Lake Effect

Death and Dying
3:12 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Milwaukee Woman Shares Her Life - and End-of-Life - Story

Desiree Plasz, 90, spent her final months in hospice after what she calls a "quiet life."
Credit Photo courtesy of Krause Funeral Homes, Plasz Family

All this week and last, producer Stephanie Lecci has brought us a series on the different aspects surrounding death and dying in the 21st century. We’ve heard about ethical issues, caregiver stress, talking about death with children, and the palliative care movement.

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Death and Dying
3:05 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Know Your Dying Loved Ones Values and Wishes

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci will conclude her series Friday on death and dying in the 21st century. She joined WUWM's Bob Bach during Morning Edition, to discuss the reasons she addressed the subject and what the series uncovered.

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Death and Dying
3:18 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Hospice Volunteer Reflects on 'Special Time' at End of Life

Horizon hospice volunteer, Donna Bartolone
Credit Photo courtesy of Horizon Hospice and Home Care

Yesterday on our death and dying in the 21st Century series, we heard about a special group of volunteers who work with the Final Hours Program at Horizon Hospice and Home Care. In patients' homes and in the hospice's inpatient unit in Mequon, these volunteers sit with patients as they approach the last hours of their lives. The volunteers offer support to the patients and their families in what is a very difficult time...but what is the experience like for the volunteers?

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Environment
11:43 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Zap! How Many Fish are in the Milwaukee River?

The Ozaukee County Fish Passage team sets out to count fish in the Milwaukee River.
Credit Susan Bence

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence brings us the story of attempts to quantify how the fish population is doing on the Milwaukee River in Ozaukee County.

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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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