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palliative care

palliative care

Thinking About Comfort Care

by Audrey Miller on May 6, 2019

in End of Life

Originally posted The sun is finally shining,  we are having double digit temperatures and it is the start of the week.  While today’s blog topic on end of life treatment  may sound like a downer, thinking, talking and preparing for it,  I feel is positive. The New York Times article, ‘How to Make Doctors […]

The Randomness of Life

by Audrey Miller on October 2, 2017

in Articles & Blogs by Audrey, End of Life

Originally posted 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 […]

A Good Life & A Good Death

by Audrey Miller on August 14, 2017

in Articles & Blogs by Audrey

Originally posted A long time client of ours passed away last week.  She was able to remain at her own home and die in her own bed.  So many of us wish, when the time comes, that we could do the same.  We know this is not the ending place that most experience. This […]

Going Gently Into The Good Night

by Audrey Miller on May 15, 2017

in End of Life

Originally published 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 […]

Originally posted 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  @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 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 in Nov 15, 2013: The Vanier Institute of the Family published their latest Contemporary Family Trends, called Death, Dying and Canadian Families, written by Dr. Katherine Arnup, highlighting the Canadian death experience. This is an excellent paper that discusses the change in the experience over the last years. I have summarized some […]

Death, Dying and Canadian Families

by Audrey Miller on November 4, 2013

in End of Life

Contemporary Family Trends. Vanier Institute for the Family, Dr. K. Arnup 2013-11-04_VANIER_Death-Dying-and-Canadian-Families

September 1, 2011; By: Audrey Miller All About Estates I would like to share a very personal experience and that is watching my 96 year old mother in law slowly die. We are not prepared to die-although I believe she is- but our medical health care system is not capable of providing the necessary supports […]