Dying at home: The downside

Dying at home: The downside

In a recent N.Y. Times article (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/well/live/is-dying-at-home-overrated.html), a palliative care doctor made the argument that many patients and caregivers underestimate the burdens of helping someone die at home. They may not...

Death Doulas – What They Do

Death Doulas – What They Do

One of the exciting developments in the death system is the arrival of the Death Doula. Many of us know the term “doula,” refers to a woman trained to help with the birthing process. A death doula is a person who is trained to help with the dying process. In my town,...

Talking to kids about Covid-19

Talking to kids about Covid-19

How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus based on an article by Pam Rutledge, Ph.D., media specialist. In the midst of this pandemic, we are all trying to get answers makes us feel safer. This isn’t just true of adults. It’s true for kids, too. That’s why it’s important...

Palliative Care

Palliative Care

  The word “palliate” means to relive suffering. Palliative care is provided by a team, usually a doctor or two, nurses, social workers and other clinicians that work in a hospital or other health care facility providing care for patients who come with physical...

Advanced Directives

Advanced Directives

The National Institute of Medicine has defined a good death as one that honors the wishes of the dying person. Advanced directives are the best way to insure that the cost of medical help remains under control and that your wishes are followed during the last months...

More talking to children about death

More talking to children about death

 When children experience the death of a parent before the age of 17, it will affect on their character and emotional development—one way or the other. Many children who have suffered this hardship become mature, successful adults who are resilient when life brings...

Preventing and reversing chronic illness

Preventing and reversing chronic illness

Today, over 65% OF Americans suffer with at least one chronic disease, many with two to five different conditions. The United Nation reports that chronic diseases are responsible for 35 million deaths a year globally. Our world today is full of toxins and pathogens;...

Chronic Illness and longevity

Chronic Illness and longevity

What is longevity? What brings on the glow of robust health? And, are we able to extend or even rebuild good health in our later years? Longevity is often defined as the extension of life or simply as long life, but we all know many older individuals who are living...

How to Talk to Children About Death

How to Talk to Children About Death

Researchers  report that one in six children has lost a parent by the time they are 18, and 9 out of 10 have lost a close family member or friend. One of the biggest mistakes adults make is not talking to children about it. Children are acutely aware of the emotional...