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Dying Well - The Gift We Gave Each Other
I gave my husband Bruce the gift of dying well, and although by definition a gift is something given without expectation of a return, the gift I got in return was as profound as the gift I gave.We gave each other what most people want at the end of life, a sense of completion. As I look back, I have never thought there was something I would or could have done differently.
Industry Voices—5 steps to ensure your patients—like my husband—receive the end-of-life care they want
People with terminal illnesses don’t die alone. As part of a team, physicians play a critical role in helping their patients make the right choices consistent with their goals. Here are five steps you can take to help your patients receive the end-of-life-care they want.
The Virginian Pilot Guest Columnist Susan Ducharme Hoben: Taking control of our final days
What we can learn from how Charles Krauthammer has chosen to die: Guest opinion
It's important for us to have role models for dying well. Observing the words and actions of those dealing with a terminal prognosis, whether we know them personally or only as figures in the public spotlight, can be an emotionally powerful way to gain new insights. Fear prevents us from even thinking about death, let alone talking about it or planning for it. The more we know about other people's end-of-life journeys the less we will fear our own and perhaps, with each new experience shared, we will become more comfortable with the inevitable.
Doctors' Roles in Better Outcomes, Lower Costs for Terminally Ill Patients
Too many Americans fail to plan for end-of-life care
How to talk to your loved ones about end of life decisions
Susan Ducharme Hoben Interview on KVMR
NBC Connecticut News @ 11 Interview
Kerri Lee Mayland interviews Susan Ducharme Hoben about John McCain and dying well.
What it Means to Die Well and Why You Must Care
What does it mean to “die well”? The simple answer is it means dying the way you want to. Of course that then leads to more complicated and thought-provoking questions: How do you want to die? And when is it time to start thinking about that?
Minnie's Axioms: My Mother as Role Model for Living Well
I am often reminded that I am my mother’s daughter, but Mother’s Day is a special occasion to reflect on Minnie’s Axioms and pay tribute to the way she lived her life and died well.
Reviewing Shelf - Dying Well by Susan Ducharme Hoben
"This book is about embarking on a journey with bravery and courage. It’s a lesson in dying and how to do it well; how to really live until the last moment of one’s life when death is staring you in the eyes. This ensures there are no regrets and you have lived your life well. It’s a must-read for anyone and everyone who has a family member with a terminal illness or is undergoing one, themselves. It gives you a perspective of how until death arrives, every moment of life is to be celebrated and made use of, with friendships fostered and relationships made even richer." - Reviewing Shelf
Having The Conversation – Once Is Not Enough
Bruce’s decision to stop treatment was not as hard as one might expect. We had been talking about it in the abstract for months, even years. We had living wills and health care directives. We had reaffirmed them when I’d had open-heart surgery, again when Bruce was diagnosed. Now, when the abstract became real, we did not agonize over whether it was still what we wanted. Our end-of-life wishes had been formed over a lifetime of watching people die, and just as importantly, watching people live.