Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. Families will travel from near and far to be with their loved ones. The tune of "Over the River and Through the Woods" gently plays as we embark on this journey on highways, trains and airplanes each November.
Brittany Maynard died peacefully on Saturday November 1, 2104, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Brittany chose to end her own life. That was her plan.
Consider this fact of life: How much effort do we often put into planning for vacations, weddings and sometimes our retirement, but how often do we plan for the nitty-gritty practical details of planning a funeral or planning for death? The inevitable is inevitable isn’t it?
We may consider issues such as wills and estate planning or cremation or burial. But how often do we communicate and document our lives and what is to happen to all that information when we die?
In less than 6 months time, we will be celebrating National Health Care Decisions Day. Have you heard about National Healthcare Decisions Day?
It's the day selected for everyone to join in the conversation about end-of-life planning and utlimately planning for death. So mark your calendars for April 16, 2015!
The report is out and its time to have some honest conversations about end of life care now.
90 percent of Americans think it's important to talk and plan for end of life, yet less than 30 percent actually do. The time to plan is "now". Too many of us wait until we are not physically or mentally able to make our wishes known. By then, it's too late.
An avalanche of grief, combined with mountains of difficult decisions to make and details to attend to, was triggered the moment I received a phone call from my brother saying “Mom’s dead” one sunny May morning in 2006.
In case you hadn’t heard, Casey Kasem died last week. The news of his death was not, however, a huge surprise.
A family battle over Casey’s end-of-life care, treatment and intentions was the predominant story for several weeks- a feud played out in public and highlighted in various media outlets.
Could this feud have been avoided? A resounding yes!
There will soon be a flood of tears and anguished sobbing in theaters across the nation. “The Fault in Our Stars”, the fourth novel authored by John Green, is hitting the screens of theaters everywhere after its successful launch as a top-selling young adult book.
Have you ever come across any unknown, unmarked keys such as the ones pictured above?
Did you happen to find them in a strange place where you not only wondered what they were doing in that location, but, more importantly, you wondered what did those keys actually open?
It is hard enough keeping track of which keys open what when you are the owner and you are still alive. Now imagine the problems that arise when you die and someone else is left to figure out the puzzle!