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Death and Dying

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  1. Top 5 Regrets of the Dying (AARP)
      "For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to 12 weeks of their lives." 05-12

  1. Dying - On Death and Dying (PBS)
  2. Dying with Grace (New York Times)
      "Dr. McCann said that the sisters’ religious faith insulated them from existential suffering — the 'Why me?' refrain commonly heard among those without a belief in an afterlife. Absent that anxiety and fear, Dr. McCann said, there is less pain, less depression, and thus the sisters require only one-third the amount of narcotics he uses to manage end-of-life symptoms among hospitalized patients."

      " 'This is what our culture, our society, is starved for, to be rich in relationships,' Sister Mary Lou said. 'This is what everyone should have.' " 07-09

  3. Erasing Death (National Review)
      "The mind may be able to function with no brain at all. Parnia’s overall goal in writing the book is to improve and standardize care after cardiac arrest." 02-13

  4. Five Regrets of the Dying (
      " I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me."

      "This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people have not honored even half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they’d made, or not made." 02-13

  5. Risk of Death May Soar When Spouse Disabled (
      "When a person over 65 is debilitated, the odds of dying within a year can increase dramatically for the spouse, a new study shows." 2-06

  6. Study: What Is the Death Experience? (MSNBC News)
      "Many reports of near-death experiences sound the same: a welcoming white light and a replay of memories. But now scientists aim to study what really happens to the brain and consciousness when someone is on the verge of dying."

      "The AWARE researchers want to find out what happens to the brain when a person's body has started to shut down, whether it is possible for people to see and hear during cardiac arrest, and what's going on during out of body experiences." 05-08

  7. Visions Near Death (CNN News)
      "Throughout my years of working with the dying and the bereaved, I have noticed commonly shared experiences that remain beyond our ability to explain and fully understand. The first are visions." 10-10


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