Death and Dying

Death and Dying
3:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hospice's Final Hours Program Ensures No Patient Dies Alone

Volunteers at Horizon Hospice and Home Care offer comfort to patients and families in the final hours of life.
Credit Photo by CORBIS

Sometimes, despite the best efforts of doctors and the determination of a patient, there's just nothing more to be done to fight against a terminal illness. As we heard yesterday on our death and dying in the 21st century series, palliative care can then offer medical, emotional and even spiritual support as treatment to cure a life-threatening illness transitions into quality-of-life management.

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Death and Dying
3:40 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Palliative Care a Holistic Complement for Terminal Patients

How does palliative care fit into broader medical treatments for patients with life-threatening and terminal diseases?
Credit Photo by Mrs. Logic, via Flickr

We continue our series on death and dying in the 21st century by turning our attention today to the growing field of palliative care. This kind of medicine actively cares for people with life-threatening and terminal diseases, working to effectively transition between treatments focused on a cure to managing symptoms in order to maximize quality of life and respect patient wishes.

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Death and Dying
3:52 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

'Camp Lloyd' Helps Grieving Kids Process Loss

Camp Lloyd's big buddies and little buddies on a trip to Bay Beach amusement park.
Credit Photo courtesy of Camp Lloyd

As we've explored so far in our death and dying in the 21st century series, adults, frankly, don't like to talk about dying. So it comes as no surprise then that most adults avoid the topic of death with children - perhaps even going so far as to think kids don't know what death is.

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Death and Dying
3:59 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The High Cost of Dying in the 21st Century

Credit By Boris Rasin, via Flickr

It’s no secret that health care in this country costs a lot. That’s especially true at the end of life. A new study indicates a quarter of Medicare recipients exhaust their entire savings and more on out-of-pocket health care expenses during the last five years of their lives.

This goes along with previous numbers that have shown that the last few years of life are the most expensive, medically speaking.

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Death and Dying
4:04 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Thanatology - the Study of Death - a Young, But Growing Field of Research

How does the internet change how we experience and cope with death and grief?

This week on Lake Effect, producer Stephanie Lecci has been exploring issues surrounding death and dying. While death is as old as time itself, the study of it is considerably younger. The relatively new and growing field of thanatology - that is, the study of death, from the Greek word "thanatos" - extends beyond just the medical aspects to dying. Rather, it crosses boundaries through interdisciplinary fields. And as technologies in medicine and society advance, so does the research.

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Death and Dying
4:09 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New Technology Means Staving Off Death, More End-of-Life Questions

Medical technology, like feeding tubes, allow us to live longer than we otherwise would, but do they make end-of-life care decisions more complicated?
Credit Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

This week, Lake Effect producer Stephanie Lecci is exploring issues surrounding death and dying in the 21st century. Indeed, the questions surrounding end-of-life care today are much different from the way they were in the past. Technology is allowing us to live longer with more disease, and to sustain life even when we are no longer able to communicate our wishes.

As we heard yesterday, that can put a lot of stress on caregivers making proxy decisions. But how did we get here? And what do we have to consider when we try to lay out our wishes ahead of time?

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Death and Dying
4:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Easing the Stress of Caregivers in End-of-Life Care

Providing end-of-life care can cause stress that makes decision-making tough.
Credit via Flickr

This week on Lake Effect, producer Stephanie Lecci is exploring issues surrounding death and dying in our culture. One of those issues is what it's like to care for someone who is in the final stages of his or her life. As difficult as it may be to make our own decisions regarding our own dying process, it is even more difficult to make those decisions on behalf of a loved one. Complicating this is a condition known as "caregiver syndrome," the manifestation of the physical and emotional stress of long-term care of a loved one. This can affect a proxy's ability to make sound decisions about end-of-life care.

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Death and Dying
4:19 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Death and Dying Series preview

Beginning tomorrow on Lake Effect, producer Stephanie Lecci brings us a series of conversations around the theme of death and dying in the 21st Century.

The series was born out of a scholarship she received from the Religion Newswriters Association that allowed her to take a course at Alverno College in Control of Life and Death.

Stephanie Lecci joins us in the studio to give us a preview of what we can expect to hear for the rest of the week.