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 may...
Beside Visions and Near Death Experiences

Beside Visions and Near Death Experiences

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, scary,...
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 report that there are at least three new variations of the virus—two are more contagious. One might be more deadly, and herd...
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...
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...