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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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Allowing Patients to Choose the Way They Die

Allowing Patients to Choose the Way They Die

When patients are accepting the end of life, they should be reminded of the quality of life. Being kept alive on medications and treatments can be more painful on the patients and those close to them. Many patients choose to decline treatments and live with a disease […]

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Talking About Death Can Reduce Stress at the End of Life

Talking About Death Can Reduce Stress at the End of Life

This news clip explains why you shouldn’t wait to talk with your family about death. Your loved ones must know that they are being taken care taken care of as they reach the end of life, and that they are in control of the way they die. […]

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After Accepting Death, You Can Learn To Cherish Life

After Accepting Death, You Can Learn To Cherish Life

At the end of our lives, most of us simply wish for comfort, respect, and love. BJ Miller, a palliative care physician and patient, is beyond inspirational. He shares his thoughts on dealing with death, but still cherishing life.

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