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Four Legal Documents ALL Students over 18 Should Sign

Four Legal Documents ALL Students over 18 Should Sign

ATTENTION PARENTS: Four Legal Documents ALL Students over 18 Should Sign by Patti Urban Parents, if you do nothing else before sending your student off to college, please consider taking action to protect your child and yourself TODAY. Did you know that once your child turns 18, […]

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Mental Illness Equals Shame…and Shame on Us

Mental Illness Equals Shame…and Shame on Us

By Patti Urban Here’s the latest on yet another celebrity suicide. But we all know that depression is not limited to celebrities. In fact, it can affect everyone everywhere. Sometimes the reasons are disguised behind alcohol or drug abuse. Sometimes they are not. Either way, we, as […]

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Conversations With The Dying: What To Say

Conversations With The Dying: What To Say

Part of the cycle of life is experiencing the end of a loved one’s life.  Being present and offering kind, good, healing words is something that will live within you for the rest of your life.  Here are some pointers on how these last conversations can be […]

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Spiritual and Religious Views of End of Life Practices

Spiritual and Religious Views of End of Life Practices

Spiritual belief systems and religions have developed a very strong framework for making sense of the inexplicable.  Many faiths have specific rituals and traditions surrounding death and dying. These can apply to: how and when death may be discussed preparation for death, through readings, prayers, chanting lighting […]

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What is Green Burial? An Alternative Rest

What is Green Burial? An Alternative Rest

When considering after end of life options, there are alternatives to traditional burial in a cemetery and cremation. The old but new trend capturing the attention of many Americans is green burial. Think of this choice in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition but allows the body […]

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What is a Death Café? Increasing Awareness and Quality

What is a Death Café?   Increasing Awareness and Quality

An end to secrecy… Death Cafes are the brainchild in 2004 of Bernard Crettaz, a prominent sociologist/anthropologist in in Switzerland. He felt that the “tyrannical secrecy” surrounding the topic of death needed to change. His book, “Death Cafes: Bringing Death out of Silence” caught the attention of […]

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Surviving the First Holiday Season After Losing Your Loved One

Surviving the First Holiday Season After Losing Your Loved One

Surviving the season The holidays are generally fraught with emotion, even under the best of circumstances. When you are heading into the holiday season after a loved one has passed away, it can seem exponentially harder. The person you are missing will not be with you, will […]

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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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