Late Winter News

With only days left in this Winter Season, Flagstaff is again blessed by a deep blanket of snow! While Wayne’s House is still closed for the season, our service continues with gentle support of six Tender Loving Care (TLC) Clients; the eldest is eighty-one and the youngest is four! Your generosity makes our work possible. Thank you for helping us to help them! Traditionally for me, Winter is the time of rest, rejuvenation, writing and research. Below you will note a number of items that may be of interest. My thanks to Jim Torson for sharing links to many of these important announcements. 

Aleia O’Reilly

I recently wrote a news brief about a Anita Moorjani’s best-selling book Dying To Be Me, which describes her amazing journey through cancer, dying, afterlife, and return to life. She will be speaking at the Creative Life Center in Sedona on March 23rd from7-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is hosted by David Sunfellow of NHNE-NDE.

Terry Gross with NPR recently interviewed Dr. Sam Parnia, author of a new book Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death. He’s a critical-care doctor who is the director of resuscitation research at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He’s conducting research into optimal cardiac arrest care, and into the experiences some cardiac arrest patients report they have brought back from the other side of death. He says whether these experiences are psychological phenomena or actually happen, they’ve been reported so routinely they warrant further study. Buy the book via and they will donate a percentage to support our programs. You can hear the interview here.

Choosing Wisely. How can physicians and patients have the important conversations necessary to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time? An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is focused on encouraging physicians and patients to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm. To spark these conversations, leading specialty societies have created lists of evidence-based recommendations that should be discussed to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation. Choosing Wisely is part of a multi-year effort to support and engage physicians in being better stewards of finite health care resources. The ABIM Foundation is a nonprofit established by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1999.

Let your voice be heard! An important part of our mission is to encourage people to have a living will and a medical power of attorney who will follow and honor your wishes if you cannot speak for yourself. Further Shore is now a state liaison for National Healthcare Decision Day which is April 16, 2013. The NHDD is founded to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. Meg Leander is available to help individuals or families explore an advance directive created by Aging with Dignity called The Five Wishes. Meg is offering small group sessions on March 24th or April 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please contact her directly if you are interested in either of these dates, or schedule according to your needs. 928-221-1600 or

Care givers may enjoy listening to the radio show On Being as Krista Tippett interviews Joan Halifax. Joan has worked with hospice and end of life care for over thirty years. During the show, she discusses what she calls Edge States, as well as her thoughts on the sorrow within compassion and our collective moral distress. She offers bracing, nourishing thoughts on finding buoyancy rather than burnout in how we work, live, and care for others (51 minutes). At the close of this radio conversation she offers a 10 minute meditation on grief that she invites us to download and share.

Here is a Ted Talk offered by Dr. Krisin Neff on Self-Compassion. With the support of the administration at Flagstaff Medical Center, Dr. Neff will be coming to Flagstaff in July.  Her two presentations on 7/16 and 7/17 will be open to the public. Stay tuned for time and place.

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