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    Years Caring for His Wife Transformed This Doctor’s View of Health Care

    By Judith Graham for Next AvenueCaring for someone with a serious illness stretches people spiritually and emotionally, often beyond what they might have thought possible.Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University, calls this “enduring the unendurable” in his recently published book, The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.The book describes Kleinman’s awakening to the realities of caregiving when his belov...  Read More...

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    Why It’s Best to Involve People With Early Stage Dementia in Care Planning

    By Judy Stringer-Holman for Next AvenueReceiving a diagnosis of early stage dementia can fill a person and that person’s loved ones with fear and anxiety about what the future holds.Yet, dementia can progress slowly over years, giving people and their families and friends plenty of time to plan for the future together.In too many cases, however, that is simply not happening, says Silvia Orsulic-Jeras, a senior research analyst at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland....  Read More...

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    Coping with Complicated Grief

    By Suzanne Boles for Next Avenue“Thank you for the intervention. Friends and family came to be with me. I agreed to be admitted to hospital.   Read More...

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    Can We Talk … About Death?

    By Ann Oldenburg for Next AvenueKatie Couric has regrets. Even to this day.When the former TV news anchor spoke at Georgetown University at an event titled “The Healing Power of Communication” in August, 2019, she said she wished she had talked more to her late husband, Jay Monahan, about his impending death before he succumbed to colon cancer at 42 in 1998.“It was just terrible,” Couric said. “After nine months of trying desperately to figure out some way to m...  Read More...

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    8 Reasons You May Need to Update Your Will

    By Patrick O'Brien for Next AvenueYour will may be the most important document you’ll ever write. Problem is, after many of us draft one, we put it somewhere for safekeeping and don’t look at it again. That can be a big mistake.Lives change.   Read More...