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Having an advance care directive ensures your values and wishes are known, even beyond a time when you can no longer speak for yourself. from shutterstock.com

Take control over the end of your life: what you need to know about advance care directives

At least one-third of patients receive non-beneficial treatments at the end of their life. Having a good advance care directive that you share with others helps them know and respect your wishes.
People who are over 90 when they die need considerably more support with every aspect of their daily life in their final year. Pat Pilon/Flickr

Here’s what people in their 90s really think about death

It is rare to hear from people in their tenth or eleventh decade but their voices are crucial to shaping end-of-life care services.
Before patients can state their preferences about dying, they need to talk about them first. Doctor and patient via michaeljung/Shutterstock

Last wishes and clear choices – learning how to talk about end-of-life care

Conversations around end-of-life medical care can be challenging. Consider someone I’ll call Mrs. Jones, an elderly patient with advanced heart disease. When her doctor asked her to discuss the kind of…
We know deaths in families have a profound psychological impact. Why, then, do we expect grief to be a tidy process? Michael Shaffner/Flickr

Death and families – when ‘normal’ grief can last a lifetime

When I was three years old my brother was born. He had a heart condition, and after being in and out of hospital for the whole of his little life, he died when I was five. The time after he was gone was…
When superheroes die on the page, fans have learned not to mourn their deaths. FRacco/Wikimedia Commons

Wolverine’s dead! (well, for now)

Among comic book fans, there’s the joke that the only characters in superhero comics who stay dead are Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, Batman’s parents, and Captain America’s sidekick Bucky. For everybody else…
In the current era of hi-tech medicine, the word euthanasia has been stretched to encompass a broad range of interventions. Guian Bolisay/Flickr

Let’s be clear about what we mean when we say euthanasia

Debate about euthanasia flares up in Australia every few months but, for some reason, it never gets very far. The latest round started late last month, when urologist and campaigner for voluntary euthanasia…
Dear diary. Loozrboy

Thinking about death can make you value life more

Go ahead and contemplate your own mortality. How does it feel? Would you be surprised to learn that it can potentially improve your mental health to think about your death more often? The Russian novelist…
Peaches Geldof death: sudden and unexplained. SynergybyDesign

Explainer: can you just die suddenly?

The sudden death of a previously healthy young individual is a rare but tragic event. Every year about one in 100,000 people aged between one and 35 dies suddenly of a natural cause. The vast majority…

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