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Book Review: “Veronika Decides to Die” by Paulo Coelho

A young woman’s failed attempt to die leads to a journey to discover the importance of living life to the fullest

As a fan of Paulo Coelho’s much-celebrated and classic book, The Alchemist, I stumbled upon Veronika Decides to Die at a local used bookstore and was intrigued by the topic of the book and the major questions it asks about … Continue reading

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How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face the End-of-Life

Would you take magic mushrooms to ease end-of-life anxiety?

A study conducted by psychiatrist Charles Grob, a researcher at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, administered psilocybin — an active component of psychedelic mushrooms — to cancer patients near the end-of-life to see if it could reduce their fear of death. The research, … Continue reading

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Book Review: On Death and Dying, by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1969)

The landmark text on grief: Is it still relevant?

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004) remains one of the most influential American psychiatrists of the twentieth century. Her “five stages of grief” model– alternately called the “Kübler-Ross model”– is still widely used, and has gained a good deal of cultural currency. This … Continue reading

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