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Category Archives: Something Special
"You are going to change the world because that is actually what the world is. You do not pass through this life, it passes through you."
Joss Whedon is a successful script writer with a strong cult following. His work in television includes the series Roseanne, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as the Hollywood blockbusters Speed, Alien: Resurrection, and Toy Story. Graduating from … Continue reading
Life lessons from end-of-life industry experts, medical professionals and those grieving loss
This month will mark my last as a blog writer for SevenPonds. I joined this team two years ago as a young writer with little insight into the end-of-life industry, only knowing that I agreed with our founder Suzette that … Continue reading
How will you honor lost loved ones this Memorial Day?
Can you resist feeling moved when you hear the fire of the three-gun salute and the playing of Taps at a military funeral service? When I hear that — even when I see it in a movie! — I can’t help … Continue reading
Multi-year campaign pays off for supporters of choice at the end of life
Thank you, Compassion and Choices for sharing this news with us: Today, an important victory for advocates of end-of-life choice. The Vermont legislature passed the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act. The bill is similar to Oregon’s … Continue reading
How the photographer memorialized her mother by creating a world of fairy tales inspired by her childhood
Kirsty Mitchell has been working on a project four years in the making, where she photographs fantastical, wildly radiant scenes of fairy-tail women in elaborate costumes. These story-book images are a tribute to the artist’s mother, who died in November … Continue reading
Grab these free resources to help you detect and act if someone is having a stroke.
Do you know this acronym to help you detect the signs of a stroke? Face: Does the face look uneven? Arms: Does one arm drift down? Speech: Does their speech sound slurred or strange? Time: If you detect any of … Continue reading
NHPCO stresses that hospice is about living fully, not preparing for death.
Thank you to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for sharing these facts with us! Some people have the wrong idea about hospice care. They think that hospice is only about dying and that hospice is the place you go when … Continue reading
A San Francisco landmark is a poignant reminder of the past
Today marks the 107th anniversary of the Great 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Every year on this day, residents of San Francisco gather around Lotta’s fountain (located at the intersection of Market, Geary and Kearny) to commemorate that moment of silence, right … Continue reading
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization stresses the importance of talking with your loved ones.
Yesterday was Healthcare Decisions Day and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization took the opportunity to stress the importance of people talking frankly about the care they would or would not want if ever faced with a serious medical … Continue reading
Announces an evening benefitting grieving children and families entitled "Hope Springs"
More than a year ago I became aware of Josie’s Place, a San Francisco Bay Area support group for children and teens who have lost a loved one. The founder, Patricia Murphy, lost her own mother when she was a … Continue reading
Today is the 14th anniversary of the death of the famed medical cannabis activist of the 1980s and '90s.
Today is the 14th anniversary of the death of Mary Jane Rathbun, better known as “Brownie Mary”, a medical cannabis activist and San Francisco General Hospital volunteer. Rathbun became known in the 1980s and ’90s for illegally distributing pot brownies … Continue reading
The young adult genre deals with sensitive issues like death, illness, and suicide.
“Sick lit”, a sub-genre of literature that features characters who are struggling with physical or mental illness, or coping with issues like suicide or self-mutilation, or loss, has created a bit of a buzz in the media lately. The novels … Continue reading
Provide comfort and hope in a time of fear and confusion.
This is a post by Marguerite Manteau-Rao, who blogs about mindfulness practice at Mind Deep. Marguerite’s 90-year-old mother lives with Alzheimer’s. She wrote this post in response to a belittling and aggravating experience when her mother was hospitalized after a … Continue reading
The author talks about living your life to leave the legacy you desire.
Author Brad Meltzer was so concerned about what would be in his obituary that he hired someone to write it while he could still read it. In this TEDx talk, he talks about the importance and impact to what’s in … Continue reading
Chat with end-of-life professionals and peers through your favorite social network!
Want a chance to talk with health care and end-of-life professionals and peers from the comfort of your own home? We’ve compiled the list below of Twitter chats on a variety of health care and end-of-life topics. Through these regularly-scheduled … Continue reading