Category Archives: Hospice

Why I decided to make friends with death

We know we will die someday, so we must accept and plan for it

By Irene Kacandes for Next Avenue

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(This article was written as a part of The Op-Ed Project.)

While we may fear meeting death alone, most of us are actually more afraid of dying surrounded by the wrong kind of people — that is, by health care workers.

Yet that is all too likely to be READ MORE

The one death this doctor can’t forget

How physicians’ religious views may affect end-of-life talks

By Vincent Quagliarello, M.D. for Next Avenue

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In more than 30 years of being a doctor, I’ve participated in many end-of-life events. But one stands out.

She was an elderly woman I had known for years; I’ll call her “Tessie” (not her real name). On the last evening of her terminal illness, READ MORE