The Final Gift of the Dying

I assumed many things that morning. For instance, I thought it was likely that Ronald’s fatigue was from lung cancer that had metastasized to the liver. Or that he decided to stay in his room in the nursing facility because the decision to elect hospice had finally taken it’s toll. I was sure that he…

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At What Age is One Old Enough to Make Healthcare Decisions?

The article in the The Atlantic is what I came across both yesterday and today on LinkedIn. A 17-year-old girl is being forced to accept treatment that she does not want. Cassandra C. was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September 2014. The disease infiltrates essential components of the body’s immune system,…

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Kids and Grief: How to Help

Below is a wonderful blog post I came across on LinkedIn. Children and grief is a whole separate topic and needs a different focus. The needs of youth are different than the needs of adults. The site is good for many reasons and is owned by Chelsea Hanson, Grief Educator & Author. How adults respond when…

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Leaning into Love: Book Review

Book Review: Leaning into Love by Elaine Mansfield “I’ve seen death, raw and unstoppable, and understand that my own death is not a distant thing.” Elaine has to identify her husband Vic’s body at the funeral home. She and her sons choose images and objects, and decorate Vic’s cremation box with his body in it…

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Grief in Children

Grief in Children 1 Rea L. Ginsberg, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD- Guest Blogger In the case of childhood bereavement, the death of a parent, the term “bereaved caregiver” no longer applies.  The tables are turned.  The child is indeed bereaved, but he himself is in need of a caregiver. It seems senseless to debate which types…

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Excerpt from: Journey’s End

Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life  by Victoria Brewster, MSW and Julie Saeger Nierenberg, MA Ed This article is an excerpt from the upcoming book: Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life, written, compiled, and edited by Victoria Brewster, MSW and Julie Saeger Nierenberg, MA Ed with an anticipated release…

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Assisted Dying as Controversial as Abortion?

Assisted Dying is a topic one sees all over social media, blog posts, and in the news; although other terms used are assisted suicide, euthanasia, and dying with dignity. In June, Quebec became the first province to pass legislation which will come into effect later this year.  Although the wording is ‘respecting end of life…

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The Words that are used in/about End-of-Life

In speaking with a colleague today about death, dying and end-of-life issues, we ended up discussing the words used; particularly in western society. ‘Passing, has passed, with the angels, with their deceased loved ones’ are words or phrases typically used. The words/terms ‘died, has died’ are not used in general circles. She made a keen observation. Look…

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Death, Dying and Reflection

End-of-Life issues, care and the topic of death and dying in general need a ‘sexier’ image. I find that many do not want to delve into such conversation. There are no plans in place for ‘what if.’ Family does not know what other family members would want should such a situation arise. I keep reflecting…

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Volunteering with Dying with Dignity-Canada

The topic of death, dying and end-of-life is not one that many want to delve into, yet in reality it is needed.  “To be born, one must die.” Culture, religion, morals and values will play a part along with one’s upbringing and personal beliefs.  As a professional who works with older adults/seniors, this area is…

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Decriminalize Assisted Suicide: Why Not?

If the federal government is leaving medical care and health care to the provinces as in making transfer payments and each province implements its own health care and medical care, than why are they not doing the same with assisted suicide or dying with dignity? How can refusing medical treatment or assisted dying be considered…

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The Conversation…..

I have written on this topic before, but came across this link and feel it should be shared with others. ‘The Conversation’ re: death and dying-not an easy one to have and some might even prefer the other ‘conversation’ about the ‘birds and the bees’ with their kids over this one. http://www.dyingmatters.org/gp_page/having-conversation

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