LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF More than 43 million Americans are currently estimated to be serving in caregiving roles, and that number —as well as the stresses that accompany it —are expected to rapidly increase each year. Though caregiving is undoubtedly difficult, Dr. Barry Jacobs and Dr. Julia Mayer say that with the right mindset—the role […]
Accompanying Report: Teen Accepts His Terminal Illness, And Thousands Of Birthday Cards BY DANIEL GAITAN | firstname.lastname@example.org MESA, Ariz. – Jacob Priestley’s young life will not be defined by his terminal illness. Jacob and his family say they have come to terms with the rare, life-threatening illness that has weakened his body. However, that hasn’t stopped them from living […]
Last March, my dad, John Rooney, was diagnosed with ALS. In September, he shared his hopes for a good death.
When the time comes, I, too, hope he has a good and peaceful death. But, I hope for more for him. I hope for a good life.
Accompanying Essay: Margaret, Peace at Last, by Noreen B. Coussens The trees in the hospital lawn began to look as stark as my hope for Margaret. The leaves abandoned the branches, separate now forever. Margaret’s life had evolved; it was once full with many experiences and friendships blossoming. As the leaves became full and green, so did […]
Accompanying Essay: Wooden Box, by Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. On a scorching day at my step-father’s graveside, I stood slightly outside the circle of 20 mourners, present but distant. In my hands, strange to me, was the wooden box. I wasn’t thinking about its contents of bone cinders and fine ash, but of the surprising coolness to […]