‘Just 15 Minutes to Mourn’

‘Just 15 Minutes to Mourn’

A CNN report in mid-March on the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the Brazilian population was strikingly sad, especially considering the rapidly increasing availability of vaccines. At one Rio de Janeiro cemetery – on the day of the report, March 22 – funerals were...
Alcohol, Drug, Suicide Deaths Doubled Since ’99

Alcohol, Drug, Suicide Deaths Doubled Since ’99

The number of annual deaths in the U.S. from alcohol, drugs and suicide has more than doubled in the past two decades, according to a report from The Well Being Trust published May 12. There were roughly 156,000 deaths in 2019 due to alcohol, drugs and suicide, up...
How Advanced Directives Ease Family Burdens

How Advanced Directives Ease Family Burdens

Over 60% of all U.S. deaths are due to either heart disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. In addition, more than 40% of Medicare enrollees over 65 years of age face physical or cognitive challenges. As each of us gets older, two truths...