Tag Archives: End-of-Life Planning



Our Weekly Tip: Update Your Legal Will to Include Minors and Dependent Adults

If you are responsible for the care of another person, you may need to update your will

Tip of the Week: If you have another person in your care such as a child or dependent adult (such as an eldery or otherwise incapacitated person), you may wish to update your legal will to reflect this. If 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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Mark Your Calendars: National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16th

A nationwide initiative to help Americans plan for serious illness and end-of-life care

Saturday, April 16, 2016, is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a nationwide initiative to educate and empower the American public to make and communicate decisions about their future healthcare needs. Marked by events at healthcare facilities and public venues across the … Continue reading

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Will I Die in Pain?

For patients living with a terminal illness, the fear of pain is very real

Each month Kathleen Clohessy, R.N., offers a new perspective on living with a terminal illness. Kathleen comes to SevenPonds with 25 years experience as a registered nurse caring for families and children facing life-threatening illness. She began her career in the … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Use A Checklist of Priorities When Someone Dies

Use the SevenPonds checklist to keep track of logistics and paperwork

Our Tip of the Week: Even when a death is expected, the moments and days following a loved one’s passing are often experienced in a fog-like, altered state. Keeping track of the necessary paperwork and logistical matters required of you … Continue reading

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Mortality Risk Assessment: A Tool for Planning End-of-Life Care

Nurse practitioners make inroads in advanced care planning

A recent study from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners shows that sharing realistic information with patients about their medical prognosis helps facilitate discussions about end-of-life care. The study, published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners … Continue reading

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