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End of Life

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Final Rest in Green

Historically, people buried their loved ones with the intent of preserving their bodies.Embalmed with formaldehyde, secured in a chemically treated

  • 08/24/2019
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Two Countries, Two Elder Care Systems

For many years I have watched my maternal grandparents in Japan, and my paternal grandmother in the United States, receive

  • 04/01/2019
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Helping My Mother Die

In March 2017, my sisters and I gathered in my mom’s bedroom as her pacemaker was deactivated by a hospice

  • 04/01/2019
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Intentional Dying

While most of us would prefer to die at home surrounded by loved ones, most of us will die in

  • 04/01/2019
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The Gift of a Death Done Well

My youngest son has suffered from chronic illness since he was born, requiring many surgical procedures. During one of his

  • 04/01/2019
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The Song of Life

As a board-certified music therapist for 12 years, I have practiced almost exclusively in hospice care. Music can help the

  • 04/01/2019
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Endings

“Facing mortality has made me really look at the narratives we carry and the way we value or disvalue life

  • 04/01/2019
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The Death Café

As someone who works in the medical field, and who deals with the dying every day, I have seen how

  • 04/01/2019
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Eat, Play, Love: My Journey with Grief

There was a time when I knew what life was all about. I knew up from down, left from right,

  • 04/01/2019
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End-of-Life Conversations

I was sitting in a doctors office with my husband, who had just been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer. I

  • 08/01/2018