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Psychotherapy at the End of Life Helps Patients and Grieving Families

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July 20, 2011

A study at University of Manitoba-Winnipeg, Canada, has tested an addition to the approach to end-of-life care for terminally-ill patients that seems to greatly increase a patient’s quality of life and reduce end-of-life distress.

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Autopsy guidelines revised for Alzheimer's

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Proposed guidelines would distinguish dementia diagnosis from brain changes seen by pathologists

PARIS (Reuters) - For many years, an autopsy done by a pathologist was considered the best way to confirm the presence of Alzheimer's disease.

But new guidelines proposed on Sunday by the U.S. National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association seek to distinguish between memory changes or dementia diagnosed by doctors when people are alive, and the changes pathologists can see in an autopsy.

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Nadine Jarvis Challenges Traditional Approach to Cremation

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July 17, 2011

The artist's thought-provoking approach to the grieving process through the application of cremation remains

Nadine Jarvis has turned the concept of the cremation vessel on its head with her Rest in Pieces, Birdfeeder, and pencil box projects. All of the projects utilize cremation ashes in unique and thought-provoking ways, and they are aimed at assisting in the grieving and healing process. Jarvis designed the projects with a focus on the concept of impermanence and renewal.

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Nadine Jarvis: Challenging Post Mortem Traditions (The Daily Undertaker)


End-of-Life Planning: Why It's Such a Smart Thing to Do

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February 28, 2011

Talking about dying and death is a huge social taboo. It is almost as though we collectively put our hands over our eyes like children who innocently think, "if I don't see it or look at it, it doesn't exist." But, it does. So, let's take a look at the truth of this matter.

The key to effective end-of-life planning is not to race through filling out legal documents, but rather to take our time to thoughtfully clarify our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and feelings about dying and death first. It is important to understand that our mental and emotional posture serves as the foundation for how we live our lives, which includes how we live our dying.

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Thanks to SevenPonds Blog for altering us to this article.


No Time Like the Present: Get your Affairs in Order Today!

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Consumer group says corporation charges 30 percent more for funeral services

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July 13, 2011

The last thing grieving family members want to think about is how much the funeral for a deceased loved one is going to cost, but the price point is hard to ignore. In most parts of the country, a traditional funeral requires a serious outlay - about $7,755 on average (minus the cemetery plot, flowers, monument marker and obituary), according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

Funeral prices in Vermont are low compared with the national average, but costs have gone up dramatically at a handful of funeral homes in southern Vermont that are owned by a multinational corporation, according to the alliance.

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Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont releases survey of funeral costs (July 6, 2011)

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