It’s time we all start to pay attention to the way our society’s needs and culture will and is shifting. Offering alternatives to those of us who have aging family members was a driving force in my decision to become a departure doula and to offer elder care. Our healthcare system, especially after COVID, cannot handle the increased need, consumption, of our aging population today, and it’s only going to get more difficult in the coming decades. While changes and policies need to address our overwhelmed, overly complicated and inadequate healthcare system, we should also begin to look to non-medical professionals to help fill many of the gaps in the system.
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Take a lesson from peonies. Be beautiful, bold and showy. Bring joy to everyone around you, because we’re not here for long. Isnt’ that what makes us, and life, beautiful?
National Volunteer Week
Looking for a way to make a difference as a volunteer? Consider your local hospice. Medicare requires hospice providers to fulfill 5% of their total patient hours with some sort of volunteer activities.
Living Will, Pt. 2: It’s about how to live
I believe living wills are about how you live not how you die. I explain why in this video and ask you to ponder two important questions before you check any boxes.
Living Wills, Part 1: It’s NOT a DNR
It’s that time again, y’all. National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16), and I’m making a series of videos about living wills. I’ll be posting more over the next few days, so check them out and consider making or updating your Advance Directives soon. Let me know if you have questions or I can help.
The Not-So-Newlywed Game
Sometimes it’s not easy to talk to our family about death and dying and what is important to us. There are a lot of unique resources available to make it easier. Today, my husband and I play a quick game called The Death Deck. Contact me if you want more resources and information about talkingContinue reading “The Not-So-Newlywed Game”
Talk About it Tuesday: Launching Death TV club next week
Let’s talk about death, grief and loss in the warm, comfy embrace of pop culture in the Death TV club. Launching next week.
Media Monday: Advanced Care Plans in the news
Today in Media Monday: Advance Directives are not a panacea for a perfect end of life experience, but without them, you might cause your loved ones years of pain and grief. Make your plans today and ask me how to help.
Media Monday: Highlighting part of the American Jobs Plan & it’s time to start watching TV with me
The American Jobs Plan addresses some important health care inequities for our aging and disabled community and the people who care for them, overwhelmingly women of color
Wise Words Wednesday: Poe
This quote from Poe goes right along with our thoughts from yesterday. What is death? What is life? What does it mean to be alive?