Tag Archives: Death and dying

The Dreaded Conversation

“You have a new referral. The physician is worried that Mrs. B is depressed and suicidal; she’s been talking about dying all day long. They plan to up her meds if she keeps talking about that.” Mrs. B does want to talk … Continue reading

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Not in Love with AMOUR

Paris. Musicians. Elderly couple. Stroke. Disability. AMOUR (2012) has all the essential elements to become my favorite movie. Ironically, I remain troubled by my tepid reaction 3 weeks after seeing it while most of my friends within and outside of … Continue reading

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All Things Visible and Invisible

A Spanish-speaking patient with advanced dementia grabbed her chest and grimaced. Everyone thought she was having a heart attack. When I asked her what’s going on, she told me her soul was hurting so much that she knew she’s going … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk about Death

1785. The room number flashed on my screen. As the elevator slowly climbed, I made a silent assessment of how I would likely react. Only 24 hours ago, I bid farewell to someone for one final time in the same … Continue reading

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I Want to Live

There is something in the air to tell us summer is near. This is the time of the year when people want to live– to laugh, to love, and to laugh some more. Some will live, others will not. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Low Maintenance

It’s been a year since one of our residents died. She’s not the first and definitely won’t be the last. Every single one of my clients has taught me something special but it’s my brief encounter with this individual that drove home the importance of paying … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/doctors-patients-heart-care-decisions-american-heart-association_n_1323790.html This is an excellent article, and extremely timely. This is the type of discussion we engage in on a regular basis. Dying is terrifying for some, but living isn’t necessarily easier. My favorite piece of advice: “Considering palliative care, … Continue reading

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