Pamela Ressler

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A Matter of Death and Life

At The Harley School in Rochester, New York, senior-year students who sign up for hospice class learn to care for people who are dying. These are …

Empathy

Breathing Tubes Fail to Save Many Older Patients

Earlier this year, an ambulance brought a man in his 80s to the emergency room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He had metastatic lung cancer; his family had arranged for hospice care at home.<p>But when he grew less alert and began struggling to breathe, his son tearfully called 911.<p>“As …

Medicine

The Positive Death Movement Comes to Life

It was the party of a lifetime, and Shatzi Weisberger wouldn’t have missed it for the world. After all, it was her funeral. Or, as she pronounced it, her FUN-eral.<p>“Come on in,” she said. “There’s lots of food. And a coffin that people are decorating.”<p>And so it was that a hundred or so people …

Living Rooms

That ‘Living Will’ You Signed? At The ER, It Could Be Open To Interpretation.

“Don’t resuscitate this patient; he has a living will,” the nurse told Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy, handing her a document.<p>Williams-Murphy looked at …

Medicine

A Growing Movement Of 'Death Doulas' Is Rethinking How We Die

For end-of-life doulas, accompanying the dying is anything but morbid.<p>Amy Levine has sat with many dying individuals in her capacity as a hospice social worker. She’s often felt the same, uncanny feeling as the moment of death approaches.<p>“All I can tell you is that from where I have sat there has …

Midwifery

5 Things You Should Be Dying To Know About Palliative Care

<i>By Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD, and Bradley T. Rosen, MD, MBA</i><p>Palliative care is one of those subjects, like estate planning, that most of us would rather ignore. Don’t. You could need it one day or find yourself on a team providing it to a loved one.<p>This specialized form of care is meant to improve the …

Medicine

'She Will Not Be Missed': Children Deliver Harsh Send-Off In Mother's Death Notice

Go to hell, Mom!<p>That was the essential and overriding sentiment in a death notice for a Minnesota woman published this week.<p>The 105-word "memorial" in a small-town newspaper in Minnesota was unquestionably blunt. <i>The Redwood Falls Gazette</i> in Redwood Falls, Minn. — population 5,254 — removed the …

Genealogy

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

<i>Editor's Note: This article was revised to better reflect that the use of nonclinicians in implementing the researchers' program was intentional and</i> …

Mental Health

Too many Americans fail to plan for end-of-life care

There are personal barriers to dying well, largely fueled by fear and lack of information, which can be addressed now.

Health Care

Why we need more poetry in palliative care

Introduction<p>I was first provoked to consider the role of poetry in palliative care by an editorial for the Christmas 2013 <i>BMJ.</i> I like reading and …

Cancer patients urged to discuss 'end of life' plans

<b>Vital conversations about cancer patients' end of life wishes are often not had until it is too late, according to a new report.</b><p>Almost two thirds of patients (63%) who took part in a Macmillan Cancer Support study saw themselves as "fighters".<p>However, the charity said this could result in many …

Dr. Gawande: Mass. Is Seeing 'First Signs Of Real Change' In End-Of-Life Planning

Support the news<p>Three years into a campaign to shift attitudes about end-of-life planning in Massachusetts and to make sure residents get the care …

The Prisoners Who Care for the Dying and Get Another Chance at Life

in a California prison hospice, inmates become caregivers to fellow convicts who will never make it out alive.

Prison

What the Brain Reveals about Gratitude

Imagine you are on the run from a Nazi manhunt and are taken under the protection of a stranger. This stranger spends the winter providing you with …

Discussing prognosis with patients and their families near the end of life: impact on satisfaction with end-of-life care. - PubMed

BACKGROUND:<p>Seriously ill patients and their physicians often avoid discussing prognosis, which may compromise optimal end-of-life (EOL) care …

‘Everyone You Know Someday Will Die’

<i>“Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?</i><i><br>And instead of saying all of your goodbyes,</i> <i><br>Let them know you realize that life goes fast</i><i><br>It's hard to make the good things last” —</i> <i>The Flaming Lips</i><p>The end of life, either your own or a loved one’s, is difficult to fathom. Brilliant writers have …

Association between a name change from palliative to supportive care and the timing of patient referrals at a comprehensive cancer center. - PubMed

PURPOSE:<p>Palliative care consultation services are now available in the majority of cancer centers, yet most referrals to palliative care occur late. …

UVM Pilots an End-of-Life Doula Program

Roberta MacDonald guffawed when she remembered a riddle her friend once asked her: What's the No. 1 cause of death? No, it's not heart disease or …

Poor communication is compromising care for the dying

Research shows that up to 70 per cent of seriously ill, hospitalized elderly Canadians are receiving invasive end-of-life treatments that they don’t …

Why undertakers are worried

EVERY minute more than 100 people die. Most of these deaths bring not just grief to some, but also profit to others. America’s 2.7m-odd deaths a year …

Remarkable People We Overlooked in Our Obituaries

The poet Sylvia Plath and the novelist Charlotte Brontë. Ida B. Wells, the anti-lynching activist. These extraordinary people — and so many others — did not have obituaries in The New York Times. Until now.

CRISPR could end sickle cell disease, but signing up black patients for clinical trials will be a hard sell

The first attempts to use a groundbreaking gene-editing technology in people will likely target patients with sickle cell disease, a crippling …

Using Mindfulness to Cope With Pain

“I’ve been with patients all my life,” says Susan Bauer-Wu, former Tussi and John Kluge Endowed Professor in Contemplative End of Life Care …

The Pause

Sirens have become part of civilization’s background noise; most people carry on with their routines as the sound wails by. For me, having served as …

Who Gives Us the Right to “Empower” Patients?

The swell of activity encouraging a more consumer-based approach to health care over the past decade has deep ramifications. This shift is due in …

Opinion: When death is imminent, end-of-life care decisions sometimes go out the window

Two medics roll Mrs. M into the emergency department. Sweat drips from her forehead. Her chest heaves in and out as she tries to suck every last …

Connective recovery in social networks after the death of a friend

Altmetric: 247<p>Citations: 2<p>More detail<p>Letter<p>William R. Hobbs<br>• & Moira K. Burke<p><i>Nature Human Behaviour</i> <b>volume 1</b>, Article number: 0092 …