End of Life

The Randomness of Life

by Audrey Miller on October 2, 2017

in Articles & Blogs by Audrey, End of Life

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca On Wednesday, September 27th, Ken Chung, a 39 year old academic Philosopher died of Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Diagnosed in March 2016, Ken blogged about his experience up until his very last days, providing a unique and important perspective on what it means to both live and die. Ken wrote with exceptional […]

Keeping Memories Alive

by Audrey Miller on June 12, 2017

in Elder Care, End of Life

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca It is hard enough when a loved one forgets; but it is also very painful when family forget …. about who the older person is and who they were. Many times older people are seen as just that old folks- who may be wrinkled, forgetful, stooped over and hard of hearing. But […]

Going Gently Into The Good Night

by Audrey Miller on May 15, 2017

in End of Life

Originally published @allaboutestates.ca Last week was Canada’s National Hospice Palliative Care Week. So what is palliative care? Since its inception in Canada in the 1970’s, things have changed quite a bit. Only a few years ago, the term palliative care and the public’s general understanding, was that it meant the end was imminent and all […]

Suicide and Seniors

by Audrey Miller on May 1, 2017

in Dementia, Elder Care, End of Life

Originally posted @ allaboutestates.ca In last week’s blog, my colleague Dr. Shulman highlighted the ten ‘D’s of Geriatric Psychiatry . The ‘D’ that I would like to comment on today is depression which is closely linked to his last ‘D’ which is death. I have blogged over the years that contrary to popular belief, depression […]

“Yesterday, we lost a giant – an exceptionally creative scientist and engineer who was also a delightful human being. Millie Dresselhaus began life as the child of poor Polish immigrants in the Bronx; by the end, she was Institute Professor Emerita, the highest distinction awarded by the MIT faculty. A physicist, materials scientist and electrical […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca The Huffington Post published a blog titled ‘Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying’  which was forwarded to me by my son.   Bronnie Ware,  the author, provides an important message about living without regret. Ms. Ware worked in palliative care and asked her patients if they had any regrets or would have done […]

Originally posted @ allaboutestates.ca Hot enough for you?  Perhaps pouring a bucket of ice cold water over your head is just what you need! Well fortunately for many, those that did participate in the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge raised over $16 million dollars for research into ALS. The great news is that this money was […]

Originally posted  @ArborMemorial There are some things that we can plan for and others we cannot. Death is a certainty for all of us, yet many of us find ourselves poorly prepared. Caring for and spending time with a loved one who is facing imminent death can be both rewarding and challenging. For those who […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca One of my favourite doctors to listen to is Dr. Brian Goldman. His interview last week and subsequent blog aptly called ‘Palliative care needs a new name’ struck a chord with me and I felt it was an important issue to share. The study referenced included a small sample size of 48 […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca I attended the funeral of one of our long time clients last week; a wonderful lady who lived a full 90 years. Two of her three grandchildren were her Powers of Attorney for Care. All three lived out of town, two in a different country. Her bank held her Power of Attorney […]