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End-of-life movie review: Life as a House

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM


Life as a House, a 2001 film directed by Irwin Winkler is one of my all-time favorite end-of-life movies. Kevin Kline stars as George, an unhappy architect, who is fired from his job and diagnosed with terminal...

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Grieving Whitney

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM

In some ways we lost Whitney Houston several years ago, when her song was first tarnished by the drugs and alcohol that ravaged her life. We should have seen this coming. We should have been able to prevent this. That’s what hurts so much when you lose someone like Whitney. Her precious gift that we cherished and admired is what made her so vulnerable.

She admitted to terrible stage fright, fearing “the sound of 10.000 disappointed people.” She admitted to being her ow...

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Finding love in a hopeless place

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on January 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM


My daughter Emily recently recorded a cover version of the song We Found Love (in a Hopeless Place) and ever since I heard it I have been obsessed with the title. The idea of love arising where there is hopelessness is so intriguing and appealing to me that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. And then, I was g...

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Book Review: "Move Beyond Grief Journal"

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on October 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM
“Grief is a journey. There is no right or wrong to it. Just allow. Just be.”

With that introduction, the “Move Beyond Grief Journal” by Sandy Clendenen takes the reader gently by the hand and leads the way down a path of healing for the pain of loss. This interactive journal provi...
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Grief: How to help in difficult times

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on October 12, 2011 at 2:45 AM
    

The subject of grief doesn’t come up very often in conversation except in times of tragedy. The death of Steve Jobs last week is one such tragedy that has led to many discussions about death and dying, the meaning of life and how to cope when loss ...
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His job is not finished ...

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on October 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM
The world was stunned yesterday by the announcement of the passing of Steve Jobs, just one day after Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4S; and I can already feel that the planet is a bit colder and darker with the extinguishing of his brilliant fire of inspiration.

Not a day goes by that I don’t marvel at the amazing capabilities of my iPhone (and I still just have the 3G!) or experience gratitude for my MacBook Pro that receives the creative effluence of my brai...
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Two months to live

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 12, 2011 at 7:20 AM
As I write this my friend has just left the doctor's office and returned to her part-time home in our community. She has learned in the last few moments that her cancer has recurred and is rapidly growing in her abdomen. For the next two days she will be packing up her belongings and loading the car for a long road-trip back home, where she will have to tell her family her shocking news: she is expected to live for just a few more months.

The calendar slips from he...
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What Does Dignity Really Mean at the End-of-Life?

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on



Our society is currently struggling with the concept of “death with dignity” as we try to understand what it really means to die a dignified death. In order to find common ground for this conversation it is helpful to consider the original meaning of the word “dignity” from its Latin derivation--the root word dignus, which means “worthy.” So from this perspectiv...

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