Category Archives: HospiceStories

Stories about the art of dying taken from hospice experiences

A Serious Undertaking

This Newsweek article mentions Donna Belk and her work with home funerals.

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End of Life Chemotherapy Guidance

Taking several other factors into account, chemotherapy toward the end of life may not be the best solution for many incurable patients. These factors include:

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A Homemade Funeal

Here is an article from the Idaho Statesman newspaper about Homemade Funerals.

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How to Talk About Death

By Mona Ackerman, The Huffington Post Q: I have a friend who is dying. We have been friends for over 30 years, ever since high school. We’ve been through a lot together – a virtual lifetime talking through jobs, marriages, … Continue reading

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Terminal Options for the Irreversibly Ill

By Jane E. Brody, March 18, 2008, New York Times My Feb. 5 column, “A Heartfelt Appeal for a Graceful Exit,” prompted a deluge of information and requests for information on how people too sick to reap meaningful pleasure from … Continue reading

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Wait a little while longer … why?

I loaned a DVD about Home Funerals to a friend who was going to show it to a family where the husband was dying. She wrote back and said, “I will return the DVD but I never showed it to … Continue reading

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If only I’d known …

Becky told me that several months ago her mother was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. The oncologist said that it was not curable, and they could only slow down the progression. She had read a hospice book that listed … Continue reading

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End of a cycle

I was recently teaching a class about home funerals and green burials to a church group. Towards the end of class I mentioned that it is sad, very sad, to lose a loved one, but that I truly felt we … Continue reading

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“It seems so cruel.”

I overheard a woman talking on her cell phone outside a patient’s room. She said, “I guess we’re going to let her go [die]. It seems so cruel.”

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Rebecca

A friend recommended that I meet Rebecca because she was dying of colon cancer and our mutual friend thought I might offer some solace to Rebecca because of my unusual perspective about dying.

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