My Debt to Dr. Eric Cassell
Last week I learned of the death of a giant; the more the health care system pays attention to what he had to say, the better we all will be.
Proven Effective Spirituality: In 12 Simple Steps
Religion Healthy Enough to Die With
These characteristics of healthy and unhealthy religion clearly fit when it comes to peace at the end of life.
Flip the Pillow
Treat the Pain; Relieve the Hunger
In hospice and palliative care, we must address pain, no matter who the person is. LIkewise we should feed the hungry no matter who they are.
Do we have to do this again?
Kangaroo Mother Care
Kangaroo mother care, a simple but magical treatment, shows that the whole person care we give in hospice is also the best approach at the start of life.
Waking up Dead
Could it be that sleep is the closest we come to what being dead is like?
One-Armed Paper Hanger
Martha said that if she had surgery to remove the cancer in her arm, then God would not heal her. What if she was right?
Death with dignity and Lady Gaga?
Laughing at death: cookies
Oh snap! An end-of-life story with chocolate chip cookies and a nasty punchline…
Could the Mushrooms Really Be Magic?
In a compelling example of what goes around comes around, psychedelic drugs are demonstrating intriguing therapeutic potential, most exciting to me being for dying patients with spiritual pain or existential distress.
Devil on the Cross
Laughing at death: marriage
The relationship between a married couple can provide moments of poignancy, and beauty when it is evident when one of them has reached the end of their life. Today’s post is not about that: here are two more of my favorite old jokes about the end of life.
Laughing at death: doilies
Chicken manure and generosity
The Biblical narrative reports thousands of children’s deaths, and four accounts of dead children brought back to life. Do those fortunate kids have anything to say to us today?
Where was God when the Capitol was stormed?
The Proud Boys knelt and prayed, but where was God when the Capitol was stormed?
Grandma Rigal sat us all down after Christmas, went from one child to the next around a circle, and ask us what our new year’s resolutions were…