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End-of-life movie review: The Bucket List

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM


This delightful 2007 movie directed by Rob Reiner and written by Justin Zackham focuses on the joy of living fully during one’s last days instead of on the tragic aspects of dying. The story centers around two main characters, Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) and Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) who are both olde...

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Why the wealthy need to learn what really matters

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM


A new study conducted by Paul Piff and his colleagues at UC Berkeley reports that wealthy people are more likely to lie and cheat in order to win a prize or gain an advantage over others. The experiments conducted by the research team suggest that at least some wealthier people “perceive greed as positive and beneficial, … privilege themselves over othe...

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Hospice story: Brian's last run

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM


In my years of practice as a Home Health and Hospice physician, I gathered many memories of visits with patients in their own homes, sitting beside their beds, sipping tea from their favorite china cups, hearing the stories held within the walls of their living spaces. One special memory comes to me now, which speaks to the advantages and opportunities afforded by home-based health care:

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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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Friday end-of-life movie review: 50/50 is so-so

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM


Inspired by a true story, 50/50 deals with Adam, a 27-year-old man diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The movie chronicles Adam’s course of treatment and his struggle to accept his diagnosis with the help of his best friend, played ...

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What Does Dignity Really Mean at the End-of-Life?

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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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