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Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on Death and Dying Rituals

Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on Death and Dying Rituals

Good article on death and photographing the rituals surrounding it. Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Program to learn more about death and dying The article, Fearing Death, and Photographing the Rituals That Surround It, by John Otis states,  “The question of what awaits after death has obsessed humanity for millennia. The Korean photographer Chanho Park’s fixation took root when he was 11 and his mother, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, was hospitalized. Much of his time was spent at her side, where he heard the anguished screams of the dying and their mourning families and saw the beds of gaunt

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Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on Cancer and Dying

Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on Cancer and Dying

Dying of cancer is a terrible experience undoubtedly but what should someone expect and how can others help through this process Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Program The article, What should I know about dying with cancer? states   “For all the world’s teachings on death and dying, the patient who doesn’t lament it for one reason or another is rare. Some people are unprepared to die. Others are worried about those left behind. Some are angry. Many are frightened. Not everyone is hungry for more life, but almost everyone at some point feels apprehensive about letting go. If you

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Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on End of Life Care Issues

Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on End of Life Care Issues

Good article on complications that can occur with end of life care. Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Program to learn more about our certification. The article, Column: End-of-life care brings complicated issues, by Dr. Michael Shattuck states, “This past week, I was reminded of the challenges of caring for people at the end of life. I traveled to visit two relatives on my wife’s side of the family who lived far away. I had not seen them for quite some time, and I was the primary driver responsible for getting my wife and mother-in-law to the destination. One relative was just

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Pastoral Thanatology Certification Article on Hospice Issues

Pastoral Thanatology Certification Article on Hospice Issues

Good article on when hospice care fall short Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Certification The article,This Was Not the Good Death We Were Promised, by Karen Brown states “When my father was dying of pancreatic cancer last summer, I often curled up with him in the adjustable hospital bed set up in his bedroom. As we watched episodes of “The Great British Baking Show,” I’d think about all the things I couldn’t promise him. I couldn’t promise that the book he’d been working on would ever be published. I couldn’t promise he would get to see his childhood friends

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Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on When to Call Hospice

Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on When to Call Hospice

Good article on when it may be time to call hospice for care before dying Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Program The article, Nursed to Health: When should you call in Hospice?, by Pam Rillstone states, “Recently I was asked a not so uncommon question by someone facing the loss of a loved one because of a terminal illness: How do you know when it’s the right time to call in Hospice? For most of us, dealing with end-of-life decisions is never easy. In my work with grieving families over the years, I’ve watched the multitude of emotions patients and their

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Pastoral Thanatology Certification Article on Dying at Home

Pastoral Thanatology Certification Article on Dying at Home

Dying peacefully at home is anyone’s ultimate death wish, but so many end up needlessly in hospitals in a sterile and cold environment.   Sometimes this is necessary but many times it can avoided with better planning. Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Certification The article, Most people want to die at home, but many land in hospitals getting unwanted care, by Andrew MacPherson and Ravi B. Parikh, states “Where do you want to die? When asked, the vast majority of Americans answer with two words: “At home.” Despite living in a country that delivers some of the best health care in the world, we often settle

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Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on Palliative Care

Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on Palliative Care

Good article on Palliative Care Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Program The article, Using palliative care to enhance quality of life, by  Judith Johnson and Dr. Jennifer Ritzau states “No one looks forward to being hospitalized. But for patients with chronic diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, kidney failure, congestive heart failure or Parkinson’s, for example, hospitalization often occurs. While traditional health care services can provide assistance, there are instances when additional support in the way of palliative care can improve one’s quality of life. “Palliative care doesn’t mean you are entering the last chapter of your life; it simply means that

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Pastoral Thanatology Training Article on Facing Death

Pastoral Thanatology Training Article on Facing Death

Article about those who are facing death due to heart conditions and the little guidance they receive before death.  Individuals facing death need counseling so as to be better equipped to face it during their final days. Please review our Pastoral Thanatology Training to better help equip others to face death. The article, For Patients With Heart Failure,Little Guidance as Death Nears, by Gina Kolata states, “Ricky Hurst’s doctors told him last year that there was nothing more they could do. His heart was failing and he should get his affairs in order. The end was coming. His family gathered. He

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Pastoral Thanatology Certification Article on Regrets of the Dying

Pastoral Thanatology Certification Article on Regrets of the Dying

The dying can have many regrets.  Believe it or not one is actually not talking about or preparing for dying itself Please review our Pastoral Thanatology Certification The article, These are the most common regrets of the dying, by Natalie Healey states,   “Six years ago writer Georgina Scull, 41, from Cambridge had a near death experience. Complications from an ectopic pregnancy left her survival hanging in the balance. She was very lucky to pull through. “And when I did pull through, I thought I’d be super happy. But it had almost the opposite effect. It made me re-evaluate everything. I kept re-running things

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Pastoral Thanatology Training Program Article on Myths Surrounding Death

Pastoral Thanatology Training Program Article on Myths Surrounding Death

Good article about death and misconceptions that surround the moments of death. A good read for those interested in pastoral care of the dying as well.  Please review our Pastoral Thanatology Training Program and see if it matches your academic and professional needs. The article,”When life is coming to a close: three common myths about dying ” states, “On average 435 Australians die each day. Most will know they are at the end of their lives. Hopefully they had time to contemplate and achieve the “good death” we all seek. It’s possible to get a good death in Australia thanks to our excellent healthcare system