I was surprised by his unexpected question, though it was the best one anyone asked me.
My mother once said that no matter how old you are when both your parents are dead, you become an orphan. That is me now.
Room In the Inn
Costumed children, decorated houses, parties and candy, and getting frightened out of our wits; why do we like it so much?
The Old Ball Game
Ukraine & Things Worse than Death
As the personal stories of Ukrainian resolve demonstrate, there are things worse than death.
Palliative Care and Structure to the "Or"
If you are being asked to make a potentially life or death decision for someone you love, how can you do that without understanding the choices?
Jesus wept; this is the shortest verse in the Bible, but we often miss its significance.
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead
We sing along with the Munchkins as they celebrate their liberation: Ding dong, the witch is dead! But what exactly are we cheering for?
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?