From the category archives:

End of Life

The Case for Dying Alone

by Randall J. Ryder October 19, 2012

By Michelle Johnson It seems to have its place in countless movies and books and, possibly as consequence, has come to seep into modern consciences around the world. The fear of dying alone has become a sort of cliché, to some degree, even if it is based on a real and rational fear. Still, I […]

Read the full article →

End of Life: Home or Hospital?

by Randall J. Ryder May 7, 2012

It is difficult to watch loved ones grow older and become incapable of caring for themselves. Eventually, it becomes obvious that the end is near. At this point in life, it may well be the responsibility of the children to decide how best to care for their parents — or at the very least, to […]

Read the full article →

End of Life: The Cessation of Food and Water

by Randall J. Ryder November 30, 2011

We have noted in our End of Life section on this Web site resources that better inform and prepare individuals who may be experiencing death for the first time. We also provide links to organizations that seek to help prepare an individual for the passing of a loved one. There is no doubt, that with […]

Read the full article →

PBS Frontline Broadcast on Death

by Randall J. Ryder December 20, 2010

A new broadcast by PBS’ Frontline, entitled Facing Death, explores end-of-life decisions in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. The broadcast focuses on the issues that confront families, doctors, and patients as their chronic medical conditions bring them to the brink of death. Recommend on Facebook Tweet […]

Read the full article →

Opening the Dialogue on Death

by Randall J. Ryder October 6, 2010

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-90). While death, as an event is certain, how one dies is a matter of faith, planning, understanding of the medical profession, family needs, and communication with loved ones. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments […]

Read the full article →

Grief is a Natural Emotion

by Randall J. Ryder September 14, 2010

Feeling Grief Grief is a natural aspect of life that is experienced when a loved one dies, when one is divorced, or the loss of a job. The experience of grief brings the feeling of being numb, as if you are in shock. Physically, one may experience trembling, nausea, trouble breathing, muscle weakness, dry mouth, […]

Read the full article →

Employers Offering Support to Caregiver Employees

by Randall P Ryder August 12, 2010

Experiencing the end of a loved one’s life can be a tremendously difficult experience. For many individuals, they are acting as a caregiver during the last part of a loved one’s life. By itself, that can be an overwhelming experience. Many caregivers, however, still have to balance working at the same time. Fortunately, some companies […]

Read the full article →

Elder Suicides Rising

by Randall P Ryder April 5, 2010

As the percent of the population that is 65 years or over increases, so too does the number of suicides among the elderly.  In Minnesota, the highest suicide rate since 1990 is for white men over the age of 75. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a […]

Read the full article →