…Practical advice on finding a connection with who you are, what you're about and what a good death means to you as you grow inwardly and age outwardly.
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shutterstock_83523265ONE: AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE ISN’T SIMPLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE VERY SICK OR OLD AND FRAIL

Yes, advance directives are about when you are seriously ill or at end of life, but you shouldn’t wait until then. You should have an advance directive (or at least appointed a healthcare proxy) long before that just in case. This way, your loved ones know the care you want and you have someone you love speaking for you when you cannot.

TWO: AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE CHANGES AS YOU CHANGE

An advance directive form isn’t something you complete and then leave dormant for years. It is, in a sense, organic and living. It…

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COMING SOON! Randy and Sandy’s Advance Care Plan
By Diane Burnside Murdock on January 25, 2014
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Accidental Caregiver_linked“From the most unlikely of unlikely romances comes a deeply felt, touching humorous exploration of what love and age mean in today’s world. I can’t recommend this book highly enough” —Stan Evans, Emmy award-winning writer, and author of Box of Mustaches

It’s a pleasure to introduce Gregor Collins to you. His memoir about his experience as a caregiver tells so much about the art of aging, the type of care most of us imagine being given, and the experience of dying as a loving leave-taking.

Gregor discovers through Maria what so many of us have forgotten: that end of life is about us, being empowered and living the life you want. A lovely story about how two people grew together and grew through each other. It’s about a friendship where age knows no boundaries. From the giving of care comes this…

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Where are those commercials about dying?
By Diane Burnside Murdock on December 4, 2013
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shutterstock_129035513Today commercials are on just about everything. And these everythings used to be definite unmentionables, even taboo. It was rude and inappropriate to talk about them even at the dinner table!

But these days, you can flip through channels and hear commercials and see public awareness ads on such subjects as depression, mental illness, AIDs, breast cancer, domestic violence, autism, memory loss and Alzheimer’s. This is a good thing. Hearing about these things can help those who are in the need to know and help others become aware and understanding.

Isn’t it time to lift the taboo about not talking about dying? Isn’t it a good idea to have infomercials about how to be prepared, have a talk, and have a plan?

There’s a lot of discussion…

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shutterstock_149868134For these professions you are required to select someone to speak for you when you cannot in case of a medical crisis. Of course it makes sense because these individuals work at higher-risk jobs than say those of us who work behind a desk or sell merchandise. These brave souls live more on the edge.

But a medical crisis or emergency can happen at any time to any one. So why not be prepared? Why not decide that this mandate is a wise one?

BUT…..WHO SHOULD BE REQUIRED?

Twitter me your response with this tagline #HCProxy Mandate:

Yes or No for mandating and who should be required to do it.
I’ll…

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dianeshutter stockSurveys such as one by The Conversation Project tell us that nearly all of us believe we should have conversations about wishes at end of life but few of us actually do it.

I honestly believed these findings applied to everyone else that I didn’t know. Certainly not my friends. Not my family. And so I decided to find out….. Were my loved ones talking about dying and why or why not?

I also wanted to know what’s behind these findings. What are the explanations and excuses for not talking about dying? For not having appointed healthcare proxy? Or, not having an advance medical directive?

What I found out validated the reports! I can’t believe it, not in my backyard. Not my loved ones. They choose…

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