Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hospital wants to know: How do you want to die?

“Death comes slowly, with a pink carnation and weeks of debate. When the elevator doors open onto an upper ward of the intensive care unit, an elderly woman exits with a breath — short, shallow and utterly insufficient. Her heart … Continue reading

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More Evidence That We’re Bad at Talking About Death

“It’s not a mystery that Americans aren’t always great at discussing end-of-life issues, or making sure our loved ones’ last days are lived out in as much peace and comfort as possible. A study presented at the 2014 American College … Continue reading

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Chaplains offer bereavement support group meetings to console families during the holidays

“The holidays can be a difficult time for those coping with grief over the loss of a loved one — at a time when everyone else seems to be celebrating. Chaplains at Valley Baptist Medical Center offer several support groups … Continue reading

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The American Way of Dying: How our refusal to face up to the realities of aging and mortality causes

The message of Atul Gawande’s masterful new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, is that we need to get over our denial and confront the needless, massive harm we do to each other, including our future … Continue reading

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Chaplain connects with cancer patients

“FALL RIVER, Mass. – A significant part of Marika Hull’s role as a hospital chaplain is to help cancer patients discover their inner strength. “The job of a chaplain is really fairly simple, and that is to be a good … Continue reading

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Chaplain attends to hospital patients mental, spiritual well-being

“Pastoral Care Week celebrated its 30th year last week. It’s a week set aside to honor those who provide spiritual support to others. This year’s theme was “spiritual well-being” and depicted how pastoral caregivers support others in times of challenge … Continue reading

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VA chaplains part of ‘remarkable work’ being done for patients

“Forty-six years ago Patrick J. Hopkins served in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine hunkered down during the siege of the Khe Sanh base. His recall of the horror he experienced there led in recent years to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). … Continue reading

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Infection Secrets of Ebola Explained

“Researchers often describe the battle between the Ebola virus and the humans it occasionally infects as a race—one that people win only if their immune systems manage to pull ahead before the virus destroys too many of their internal defenses. … Continue reading

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Walnut-rich diet may lower risk of Alzheimer’s

A diet rich in walnuts has the beneficial effect of lowering the risk or preventing Alzheimer’s disease altogether, a research said Thursday. See  http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwopz83Ro

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Remembering Our Death: What May Be at Stake

“Though modern medicine has mostly removed the place of death to hospitals, it is welcomed by most of us. So are the services of funeral directors, funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoria. Most of us have no idea what to do … Continue reading

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