Author: Kristen Hanson

The medical profession must do better when it comes to palliative care and hospice.  Sadly, patients and their families are often unprepared for the final stages of the dying process.  As a result, many wait too long before utilizing hospice and palliative services, which can...

  It’s not a dirty word, but no one wants to hear it. The word is hospice. Hospice refers to end of life care. The objective of hospice is to guarantee that a person facing the end of their life can do it with dignity and without pain....

  This theme was selected following an open consultation with people directly affected by serious illness, WHPCA members and supporters, and global hospice and palliative care advocates. We chose ‘Because I Matter’ as this year’s theme, because it centres on the lived experience of people affected by...

A recent story written by supporters of H1194, which would legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts, failed to disclose the bill’s many dangers. Opportunities for abuse are rampant in every bill to legalize assisted suicide and vulnerable people are thereby placed at risk. The economically disadvantaged will...

The suicide rate in Virginia, 13.2 per every 100,000 residents in 2016, increased an alarming 17.4 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So last year, the General Assembly passed a bill requiring the state Department of Behavioral...

[vc_empty_space] [vc_empty_space] Three weeks before his death, JJ and his wife, Kristen, reflect on their life together and how choosing to live and to fight brought them more joy and love then they could have ever imagined.  [vc_empty_space] [vc_empty_space] https://youtu.be/jQ6NSuetmWM...

[vc_empty_space] [vc_empty_space] JJ’s family moto is “You can’t hurt steel.” When he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggresive form of brain cancer, he fights for his wife, his son, and his life. [vc_empty_space] [vc_empty_space] https://youtu.be/8Fo2uNqKMR8...