CREMATE [KREE-meyt]: to reduce a dead body to ashes by fire

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A question which is before people as they age is their desire regarding the care of their body after death.   Some would say it’s a ghoulish conversation, but for family members who have to make decisions, it’s a very practical matter.  If death is sudden, without any indication of its imminence, and there is no […]

MUSINGS: some random thoughts on an overcast, late winter day

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I just finished reading the “Fiction” section of  last week’s New Yorker.  I haven’t enjoyed reading these submissions as much over the past year or so.   Too bizarre at times.   The selection process seemed to be skewed in a direction which didn’t necessarily appeal to me.   I read them anyway. This  submission was good.   The […]

PALLIATIVE [PAL-ee-ey-tiv]: to treat without attempting a cure

With the advent of such programs as Hospice and the advancements being made in the whole field of gerontology we hear more and more about “end-of-life” issues.  Many people immediately jump to euthanasia when they hear that phrase, thinking that we are talking about doctor-assisted suicide.   But there is a far broader spectrum to be considered, […]