Category: Of Interest…

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

Loneliness is a modern illness of the body, not just the mind

Loneliness is a modern illness of the body, not just the mind

By Fay Bound Alberti Healthcare that is preventive rather than reactive is key if this epidemic is to be tackled effectively  ‘We are not taught to watch the body language of others to see if we can detect loneliness. Nor are we encouraged to work with and through the body to alleviate it.’  Loneliness ismore>>

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THE GRIEF OF PARENTS WHEN A CHILD DIES

THE GRIEF OF PARENTS WHEN A CHILD DIES

The death of a child is devastating and often referred to as the worst experience a parent can endure. A child’s death causes a profound family crisis. It shatters core beliefs and assumptions about the world and the expectations about how life should unfold. The overwhelming suffering and intense emotions that flood the days, weeks,more>>

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Palliative Care Expert is a Vocal Opponent of Death With Dignity Law

Palliative Care Expert is a Vocal Opponent of Death With Dignity Law

By ERYN BROWN Ira Byock, one of the nation’s leading experts on hospice and palliative care, rushed into Westlake High School’s advanced anatomy classroom. Delayed by traffic on the 405, he was late for a talk with students at the Westlake Village school about some serious stuff: dying, pain, loss. Inevitably, he knew, he’d facemore>>

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A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying

A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying

By Jan Hoffman  One evening in the late fall, Lucien Majors, 84, sat at his kitchen table, his wife Jan by his side, as he described a recent dream. Mr. Majors had end-stage bladder cancer and was in renal failure. As he spoke with a doctor from Hospice Buffalo, he was alert but faltering. In themore>>

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Refusing Treatment At Age 93

Refusing Treatment At Age 93

WRITTEN BY Barbara Karnes Dear Barbara, My mother-in-law is 93 years old and was recently admitted to the hospital. Her blood pressure is extremely high, and the doctor is keeping her in the hospital to treat the blood pressure. Her other symptoms are paranoia and agitation. She refuses to eat, and spits out her food,more>>

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Contentment in the Winter of Life

Contentment in the Winter of Life

With the clarity of age, we are better able to master our emotions.  By Susan Stewart   The relationship between age and contentment is well documented, though scientists are still seeking to better understand the reasons for that link. Long years of life experience and reflection play a role in late-life contentment, as do shifts inmore>>

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Because I’m a Dad

Because I’m a Dad

Talking Matters Blog By Dr. Ira Byock For years, as a physician and public advocate for better care, I’ve talked about the importance of having conversations about what matters most to people in life-threatening situations and completing advance directives. As a principle of clinical ethics and practice, I believe that clarifying people’s values, preferences andmore>>

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Hospice Chaplain Writes About Her Talks With the Dying

Hospice Chaplain Writes About Her Talks With the Dying

What she heard was unexpected, the ‘On Living’ author says. By Emily Gurnon We humans are both fascinated by and fearful of death. The fear often keeps us at arms’ length from the dying, even when they are those we’ve held closest in life. Kerry Egan’s job as a hospice chaplain in Massachusetts was tomore>>

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What Hospice Does and Doesn’t Do

What Hospice Does and Doesn’t Do

Know what’s offered so you can make informed decisions ahead of time. By John F. Wasik More than once in my life, I wish I knew more about hospice care, which is a sustained focus on quality-of-life near the end of a journey. A deeper working knowledge would have made the closing days of severalmore>>

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The Value of Sitting With Your Pain

The Value of Sitting With Your Pain

If pain is inevitable, how can suffering be optional? By Jill Smolowe She thought this chapter of her past was closed. So, when an ancient, painful relationship recently roared back into my friend’s life, stirring up old and ugly feelings, she began to worry she was coming unglued. “I swore I’d never be here again,” shemore>>

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