Tag Archives: Dying Well

Dementia and Redefining Quality of Life

A mother-daughter journey into the unknown

The idea of dementia or dependence appalled my mother. For many years, she declared, “If I ever get Alzheimer’s, take me out and shoot me!” Her definition of quality of life was firmly grounded in her ability to think and … Continue reading

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How Can A Dreamscape Help Grieving Families Heal?

An interview with Nancy Gershman, Part Two

Today SevenPonds concludes our conversation with Nancy Gershman, a memory artist who creates “Dreamscapes” for people in hospice and their families. A Dreamscape is a photo collage that serves as a physical image of a memory or something the ill/deceased … Continue reading

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When The Legacy is Suicide

The initial impact

When I was a child, my family was a strong, stoic clan. We valued fierce independence above all else. Asking for help or seeking recognition was not acceptable. Neither love nor grief was talked about or expressed. Any acknowledgment of … Continue reading

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Still Restricting Ice Cream?

When you're nearing the end of life, it's OK to eat dessert first!

Join SevenPonds each month as Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN, offers practical on-hand guidance to demystify the dying process. As an RN since 1976, Tani has been working to empower families and healthcare professionals to have the best end-of-life experience possible both through education and the … Continue reading

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A Letter to Your Doctor Gives Instructions for End-of-Life Care

Stanford Letter Project lets people communicate what they value most

A unique project is underway at Stanford Medicine in Palo Alto, California. Thousands of patients are writing letters to their doctors expressing exactly what they do and do not want as they approach the end of their lives. Based on … Continue reading

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Life Extension Pursuits of the One Percent Miss the Point Completely

Death-phobic billionaires invest in prolonging life for the select elite

What do eliminating cancer and infectious diseases, genetic modification, cryonics and artificial brains that retain original human personality have in common? All these ventures are being funded by some of the world’s wealthiest and most death-phobic people. Peter Thiel, the … Continue reading

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