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Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

This was definitely worth watching and should be shown to youth today. Many youth live in nice, safe communities and neighborhoods while others do not.
Such powerful films as these should be shown to politicians, leaders and those in power to force them to see that youth wants change for themselves and for future generations…..

TED Blog

By Michael Painter. 

For some of us, it’s easy to choose to be healthy. We can’t control whether disease or accidents strike, but we can decide where we live and what we eat, as well as if, when and how much we’ll exercise. Some of us live in a culture of health — a time and place where, for the most part, we have the real hope and opportunity to live a healthy life.

But for many more of us, it isn’t — we don’t have that choice. We live in unsafe neighborhoods. We don’t have strong families to help us through life’s challenges. We can’t readily get nutritious food. We don’t have easy ways to exercise. It’s difficult — or even impossible — to keep our children safe.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was at TED2015 in Vancouver last week, where the theme was Truth & Dare. And we took…

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Mom’s Last Days – Tweeting Mom’s Goodbye – NYTimes.com

“During that week, my world shrank to the confines of my mother’s hospital room. But that world was not confining. As my mother’s life wound down, she felt an urgency to pass on memories and insights with the honed perspective of someone who had seen a lot of life, and had now begun to see through whatever door opens to whatever is next. My mother showed us how to bow out of this life, which is something all of us would be blessed to live to do.

I suppose I could have kept all this to myself. But there’s a reason I went into broadcasting, not espionage. I am grateful when I can pass on something to others. Tweeting let me do that as we lived through it.”
Sharing the experience whether with one person, a few or many is helpful. Death and the grief that goes along with it are not easy…..
“Life-changing experiences can move us to pass along what we believe we’ve learned. We want to shout about a birth into the heavens. We want to place the face of someone we’ve lost in the stars. We want people to know.”

Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

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Shared via Sacred Dying – Meet the women who believe the final moments of our lives are the most important (From Daily Echo)

When we see it this way-that in order to give life, to give birth….eventually death will happen; it normalizes it!
To be pregnant is wonderful, to feel the baby kick and move around inside you and then the moment comes where he or she enters the world!
Babies bring so much joy to so many and require a lot of care and nurturing…
But, when you think about it, when a person is dying-although it is sad, terrifying for some….difficult. The dying person still requires care and nurturing.

“In ancient days, the midwife of birth also served as a midwife of death. Today, there are a handful of American women trained to offer comfort in both dying and birthing. Though few in number, I draw strength from my sister doulas of birth and death. So much of my doula training deeply reflects the skills needed to support the dying.”

Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

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Healthcare

The Intimacy Gap

I used to think that there was a communication gulf between doctors and patients. Somewhere in the hub-bub of of the harried office visit some secret sauce was missing. A divide that was so fundamental that both parties often left the room feeling disjointed and uneasy. Patients wondered if doctors truly heard them. Physicians wondered… Continue reading The Intimacy Gap

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Accompanying the Family

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends. From Asociación Humanizar of Hospital San Juan de Alicante, we have been informed about the following workshop on 25 March: One of the projects of this volunteer is the accompaniment and listening to/with the relatives of the patients admitted to the ICU: welcome them and accompanied by giving them… Continue reading Accompanying the Family

Healthcare, Humanity

The Human Factor at Emergency Department

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends. Something is changing in the hospital, specially at Emergency Department of the Hospital Universitario San Juan de Alicante. Montserrat Soler, auxiliary nurse, has edited "The Human Factor at Emergency Department," a guide to humanize care of patients and families in this area of the hospital. Source: alicanteactualidad.com In her… Continue reading The Human Factor at Emergency Department

Healthcare

My First Lesson in Humility

I remember being more confident that most of my peers. The look of dread on my fellow interns face pre-call, and the fatigue post-call always seemed unnatural to me. Maybe it was on account of my life-long pursuit of medicine. I felt nothing but elation at the newly branded "M" and "D" that came after… Continue reading My First Lesson in Humility