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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.

What Death Taught Me About Life

Debra Campbell-Tunks | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra Campbell-Tunks

From death, I learned to live passionately, live kindly, to love like there's no tomorrow, because everything else is a waste of our precious time.

How My Estranged Father's Death Healed Our Narrative

Sara Bobkoff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Sara Bobkoff

Alzheimers is a disease that takes the story of your life and throws the pages of memory up in the air. Many blow away. But some land right in your hands.

A Tale of Two Teens and Their Grief: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know

New Harbinger | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

Caregivers play a huge role in the coping journey of teens grieving the loss of a sibling. Understanding why a teen might be reacting to grief in a troubling way is the first step on the road to better coping and a brighter future.

Your Pain Isn't Your Fault: Why Some Teachers and Gurus Have It Wrong

Megan Devine | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Pain simply is. It's a natural, normal response to loss. But the literature in the self-help world, in the therapy world, and sadly, yes even in the world of spiritual guidance, is heavy on blame. Grief is considered unhealthy. A "bad" experience.

When Death Comes in Close

Jesua | Posted 08.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul

I'm so acutely aware of Death in the field right now. Always with us, Death is. And yet I've been carefully and heartfully tracking, as I know so man...

5 Things NOT to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

Wendy Keller | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Keller

By being aware of these simple things to do or not do, you will be a much more appreciated and valued comforter in this dark time. You will be truly supporting and helping the person you care about in their hour of need.

The Smart, Scary Thing About Dummies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.16.2015 | Entertainment
David Katz, M.D.

Those dummies may be hard to abide because they confront us with ourselves. Some of us may prefer to avert our eyes because of what lies within. The dummies are too much like us. Like us, they are but a gesture apart from the darkness.

Explaining the Unexplainable Pain of Losing a Pet

Jill Sullivan Grueter | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Jill Sullivan Grueter

Saying goodbye to Killian was one of the most painful days of my life -- a tie with losing my dad. We were lucky to give Killian a dignified, peaceful way to Heaven. Even though I still feel him with me when I need him most, the pain is so gut-wrenching and the grief is so real.

10 Things That Changed Me After the Death of a Parent

Lisa Schmidt | Posted 08.04.2015 | Women
Lisa Schmidt

I don't think there is anything that can prepare you to lose a parent. It is a larger blow in adulthood I believe, because you are at the point where you are actually friends with your mother or father.

Life After Death? A Religious Studies Professor Becomes a Student

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Bradley B. Onishi

Along the road somewhere, deep into the night, I began to reflect on why it was so important for us to be there. Why were we making such an effort to see someone who would neither know we were there, nor have any chance of speaking to us? Was there any logic to it?

Project Semicolon: Honoring Survivors of Suicide Loss

Gloria Horsley | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

After a loss, many people wonder how they can go on without their loved one, and struggle to find hope. The struggle can be more difficult for survivo...

Love and 'Nashville'

Beth Leyba | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women
Beth Leyba

I have a few shows that I've felt attached to over the years, but never so much that I let it affect my emotional wellbeing. This show has been different, because it was "our show" -- my grandma and I, that is.

My Own Pace

Ali Wilkinson | Posted 07.06.2015 | Women
Ali Wilkinson

I felt self-conscious for slowing everyone down, even though my dad and brother were nothing but encouraging as we climbed. But mostly, I missed my mom. I missed having her in the back with me, asking me questions, singing songs. I missed the lightness and easiness of it.

Dying, Death and Divorce -- Good Grief!

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lulu Salavegsen

Life has a way with circles and coincidences. Last week, I was dealing with of those waves of separation and divorce that crash down after the water h...

Fourth of July Fireworks Can Fuel Anxiety

Gloria Horsley | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

The Fourth of July is a time for parades, barbecues with friends and family, remembering our nation's past, and of course firework displays. For famil...

What My Dying Sister Taught Me About Courage

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

Her love, courage and zaniness live on in me. I carry her with me everywhere as I remember to live my life fully every day.

Trusting in Grace

Jeena Cho | Posted 06.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jeena Cho

I have been on the road since May 30 on a cross country trip. My husband and I were in Charleston, S.C. on June 14, just a few days before the shootin...

3 Important Steps (at Any Age) to Prepare for Dying

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

The simple view is that medicine exists to fight death and disease, and that is, of course, its most basic task. Death is the enemy. But the enemy has...

I Remember Rachel for Her Ferocity for Life, Not Cancer

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

Now eight years after college I wonder if I could I ever do what Rachel did -- live with cancer without any possibility of a cure, all while never letting up on exclamation points?

7 Life-Changing Lessons I Never Expected To Learn When My Brother Died

Amanda Wormann | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Amanda Wormann

Sometimes this gift of knowing how delicate life is can start to feel too real. It makes you feel stuck, anxious and scared of losing everyone you love. But in the midst of all of that, there are so many incredible surprises in store for all of us. Every morning we wake up is a gift.

What I Learned About Living From the Dying

Elisheva Wexler | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisheva Wexler

When a person is faced with the shattering reality of imminent death, what goes through his or her mind? In 2013, I had no idea.  Two years ago toda...

How to Care at the Beginning and End of Life: Lessons on Laboring, Loving and Leaving

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

The more time I've spent in the company of pregnant women and their partners, studying ethnographies of midwives, and hearing freshly trained doctors' accounts of delivery clinics in various parts of the world, the more I've come to understand that our collective birth narrative is by no means a universal one.