Category Archives: Death and Dying

Last Act


Many of you are back from your Easter Sunday celebration, and The Poem of the Week is here for you. This poem is being offered in honor of my stepbrother, who died on Saturday, surrendering to the ravages of a … Continue reading

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Aged People


The Poem of the Week is being posted late today. That happens sometimes when you are dealing with senior writers. Speaking of seniors, here’s a short poem to all those whose hairs are now interwoven or replaced by gray. As … Continue reading

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Wasting Time


Someone once observed that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. As the truth of this realization becomes more real, it forces you to scrutinize how you “spend” … Continue reading

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Memento Mori


There was a time, no more than a few generations ago, when the concept of death was not as far removed from American lives as it has become today. It was a time when family members died at home instead … Continue reading

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Hope – The Best Gift for Christmas


As we rapidly approach this Christmas, many I know have expressed a lack of enthusiasm for the coming holiday. Certainly, if Christmas is little more to you than the wrapping of presents, the exchange of gifts, or a big family … Continue reading

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A is for Anxiety, B is for Boredom…


A is for Anxiety, B is for Boredom… Are there any of us in 2020 who are not dealing with these emotions?  One of my benefits of the lock-down is the increased time I’ve had to read. Despite having over … Continue reading

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Bridging the Divide


As a physician, as someone who has been trained in and believes in science, I share the frustrations of all my colleagues who are faced with members of the public choosing not to wear masks and denying the realities of … Continue reading

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Alone


I see them in my office, their look slightly haunted by the memories of having been here before, though not alone. Their fingers absent-mindlessly trace the circle of their wedding band, as we talk not about their own illness, but … Continue reading

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What You Don’t Believe Can Still Kill You


During World War II, Churchill warned: “There are vast numbers…in every land, who will render faithful service in this war, but whose names will never be known.” Much has changed since WW II, but our fears have not. Needing to … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 3


I was discovering I had a lot to learn in my role as teacher to my new medical colleagues in the regional hospital in Surakarta (Solo). The hospital system operated along rigid guidelines laid down by the local bureaucracy, and … Continue reading

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