Tag: end of life

Why so few of us get to die peacefully at home; A thoughtful essay that puts things in perspective.

Why so few of us get to die peacefully at home; A thoughtful essay that puts things in perspective. I came across this yesterday in the Star Ledger, and thought you would like to read it. In most countries, the end of life occurs surrounded by family and loves ones. In the United States, it often is preferred that end of life occurs that way, but people are often forced to die in the medical system, in a hospital or other facility, often after a futile attempt to prevent the unpreventable. Katy Butler, the author of this essay explains why Read More »

When more care does not prolong the quality as well as the length of life, when do you say no.

When more care does not prolong the quality as well as the length of life, when do you say no. Many of you are familiar with this scene; an older parent in their 80’s or a relative was diagnosed with a tumor, after having a number of other health problems. The loved one is in generally declining health however, the doctors recommend having the tumor removed. The surgery is risky, some follow-up care is likely to be needed, yet, the down side is that they may never make it off the table, or leave the rehab facility afterword; what do Read More »