Advanced Directives: CPR

Advanced Directives: CPR

People significantly overestimate the success of CPR and underestimate the negative impact it can have on their health. Most everyone believes that CPR is relatively successful with most patients surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, according to the Journal of...
Quality of Life and Advanced Directives

Quality of Life and Advanced Directives

For the last year and a half, we have worn masks, washed our hands, stayed six feet apart, even washed our groceries and peeled off our clothes after being out in the world, jumped in the shower, and put our clothes in the washer. All of this to avoid Covid, but it...
Beside Visions and Near Death Experiences

Beside Visions and Near Death Experiences

The near-death experience (NDE) occurs when a person is technically dead for a brief period and is then revived. During this brief interval, a person can step into an intense, and usually joyful, experience of a transcendent existence that can be at once confusing,...
Death, Dying, and Covid-19

Death, Dying, and Covid-19

Never before have we had so much information about a new disease and so little certainty about what it all means for us. The news media have reported at least three new variations of the virus—two are more contagious. One might be more deadly, and herd immunity...
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...