Pain, Morphine & "Dying in Peace"

Pain, Morphine & "Dying in Peace"

June 14 2018
It is certainly not within our role to act if a person, in the pain of the moment, wants help in ending their life. In the “pain of the moment” are the operative words here. I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard that plea in the throngs of pain, and the relief when that pain is relieved and life continues...

THIS IS HOW PEOPLE DIE - my latest film

THIS IS HOW PEOPLE DIE - my latest film

March 13 2018

My message throughout all this time has been to educate, educate, educate. Educate anyone who will listen about how people die. To help people understand how death comes, what it looks like, (a part of life we will all experience one day) is my focus, to neutralize the fear we all bring to approaching death. With my desire to teach as many people as possible I have created a new end of life educational film, This Is How People Die.

The Nursing Home Blues

The Nursing Home Blues

February 13 2018
As we get older, life presents us with different challenges. We adapt to them in the same way we have lived our life and dealt with all the challenges in our life up to this point---only our reactions become intensified. If we were withdrawn and not very social in our earlier living then as we get older we become more withdrawn, even less social. Think about...

Unexpected Death of a Child

Unexpected Death of a Child

May 09 2017
Dear Barbara, Please talk about unexpected youth death. In our minds we understand, that as sad as it is when an old...

Dangers of Morphine for the Dying

Dangers of Morphine for the Dying

October 31 2016
Dear Barbara, Talk about the dangers of giving morphine to one who is dying? I have written many articles on...

The "Do Over"

The "Do Over"

July 05 2015
When I was in my 20’s a close friend adopted a baby. She was a first time mom and I had two children plus was a nurse...

Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

April 26 2015
QUESTION: Talk about assisted suicide.   The term “assisted suicide” carries a couple of meanings. It can refer to th...

Suicide Thoughts and End of Life

July 14 2014
QUESTIONS:  Suicide Obviously this is a very big subject and I can’t begin to cover it so I will just address suicid...

Thoughts of Suicide

March 16 2014
Most people diagnosed with a life threatening illness think about suicide. Suicidal thoughts are normal thoughts in s...

I Just Want to Die

February 03 2014
Frequently I will hear a person say “I am ready to die,” “I just want to die,” “Why am I not  dead yet?” or “Why is t...

Guilt and Grief

July 28 2013
Question:  "How can I rid myself of the guilt I experience due to the death of my adult alcoholic son? He lived with ...

Question: Suicide Grief

May 13 2013
Question: How do you grieve a suicide as a result of terminal illness and for no apparent reason? But there is a reas...