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7 Reasons Why Writing Your Healthcare Directive Matters for Your Family

7 Reasons Why Writing Your Healthcare Directive Matters for Your Family ...

Father-daughter relationships are precious. When I met Joan*, her father had passed away just a few weeks before we shared a cup of coffee—and it was fresh in her mind and heart. She described her father’s end-of-life journey with such gratitude. “He died as he lived, thinking

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#Infographic – 5 Strategies to Create an Effective #Healthcare Directive

#Infographic – 5 Strategies to Create an Effective #Healthcare Directive ...

Your healthcare directive will be your voice when you need it most. If you should experience a medical emergency and cannot speak for yourself, you’ll need a healthcare directive that effectively communicates your wishes. Expressing your treatment preferences, empowering the decision-makers of your choosing as your healthcare agents

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7 Tips to Inspire Meaningful Thanksgiving Conversation

7 Tips to Inspire Meaningful Thanksgiving Conversation ...

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are anticipating the joy of sharing a good meal, reveling in fellowship with our loved ones, and celebrating our lives together with laughter and lively chatter. We’ll gather around a table decked with decorations and overflowing with delicious food. Conversation will

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What is Your “Best Day Possible”?

What is Your “Best Day Possible”? ...

In his new book, Being Mortal, Atul Gawande explains why defining your “best day possible” is an important dimension that can support decision-makers wrestling with end-of-life treatment choices on your behalf.

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3 Extraordinary Gifts That Reveal Your Heart

3 Extraordinary Gifts That Reveal Your Heart ...

The greatest gift you will ever give is the legacy you create through your living and your dying. Three extraordinary gifts will reveal your heart and endure for generations.

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Tell Your Loved Ones What You’ll Need

Tell Your Loved Ones What You’ll Need ...

When someone we love is dying, we sometimes feel helpless. We’re not sure how to offer comfort. You can tell your loved ones in advance what comforts you.

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7 Characteristics of a Good Death

7 Characteristics of a Good Death ...

Alzheimer’s is often called “the long goodbye.” Our family experienced my mother’s long goodbye through her twenty-year journey of living with Alzheimer’s. In a sense, Mom died long before her body gave out. Mom’s spirit slowly evaporated. In her final six months, we experienced three periods of

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4 Principles to Guide Your Choice of Healthcare Agents

4 Principles to Guide Your Choice of Healthcare Agents ...

Choosing your healthcare agent requires thoughtful consideration. In this 3 and 1/2 minute video, I offer 4 principles to guide you in making a wise selection for the person or people whom you will empower to make end-of-life decisions on your behalf if you are ever unable

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What does Do Not Resuscitate Really Mean?

What does <em>Do Not Resuscitate</em> Really Mean? ...

Stephanie scrambled to find a place for her 89-year-old mom, Betty, after she was discharged from the hospital. During the intake process at the nursing home, the nurse asked Betty her feelings about signing a “Do Not Resuscitate” code status form. Betty was uncertain and a bit

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10 Essential Resources to Help You When You’ll Need it Most

10 Essential Resources to Help You When You’ll Need it Most ...

I remember seeing the tiny shape of my baby on the ultrasound monitor when I was pregnant with my first child. I can still remember the anticipation of his birth. With unbridled excitement, I mapped out the resources I would need to be a successful mom. I

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