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George H.W. Bush’s Hospitalization After Barbara’s Funeral Could Be Due to Broken Heart Syndrome

Former President George H. W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday morning, just one day after his wife Barbara Bush was laid to rest.<p>His spokesman Jim …

College Station

Death Cafe hopes to normalize conversations surrounding death

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Seventy-two-year-old Carol Peterson says death is inevitable.<p>"I'm not afraid of death."<p>That's why she attended the Death …

Café

What I Learned About Swedish Death Cleaning After Experiencing My Own Loss

As I stood atop a makeshift ladder, an old door atop two sawhorses, with a mask over my face, pulling down pieces of wood that were covered in dust that may have been there from the 1920s Dust Bowl, I found myself resenting my grandparents and their parents for holding onto all this junk. I then …

Minimalism

Barbara Bush’s End-Of-Life Decision Stirs Debate Over ‘Comfort Care’

Barbara Bush

Song aims to takes taboo out of end-of-life planning

<i>LIBERTY, Mo.</i> — No one likes talking about getting old, but it’s inevitable. Now there is a new tool to help you plan for the future, or your …

Bucket Lists

Cultural differences affect end of life decisions

Cultural factors play a large role when it comes to how Switzerland’s linguistic regions make end of life decisions, a study has found.<p>Almost two …

Assisted Suicide

Aid-in-dying laws seek to reconcile patient autonomy with ethical concerns

As Hawaii becomes the sixth state to legalize terminally ill patients to decide to end their own lives with medical assistance, ethical debates over …

Ethics

The States Where People Die Young

A new study explores where and why Americans are dying early.<p>We’ve known for some time now that Americans are increasingly dying younger, but the scale and nature of the problem has been a little bit murky. There was speculation that the downturn in American life expectancy was all thanks to …

University of Washington

Ghost marriages: A 3,000-year-old tradition of wedding the dead is still thriving in rural China

In 2010, two years after Li Long died of leukaemia in a local hospital in China's central Henan province, his mother finally found him a bride — Li …

China

An object lesson in mourning at this Leeds museum

It’s still something of a taboo subject, but a new exhibition in Leeds hopes to shed light on how we mourn loved ones and whether it’s changed over …

Leeds

Dying Mrs. Gomez - SNL

When do you know you're old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers

With her latest book, Natural Causes, Barbara Ehrenreich notes that there’s an age at which death no longer requires much explanation<p>Four years ago, Barbara Ehrenreich, 76, reached the realisation that she was old enough to die. Not that the author, journalist and political activist was sick; she …

Breast Cancer

Here's Why I Invented A 'Death Machine' That Lets People Take Their Own Lives

Talk about “dying with dignity” has grown to a calamitous pitch in recent years. “Right to die” groups vie for supremacy, trying to show who can make the dying experience the least degrading. Who can replace the utter macabre-ness of the necessity of death with something more palatable.<p>In this …

Human Rights

The Death Café phenomenon

Millennials are dying to talk about dying<p><i>By Gusti Linnea Newquist</i> | Presbyterians Today<p>Conversation on life, death and hope takes place at the home …

‘Aggressive’ New Advance Directive Would Let Dementia Patients Refuse Food

Treading into ethically and legally uncertain territory, a New York end-of-life agency has approved a new document that lets people stipulate in …

Dementia

With the help of a loved one, a family finds what is essential in the end

In a given week at the height of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, Frank Ostaseski, the founding director of the Zen Hospice Project, would help as …

San Francisco

What a dying old woman taught me about love

I was a newly trained hospice volunteer, and E. was to be my first patient. I had to work up the nerve to cross the threshold.<p>After gently clearing my throat and shuffling my feet in an attempt to wake her, I bent low to look at her face. Suddenly, her eyes opened wide.<p>She was as startled as me and …

Relationships

You’ve Detailed Your Last Wishes, but Doctors May Not See Them

This is not how it was supposed to happen.<p>I was working overnight when my pager sounded, alerting me to an admission to the intensive care unit. I logged on to the computer and clicked on the patient’s chart, scanning the notes that tracked his decline. First there was a cancer diagnosis, too far …

Medical Technology

PBS film forces viewers to confront mortality

NEW YORK – On its face, PBS has a huge challenge in promoting filmmaker Helen Whitney’s upcoming documentary on facing mortality. Most people want to …

Spokane

Long miles, lonely roads: In rural Texas, dying at home means little is easy

HASKELL COUNTY, Texas — To get to the house where Shawn Jordan wants to die, you drive a hypnotic road along miles of furrowed cotton fields, gnarly …

Loneliness

The Extraordinary Art of Deceased Facial Restoration For Those Who Suffered Injury to Their Face or Head

Great Big Story visited with James Edward Smith Jr., a restoration instructor at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Texas. Smith spoke …

Restoration

Things to Avoid Saying and Doing Around a Dying Loved One

There are helpful and loving actions you can take to support a dying friend or loved one. Learning how to support your loved one is one of the best …

Self-help

Melina Kanakaredes To Co-Write & Produce Film Based On Life Of ‘On Death & Dying’ Author Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Melina Kanakaredes (<i>The Resident</i>) has teamed with Das Films for an indie feature on the life of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, inspired by Kübler-Ross’ book</i> …

A woman’s final Facebook message before euthanasia: ‘I’m ready for my trip now...’

At 2pm on 26 January, Aurelia Brouwers lay down on her bed to die. Clutching a toy pink dinosaur and listening to her favourite music, the 29-year-old drank her prescribed medication as close friends gathered round. “She asked me to lie next to her. She had a smile on her face, and then she went …

Data Protection

Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

At 87, Maxine Stanich cared more about improving the quality of her life than prolonging it.<p>She suffered from a long list of health problems, including heart failure and chronic lung disease that could leave her gasping for breath.<p>When her time came, she wanted to die a natural death, Stanich told …

How technology is changing the way we grieve

In the early hours of one New Year’s morning, still intoxicated from the previous night’s celebrations, I texted my dad: “I love you.” When I woke up …

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual reality enlightens medical students about end-of-life care

A virtual reality simulation due out this spring will put users in the shoes of a patient undergoing hospice care and of those looking after the …

What are the spiritual needs at the end of life?

Home <b>›</b> Theology <b>›</b> Research <b>›</b> <b>What are the spiritual needs at the end of life?</b><p><i>on</i> March 4, 2018 • ( 0 )<p><b>By Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.</b><p>Do individuals …

Hospice doctor faces death without fear