|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 3, 2015 at 11:50 AM|
In recent months there has been a lot of discussion and debate about the idea of dying with dignity, spurred by the story of Brittany Maynard’s choice to end her life while she still had control, rather than continue the progressive suffering caused by her brain tumor. Proponents of Death with Dignity laws suggest that terminally ill patients should be able to “hasten an inevitable and una...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 2, 2015 at 1:15 PM|
When a high-profile celebrity like Whitney Houston or Heath Ledger dies from a drug overdose involving prescription medications everyone hears about it, but did you know that drug-related deaths in the US now outnumber traffic fatalities? Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the death toll due to drugs has doubled in the last decade and emergency room visits tie...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 1, 2015 at 6:40 PM|
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 per...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 24, 2015 at 8:35 PM|
If you are looking for a way to boost your happiness, health and relationships with one simple practice, the answer to your search is this: Gratitude. Studies have shown that cultivating an attitude of thankfulness in your life correlates with well-being, strengthened relationships withRead Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on January 14, 2015 at 9:50 PM|
This New Year has already started off with a rush of energy—can you feel it? The economy is recovering, unemployment is on the decline and marriage equality is spreading rapidly throughout the U.S. Yet there’s no time to celebrate these advances because the planet is still in a dire state of emergency with global climate change, political unrest, horrific acts of terrorism, worldwide poverty, a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on January 6, 2015 at 12:35 PM|
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on January 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM|
Recently more people than ever before have begun to take a look at their hopes and desires for the end-of-life and are even putting those wishes into writing. Through movements such as Aging With Dignity and The Conversation Project, individuals of all ages are being encouraged to talk about that day when their own life will come to an end and to express their thoughts and feelings about it with t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on December 16, 2014 at 8:35 PM|
Another December has arrived and once again we are busily preparing for the holiday rituals that will take place as the year winds to an end. This is a perfect time to stop for a moment and really think about the meaning of your own celebrations, so that you don’t end up spending a fortune in time and money with nothing real to show when it is over.
This is the year ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on November 8, 2014 at 3:30 AM|
Let’s face it: if you’re human you have most likely experienced a fear of death at one time or another in your life – or else you may have been in complete denial of your fear and repressing it. That’s because the fear of death is normal for us Earthlings – we have a survival instinct that motivates us to avoid death-inducing situations.
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|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on October 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM|
Recently there has been a big push to get people to start talking with their family members and other loved ones about their wishes for the last days of their lives. Baby boomers seem to be embracing this suggestion and are beginning to make plans for later life and formulate their own ideas about what constitutes a “good” ending to this life.
But some of us are running into obsta...Read Full Post »