Death

5 Fun Facts About George Harrison

Everyone loves the Beatles (well everyone SHOULD). Rolling Stone Magazine was notorious for focusing on the front man, John Lennon but they recently released an article about George. “10 Things You Didn’t Know George Harrison Did” Here’s our favorite five. George Harrison was as modest as they come. “I play a little gu...Read More

Death Doula’s Are Making End Of Life Easier On The Dying & Their Families

You may have experienced the services of a doula during the birth of your children or the children of friends or family. Birth doulas support women and their families through the process of a child being born. Many people find comfort in knowing there is an advocate there during one of the most exciting, precious and scary times- so it’s no w...Read More

I Hope You Listen

You smoke.    Oh, not a lot. Seven, maybe 8 a day.    Mom was like that.    If necessary, you can go two or three hours between puffs. A movie. A dinner party. A Little League game.    Mom was like that.    You don’t smoke in the house, a nod to your spouse who quit cigarettes under surgeon&rs...Read More

Marsha and Ed

Marsha and Ed moved in next door to us a couple of years ago. She, I would guess is early 70’s and he mid-to-late 70’s.  And even though we’re younger, we knew we’d like them – right away. They came bustling over to introduce themselves, invited us to join them by their pool, and Ed agreed to join Lou (my husband)...Read More

A Nurse, CPR, and a Call to 911

This was a week to remember. On the upside, the stock market has risen to new heights and the unemployment numbers are the best we’ve seen in two years. But the down side of the week is pretty, well, down. A young woman volunteer was mauled to death by her charge (a lion). A middle-aged man went to bed in Florida, never to wake up again becau...Read More

Assisted Suicide?

No doubt about it: the election of the US president on November 6, 2012 will be the most talked about, watched, debated, argued vote on that day.� Yet in my home state of Massachusetts, there’s a ballot initiative that has passions flaring on both sides. Question 2 asks Massachusetts voters if they will or will not support this “Death...Read More

“The Conversation”

Earlier this week (Sept. 26, 2012) I was interviewed by and participated in a discussion sponsored by the Huffington Post concerning end-of-life conversations and health-care directives. The participants didn’t agree all the time. But when it came to “The Conversation,” (the end-of-life conversation), there was unanimous agreement...Read More

What Really Killed Joe Paterno

For 46 seasons Joe Paterno was THE coach at Penn State, racking up a Division I Football coaching record of 409 wins. Then, in mid-season, the child sex-abuse scandal involving Paterno’s former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky broke into the public’s eye. Sandusky was accused of molesting at least 10 boys over a 15-year time span. And du...Read More

A Rough Time

It’s been a rough 18 months for my aging mother.First, her younger sister died, probably before her time, of ovarian cancer.Then her husband of 66 years (my father) passed on.He had not been well at all for about 3 years, and so we all considered his death to be a blessing for him.Three months later my mother’s older brother died and a ...Read More

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