Doctors die, just like the rest of us. What's surprising is not how much medical care they demand, but how little.
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die?
At a Death Cafe, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink coffee and discuss death. Their objective is "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It's a discussion group rather than a grief support group or counseling session.
These guidelines apply to both adult and pediatric patients. There are several types of advance medical directives (documents in which a patient identifies the treatment to be withheld in the event the patient is unable to communicate or participate in medical treatment decisions).
Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel often are not permitted to honor requests to withhold resuscitation at the end of life, particularly if there is no written do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order.
Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. Judy MacDonald Johnston shares five practices for planning a good end of life.
O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”
The federal government has spent billions helping doctors and hospitals digitize patients lives, but there are still many holes in our electronic records including a big one: We can't list end-of-life wishes.
Once one gets past the initial inclination to avoid the topic, the end of life is a subject of fascinating and important stories, ideas and explorations. We've collected a few videos, audios and articles that we find particularly interesting. If you're aware of a story you'd like to share, let us know.
Peter Saul asks us to think about the end of our lives - and to question against the modern model of slow, intubated death in a hospital.
Frontline explores the intersection of life, death, medicine and what matters in the end.
In La Crosse Wisconsin, almost everyone plans for their death. Not coincidentally, La Crosse spends less for end-of life care than any other place in the country.
In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren't the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life.
We turn to doctors to save our lives. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves.
In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis.