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Death and Dying: Most Popular Articles

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How to Recognize When Your Loved One is Dying
The dying process usually starts well before death actually occurs. Learn how to recognize the signs of approaching death.
How to Write a Condolence Letter After a Death
A sympathy or condolence letter can be a great source of comfort to someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Here are tips on writing your own condolence letter.
What to Expect When Dying of Kidney Failure
When dialysis is no longer an options,
Ease Your Grief Over the Death of Your Mother...
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a mother.
Can a Person be Allergic to Marijuana?
How to recognize and treat a marijuana allergy.
5 Tasks to Help You Find Closure Before Dying
There are five tasks that a dying person should accomplish to have closure at the end of life.
Write a Thoughtful, Effective Eulogy with These...
Tips to help survivors write and deliver a eulogy.
Find Comfort in Times of Loss with These...
Inspirational quotes on death, dying, and grief.
Ease Your Grief with These Inspirational Quotes...
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a father.
What You Can Expect When Dying of Dementia
What to expect when dying of dementia or Alzheimer's.
Grief Quotes About the Death of a Child
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a child.
How to Discuss Death with a Dying Loved One
Talking to a dying person may feel awkward and uncomfortable. Find out why talking about death can be so difficult.
How to Write a Eulogy: 5 Tips for Success
Five tips to help you write and deliver a touching, meaningful eulogy in nearly any funeral or memorial setting.
Quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by...
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a friend.
Here's What Happens to Your Body Right After...
A timeline of the physical processes that occur to the human body soon after death.
Tips to Help You Care for a Dying Loved One
Information and tips for those caring for the dying. Includes information on the dying process and steps to take to ensure comfort. Focus on safety, comfort, eating and drinking, and restlessness.
Funeral Etiquette: 5 Things You Should Never Say
Here are five common expressions you should never utter to someone grieving the death of a loved one.
What Stress Really Is
Definition of stress. Death and Dying.
Morphine
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Talking to a Dying Loved One
It can be incredibly difficult for many people to talk to their dying loved one. Common misbeliefs about talking to the dying.
Grief and Mourning: What's Normal and What's Not?
What is grief and why do we mourn? Find out what's normal and what's not.
Common Symptoms at the End of Life
Recognize and help manage common end of life symptoms.
13 Superstitions About Death and Dying
A list of superstitions surrounding death, dying, funerals and cemeteries.
Nearing Death Awareness
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What Is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is a philosophy of care that focuses on comfort and quality of life.
The Dying Process
Everything you need to know to recognize, prepare for, and cope with the dying process.
Deciding to Withhold or Withdraw Life...
Life support is any treatment intended to prolong life without curing or reversing the underlying medical condition. The decision of when to withdraw life support or if to begin it at all is a sticky one, muddled with confusing terms and strong emotions.
Survivor's Checklist After Death
Checklist of responsibilities for survivors after a loved one's death.
Inspirational quotes on the death and grief...
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a sister.
The Decision to Stop Eating at the End of Life
End of life decisions for hospice patients may include voluntary stopping of eating and drinking.
How To Plan a Funeral or Memorial Service
Find out how to plan a meaningful funeral or memorial service for yourself or your loved one with these simple steps.
Delirium and Terminal Restlessness
Delirium and terminal restlessness are distressing symptoms that may occur in dying patients. Find out what they are, how to recognize them, and how you can help manage them.
What are the Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana?
A list of the pros and cons in the debate over medical marijuana.
What Is it Like to Die of Lung Cancer?
What is like to die of lung cancer? Many lung cancer patients and their loved ones want to know what to expect when dying of lung cancer.
Dyspnea in the Dying
Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnea, is a common symptom in palliative care patients. Find out why it happens and what you can do to help.
Comfort Care
Definition of comfort care. Death and Dying.
Grief, Loss and Mourning Quotes
Inspirational quotes on grief, loss and mourning following the death of a loved one.
DABDA: The Five Stages of Coping With Death
Definition of DABDA, the five stages of coping with death.
Managing Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are common and distressing symptoms for many palliative care and hospice patients. Find out how you can help manage nausea and vomiting.
What Do I Say to a Grieving Parent?
What do you say to a parent who has lost a child? Find out helpful things you can say and learn what NOT to say.
The Four Phases and Tasks of Grief
Understanding the four phases and tasks of grief and mourning is first step to moving through the grieving process.
The DABDA Theory of Coping With Death
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross made the DABDA theory of coping with death popular.
Words of Inspiration: Grandparents
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a grandparent.
What Is the Hospice Comfort Kit?
What is the hospice comfort kit?
Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
Artificial nutrition and hydration with feeding tubes and IV's is often not recommended in dying patients.
Cheyne-Stokes Respirations
Cheyne-Stokes respirations are defined by irregular breathing.
What is Palliative Chemotherapy?
Palliative chemotherapy is the use of chemical substances to slow the progression of cancer and prolong life.
How to Ship or Transport Cremated Human Remains
There are various convenient options to help you get ashes from Point A to Point B.
The Death Rattle
Definition and discussion of the death rattle at the end of life.
Palliative Care Overview
Description of palliative care, including goals, the palliative care team, and settings of care.
Preventing and Treating Constipation
Constipation is a common symptom for patients near the end of life. Preventing and treating constipation is vital to ensure comfort.
Where Did Your Appetite Go?
Loss of appetite and weight loss are common with many life-threatening illnesses. Find out why and how you can help...
Palliative Care for Dementia
When is palliative care appropriate for patients with dementia? Find information about dementia and hospice criteria for dementia.
Alternatives to Smoking Medicinal Marijuana
The use of medicinal marijuana is increasing but smoking pot may not always be a healthy choice. What is the healthiest way to use medical marijuana?
Hospice Nurse
Considering hospice nursing? Here is a profile of a typical hospice nurse.
Stop the Itch
Learn about why many seriously ill patients itch, and how you can treat their itching.
What is Palliative Care?
What is palliative care? Your palliative care questions will be answered here.
Levels of Hospice Care
There are four distinct levels of hospice care based on a patients needs: routine care, continuous care, inpatient care, and respite care.
7 Ways to Whet an Appetite
Seven tips and tricks to increasing an appetite that has been diminished by illness.
Reasons for Seeking Physician-Assisted Suicide
Why would anyone seek physician assisted suicide? Find out here.
Making the Decision to Stop Dialysis
Stopping dialysis will eventually lead to death in patients with advanced renal failure but may improve the quality of life of a patient who is seriously ill. Making the decision to stop dialysis is a difficult one. Here are some tips to help.
Scared to Death - of Death
Overview of the reasons many people fear death, including healthy and unhealthy fears and tips for overcoming fears.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of...
What are the advantages and disadvantages of hospice care? Find out here.
10 Unique Ways to Handle Cremated Remains
10 unique -- and sometimes unusual -- methods of handling cremated remains for anyone seeking something different versus scattering.
Help Manage Delirium and Terminal Restlessness
Delirium and terminal restlessness are distressing symptoms in dying patients. Learn how to help manage delirium and terminal restlessness.
Various Types and Causes of Dementia
Various types and causes of dementia that may be seen in the palliative care and hospice setting.
What Does the Hospice Social Worker Do?
What does a hospice social worker do? Learn about the hospice social worker from the Guide to Palliative Care.
Pain Assessment
Recognizing and assessing pain is essential to the proper treatment of it. Find out how you can assess pain properly.
5 Myths About Grief and Mourning
Grief myths and the truth behind them.
4 Hospice Myths
Myths about Hospice are still prevalent despite recent advances in public awareness.
Tips for Safe Medication Administration
Medication safety is important when your caring for a loved one. Find tips on giving medications safely.
Why Would I Use Methadone?
Overview of methadone's pain-relieving properties and comparisons with morphine and other opiates.
Before You Place an Obituary or Death Notice
There are several things to consider before deciding to place an obituary or death notice. Many of the considerations involve the fact that an obituary notice is a classified advertisement and as such require fees to submit. Also include are a few more cost effective, unique and creative alternatives to the traditional death notice.
Inurnment
Definition of inurnment. Death and Dying.
Palliative Sedation
An overview of palliative sedation to alleviate suffering, also known as terminal sedation.
Pressure Ulcers: Tips to Prevent Them from...
Tips to help you prevent the development of pressure sores on your loved one.
101 Euphemisms for Dead, Death or Dying
The reality of death and dying makes us uncomfortable, so we often resort to terms like these to avoid it.
Is Marinol Better than Smoked Marijuana?
A discussion of the pros and cons of both smoked medical marijuana and Marinol, a synthetic form of THC.
10 Tips to Help Yourself In Times of Grief
10 Tips to help yourself through times of grief from About.com's Guide to Palliative Care.
How to Recognize a Death has Occurred
Signs of a death are provided for visitors to have an idea of what to expect and anticipate when a death occurs. These signs of death are general guidelines for telling a death has occurred. Not all people go through all the signs and some die suddenly. The criteria used by healthcare professional qualified to pronounce a death is included in parentheses.
Grief Support Groups, Resources & Information
A list of organizations offering nationwide grief support/recovery group services, information and other resources to help those mourning a loss to death.
Pain Management in Palliative Care
Pain management options in palliative care.
Preparing for Death
Most people, if given the choice, want to die at home. Find tips to help you prepare for a death at home.
What is Pain?
Pain is a unique symptom that varies person to person.
Anticipatory Grief
Explanation of Anticipatory Grief.
Leading Causes of Infant Death
An explanation of the five leading causes of infant death or mortality.
Level of Consciousness
Definition of level of consciousness with examples.
When a Friend is Grieving
Tips for helping a grieving friend and offering your condolences.
What is a Good Death - Twelve Principles of a...
Twelve principles of a Good Death were identified in The Future of Health and Care of Older People by the Debate of the Age Health and Care Study Group. These principles of a good death are included in the article.
Sundowning
Tips to recognize and treat sundowning or sundowners syndrome.
3 Reasons to Buy a Cemetery Plot in Advance
Purchasing a cemetery gravesite before you actually need it can offer several advantages.
What is a POLST and Do I Need One?
A POLST paradigm (sometimes referred to as a MOLST) is a Physician's Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Do you need one?
Coping With a Dying Loved One's Anger
Anger is a common stage of coping with a terminal illness. Here are tips for dealing with a dying loved ones' anger.
Definition of Durable Power of Attorney - Power...
Definition of Durable Power of Attorney
Palliative Care for Stroke
A stroke, or cerebral vascular accident (CVA), is the third leading cause of death making palliative care for stroke essential.
Hospice Volunteers Ensure No One Dies Alone
Hospice volunteers are ensuring that no one dies alone with death vigil programs.
Obituary Outline
A simple outline to help you write a meaningful obituary.
Hands Off! Do Not Resuscitate
What is a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order, and how can you decide whether a DNR is right for you?
Making Difficult Decisions
Making difficult health care decisions begins by evaluating your goals of care.
Veterans Death, Burial & Memorial Benefits
An overview of the burial and memorial benefits provided to those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Book Review: Final Gifts
Final Gifts, a book about the needs and communications of the dying, claims that you will discover gifts of wisdom, faith, and love that the dying leave us. Find out what the About.com Guide to Palliative Care thinks about the book here.
Definition of Interment
Definition of Interment
Palliative Radiation Therapy
Palliative radiation can help alleviate many distressing symptoms of cancer.
Killer Number Three: Stroke
Stroke is the third-leading cause of death making palliative care programs for stroke mortality essential.
How To Change a Person in Bed
Instructions on how to change a person in bed. How to reposition a person in bed including how to change a diaper and changing sheets.
10 Ways to Honor Your Deceased Mom on Mother's...
Meaningful ways you can keep your mother's memory alive during the holiday.
Skilled Nursing Definition
Brief definition of skilled nursing.
Caregiver Stress
Caregivers face a variety of physical, emotional, and socio-economic strains that can cause caregiver stress and, if not properly relieved, lead to caregiver burn-out.
Coping with an Impending Death
Suggestions to help people cope with the impending death of a loved one.
10 Ways to Honor a Deceased Coworker
10 meaningful ways that you can honor a deceased coworker, colleague or business associate and keep his or her memory alive.
Renal Dialysis Definition
Renal dialysis is the process of filtering the blood, the way kidneys normally do, using a machine.
Constipation in Palliative Care and Hospice
Constipation is a common symptom for patients with chronic and terminal illnesses. Find out what it is and what causes it.
John Cleese's Eulogy for Graham Chapman -...
In 1989 John Cleese delivered a memorable memorial speech for his friend and former Monty Python partner Graham Chapman at a memorial service held in the Great Hall at St Bartholomew's Hospital. This humorous eulogy for Chapman has become a classic in which Cleese advantage of "this glorious opportunity to shock you all on his behalf," which he proceeded to do.
Changing Nutritional Needs
Hunger and thirst are often a concern of dying patients and their loved ones but are rarely problems at the end of life
Managing Anxiety
Tips for treating anxiety in dying patients.
Aspiration Pnuemonia
Definition of aspiration pneumonia.
How to Create an Advance Healthcare Directive
The steps you should follow now to ensure your end-of-life wishes are carried out in case of an accident or terminal illness.
Probate Definition
Probate is a legal process that takes place after a death. Find out what it involves here...
Am I ready for hospice care?
My doctor told me I have a terminal illness and that I should consider hospice care, but am I ready for hospice care?
Karen Ann Quinlan: A Pioneer in the Right-to-Di...
A profile of Karen Ann Quinlan, a pioneer case in the right-to-die movement.
What is Direct Cremation?
An explanation of the direct cremation process to help you determine if it is right for you or someone you love.
Demerol
Demerol is a narcotic pain reliever, also called an opioid. Learn about Demerol's uses and it's side effects.
The Five Stages of Life Review
A dying person may prepare for death by using a life review or life reconciliation. These are the five stages of life review.
Grief and Mourning
Grief and mourning are explored, including complicated grief.
What is Five Wishes?
What is Five Wishes? How can it help me with advanced health care planning? Find out here.
Palliative Chemotherapy: 5 Questions for Your...
When deciding if palliative chemotherapy is right for you, it's important to have as much information as possible.
Unhelpful Actions Toward a Dying Loved One
There are some things that are unhelpful to say and do to a dying friend or loved one. Find out what they are...
The Needs of Grieving Children
Learn about how children deal with grief. Find out what myths about childrens grief could be keeping them from getting the support they need.
Why Choose Cremation?
Three significant aspects of cremation explained to help you decide if it is right for yourself or someone you love.
What Happened to JFK's First Casket?
A detailed timeline concerning the original casket used to fly President Kennedy's body from Dallas to Washington DC, on November 22, 1963.
What is a Green Burial?
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Lifestyle Factors that Promote Health,...
There six lifestyle behaviors that seem to have the greatest influence on a person's health, longevity and psychological age. What you choose to eat, drink or otherwise ingest, how much you sleep and how active you choose to be can significantly impact both your health and longevity. Health-promoting lifestyle choices can help reduce the risk of developing chronic disease and the causes of premature death.
What is an Obituary?
An obituary is a notice or announcement, especially in a newspaper, of a person's death, often with a short account of their life. It is often the first thing many people read in the news each day and may be the last word written about a person's life.
10 Ways to Show Your Appreciation
Ways that you can show your appreciation and honor your nurse during nurse's week and on nurse's day.
Palliative Care and Cancer
Find out how palliative care can help cancer patients.
How To Properly Position Someone in Bed
A step-by-step guide to help you position a person in bed.
Most Likely Ways of Dying
The leading causes of death are combined with the person's odds of dying from a particular cause to determine which the various ways a person is likely to die. This type of information is helpful in modifying lifestyle behaviors e.g. wearing seatbelts, helmets or life jackets to increase the odds of surviving motor vehicle, motorcycle and water accidents and taking care when crossing the street to minimize pedestrian accidents.
Your Rights Under the FTC Funeral Rule
Five things every consumer should know about this important federal law before purchasing funeral goods or services.
Quotes on death, dying and grief from "Downton...
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How to Write an Obituary
Get tips for writing a meaningful obituary.
How Can I Help My Dying Friend or Loved One?
If your loved one is dying, you might be wondering how you can help. Here is a list of helpful actions you can take to help your dying loved one.
Definition of Physiologic/Physiological Age
Definition of Physiologic Age
Planning Ahead: Advance Directives
Make your wishes known and plan ahead using an advance directive. Find out what it is and how to use it.
How Can I Organize a Eulogy? - How Do I...
After collecting all of the information about the person's life, the next task is deciding how to organize the facts, stories, memories and notable details into a eulogy or memorial, memorial speech.
5 Reasons to Plan Your Own Funeral
Funeral planning is never fun but planning your own can ensure you get what you want.
My Daddy Was My Hero - A Moving Eulogy for...
On on September 20, 2006 Bindi Iwrin delivered one of the most moving memorials in recent memory--her final tribute to her Dad, Steve Irwin who died suddenly and unexpectedly on September 4, 2006. The text of her memorable and inspiring tribute is included.
Is Palliative Care Right for Me?
Can palliative care help you or your loved one? Find out if palliative care might be right for you.
Goodbye England's Rose - Elton John's Musical...
On September 6, 1997 Sir Elton John sang a moving, memorable, musical tribute to his dear friend, Diana the Princess of Wales as part of her funeral service. He has only performed this version of Candle in the Wind, 1997 once--at the funeral.
Letting Go of Grief
Tips to help you overcome and let go of grief from About.com's Guide to Palliative Care.

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