Living with Dying

DR. DIANNE BARNARD, left, is the Palliative Care Physician at UVM/Porter Medical Center and has been recently joined by Taylor Zak, Palliative Social Worker.
“I love working in palliative care because of its focus on the human connection; blending the best of medical care with the unique values and priorities of each patient” – Diana Barnard, MD Patient driven care, this is the heart of palliative care, at a time when specialized medical care provides relief from symptoms and the stress of a serious illness. A team approach to care with a goal of improved quality of life for both patient and family, Palliative care can be provided at any phase of illness. Here are some practical ways palliative care can help: Goals of Care. Every person approaches...
The Living with Dying Partnership is exploring cultural rituals and practices around death and dying. Neighbor to neighbor, companioning those at the end of life is an art of living that can be embraced instead of feared. Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday that we would like to celebrate here in Addison County annually. So we went to the Open Door Clinic to learn more from Alicia Rodriguez. Alicia moved here from northern Mexico 16 years ago after she and her husband came to visit his father, who worked on a farm in Salisbury. The owner of the farm offered a job to his...
This column is presented by the Living with Dying Partnership – an alliance between End of Life Services (formerly Hospice Volunteer Services and ARCH), Addison County Home Health & Hospice and UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center. The mission of this partnership is to create a framework for end-of-life care organizations to collaborate on our common goal of providing education about dying, death and options for care. For more information on this partnership, please call End of Life Services at 388-4111. In the “Ways of Seeing” column that ran under the headline “Ask your loved ones...
Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead
If you look in the phone book at last names in Addison County, you probably aren’t surprised to see many familiar French and English-sounding surnames. In fact, Addison County is one of the most Caucasian areas of the country — 92.4 percent! So it may surprise you that in my work as a chaplain, I routinely encounter people of all different races, cultures and religions. While certainly not as prevalent as in other parts of the country, we are more diverse than it appears at face value. That particularly shows up in how families follow individual customs and rituals when it comes to the issue...

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