Articles on end of life


How Doctors Die

If you’re interested in a responsible approach to one’s own death, you’ll want to read How Doctors Die, on the Zocalo Public Square blog. It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s...

In memoriam: Monique Doyle Spencer

Cross-posted from my own site. Last night a dear and inspiring friend breathed her last. Monique Doyle Spencer, metastatic breast cancer patient, died at home as she wished. All knew the end was near. A couple of weeks ago she happily attended her daughter’s...

This year it’s … Occupy With Grace

As in 2009 and 2010, this year too we donate our top post at Thanksgiving to the Engage With Grace movement, encouraging people to participate in this very important discussion, at the time of year when we’re most likely to be together with families. Because it...

Steve Jobs’ Cancer Denial

The 60 minutes interview with Steve Jobs’ biographer is an intriguing piece that gives us a few insights into Steve Jobs and his battle with pancreatic cancer. But the most disturbing part of the interview for me was watching Walter Isaacson, a former editor of...

The unexpected power of storytelling

The Journal of Participatory Medicine recently published a new commentary, “A Skydiver Jumps, and an Online Community Exults,” about the unexpected power of storytelling in a lung cancer support group. After sharing an uplifting story with her online...

Tami Boehmer: Hope versus statistics

Guest blogger Tami Boehmer shares a recent conversation with e-Patient Dave about the pitfalls of survival statistics and the power of hope. Tami’s blog, “From Incurable to Incredible,” is at www.miraclesurvivors.com. I recently had the honor of...

TEDMED End Of Life videos are up

Last October we posted about two great TEDMED talks related to death. The videos are now up. The empowered, engaged patient cannot ignore this issue. Patients who’ve faced death will know why these talks on death are about being alive. It’s not a paradox;...

In the End

Three years ago our family was faced with a difficult decision. What is the best care for our mother? We toured all the possible local options, but when it came down to it, there was only one facility* willing to take my mother due to the advanced state of her...

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