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    ‘End Game’ Film Shows the Struggle in End-of-Life Decisions

    By Deborah Quilter for Next AvenueIn a pivotal scene of the documentary End Game, we listen in as a team of palliative care professionals discusses Mitra, a 45-year-old woman who is dying of cancer. Should they approach her about hospice? The hospital chaplain urges the group not to bring it up.   Read More...

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    How to Find the Right Words for Someone in Hospice

    By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueAfter spending 15 years researching the best ways to support people whose lives end in hospice, professor Elizabeth Bergman has advice for friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers who want to send them a final, poignant message: Mail cards, but choose them carefully.“Please don’t send a ‘get well’ card,” pleads Bergman, chair of Ithaca College’s Gerontology Institute.By its very definition, hospice is for patients who will not get well. Patients enter hosp...  Read More...

  • How to Choose Hospice Care

    By Liz Seegert for Next Avenue(Editor’s note: This story is part of a special report for The John A. Hartford Foundation.)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. It’s often accompanied by confusion, with little understanding of available options or how hospice actually works.Knowing ahead of time which hospice services are available and the t...  Read More...

  • What Hospice Does and Doesn’t Do

    By John F. Wasik for Next AvenuePart of the Living to the End of Life Special Report, a special report for The John A. Hartford Foundation.More than once in my life, I wish I knew more about hospice care, which is a sustained focus on quality-of-life near the end of a journey.   Read More...

  • The Second Year After a Loved One’s Death

    By Jackson Rainer for Next AvenueFor more than 25 years, I served as a psychology professor and researched grief and bereavement. I consulted and taught individuals, couples and families to meet the demands that chronic illness exacts, to build safety nets and resilience in the presence of stress, and to create space for the problems that the loss of a loved one brings. I was widely published, including a well-received book (Life After Loss: Contemporary Grief Counseling and Therapy), and produc...  Read More...