Life and Death
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What is delirium? Delirium is described as a “neurocognitive disorder,” which means that an individual who develops a delirium has increasing difficulty focusing their attention, becomes … more
Two out of three American households have a cat or a dog, and pet ownership continues to increase. Our pets can also include fish, birds, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, and more. Companionship is … more
W e have left the holidays behind and look to the New Year with all kinds of hope: hope that we will keep to our resolutions, hope that our loved ones will stay safe and healthy, hope for a winning … more
Three years after the death of her husband, David Parker Oliver, Debra was able to have enough perspective to write openly about her experience as his caregiver and to share her husband’s lasting legacies of love, hope, and travel. more
Baby boomers were gifted the silver, china, crystal, and linens that their parents saved for and treasured, but now many millennials are minimalists and less interested in family heirlooms. If the … more
Simply put, eco-friendly burials, also known as “green” burials, refer to burying a body in a biodegradable coffin without embalming or a vault. The Green Burial Council (GBC) describes … more
Combining their professional expertise with their experience as caregivers, the authors of “The Unexpected Journey of Caring” truly capture what it feels like to be a family caregiver. … more
“Death with Dignity,” also known as Physician Assisted Death, Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Aid in Dying, refers to the legal ability of a physician to provide a potentially … more
Considering the option of hospice, or even just hearing the word “hospice,” often comes at a stressful and chaotic time, so having a baseline understanding of how hospice works falls … more
Last month’s column discussed what grief can look and feel like and the different stages of grief. Adjusting to the death of someone close to us takes time, and the expression “grief … more
Although grief is a universal experience, how it impacts each of us is incredibly personal and unique. It has been described as “where love used to be.” It is the response and the impact … more
If there are more than 53 million family caregivers in the U.S., we all know someone doing this challenging and compassionate work, and they need our support. It is work, requiring physical and … more
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