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...

VSED ~Voluntary Stopping Eating & Drinking

VSED ~Voluntary Stopping Eating & Drinking

April 24 2017
Dear Barbara, Would you talk about voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED)?     Here is a definition of VSED...

Distancing From The Dying

Distancing From The Dying

April 10 2017
Dear Barbara, there's a phenomenon I see every so often when I'm doing hospice care. A close family member, a spouse,...

Faith and the Dying Process

Faith and the Dying Process

March 20 2017
Dear Barbara, How has faith entered into the dying process? What does “faith” mean? I am going to say, for the sake o...

A Chemical Straight Jacket, Dementia at End of Life

A Chemical Straight Jacket, Dementia at End of Life

March 06 2017
Dear Barbara, Will you talk about a chemical straight jacket at end of life? My mother is a dementia patient in a mem...

EOL RN Being Yelled At ~ How to Support

EOL RN Being Yelled At ~ How to Support

February 20 2017
Dear Barbara, how to support an RN who gets yelled at by families and MDs at this precious time of life...it is a con...

Laboring To Leave ~ Difficult Breathing at End of Life

Laboring To Leave ~ Difficult Breathing at End of Life

February 06 2017
Dear Barbara, I would like to know why the breathing pattern is different at end of life. My Mother had fast and labo...

Worker Bees, Watchers & Talkers~ Which Kind of Caregivers Are You?

Worker Bees, Watchers & Talkers~ Which Kind of Caregivers Are You?

January 23 2017
Dear Barbara,  There seem to be family caregivers who feel that everything falls on them when they have other family ...

Tears on the Job

Tears on the Job

January 09 2017
Dear Barbara,  I'm an older nursing student who is starting a new position as a NA2 in alovely hospice facility. I've...

When a Dream is Shattered

When a Dream is Shattered

December 27 2016
I am printing this letter and my reply at this holiday season because I believe this man is not alone in his feelings...

Stuck in Grief

Stuck in Grief

December 12 2016
Dear Barbara, A friend of mine lost her son back in 1987. I knew him in high school. Even now all she talks about is ...

16 Days Without Food or Water

16 Days Without Food or Water

November 28 2016
Barbara, My mother is in final stages (or is she?). Has not had food or drop of water in 16 days. She is in a coma st...

Does Morphine = Euthanasia in the Dying?

Does Morphine = Euthanasia in the Dying?

November 14 2016
Dear Barbara, I have seen many dying "euthanized" or given fairly heavy duty morphine drips to allow "dying in peace"...

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...

Death As The Enemy

Death As The Enemy

October 17 2016
QUESTION: Could you write about why it's so difficult for people to start end-of-life care conversations? I was j...

"If They Would Just Eat, Everything Would Be Better"

"If They Would Just Eat, Everything Would Be Better"

October 03 2016
Dear Barbara, what are the physical changes in appearance during the dying process? Also talk about not forcing food ...

Pneumonia, The Old Man's Friend

Pneumonia, The Old Man's Friend

September 20 2016
 Dear Barbara, I am having a very difficult time providing care for my father as a critical care nurse. I almost lost...

Abstain From Doing Harm

Abstain From Doing Harm

September 06 2016
Dear Barbara, Is it possible to get too much "treatment" for an illness? Our medical treatments seem to be based on t...
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