Tag Archives: Death and Dying

“His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.”

- J.R.R. Tolkien
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Heart Surgery May Be Best Performed In the Afternoon

A new study shows that patients who underwent heart surgery in the afternoon fared better than their morning surgery counterparts

Researchers  who have studied the effect of the body’s circadian rhythms on patients undergoing complex heart surgery have found that the time of day has an effect on the outcome of the surgery. Collecting data on nearly 600 patients who … Continue reading

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“Death is a wild night and a new road”

- Emily Dickinson
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What Is It Like To Run A Camp for Grieving Children?

An interview with Cherie Shoemake, director of Optimal Hospice Foundation, Part Two

Today SevenPonds talks to Cherie Shoemake about Kids Camp, a summer camp for grieving children ages 8 to 16 who have recently experienced the loss of someone close to them. Cherie is the director of Optimal Hospice Foundation, the organization … Continue reading

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What is Anticipatory Grief?

People living with terminal illness face grief and loss long before death occurs

When Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross released her seminal book, “On Death and Dying” in 1969, she based her writings on the experiences of people who were facing certain death. Through a series of interviews and conversations with terminally ill children … Continue reading

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Book Review: “It’s OK to Die” by Monica Williams-Murphy and Kristian Murphy

Making difficult decisions about end of life care

“It’s OK to Die” was written by Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy, an emergency room physician, and her husband, Kristian Murphy. Dr. Williams-Murphy writes about how difficult it is to treat critically ill people who do not have advance directives. If the … Continue reading

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