Is A Good Death Possible?

Is A Good Death Possible?

“Is such a thing even possible?” Mike asked when I told him I was working on an article about creating a good death. Once I told him more about what I meant, he was intrigued and suggested we talk about it on The Alzheimer’s Podcast. So…is a good death even...
Not Reduced, But Refined

Not Reduced, But Refined

Within 10 minutes of sending out the newsletter last Sunday, I got a reply from a reader in the UK. Her beloved had succumbed to the disease after several years. My stepmom died a couple hours after that, exactly a week after her 61st birthday. I’ve lost seven people...
What Are You Hoping For?

What Are You Hoping For?

Updated 9/25/17 “What are you hoping for?” What a great question, right? Have you ever given it any thought?   The Hope System I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time several years ago, as a boss was cleaning off his desk. He handed...
Here’s What Happened

Here’s What Happened

  Here’s What Happened Updated 9/23/17: Early this year, I took an unexplained leave of absence from sending out my weekly newsletter. My amazing readers reached out to see if I’d fallen off the planet. I told them what happened.   How We Met Our Fairy...
More Entries on The Road Map: Dying

More Entries on The Road Map: Dying

When I write about my experiences working with over 1,100 people living with dementia and their families, I think of it as “a way to somehow make sense of what can often feel inexplicable,” I recently told my readers. “It’s a way to try to construct a road map for...