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Who is an Empowered Patient?

Empowered patients know that they are responsible for their own health, health decisions, and will assertively demand the health care they deserve.  I am an Empowered Patient – and I am at Stage 4 (see below) – but I don’t expect I will remain there at all times.  It is virtually impossible to remain an […]

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GREEN BURIAL 101

Did you know… The amount of energy used to cremate one body is equivalent to driving 4800 miles The average funeral costs are between $7,000-$15,000 In 1 year, this is what went into the ground via traditional burials (in the US): -5 million gallons of embalming fluid (formaldehyde) -30 million board feet of hardwood -90,000 […]

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DEATH DOULAS…what is all the talk about?

What is a Death Doula? Death Doulas provide resources and information, options and alternatives to bring death back home…back into the hands of the family and community. Paige’s perspective on what it means to be a Death Doula… I have been nursing 25 years and started questioning the way we do death. I believe death […]

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Are you an Empowered Patient?

The World Health Organization defines patient empowerment as “a process in which patients understand their role, are given the knowledge and skills by their health care providers to perform a task in an environment that recognizes community and cultural differences and encourages patient participation.” What does that really mean? You are and empowered patient if: […]