Earlier this month, my husband picked up the phone and learned his 92-year-old father had been taken to the hospital that morning, feeling sick and short of breath. We were nearly 2,000 miles away, on a vacation in the mountains of southern Colorado. No, it… Read More »We Put Off Planning, Until My Father-in-Law’s Medical Crisis Took Us by Surprise
My Grandparents’ Agonizing Deaths Taught Me to Be a Better Doctor A medical student’s mom told her witnessing her grandfather’s agonizing death was a gift, implying that it would make her a better doctor. The Doctor Weighs In
Every day, the nation is reminded of COVID-19’s ongoing impact as new death counts are published. What is not well documented is the toll on family members. New research suggests the damage is enormous. For every person who dies of COVID-19, nine close family members… Read More »Bereaved Families Are ‘the Secondary Victims of COVID-19’
James “Mike” Anderson was a hospital employee in suburban Philadelphia with a low-profile though critical job: changing air filters in COVID patients’ rooms. By late March, new COVID cases in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, had ramped up to as many as 90 per day. At the… Read More »Adding To COVID Stress, Families Of Health Workers Fight For Denied Workers’ Comp Benefits
Reflections on Death with Dignity Facing a painful death from incurable cancer, Brittany Maynard had to move to Oregon so she could control her destiny & die with dignity. Why do so few states allow this? The Doctor Weighs In
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