Bisou Loses Three Friends

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May You Both Find Eternal Peace

May You Both Find Eternal PeaceA human life is a story told by God. ~Hans Christian Andersen...more

Caring for My Mom in the Latter Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

 My 92-year-old mother is in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease. Last week, when my sister and I brought Mummy, as we call her, home to live in my house, she was still able to walk with the aid of a walker, say a few words, eat and experience some basic interactions. We both sensed Mummy was happy to be at my home and she looked relaxed for the first time in a long time....more

How Do Physicians and Non-Physicians Want to Die?

A recent RadioLab podcast titled The Bitter End identified an interesting paradox. When you ask people how they’d like to die, most will say that they want to die quickly, painlessly, and peacefully… preferably in their sleep. But, if you ask them whether they would want various types of interventions were they on the cusp of death and already living a low-quality of life, they typically say “yes,” “yes,” and “can I have some more please.”  Blood transfusions, feeding tubes, invasive testing, chemotherapy, dialysis, ventilation, and chest-pumping CPR. Most people say “yes.” But not physicians.  Doctors, it turns out, overwhelmingly say “no.”  The only intervention that doctors overwhelmingly want is pain medication.  In no other case do even 20% of the physicians say “yes" (see the data here). ...more
Add nurses to doctors here. We probably see more patient suffering than they do since we're with ...more

A Last Afternoon With My Aunt

Since my mother died last November, I have been trying to locate my Aunt Cathy. She is my biological father's sister.  She is the one who kept in touch with me over the years.  The only one. She would come and visit for Christmas, and bring my little brother and I presents, even though he wasn't her blood relation.  She treated him just like her own.  She was that special lady who loved children, but could not have any of her own.  She worked tirelessly with the Special Olympics, before she got sick....more

On Life: Death & Dying

 I believe people are afraid to speak about death & dying. I think it's because we're fearful of the unknown and therefore if we don't talk about it, we won't have to eventuallly face it. But this reasoning is simply a means of avoidance. Facing ones' own mortality is frightening. Death doesn't always make for a smooth transition to the other side- Sometimes horrible, unimaginable death occurs. Life isn't a guaranteed policy that we sign as a means to immortality. By the same token, just as life; there is death. So, why not speak about it?...more

What Is a "Good Death"?

Today's Featured Guest Writer is: Barbara Kate Repa, Author at Ways to Help to Ensure a "Good Death"....more

End of Life Conversations

I've been privileged to be present for many people as they make their final transition at the end of their lives. It's been a gift to listen as people review their lives, their contributions, their dreams, goals, loves, regrets and many of the issues they're working on....more

Hello, Goodbye

The Beatles...more

What a Dying Patient Taught Me about Living

While working a very busy job as the speech pathologist between several hospitals, the therapist who normally handled home-health patients took a vacation. Why? At the time I concluded principally to inconvenience me. She may in fact have had other motivations. So, of course, on a particularly busy day, I got a call that a home health patient had been referred. To make matters even better, the patient was nearly an hour away. I complained. A lot. ...more

so so very kind and generous with your words, dear lady.

You make me feel ...more