When You Die in a Hospital And No One Is There

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    May 21, 2015 2:26 PM GMT
    NYT: What if a patient dies and nobody is there to mourn? Is it like a tree falling soundlessly in the forest?

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/documenting-my-patients-next-of-kin/?ref=health
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    May 23, 2015 3:46 PM GMT
    My husband (of three weeks) and I discussed this topic last night. He is Mexican and the only relative he has close by is a cousin who lives an hour away. I have no way of contacting his family or friends in Mexico other than through his cousin.
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    May 23, 2015 5:04 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidMy husband (of three weeks) and I discussed this topic last night. He is Mexican and the only relative he has close by is a cousin who lives an hour away. I have no way of contacting his family or friends in Mexico other than through his cousin.


    Well its awesome he found you. It only takes one person to care to make a big difference. Congrats!
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    May 26, 2015 3:58 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidMy husband (of three weeks) and I discussed this topic last night. He is Mexican and the only relative he has close by is a cousin who lives an hour away. I have no way of contacting his family or friends in Mexico other than through his cousin.


    Congratulations you two!
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    May 26, 2015 3:59 AM GMT
    Ultimately, we all die by ourselves...even if there are others there.
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    May 26, 2015 4:01 AM GMT
    GAMRican! Where have you been?
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    May 26, 2015 4:08 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidGAMRican! Where have you been?


    "Living Juicy".

    I can be found on FB as "Alan Gamrican", but am not in the RJ Refugee Camp group. Somebody there decided to boot me because I didn't want to be "FB friends" with him.

    Find me and friend me.
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    May 26, 2015 5:03 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidWhen You Die in a Hospital And No One Is There
    I figure it's the equivalent of a bear farting in the woods with noone around to hear it.
    It just didn't happen.
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    May 26, 2015 5:46 PM GMT
    That's why a living will and instructions are important. I was at a presentation by an AARP rep and she taught how to put together a living will, and even something called an ethical will, which consists of life lessons and thoughts you want to pass on. Of course, to have an executor, you've got to be close to some people.
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    May 26, 2015 6:36 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidMy husband (of three weeks) and I discussed this topic last night. He is Mexican and the only relative he has close by is a cousin who lives an hour away. I have no way of contacting his family or friends in Mexico other than through his cousin.

    Congrats! Sorry if I missed your thread with the announcement! Did you get to DC for your honeymoon?
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    May 28, 2015 12:14 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidUltimately, we all die by ourselves...even if there are others there.
    most of the time we are both born and die that way, alone. unless your a twin.

    30217b558704c581d97dffd3c8c1eb63_650x.jp
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    May 28, 2015 3:08 PM GMT


    A fave author once wrote, 'The soul is a lonely voyager, even at the best of times.'