End of Life

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca Does her name sound familiar? Audrey was 57 years old when she died last month, by her own choice and with medical assistance. She had been diagnosed 2 years earlier with incurable cancer and had chosen to die on her own terms- except she really didn’t. In her own words: “people like […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca While the majority of my work is assisting with the living process, these past few week has been occupied with planning for the dying process. I am currently working with two wonderful ladies who have both been assigned palliative care physicians. One who is lucky enough to be home and the other […]

A Directed Death

by Audrey Miller on January 8, 2018

in Articles & Blogs by Audrey, End of Life

Originally published @allaboutestates.ca My first blog of the New Year  may be about death. But it is about having as good a death as possible- (in your own bed while asleep) and of your choosing…..A recent  blog was about  a fellow who wanted to ensure his dying wishes would be followed which involved tattooing ‘Do Not  Resuscitate’ […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca While I was enjoying the Florida sunshine last week, a Washington Post article caught my eye ‘A Florida man collapsed with a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattoo. Doctors didn’t know what to do’. The full article in the New England Journal of Medicine  described doctors in Miami who found themselves caught in what they […]

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 […]