For Many Patients, Delirium Is A Surprising Side Effect Of Being In The Hospital

Illustration by Olimpia Zagnoli

 

A long hospital stay is considered to be more than 21 days and present the highest risk for experiencing delirium. Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress after hospital discharge, like flashbacks and nightmares, have been reported by 1 in 4.

Sandra G. Boodman of Kaiser Health News begins with the story of B.Read More

“Go Wish”: The Game that Sparks Important End-of-Life Discussions

The value of Go Wish lies in the consideration and
conversations that it intends to inspire.

Dr. Jessica Zitter writes about the importance of sharing/teaching end of life information with younger
people. She has started to go into high schools to do this. Whenever I have younger people in my
audiences when I present, I make a point of talking with them afterward.… Read More

Brittany Maynard’s Widower Continues Fight for Her Legacy.

  Medical aid-in-dying, just as with VSED (Voluntary Stopping and Drinking), is a choice made by those who want to live but instead, after understanding they have no curative options, then choose between two different types of death.  

It was heartwarming to personally talk on the phone with Dan Diaz not too long ago. Both of us are working to uphold the legacy of our loved one who died.… Read More

When New Cancer Treatments Do More Harm Than Good

 Like many people in his shoes, my father opted to try the new drug because he thought it might help. It was expensive, but his insurance would cover it, and the high price seemed to suggest it was special. It was also better than doing nothing.  

Cary Gross, professor and cancer researcher at Yale University School of Medicine,  writes a personal opinion piece for the Washington Post.… Read More

New Feature in “Art of Dying” Magazine

I’m an advocate
for living into our dying, being aware of what is happening to us when it’s happening and not
denying it. 

I hope you takes some relaxed time and view the “Art of Dying” Magazine, Volume 1 and
Volume II. Although the first volume was released at the end of 2016, it is timeless.… Read More

Considering Your Options When Lethal Injection Is Not Available

 I do encourage everyone to develop a vision of their death, knowledge of their illnesses, acceptance of the inevitable, an appreciation for palliative care, and an understanding of the end-of-life options available in their jurisdiction. 

Physician Sam Harrington offers his own ranking of end-of-life options that hasten death in order to reduce suffering from easiest to most difficult.… Read More

Training the Next Generation of Doctors in Palliative Care is a Key to the New Era of Value-Based Care

…training physicians in medical school about empathy, prevention and relief of suffering, and personal fears related to mortality, is the most important step to inspiring a shift in society’s perception of palliative care…

Bill Frist, heart and lung transplant surgeon and former US Senator, begins his call to action with the World Health Organization’s definition of Palliative care:

“improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual.”

The barriers to societal understanding of palliative care relate largely to the conversations had by lawmakers and health care providers.… Read More

The Gentler Symptoms of Dying

 

From jokes, to songs, to demonstrations of gratitude, and smiles, dying people may, for biological reasons unknown, be given a final moment by the body’s complex systems to be alert with their loved ones and take a last look around with clarity.

Sara Manning Peskin, M.D., writes a vividly descriptive piece for the New York Times on a level of consciousness experienced near death coined by biologist Michael Nahm as “terminal lucidity”.… Read More

Death and dying continues to be seen as a big taboo

Acute care remains outrageously and disproportionately the receiver of funding and attention.

Mary O’Hara writes about palliative care specialist BJ Miller and his efforts to promote palliative care in America and Britain.

Miller wants to shift the focus in medicine from strictly managing pain but to also improving quality of life for the patients struggling with an illness, disease or disability.… Read More

Here is another recent podcast with Death by Design

The concept of “Death by Design” is to inspire individuals and their families to create a blueprint for an inevitable journey that reflects the beauty of life and the positive destination of end of life.

Episode 32: Phyllis Shacter, Author/ Advocate of VSED

Each of these podcasts have felt very unique because the interviewers have been asking me different questions.… Read More