Health care at the end of life: Trending Topic

Articles of opinion, research studies or reports of Scientific Societies in relation to care for the patients at the end of life have been numerous in recent months. It is an issue which is of concern to citizens and health professionals. Health institutions and services have not succeeded in producing processes that, based on scientific…

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Duel with Sticks

This is a picture of Francisco de Goya, two villains fighting in a bleak landscape. The weapons were sticks and there were no rules and protocols. The duel ended with the death of one of the contenders and usually with the other wounded. The landscape in the background is empty, which accentuates the loneliness and…

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Death Casts a Wide Net

An excellent article by Rea L. Ginsberg, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD on the site Its OK to Die titled: Death Casts a Wide Net. Our society fears death and everything that goes with it….but as the article states ‘death is a part of life.’ If we get people talking and thinking then perhaps some of the…

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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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There are no Words to Define It…..

by Alberto García Salido Neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICU and PICU) are units of life…Where a very small percentage of cases children die. Children die and there are no words to define it…And perhaps we do not have adequate training to face the end of life in these patients. Thanks to pediatricians, Nadia García Lara…

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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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What to Do about Mama?- Book Review

Book Review- What to Do about Mama? By Barbara G. Mathews and Barbara Trainin Blank What I like about this book is the different perspectives on caregiving as there are many contributors. This provides any individual or professional reading the book with different scenarios, which include common situations and feelings. The authors also describe their…

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Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium: 2014

The groundbreaking gathering encourages researchers, physicians, spiritual care providers, and patient advocates to learn from each other and grow as healers.  Participants will share contemplative best practices and experiential teachings, while collectively beginning work toward common standards of practice. The symposium takes place in Garrison, NY from November 6th thru 9th. Neuroscience research has demonstrated the…

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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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End-of-Life Discussion Group for Professionals on LinkedIn

A colleague of mine is an author and has written a book regarding her father’s death. She receives many requests and suggestions regarding the need for a professional ‘support’ group or a place where dialogue can occur among professionals. This is why I have created the End-of-Life Discussion Group for Professionals. It is a group…

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