Lessons on Dying From David Bowie and My Friends

By Susan Gubar Living With Cancer New York Times October 13, 2016 After David Bowie released a video about his cancer death, I realized that two members of my support group had been conducting tutorials on dying with me. Their teaching styles differed, as did the content of their courses, […]

Living With Cancer: Deciding About Dying

By Susan Gubar Related: “Living With Cancer: Teal Ribbons” “Living With Cancer: Alone and Ghosted” “Living With Cancer: Curses and Blessings” October 22, 2015 The New York Times Well   Fifty-five years ago, when I was 15, my mother made me promise that I would not commit suicide. I intend […]

How to Talk About Dying

I was 25 when I flew home for my father’s last birthday. His cancer had returned and he would die three months later at the age of 57. What I remember most about that weekend was the large rectangular gift box he opened. My mother had bought him a new […]

Writing Through It

In a new book and on her New York Times blog, author Susan Gubar chronicles her experiences living with metastatic cancer. For Susan Gubar, writing has always given context to reality. So it should come as little surprise that when Gubar, an award-winning distinguished professor emerita of English at Indiana […]

Fostering Mindful and Compassionate End of Life Care

Metta Institute offers healthcare professionals a transformational training opportunity and a national network of peers that help make that change stick. Our graduates don’t just collect new tools…..they transform the way care is provided.Joseph’s House in Washington DC is an inspiring example of the impact our End of Life Practitioner Program can have […]

Loving Kindness with Ram Dass and Frank Ostaseski

We are delighted to present a tape of “Loving Kindness” a free webcast featuring Ram Dass and Frank Ostaseski. These two old friends and spiritual teachers explore lovingkindness, conscious dying and compassionate action. http://www.ramdass.org/ram-dass-frank-ostaseski-on-lovingkindness/ Metta Institute To learn more about the Metta Institute’s nationally renowned faculty including Ram Dass and others, visit our End of Life Practitioner […]

What is Supportive Care?

Supportive, or palliative, care is aimed at comfort versus cure. The decision to accept such care versus aggressive treatment is often difficult for family members. It means accepting a poor prognosis, but it also means providing a very special kind of care to a loved one. It means a new […]

Coping With Terminal Cancer

Sometimes, cancer cannot be cured. When that is the case, patients and families are faced with complex emotions and a variety of end of life issues. A terminally ill person has no expectation of a cure for his/her disease or illness, but still requires a lot of care and comfort. […]