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Risa Denenberg

Risa Denenberg
Seattle, Washington, USA
February 25
Smart Girls Ink
I also blog about end-of-life issues at http://risaden.blogspot.com/


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AUGUST 26, 2010 1:51PM

Closing Up Shop




 I've been thinking for some time now about getting rid of stuff. Mostly just thinking about it. I disposed of quite a lot of furniture, books, and sundry duplicate items when I sold my home in Pennsylvania and moved to Seattle. But I carried a truckload--literally--oRead full post »

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MARCH 5, 2009 3:03PM


I wrote this shortly after it occurred, on June 3, 2007, but I'm still having dreams about it ...


I had a brush with death of my own yesterday. Totalled my car but opened the door and walked away uninjured. A hard rain and a hard place to be between a… Read full post »
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MARCH 1, 2009 11:50PM

Death and Dying: A literary reading list in 5 parts

Part 1: Suicides 

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. ~Albert Camus

Each victim of suicide gives his act a personal stamp which expresses his temperaRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 22, 2009 5:23PM

My Living Will, actually


My purpose in writing this living will is to provide guidance as to my desires in the event of my illness or disability such that I become unable to manage my affairs or make known my desires and wishes for myself. To the extent possible, I assign durable power ofRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 18, 2009 12:06PM

Why even bother to sign a living will?

Recently I met with the family of a man in his late sixties who had had undergone emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction, then had a cardiac arrest, spent 3 weeks in the ICU, and now was in a vent-weaning facility. Second wife, three adult children, one adult grandchild. The patient wasRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 12, 2009 11:43AM

Three-cat night

If asked, people often say, when my time comes, I want to die in my own bed.

The house was dark and cluttered, close to what I would have to call dirty, smelled of cigarettes and fried fish. Her partner told me she hadn't really woken up all day, butRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2009 11:24AM

A Most Difficult Conversation

How can I tell what he is thinking? His front teeth missing, his voice so weak. I struggle to hear, to make words of his soft garble. I say lightly, You're making this hard for us, you know. He smiles, a smile laced with sweetened regret. But what can heRead full post »