April 20, 2018 | Death Ed Shabbat with Dr. Jessica Zitter & Dr. Dawn Gross | San Francisco, CA

Location: San Francisco | Date: April 20, 2018 | Event Website Tickets As part of Reimagine's week-long series, join Dr. Jessica Zitter and Dr. Dawn Gross for a Shabbat dinner experience! This will immediately follow a 6:00 p.m. service as we screen the documentary "Extremis" and participate in Dr. Jessica Zitter’s acclaimed Death Ed [...]

2018-04-19T14:49:56+00:00January 29th, 2018|

April 19, 2018 | Spring Educational Dinner Featuring “A New Kind of Heroism” | Modesto, CA

Location: Modesto, CA | Date: April 19, 2018 | Event Website Community Hospice, Inc., as part of their Spring Educational Dinner, is proud to present a screening of the 2017 Academy Award nominated short documentary film Extremis. Following the film will be a discussion and Q&A with Dr. Jessica Zitter. Copies of her book, Extreme Measures, will [...]

2018-04-20T18:23:23+00:00January 28th, 2018|

March 25, 2018 | What Matters, Jewish Community Center | New York, NY

Location: New York, NY | Date: March 25, 2018 | Event Website Tickets What Matters aims to engage New Yorkers in compassionate, value-driven conversations about advance care planning so that they may live with the comfort of knowing their choices will be honored by loved ones and healthcare professionals. Join us for a conversation [...]

2018-03-26T22:12:47+00:00January 26th, 2018|

An Intensive Care Doctor Advises How to Soothe the Senses of a Dying Loved One

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: The Washington Post I once walked into the room of a dying patient to hear a game show blaring on television. The sound of the buzzer, slapped down by eager contestants, was jarring in this room from which a soul would soon depart. This program probably had been left on by someone [...]

2017-10-23T19:40:49+00:00May 31st, 2017|

Goals of Hair

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Psychology Today My friend’s mother was coming to the end of her grueling fight with breast cancer. As a palliative care physician in a local hospital, I had used my network to help arrange home hospice services for her in her final days. By then she had become so sick from the [...]

2017-10-23T21:41:51+00:00March 26th, 2017|

My Own Death

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Thrive Global To me, in this profession, at its simplest level, heroism is acceptance of our own mortality. And that is where we all — doctors and laypeople alike — must draw on our courage. I attended a conference called “Mindfulness in the ICU” at the University of California, San Francisco, several years ago. I was [...]

2017-10-23T21:43:47+00:00March 20th, 2017|

How to Die Well

By Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Time Magazine I first met Stephanie in the Intensive Care Unit. She was an urgent admission — in shock, her blood pressure was almost unmeasurable. Over the previous month, the rate of cancerous fluid building up around her lungs had increased. She had used the permanent drainage tube in her chest wall more [...]

2017-10-23T22:01:04+00:00February 27th, 2017|

Living Well to the Very End

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: LinkedIn In medical school, no one teaches you how to let a patient die. Thanks to 21st century advancements in medicine, people are living longer. However, longer doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes it means quite the opposite: a painful, drawn-out process that causes suffering for not only those who are sick, but [...]

2017-10-04T14:47:25+00:00February 22nd, 2017|
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