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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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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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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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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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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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When You Lose Your Spouse to Cancer

When You Lose Your Spouse to Cancer

It’s impossible to imagine the pain of losing a spouse, especially at such a young age. Kalanithi’s story of losing her husband is heart-rending yet inspirational. She tells how to get through such emotional trauma and take care of yourself, as well as a deceased loved one. […]

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