Category Archives: Something Special

Congress Attacks D.C. Death with Dignity Law

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a measure repealing the bill

After failing to block the enactment of a Washington, D.C. law that legalized medical aid in dying earlier this year, the House Appropriations Committee recently succeeded in attaching a measure to repeal the law to a 2018 spending bill. The … Continue reading

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HIV: The Epidemic We Haven’t Stopped

HIV and AIDS are still infecting men who sleep with men at an astonishing rate

It has been over 35 years since the medical community first became aware of a strange and deadly disease that mainly affected gay men. The news first broke in June 1981, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Continue reading

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A Small Town in Kansas Creates Christmas in September for a Little Boy

Citizens organized the event for Christian Risner, who is dying of cancer

A town in Kansas has come together to give a special gift to a dying little boy. Nearly all of the residents of the tiny town of Lebo created “Christmas in September” this past Sunday for 3-year-old Christian Risner, who … Continue reading

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Melbourne’s Festival of Death and Dying Is Happening This Weekend

The annual event takes place September 9th and 10th

Talking about death and dying isn’t particularly popular anywhere. But Australians are especially adept at avoiding the subject, at least according to a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald. And that’s exactly why Peter Banki decided to organize the … Continue reading

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Memorializing The Hands of The Dying

Trish Rogers provides plaster casts of the hands of the dying as a unique memorial for families

“Some hands are worn,” says Trish Rogers. “You can tell they’ve been through many things in life. Some hands are smooth because they’re kind of young and innocent.” She’s talking about the hands of the dying. Trish Rogers has studied … Continue reading

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Pediatric Palliative Care Helps Kids with Cancer Cope

St. Jude's innovative program helps kids with cancer deal with their disease

Over the past two decades, the medical specialty of palliative care has exploded in the United States. And with it, the understanding of what palliative care is and to whom it should be offered has evolved considerably. As recently as … Continue reading

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