Browsing All posts tagged under »palliative care«

“Getting through the day” An Interview with Carol Cooley

May 24, 2012 by


Carol Cooley has worked as a physical therapist and advocate for seniors and disabled adults since 1994. She was named a finalist in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 2010 short story competition and earned an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s May 2011 Short Story Award for New Writers. She currently lives and works in the […]

“The line between ‘extraordinary measures’ and ‘palliative care'”: An Interview with Laurie Foos

May 22, 2012 by


Laurie Foos is the author of the novels In Utero, Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist, Twinship, Bingo Under the Crucifix, and Before Elvis There Was Nothing. She currently teaches at Lesley University and lives on Long Island. Foos’ essay, “On Bearing Witness,” recounts helping her father through his long illness and death. […]

“In a strange way, Dad’s lingering illness was a gift to us both.” An interview with Sandell Morse.

May 9, 2012 by


Sandell Morse, a fellow at the Vermont Studio Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, currently facilitates workshops for the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and for the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. Her work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In her essay […]

One Last Opportunity

March 17, 2012 by


Working in nursing homes, I noticed that it wasn’t uncommon for people to have a swift burst of energy just before dying.  Terminal men and women who were lethargic or unresponsive suddenly wanted to sit up, get up, or even try to walk around.  Close friends and family members were elated, only to come in the […]

Can a One-page Form Help Facilitate End-of-Life Discussions?

March 14, 2012 by


Citizens in Iowa will have some help discussing their wishes related to end-of-life care with their physicians. A law that goes into effect July 1 creates a new document, the IPOST or Iowa Physician’s Order for Scope of Treatment, intended to facilitate discussion of patient preferences and govern physicians’ responses. With numerous studies suggesting patients […]

What’s Better Than a Massage?

March 6, 2012 by


“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” as Joan Didion famously said. That is, the attempt to make sense of our lives is, in a way, crucial to our very survival. A new study indicates it’s a lifelong impulse. Results of a study that assigned 120 terminally-ill cancer patients to either 7 hour-long sessions […]

A new generation of palliative care doctors

February 13, 2012 by


From the San Jose Mercury News, a story about a more-defined path to palliative care practice, which is resulting in increasing numbers of young doctors working with patients near the end of life: Doctors have been informally practicing palliative medicine for decades, managing patients’ pain and symptoms alongside curative treatments for disease, and starting difficult […]

When is the right time for an end of life talk?

February 9, 2012 by


Rob Levy over at makes a strong case for having “the talk” with patients during the early stages of a terminal illness and provides some stark facts: Among the nearly 1,000 patients who passed away and whose records document an end-of-life care discussion with a physician, the median time of those discussions was 33 […]

New Book!

February 9, 2012 by


What should medicine do when it can’t save your life? The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone dies–and although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, more than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities. At […]