Free Screening of Being Mortal at Tucson’s The Loft

| By Jodi Horton

Being Mortal quickly became a must-read for a lot of healthcare professionals, especially those focused on end-of-life care and terminal illnesses. After the book’s publication, PBS Frontline created a documentary film with Dr. Atul Gawande, the book’s author, exploring the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses, and […]

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Advance Funeral Planning Eases Family’s Stress

| By Jodi Horton

I often find patients themselves are hesitant to bring up the subject of funeral arrangements.  Many times people think they are “jinxing” themselves to an early death if they discuss their last wishes. This is often the same reason many individuals choose to not complete a living will. On the other hand, most of us […]

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Meeting with a Hospice Provider for the First Time

| By Jodi Horton

If your doctor suggested it’s time to call hospice, we know you’re probably wondering how do you prepare for a meeting with a hospice care provider. Will this be like a meeting with your regular doctor? You don’t want to ask stupid questions. What information will the hospice want from you? We want to help […]

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Ideas for Memory Keepsakes

| By Jodi Horton

When a loved one dies, we’re left with their stuff–clothes, books, mementos. It can seem overwhelming to go through all of these items, but it’s also an opportunity to reflect and remember your loved one. We scoured Pinterest and Google for our favorite memory keepsake ideas, and here are our favorites. Lucky enough to have […]

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Death and Dying on TV

| By Jodi Horton

Two recent scenes from two different popular television shows had us commenting on the way hospice care and dying are portrayed in popular culture. The first scene that opened the discussion for us was Netflix’s House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. In the most recent season of the show, Robin Wright’s character […]

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Links We Like: April 15, 2016

| By Jodi Horton

In light of the fact that tomorrow is National Healthcare Decisions Day, we’re obviously going to share a couple links that encourage thinking about what you want at end of life and how individuals should reflect on life experiences, both our own and those of others. The first is written by a physician for the […]

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