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Death Amp Dying

We Need to Pay Doctors to Have End-of-Life Conversations

Emily Cerciello | Posted 04.10.2015 | College
Emily Cerciello

In my junior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a team of four Health Policy and Management classmates and I set out to understa...

Requiem for an Old, Gray Cat

Rachel Waters | Posted 04.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachel Waters

I awoke with a start at yesterday morning and in the silence of the early day I waited. I waited to hear the little snuffling of her nose. The shuffle...

What I Learned From Crashing a Funeral

Ryan Greenhalgh | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ryan Greenhalgh

It was raining when I woke up. How fitting. Today I was going to follow in the footsteps of the wisest and sharpest professor I've had to date. I wa...

Death vs. Life: One Size Does Not Fit All

Marion Leary | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

Somewhat recently a cardiac arrest survivor I helped to resuscitate was diagnosed with a terminal disease. This brought about the question, is it better to go quickly, not knowing the end is near, or is it better to have extra time on this earth, but know that you and your family may have to endure an end full of potential suffering? 

Aid in Dying

Jane Gross | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Jane Gross

This is the way my mother died -- by choice, after much research that we did together, in a nursing home that both permitted and facilitated the process and after 13 days with little demonstrable suffering.

Death in India: 8 Things to Help You Deal With Unresolved Grief

Gloria Horsley | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

I've always wanted to visit India and had an opportunity last month when my husband and I spent two weeks touring Rajasthan, the largest state in nort...

5 Benefits of Educating Yourself About Death in Your 20s

Michael Perice | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Michael Perice

Martin Heidegger wrote about how death awareness (the "nothing") enables us to shift to a mode where we simply appreciate that things are (the "being there"), as opposed to worrying about how or what things are. Allow me to translate that quote into the language a 20-something might understand -- YOLO!

What I Learned About Life, Death and Brian Williams on February 16th, 2015

Ebong Eka | Posted 03.04.2015 | Small Business
Ebong Eka

I've been fortunate throughout my life to minimize the amount of problems in my life while learning from the mistakes and successes of others.

A Good Death

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Trisha de Borchgrave

To look up, down or behind and no longer see the shadow of a parent but only one's own, and to be the next in line to the succession of a generation...

Lessons Learned in Loss: How to Prepare for the Unpreparable

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Loss makes you ache in places you didn't even know existed. Familiar landscapes become unrecognizable. No matter how hard you try, there is no way to fully prepare for the emotional wreckage it leaves behind. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try, just a little.

Dead of Winter -- End of Life With Lightness

Gerit Quealy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Gerit Quealy

So, violent death we're used to... but natural death? Shhh, don't talk about that. Don't acknowledge it. Try to prevent it. Outlive it, outrun it, outsmart it. Stick a tube or a wire or a needle into it stat!

A Eulogy to My Mother-in-Law

Charles J. Alaimo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Alaimo

On the 4th anniversary of her passing, I've reflected on all the family moments we have missed her presence, but in some way we all know she is there.

Slowing Down to Listen

Cassidy Hall | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Cassidy Hall

I only knew Bill for about 2 years and the culmination of his kindness, generosity, openness, and love, accounted for a lifetime with a surrogate grandfather.

Soul Weight vs. Goal Weight

Penny Love | Posted 03.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Penny Love

Supposedly, we all lose 21 grams at the exact moment of our death. At the moment that our heart stops beating, we all lose three-fourths of an ou...

What Losing Your Mother Feels Like

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Losing a mother is like being on a ship that has lost it's ballast and is now at the mercy of the deepest ocean and all it holds within. I bob around without a foundation to bring me back to the same balanced spot each time, a spot I just can't get right.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

The Living We Do While We're Dying

Emily Ballard | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I want less "no." I want more laughter. I want less rushing and I want more intention. I want to work together. I want to hear the things they think about. I want to know who my children are, as much as we can know such things.

A Legacy of Loss

Michelle Hanson | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
Michelle Hanson

My father died when I was 16. I do not know what he would have thought of my prom gown, or if he would have handed me his handkerchief on my wedding day. I do not know if my mother would have approved of my college major or how I handled the stressors of my first job.

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Not until losing my mother to metastatic breast cancer earlier this year did I become all too familiar with the painful journey of grief. It is a difficult path. There is no Google map that can provide perfect guidance on how to support someone who is navigating loss.

9 Questions to Ask Friends and Family at Thanksgiving

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

So, what to talk about at Thanksgiving dinner, when you are sitting indoors because the bad weather canceled the touch football game, washing dishes, or watching an NFL blowout?

Breaking Free From Psychics and Mediums

Eric W. | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

I've always known that mediums and psychics are all con artists who make their livings exploiting the bereaved. Now that I'm a widower, I've begun to ...

An Open Letter to My Grandfather

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 01.18.2015 | Good News
Kimanzi Constable

I'm not even sure where to start. There's a lot that hasn't been said out loud, but it's not necessary because I know how you feel. More than anything, I want to say thank you and I love you.

How to Live a Joyful Life

Sarah Key | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Key

Glenn Markman (aka Glenno) graciously and naturally taught those boys how to be men, how not to be afraid of laughter or tears. He exemplified how to life a joyful life. Here are some lessons I gleaned from Glenno...

Serendipity Breeze

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My mother died in her bed on a quiet autumn morning as Tennessee Ernie Ford promised there would be peace in the valley. Outside her window, a sudden wind tossed the tree limbs, and the leaves floated to the ground.

10 Ways to Comfort Your Holiday Grief Without Food

Paula Stephens, M.A. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Stephens, M.A.

Find gratitude. Even though it seems like the entire universe is happy, focus on the things in your life, not related to the holidays, you are grateful for. We can practice gratitude 365 days a year, don't get stuck in negative thinking that you might carry with you into the new year.