Hard Cases: Locked-In & Shut Out

Dr. Jessica Zitter LinkedIn Healthcare Channel - Hard Cases The woman was 47 years old and had suffered a devastating stroke three and a half weeks prior. It was the type of stroke which hit the nether regions of the brain, deep in the white matter, where the mysteries of consciousness, speech, and movement lie intertwined. Through a [...]

2018-02-21T19:28:06+00:00 February 21st, 2018|

5 Things I’ve Learned from Caring for the Dying

Dr. Jessica Zitter LinkedIn Healthcare Channel I have been a critical care physician for over twenty years. Over that time, I have cared for thousands of patients.  Some I have saved, and celebrated as they left the hospital to resume their lives. Others have died, as one would expect with patients suffering from serious illness. But too many [...]

2018-01-11T21:35:08+00:00 January 11th, 2018|

Prepare For Your Care

Prepare for Your Care grew out of a desire to help make medical decision making easier for people and caregivers. In their own words, "It is the result of ongoing research, collaboration, and generous funding. Their website utilizes videos of people thinking about their EOL preferences to walk you through the steps of choosing a surrogate decision maker, determining [...]

2017-11-16T18:16:44+00:00 November 10th, 2017|

Death Over Dinner

How we want to die – represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having. In their own words, "We have gathered dozens of medical and wellness leaders to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and we have created an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and [...]

2017-10-24T00:08:50+00:00 October 24th, 2017|

Death Cafe

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. In their own words, "Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a [...]

2017-10-23T23:54:38+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. In their own words: "We developed the original Conversation Starter Kit as a useful tool to help people have conversations with their family members or other loved ones about their wishes regarding end-of-life care. Since then, we have translated the Starter Kit into several [...]

2017-10-23T23:10:15+00:00 October 19th, 2017|