“Hospice Nurse Julie” Dispels Myths about Death and Dying to Over a Million Followers on TikTok

Julie McFadden is a TikTok-famous hospice nurse with 1.1 million followers. She loves her job because she helps people find peace in death, and she uses her social media presence to share her knowledge on the subject. Julie has … [Read more...]

Is Physician-Assisted Death Possible for People with Dementia?

Q. My wife and I recently sat down to discuss the topic of end-of-life planning. She surprised me when she told me that if she ever gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, she’d want to die on her own terms, … [Read more...]

What if I Don’t Want a Funeral?

Q. When a family friend died last year, his family made it clear there wouldn’t be a traditional funeral service for him. At first I thought this was because of the pandemic, but now I’m not so sure. Instead, they held a … [Read more...]

Has the Pandemic Changed Funerals Forever?

Q. The pandemic has caused me to refocus my energy on planning for my future and for my family when I’m gone. I have seen people I know die of COVID and their families stressed about their funerals during a time of grief. I … [Read more...]

Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America

Attitudes about death and end-of-life choices are rapidly changing in America. As the baby boomer generation is aging, more and more people are rethinking the ways end of life is recognized and are deciding to take control of what … [Read more...]

How is Planned Suicide Different Than Dying with Dignity?

Q. My neighbor, Sam, is a ninety-year-old widower who has lived alone in his home for several years. His health has deteriorated over the past few months and he frequently comments about how much he misses his wife. His daughter … [Read more...]

How to Attend Your Own Funeral

In Diana Gabaldon’s book, “A Breath of Snow and Ashes,” one of the character’s mothers awoke at her own wake. She took notice of her uncomfortable coffin, lack of brooch that she hoped to wear when she was buried, and lack of food … [Read more...]

Your Last Wishes Can be as Unique as You Are

Katie was born on July 4th. She got married on that day also and gave birth to her son on July 6th (he was due on the 4th). She was in the military and is a proud American. For her, Independence Day and fireworks have special … [Read more...]

Can You Die from a Broken Heart?

Q. My grandmother died many years ago, when I was twelve years old. I'll never forget seeing her in her hospital bed and muttering the last words I would ever say to her. I will also never forget how my grandfather died shortly … [Read more...]

After-Death Communication—A Comforting Presence

Ever get a sign from a deceased loved one or felt the person’s presence — perhaps a through a familiar scent, a tactile sensation, or the lights flickering at just the right moment? These feelings of contact can certainly be a … [Read more...]

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