Tag Archives: End of Life

Why not let her go gently into that good night?

Victoria Lim Iowa City, Iowa, United States  Old woman dozing (1656) Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693) One early morning I was paged to see an eighty-five-year-old patient in the dialysis unit with low blood pressure. I learned that she had diabetes, hypertension, and diffuse atherosclerosis. In the past decade she had undergone four major surgeries for blocked […]

Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and their doctor are dead

Joshua Niforatos & Gregory Rutecki Cleveland, Ohio, United States   ROSENCRANTZ: “Whatever became of the moment when one first knew about death? There must have been one, a moment, in childhood when it first occurred to you that you don’t go on forever. It must have been shattering – stamped into one’s memory. And yet, […]

Cold autumn nights

Maria Magdalena Geanovu Stroesti, Romania   Veronica Geanovu, on the right, with her grandson, Alexandru, on the left. One of the last walks in the park, enjoying, as it is, the mild weather and remembering her youthful past. It is said that balance exists, that for every misery an equal amount of happiness is about […]

The dying room

Gregory O’Gara New Jersey, United States   Gregory O’Gara Turbulent Souls, 2017 Oil on canvas Private collection The first Sunday in December was a typical winter day; cold but clear, leafless trees, overcast sky. It was the kind of morning I dreaded as a child, having to get out of bed and go to the […]

The Chair

Linda A. Mason Barber, ARNP, MS Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States (Summer 2012) Poet’s statement: Too often healthcare providers become immersed in the day-to-day activities and duties of their jobs, while seeming to be inattentive to the feelings and emotions of patients and their families. This poem was written to give voice to the […]