End-of-Life, Healthcare, Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Life, Love…

{“Jack Davies hasn’t planned his funeral but he knows how he wants to die. When the time comes – and soon – the 53-year-old says he will succumb to the terminal cancer ravaging his organs.  He doesn’t want resuscitation or medical intervention to prolong life. He doesn’t want to be rushed to Nambour General Hospital. He just wants to lay quietly in bed, at home in Tewantin, with wife Ange by his side, singing softly into his ear which doctors say will be the last sense to go. “I know I’m going to die,” whispers Jack in a weak and breathy voice, as he sits pale and tired on his favourite couch in a dark, curtained lounge room. “I’m just happy I’ll die at home.”}

Given the choice, many would also choose this option; to die at home surrounded by those that we love and are important to us. Most do not want to be in a hopsital in an uncomfortable bed, surrounded by medical staff, listening to machines and being attached to tubes. I don’t.

Others may choose the medical environment as they do not want their loved ones to witness ‘their’ slowly deterioration and eventual death.

What would you choose if you had the choice? Home or hospital?

 

Source: Life, Love

https://www.backstorynewsmag.com/single-post/2017/01/24/Life-Love-Dying

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Self-Promotion of Journey’s End…

There is nothing like coming home and finding a box leaning against your front door and when you rip it open, there are your author copies of the book that you spent 2.5 years writing and editing!

Such joy, such elation, such happiness, such a sense of accomplishment… so, Julie and I are busy marketing and strategizing how we each will use the book as we come from different backgrounds.

As a social worker/case manager/group facilitator, I have big plans with this book that will compliment my consulting business NorthernMSW, that I just launched last month, very well.

My goal, my mission, my passion is to raise awareness about death, dying, and end of life; provide education and training to professionals, lay-people and facilitate workshops, support groups, and discussion groups on this topic. A topic most ignore, pretend does not exist, do not discuss, and do not plan for.

Why is that? Why the fear? To be born, we will die. With any luck, we live a long life, but we never know…

Julie and I collaborated on this book to begin what we term ‘inspirational’ discussions, to further cultural awareness, understanding, and acceptance.

I have stated in other posts that I am an organ donor. To me, there is no greater mitzvah than to have my organs help someone else live a longer life after I have died…. My fiancé knows this and it is on my driver’s license.

Next, comes the ‘BIG’ talk and decisions of advance care directives and mandates; especially since I am getting married next June. I have 2 kids to think about. While they have a father to look after them, in case, my life insurance, and any pensions will go to both my kids and my soon-to be-husband.

Not a very happy conversation, BUT a needed one.

So, Julie and I collaborated and created this wonderful book that has so many perspectives in it from birth to death-abortions, miscarriages, child death, spousal death, friend death, partner death, pet death, client and patient death, resource information, training information, grief and bereavement information, checklists to plan, funeral information, advance care and mandate information and a chapter on an all to taboo topic-euthanasia and assisted dying, but it is a presentation of the facts and what exists around the world, along with quotes and more…..there is no other book like it on the shelves of any book store or library because I always look. An all in one book!

No matter how many times I read this book I am in awe of the contributions, the stories shared and yes, sometimes I tear up and other times I laugh….that is what life is about!

It is available on Xlibris, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble.  We are very proud of this book and owe a HUGE thank you to all who contributed as we would not have the book we have if not for all of the contributor’s perspectives.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, you have our gratitude and sincere appreciation!

The contributors are:

Elaine Mansfield

Evelyne Banks

Cheryl Jones

Jean Bota

Jordon Grumet, MD

Linda Darrah Reynolds

Jan Larsen-Fendt, RN, BSN

Carol Brannan Marimpietri

Sue Rumack (Canada)

Anonymous x 2 (1 Canada & 1 USA)

Maria Kubitz

John Brooks

Elizabeth Gillman, RN, BSN

Victoria Hargis

Pamela Christie

Sherokee Ilse

Keith Branson, MA

Patty Burgess

Mark Darrah

Virginia L. Seno, PhD

David Laliberte, AEMCA, PCP (Canada)

Karen Wyatt, MD

Karen Smith, PhD

Major Lynn Jones, Retired

Yosef Ben Avraham Yaacov

Rea L. Ginsberg, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD

Anne Lastman, BA, MA, MTS

Rabbi Michael Wolff (Canada)

Salima Pirani

Robert S. Ball, MSN, RN

James C. Salwitz, MD

Claire Willis, LICSW

Andrew Thurston, MD

Barbara Bates Sedoric

Blair Botsford (Canada)

Donald M. Burrows

Eleanor Silverberg (Canada)

Robin Gordon Taft

Steve Byrne

Jeff Haberson

Cassandra Yonder (Canada)

Heather Taylor, RN (Canada)

Vicki M. Taylor

Sheryl Beller-Kenner, EdD (Canada)

Lee Witting

John Shuster, MD

Karen Wyatt, MD

Cynthia Cooper, RN

Sheryl J. Nicholson

Marcy Rosen Bernstein, LMSW

Gabriel Heras La Calle, MD (Spain)

Guillermo Godoy, MD

Sheryl Beller-Kenner, EdD

James Salwitz, MD

Along with various perspectives from both Julie Saeger Nierenberg (Canada)

and myself; Victoria Brewster (Canada)

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Raising Awareness for the Topics of Death, Dying, and End of Life…

So to compliment my role as a case manager and group facilitator with older adults, I have a mission and purpose in the areas of death and dying.

