Category: Advance Care Planning
Increase Mather, one of Puritan New England’s foremost ministers and scholars, died in 1723 at his home in Boston. As he lay “feeble and sore broken” upon his death bed, he faced his life’s end with...Read More
“If time were short, where would you want to be?” As a palliative care clinician, I regularly ask my patients, or their family members, where they want to die. Having asked this of hundreds of patients, I have come to expect...Read More
I frequently care for patients with advanced cancer. A majority have tried some combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Yet, many land back in the hospital because the cancer returned or spread widely. This leaves...Read More
COVID-19 has us all thinking about the same thing: Death We are thinking of death in one form or another: death in numbers, death in its potential, and death as a threat. Death has crept into the back of our minds and taken up...Read More
Prognoses are more of an art than a science. Deborah, a trim 55-year-old female, was hiking with her husband when the coughing started. She brushed it off, but as the cough became more severe, she had it checked out. The exam...Read More
With all the attention on how we can reduce our carbon footprint, most of us don’t know that we continue to have a significant impact on the environment when we die. All this thanks to our toxin-riddled funeral industry. But a...Read More
Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was reading the newspaper one morning when he was shocked to discover his obituary inside. The newspaper made a mistake published Alfred’s obituary when his brother died. His shock many...Read More
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