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What I Learned Traveling Solo After My Grandmother's Death

Madeline Wahl | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Madeline Wahl

There is so much beauty in the world. All you have to do is leave your comfort zone to see it.

Unhelpful Labels

Kathleen B. Duncan | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Kathleen B. Duncan

My son served five years in the United States Marine Corp, including two tours in Afghanistan. David still serves in Marine Reserves while enrolled at...

Grief Is Good Medicine

Omega Institute | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Loss is a part of life, but in the West we're generally not good at experiencing and expressing grief. Sobonfu Somé, one of today's top voices of African spirituality, recently shared lessons on grief from the Dagara tradition of Burkina Faso at a talk in Asheville, North Carolina. Here, Omega shares our top takeaways.

Baby Boomers' Last Revolution Will Be Changing the Way We Die, Part 1

Nell Minow | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Nell Minow

Baby boomers have spent more than half a century revolutionizing the way we live. Now it is time for us to revolutionize the way we die. We came of ...

My Friend Died 10 Years Ago, And I Never Imagined The Ways It Would Change Me

Avelist | Posted 01.03.2016 | Healthy Living

Of course as time goes on, life moves forward. You never forget. And you'll never be the same. How could you be? There are some things in life that are so big and so profound that we can't experience them without being changed. Here are some of the lessons I've learned and the ways I've changed:

10 Things You Can Do To Create The Life You Want After Any Loss

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

What is key is that you begin somewhere, and these items are here to help you create a new path for yourself. Some of these things may not work for you, while other items you may find to be a better fit.

What Bereaved Parents Want You to Know (But May Not Say)

Kathleen B. Duncan | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathleen B. Duncan

Bereaved parents aren't completely honest with you. However, if we could be truly honest and vulnerable, here's what we would tell you:

Finding Joy Through Mortality

Leisa Peterson | Posted 12.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Leisa Peterson

How to Find Inner Joy Through Instant Gratification (Yes, I'm Serious) They say that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. Our mo...

Daddy, What Does a Dead Body Look Like?

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We got the call Thursday night and were on a plane from Portland to New Mexico Friday morning. Papa was dying and we needed to come soon to help care for him and say our goodbyes.

On Death and Dying: Know Your Status

David Duong | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Duong

Beatrice was Full Code, a status that was either given as a default or decided on when she was admitted into the hospital; a decision that was made either by Beatrice and/or her family members without a complete knowledge of what code status really means.

Grief and the Terrible Holiday Season

Megan Devine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Part of your family wants traditions to stay exactly the same, others want to change everything. Conflicting desires, broken hearts, lots of attention when you'd rather just hide in your blanket fort until the whole thing is over -- it's too much.

November-ing: A Time to Remember and Reconnect

Eric Budzynski | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Eric Budzynski

Late at night in my bunk bed while I immersed myself into those ghost stories, I was secretly jealous of the characters that were alive. They had the chance to see an actual ghost, something that was definitely on my very short bucket list by the age of 10.

Suddenly Single: 7 Inspiring Stories of Women Thriving After a Loss

Jacqueline Miller | Posted 11.18.2015 | Women
Jacqueline Miller

On Super Bowl Sunday 2002, my husband didn't wake up. He died of a heart attack in his sleep. I was devastated. I became a suddenly single mom, left to raise my six-year-old and eleven-year-old sons, while managing a demanding career.

5 Ways Through Grief

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

Allow your body, allow your mind, allow your heart, allow your soul. Rise to your knees or stand and run, out of the shadow and into the light. It is your gift to move. To mourn. To speak. To breathe. To run. To love. To be. To live.

How My Mother's Death Gave Me Back My Life

Magin LaSov Gregg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Women
Magin LaSov Gregg

Our mothers are the mirrors through which we learn to see our selves, the map through which our identities first find course. Without them, who are we? Who do we become? 

Julianna Snow: Can a 5-Year-Old Choose Heaven?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

Perhaps the most vivid aspect of Julianna's story is not that this is a 5-year-old who wants to go to heaven. No, what really struck me as most impressive about her story -- and most unique -- is that she has a team of physicians and family members who are helping her to make the right decision.

11 Fascinating Books to Help Us Talk About Death and Dying

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Death. It happens to everyone. Knowledge is power, so we've created a list of books to introduce you to many of the curiosities that the "D" word has to offer.

Undeveloped Film

Beth Leyba | Posted 10.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Beth Leyba

There are three rolls of film in canisters sitting on the table near the door, where they have sat for at least a month. No one develops film any more...

Practicing Dying

Debra Kissen | Posted 10.27.2015 | Women
Debra Kissen

I am writing this blog as I sit here, in my warmed robe, in a soothingly decorated waiting room, waiting for my mammogram results. My mind is reviewing how it will handle hearing quite possibly the most dreaded words in the world: "You have cancer."

Pre-Death Dreams Aren't Hallucinations

Van Winkle's | Posted 10.26.2015 | Weird News
Van Winkle's

During their final days, people commonly report having extraordinary dreams and visions. While there's an extensive record of these pre-death experiences, little formal research on them exists.

The Gift of Loss

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know that we are not alone." I truly believe that this statement is correct. There is no greater loneliness that one can ...

Making Friends With Death

Sharon Eakes | Posted 10.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sharon Eakes

I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to trav...

How California's End Of Life Option Act Could Have Changed My Mother's Death

Jessica Vogelsang | Posted 10.12.2015 | Fifty
Jessica Vogelsang

Instead of concentrating on my time with my mother, I spent most of it worrying. It's not the inevitability of the outcome that matters in these situations, it's the little bits of control we are given in times where so much of it has been taken away. And that would have changed so much.

We Each Have Two Lives. The Second Begins When We Realize We Have Only One

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Can't I be even a teeny bit resentful that I do all these good deeds, behave in all the right ways, and God (whatever and whoever that is) didn't see fit to save my son's life?

Palliative Care Is a Human Right

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

This year, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) put out a revolutionary report about improving quality of care at end of life for all Americans, including children. Despite these important advances, we still have a long way to go in ensuring that palliative care becomes a human right for all.