A Brief History of Birth and Death in the West – Midwifery and Death Doulas By Delta Waters RN (Guest Blogger) Delta Waters RN spent her entire 20-year career focusing on geriatric and hospice specialties. Providing care and comfort for Elders continues to be her joyous vocation. She did elect to take a course in … Continue reading A Problem with Death Doula Training
By Rebecca Gagne-Henderson PhD, APRN, ACHPN, FNP Wherever we call home, most of us long to be there. No matter the condition of the floors, or the quality of the curtains–perhaps no curtains, that is the place we want to be at the end of the day. But what about at the end of our lives? … Continue reading There is No Place Like Home…to die.
By Rebecca Gagne-Henderson PhD, APRN, ACHPN There is a place for telehealth. Those in rural areas are the most obvious recipients who would benefit from this care model. It affords rural residents access to care, and it goes a long way to solving that problem. However, even in this case, telehealth is not the panacea that … Continue reading The Folly of Unforeseen Consequences: Let’s Talk About Telehealth
When I die I hope my mourners will hear and enjoy this performance. Enjoy a taster of this unique Irish Trad Show – the Wonders of the Wake – which celebrates the ancient rite of Irish Wake. Discover how, through the Irish Wake, the people of Ireland both mourn their dead in heart-rendering Gaelic laments but also cherish the … Continue reading THE WONDERS OF THE WAKE
By Kevin Toolis You never forget your first corpse, do you? Cold. Silent. Lying there indifferent to the world and all its myriad responsibilities. Unless, of course, you never get to meet one as is increasingly common in the States where the dead have been banished from our sight. Instinctively in the United States we … Continue reading How the Irish Teach Us to Die
by Rebecca Gagne-Henderson PhD, APRN, ACHPN We find ourselves in an era of frequent and normalized overtreatment of the very old and very ill. This overtreatment contributes to frailty and debility, which leads to the institutionalization of those unfortunates to lay and wait for death to come. Overtreatment includes interventions that have little to no … Continue reading Overtreatment, the River Styx and End-of-Life Conversations