Making COVID Lemonade

As I contemplate life on my porch in late-May 2020, I feel many different emotions.   As a nursing home and hospice physician, I mostly feel sad that so many of the people I care for are dying—often without the basic comfort of a family member at the bedside. I...

Physician-Assisted Suicide…. Not!

Every day my Google Alerts send me interesting articles about death and dying.  Some I read, some I pass by, but this one caught my eye. A medical student wrote a piece about the medical practice of “physician-assisted suicide” as a collaborative process.  While he...

In the Middle of a Revolution on Death

The Revolution is upon us The recent Washington Post article, “We’re in the middle of a revolution on death” is gently thought-provoking and describes a trend that we hope will become the reality for more Californians.  Specifically, those who are facing terminal...

The Elephant In The Room

Photo Credit: Bizarro Comics CAN WE TALK ABOUT DYING? By Lynne Calkins “Make friends with death. Get comfortable with it, and you will have a much fuller, happier life.”  Seriously? Sounds kind of weird, doesn’t it? Who wants to be friends with such a taboo subject?...

But, Isn’t It Suicide?

When talking about medical aid in dying, the short answer?  No. Definitely not. But there is a better, more thorough answer. The other night I was at a dinner party with eight intelligent, thoughtful people.  At some point my husband thought it was necessary to let...