health care directives and why are they important?

What are advance health care directives and why are they important?

Advance health care directives are legal documents that outline your medical care choices and other end-of-life issues in the event that you become incapacitated or otherwise are unable to make decisions. They not only help ensure that your wishes are carried out if you lose your decision-making […]

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5 Advance Care Planning Tips So Your Family Would Know What To Do if You Suddenly Died

5 Advance Care Planning Tips So Your Family Would Know What To Do if You Suddenly Died

If you were to die tomorrow, would your family know what to do?  Unless you’ve done some advance care planning and pulled your affairs in order, the answer would be no. Last week, I posted this question to the Facebook Group that I moderate:  “It’s Time to […]

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End-of-Life Counselors Can Greatly Reduce Emotional Stress

End-of-Life Counselors Can Greatly Reduce Emotional Stress

Not all patients will know exactly how they want to die. End-of-life counseling is extra important here. A well-trained counselor will know the right questions to ask a patient, and help them choose what’s best for them. Why End-of-Life Counseling Matters

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Choosing How to Die at a Young Age

Choosing How to Die at a Young Age

Everyone should be able to have the end-of-life choice that this young girl did. Only being 4 years old, Julianna Snow knew how she wanted to die. This moving story is worth the read. Heaven over hospital: Parents honor dying child’s request

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When a Family Member has Dementia

When a Family Member has Dementia

This documentary on dementia is very informative, especially on palliative care. It shows what dealing with a terminally ill family member would be like, discussions with a counselor and the family, and how one can realistically deal with the situation.

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Women Provide Double the Care for Elderly Parents Than Men

Women Provide Double the Care for Elderly Parents Than Men

In this study, it’s shown that women are much more likely to care for their aging parents than men. Brothers are known to pass the stress of care on to their sisters, and husbands pass it to their wives. They do this so much, that women carry […]

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Music as Emotional Medicine

Music as Emotional Medicine

A music-thanatologist plays harp and sings to patients as a medicine to patients’ emotional, physical, even spiritual needs. The way music can so deeply affect someone is incredible. Jennifer Hollis shares her story of playing music not just for the patient’s health, but for the families and […]

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