Category: Of Interest…

Items of interest to the Vaisnava’s C.A.R.E. community and readers.

The Gentler Symptoms of Dying

The Gentler Symptoms of Dying

By SARA MANNING PESKIN, M.D. The patient’s hair was styled with curls so stiff, they held her head a few inches up from her hospital pillow. She had painted her lips a shade of bright pink that exuded the confidence of age. Just after her colon burst, she was still awake. She looked around, atmore>>

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SIT, BE QUIET:  HOW TO SUPPORT THE DYING

SIT, BE QUIET:  HOW TO SUPPORT THE DYING

“I haven’t called you, because I just don’t know what to say.”  My (former) husband had finally caught up with his relative, who admitted that he had been avoiding calls and requests for support.  “I have never been in your situation.  Your wife is dying.  I don’t know what that’s like, so how could Imore>>

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“How We Die” By Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. — Recommended Reading!

“How We Die” By Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. — Recommended Reading!

Sherwin Nuland, M.D. on the Art of Dying and How Our Mortality Confers Meaning Upon Our Lives By Maria Popova “To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago,” Montaigne wrote in his timeless meditation onmore>>

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How One Mom’s Extraordinary Love Transforms the Short Lives of Hospice Babies

How One Mom’s Extraordinary Love Transforms the Short Lives of Hospice Babies

By Cori Salchert TODAY Contributor  Cori Salchert calls the home she shares with her husband, Mark, a “house of hope.” A former perinatal bereavement nurse with eight biological children, Salchert began adopting what she calls “hospice babies” —babies with life-limiting or terminal diagnoses — in 2012. Salchert says these babies come from families who findmore>>

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Joan Didion on Grief — “The Year of Magical Thinking”

Joan Didion on Grief — “The Year of Magical Thinking”

“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be.” BY MARIA POPOVA “To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago,” Montaigne wrote in his 16th-century essay on death and the art ofmore>>

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‘I know they are going to die.’ This foster father takes in only terminally ill children

‘I know they are going to die.’ This foster father takes in only terminally ill children

By: Hailey Branson-Potts  (Los Angeles Times)   The children were going to die. Mohamed Bzeek knew that. But in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway — the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County’s sprawling foster care system. He has buried about 10 children. Some died in hismore>>

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Have you Ever Heard of “Five Wishes” — A Living Will/Advance Directive?

Have you Ever Heard of “Five Wishes” — A Living Will/Advance Directive?

Five Wishes  Five Wishes is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language that lets adults of all ages plan how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will with more than 23 million copies in circulation. Five Wishes helps you express how youmore>>

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The Symptoms of Dying

The Symptoms of Dying

 By SARA MANNING PESKIN, M.D.  You and I, one day we’ll die from the same thing. We’ll call it different names: cancer, diabetes, heart failure, stroke. One organ will fail, then another. Or maybe all at once. We’ll become more similar to each other than to people who continue living with your original diagnosis or mine. Dying hasmore>>

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How to Handle Guilt and Other Caregiving Emotions

How to Handle Guilt and Other Caregiving Emotions

Taking care of a loved one with an illness or disability can stir up some complicated emotions. You may have great days when you feel a deep sense of fulfillment and connection. And hard days, filled with guilt, grief, or anger. You might even have conflicting feelings, like love and resentment, at the same time. It canmore>>

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When a Loved One is Terminally Ill — Talking About Death and Making End-of-Life Decision

When a Loved One is Terminally Ill — Talking About Death and Making End-of-Life Decision

When a loved one develops a serious illness, it’s normal to go through an emotional experience akin to grieving. If the illness is life-threatening, it’s important to talk about death and plan for the end of life. These conversations can be difficult, but there are ways to make them easier. Facing terminal illness Time seemsmore>>

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