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The Holding Cell: On the Fear of Grieving

June 22, 2016

By Karen Kaplan If you want to make hospice workers wince, just tell them about an unresponsive patient with no discernible quality of life alive only on account of feeding tubes and the like. And not only that,…

Personal Stories

The Kind of Death We All Want

January 13, 2016

By Chris de Boinville (subheadings are ours) Chris is our constituent and supporter in Maryland. This article is an edited transcript of her testimony to the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee at its March 6, 2015 hearing, in…

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Out of Loving Respect: A Legislative Testimony

October 30, 2015

Last Tuesday, October 27, 2015, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Public Health held a hearing on H1991, Compassionate Care for the Terminally Ill Act, a Death with Dignity bill proposed by Representative Louis Kafka and co-sponsored by 39…

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The Gifts Dying Can Give

July 24, 2015

By Barbara Karnes, RN What beauty, strength, or gifts can death bring? Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and in our society today death is often not seen as beautiful or as a peaceful exit from a life…

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What Hospice Volunteering Has Taught Me

May 8, 2015

By Dora Csikos I started to volunteer in Budapest’s only hospice house more than a year ago because I wanted to give my time and attention to those who are living behind the walls of the taboo of dying and…

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