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Posted: March 28, 2020

It’s Time to Talk About Death (The New York Times)

The coronavirus pandemic highlights how much we need to have conversations about end-of-life care.

Posted: March 26, 2020

Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease? (New York Times)

There may be more targeted ways to beat the pandemic.

Posted: February 20, 2020

Postponed: VEN Spring Palliative Care Conference (May 18)

VEN’s Spring Conference, “Informed Consent: More Than a Piece of Paper”, has been postponed until the fall.

Posted: January 21, 2020

Countdown to National Healthcare Decisions Day 2020 (April 16)

April 16, 2020 is National Healthcare Decisions Day! Please join us in a statewide effort to spread awareness of the importance of advance care planning.

Posted: January 21, 2020

Caregivers Find Comfort and Joy in Friendships and Weighted Blankets (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Between shopping, baking, decorating and travel, the holiday season can overwhelm anyone, but if you are caring for someone with dementia, the odds are high you’ll find yourself crying in the bathroom at some point.

Posted: January 21, 2020

More Americans Are Dying at Home. Is That a Good Thing? (STAT)

How Americans die has fundamentally changed with advances in medical technology and the ways diseases are treated. For centuries, death commonly occurred in one’s home with care provided by relatives and community members. Yet since the 1960s, the hospital and intensive care unit have become places of passage as people approach the end.

Posted: January 21, 2020

There is Beauty and Joy at the End of Life, Too (The Globe and Mail)

Hospice workers encourage conversations about things that want to be said and heard. We create time for families to connect, laugh and cry together. Mostly, we help create a legacy of the resident that will remain with their family.

Posted: January 21, 2020

When Parents With Dementia Don’t Realize They Need Help (HealthCentral)

How do you convince your cognitively fragile parents to accept support? How hard do you push? There’s no easy answer, but there are steps you can take.

Posted: December 10, 2019

A New Relationship Between Death & Well-Being Is Emerging (Mind Body Green)

More often than not, we only talk about death when we have to—when it’s happening to us or someone we love, or once it’s already happened. But in recent years, we’ve seen the way society thinks about death changing—so much so, that in the year 2020, we expect death to become an integral part of wellness.

Posted: November 5, 2019

VEN Ethics Survey Results

View the results of our Ethics Survey for Vermont & New Hampshire conducted in the summer of 2019.

Posted: October 31, 2019

To Die Well, We Must Talk About Death Before the End of Life (PBS NewsHour)

It’s a simple fact that 100 percent of us will die. Conversations about our future health care and what’s important to us — called advance care planning — have shown distinct benefits.