Taking care of Kate, before and after her death, was my first experience as a “Death Midwife.” Up until the 20th century, death care such as that our community gave Kate, was a common family and community undertaking (forgive the play on words). So, what is “death midwifery?” In the words of Cassandra Yonder from… [More…]
This article from LinkedIn continues society’s discussion about balancing quality of life against life-prolonging interventions. Dr. Profeta presents the issue from the perspective of the elderly. I Know You Love Me — Now Let Me Die by Dr. Louis M. Profeta Jan 16, 2016 In the old days, she would be propped up on a comfy pillow,… [More…]
The announcement came through the scratchy intercom; “Those who are in Section 3 may now board the aircraft.” Section 3 – it was finally my turn. I took out my passport and the slip of paper which I assumed was my boarding pass. I was mistaken, however, and was holding the receipt for my luggage…. [More…]
Imagine: a teen in a high school guidance office is eagerly showing the counselor a pamphlet about nursing courses in the community college. You can see the excitement in the youngster’s face – new horizons, new adventures – it’s all there in black and white. They just need one more scholarship and they’re in! The… [More…]
How many of you remember cassette tapes where you could fast-forward through a song that you didn’t like and find the one you preferred to listen to over and over again? It was never easy to guess when to stop the fast-forward button, and so you would have to stop and start a few times…. [More…]
Forty years ago, as a new nursing grad I watched Karen, an experienced nurse on the oncology floor, sobbing in the nursing station, ” I’m just done – I can’t do this anymore.” Her 23-year-old patient had died – the second death that week. Karen had comforted the family, cared for her patient’s body, and… [More…]
Is Christmas difficult this year because you will be missing a loved one? Are you wondering how you’ll manage without them? Here are 7 strategies that you can use right now to help you cope with Christmas.
Facing the holiday season after the death of a family member, or friend can be a lonely and difficult journey. Trying to meet the expectations of traditional activities, being sad while everyone else is making merry, or even hearing familiar holiday music can make our grief feel even worse. Coping with Loss during the Holiday… [More…]