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How a Death Doula Can Help Patients and Families

Meredith Lawida still remembers the myriad of emotions she and her family experienced four years ago when her father-in-law’s health declined. Consumed by fear, exhaustion and uncertainty  Read more. 

Doulas Who Cradle the Dying

As Ellen Gutenstein lay in her bed at home, dying from lung cancer that had metastasized in her brain, a heart-wrenching Mother’s Day card arrived from her granddaughter.  Read more.

How to choose hospice care

Making the decision to transition your loved one to hospice care (for people whose medical conditions mean they are expected to die within six months) is a time of emotional upheaval. Read more.


End-of-life doulas come from rich and varied backgrounds, some formally trained, some self-taught. Some are new, some have been serving their communities and families for many years.  Read more. 

5 Ways to Make Your Doctor Your Partner

Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know. Read more.

Death doulas explain why everyone should have an end-of-life plan

Carmen Barnsley from Melbourne said just like birth doulas, death doulas were there to provide support, knowledge and assistance during times of upheaval and uncertainty. Read more. 


Inequality Affects Black Americans at the End of Life

 Jodi Savage was her grandmother’s caretaker in her last days. Like many black Americans, her grandmother’s cultural beliefs and religious background led to very little discussion around the end of life. Culturally speaking, black Americans on the whole tend to avoid discussing end-of-life topics   Read more.

One Doctor's Plea: Consider Palliative Care

For some people facing a terminal illness or the end of life, transitioning to palliative care (care given to improve quality of life for patients with life-threatening diseases) can signify quitting. They see it as surrendering. Read more.

How Realistic Is Dying at Home?

On Jan. 29, 2014, David C. Skipworth died in Garland, Texas at age 67 after a long illness, holding his wife Sandra’s hand and listening to the National  Anthem. In his own home. In his own. Read more.

Living Life With the End in Mind

Through interviews with Bruce Kramer (a former dean at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.) beginning in 2011 on Minnesota Public Radio, where Wurzer hosts the regional portion of Morning Edition, she confronted death in a way she never had before.  Read more.

Caregiving Is a Corporate Issue

Employers face a workforce in its prime caregiving years. Today, seven out of 10 caregivers work full- or part-time and represent more than 15 percent of the U.S. labor force.  Read more.

It's Time to Redesign Death

Death is  a complicated topic. Explaining how to make death “good” requires an ability to think both comprehensively and with subtlety. B.J. Miller, in this TED talk released in March and now making the rounds of social media, does just that. Read more.


Strange, But True: Some Now Hold Their Funerals Before Dying

The former doyenne of a famous Bourbon Street burlesque club, the aged stripper now resides in a seedy, second-floor room of a once-glamorous hotel. Dying of an unspecified illness and heavily medicated, she announces that she wants to attend her funeral to hear all the nice things people will say about her.  Read more.

Talking About End-of-Life Decisions Won’t Kill You

Long before she died, my mother gave me a gift that would shape both my future and her remaining years: A frank conversation about her wishes for the end of her life. Read more.

Care Conversations with your loved ones

 To find the right care solution, you must first know what you’re looking for. Keep in mind care wants are just as important as care needs. Talking with your loved ones may seem difficult at times, but regular discussions ensure everyone is working toward the same goal. Read more. 

What Is End-of-Life Care?

 At the end of life, each story is different. Death comes suddenly, or a person lingers, gradually fading. For some older people, the body weakens while the mind stays alert. Read more. 

What Are Palliative Care and Hospice Care?

  Many Americans die in facilities such as hospitals or nursing homes receiving care that is not consistent with their wishes. To make sure that doesn't happen, older people need to know what their end-of-life care options are and state their preferences to their caregivers in advance. Read more. 

What It's Like to Learn You're Going to Die

 Nessa Coyle calls it “the existential slap”—that moment when a dying person first comprehends, on a gut level, that death is close. For many, the realization comes suddenly: “The usual habit of allowing thoughts of death to remain in the background is now impossible,”  Read more.


Handling the Stress of Caregiving for Your Aging Parents

 Taking on the role of a caregiver is a selfless act and is to be commended. While it is both a responsible and loving decision to make, it can begin to take a toll on your mental and emotional state. Read more.

She Is 96 and Does Not Fear Her Death. But Do Her Children?


It was the year of saying goodbye. In 2015, The Times began following six people 85 and up, documenting their journeys through a stage of life that is often invisible.Four were still alive at the start of 2019. Read More