Not a topic most want to think about or even contemplate, but in order to be born, we will die one day.

For many, death and dying seems years away and for some, they do not fear death and it could come tomorrow.

An idea I came up with is to raise awareness for the topics of death, dying, and end of life and a way to combines all my interests: create a race that combines walkers, runners/joggers, and cyclers. I am a cycler and once April is here, cycle right through October…walkers could even bring their dogs!

Thoughts? Participants would pay a fee or raise money to be used specifically for the goal of raising awareness about death and dying.

What does that mean? Resource information, training materials, books, checklists and the sharing of ideas along with education on the topic for professionals, students, older adults, families, caregivers, etc.

Julie and I just published a book on this very topic and we know there are many out there like us who support this topic.

Journey’s End” Death, Dying and the End of Life“, a book that has many perspectives in it from both lay people and professionals.

We attempt to describe real life issues and circumstances, and we discuss ways to proactively deal with them. Useful training, resource, and reference material are also included. Death, dying, and end of life are topics many prefer to avoid. This book suggests that we benefit from having frank discussions, living life to the fullest, and planning for our own journey’s end, whenever that may be. Everyone who is born eventually will die, whether or not we want to embrace that fact.

Though few of us know when we will die, we and our family or friends can be well prepared. We can have discussions and create written directives for what we want if we are unable to verbally state them ourselves. Do we want life support? Do we want interventions that may or may not have any benefit to our quality of life if we are in the hospital or in an accident? Do we want to be involved in planning our funeral, memorial, or celebration of life?

The submissions within are from professionals in the field of death and bereavement support and from laypeople, all of whom share stories of dying family members, friends, clients, and patients. Julie and I, the coauthors of this book, also share stories from our personal and professional experiences.

‘Journey’s End’ is a broadly comprehensive book about death, dying, and the end of life.

If interested in participating or you have ideas about how to organize such an event, please contact me: northernmsw@gmail.com

I am thinking next summer to give time for participants to train, but the goal is not a race, but awareness raising oriented.

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Rapid assessment and frailty — British Geriatrics Society

This is awesome news and more hospitals should do this! Care beds for older adults and rapid assessment and treatment. Thoughts?

 

Beverley Marriott is a Advanced nurse practitioner working in the Birmingham community healthcare foundation trust. She is also a King’s College Older Person Fellow. There continues to be a growing emphasis on older people and emergency hospital admissions, with Frailty often used as a ‘wrap’ around term for ‘older people’. Older people with multiple complex […]

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‘Journey’s End’ is Available!

Julie and I are very excited to announce that our book is available on the Xlibris website at: www.xlibris.com.

Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life; 2.5 years in the making is finally available. Thank you to all who contributed to our book. We never could have done it without you…

The book is also on goodreadsamazon.com, amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble.

Aging/Gerontology, Healthcare, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Autumn Speakers Series: What is geriatric rehabilitation? Towards a unifying concept — British Geriatrics Society

Definitely worth a read, and definitely needed! More Geriatricians-physicians and other professionals that specialize in working with, caring for and assisting older adults…..

 

Romke van Balen is an Elderly Care Physician in Rotterdam and Senior Researcher in Leiden. His main field of interest is geriatric rehabilitation. He will be speaking at the upcoming BGS Autumn Meeting in London. Although geriatric rehabilitation in most countries is considered to belong to the core tasks of geriatricians, there is no consensus about definition and […]

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“Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life”: Is out Soon!

A book that has been in the makings for almost 2.5 years……..a well thought out book that focuses on death, dying, and end of life issues with over 50 contributors mostly from Canada and the U.S.A. and a few from other countries around the world!

The book has many chapters that focus on death of spouses, parents, friends, children, friends, colleagues, clients, pets, multiple deaths, suicide, and includes resource information, training information, checklists, quotes, information on Assisted Dying around the world, Grief & Bereavement support is included, End of Life communication, planning and preparing information and more!

This is a go to book for everyone! 500 pages of information that students, professionals, lay people, and caregivers can read and use.

It has been a long journey to get to this point, but well worth it! Thank you, Julie, for your understanding when things were going on in my life-we made a great team!

The book will be printed within the next 2-3 weeks and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Julie and I are already planning book 2, so if you are interested in participating/contributing, the book will focus on death, dying, and end of life, but from cultural, ethnic, and religious perspectives.

Burial and mourning rituals with a twist as each culture, religion, and ethnicity have different and unique traditions and customs along with grief, bereavement, and end of life discussions and planning. Contact me- northernmsw@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Vikki and Julie

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