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NYTimes Book Review: ‘On Living’

The new book ‘On Living’ offers insight into the world of hospice care and end-of-life issues through the eyes of Hospice Chaplin, Kerry Egan. Egan weaves together personal reflection, witty observations and stories from her patients in this unique look at an often taboo topic.

““If there is any great difference between the people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it’s this: They know they’re running out of

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A Rabbi’s Enduring Sermon on Living Your Last Five Minutes

“Thirty years ago, amid the somber prayers of Judaism’s holiest day, Rabbi Kenneth Berger rose to deliver the Yom Kippur sermon. He spoke to his congregants about a tragedy many of them, including his daughter, had witnessed eight months earlier in the Florida sky: the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

Rabbi Berger focused on one particular detail

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‘Last Letter’ to Ease End-of-Life Issues

Being a geriatrics and palliative care doctor for over 15 years, VJ Periyakoil has held countless conversations with individuals nearing the end of their life. Periyakoil shared that the most common emotion patients express is regret.

Her valuable experience and insight inspired the Stanford Friends and Family Letter Project. The letter template “allows writers to express

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Famous Last Words

You’ve been told since you were a kid that it’s important to make a good first impression. “You only get one chance,” your mom said. Fair, enough. But have you given as much as a minute’s thought to your final words? Because that’s a moment when you really only get one chance to leave a good impression. Your last chance, in fact.

So what will it be? Will you be profound or heroic? Will you forgive an enemy? Will you be silent

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