Dying Well: Considerations of Comfort Care and Hospice By Neil Fogarty

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In the 1978 movie The End, the character Sonny Lawson (Burt Reynolds) discovers he has an incurable blood disease.  Rather than undergo the agony of an extended, painful end of life, Sonny Lawson decides to take his own life.  Finally landing in a mental institution, the main character enlists the help of another inmate to…

Not Cousin Eddie! – Make sure you know who will make healthcare decisions for you By Neil Fogarty

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Everyone remembers the bumbling Cousin Eddie from the National Lampoon Vacation movies. Played by Randy Quaid, this half-witted character gets laughs for his sheer stupidity. “Real tomato ketchup Eddie?” “Oh, nothing but the best!” This interplay between the Clark Griswold character and Eddie is a great gag, but what if Clark ends up in the…

The First Drop in the Family Bucket List: What you need to know to protect those you love By Neil Fogarty

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“I don’t need a will!” “I’m young and healthy.” “I can worry about that later.” Amazingly, responses like these are all too common in our society. According to a RocketLawyer Study study, 60 percent of Americans don’t have a will. Of those ages 45-54, fully 70 percent have not taken the time to make a…