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OMG! We're All Going To Die!

Eva Moon | Posted 10.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Eva Moon

Sitting in the open door of the airplane. Nearly fourteen thousand feet below my dangling toes, the lovely Washington coast is a green and blue abstra...

Getting To Yes: Overcoming The Barriers To Hospice Care

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 09.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

This benchmark reflects both the valuable benefits of hospice care, and also the progress our city and our nation are making in helping to advance quality of life at the end of life for all of our residents and their families.

3 Stories Of Miscarriage And Neonatal Death

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.15.2016 | Women
Christine Stoddard

The following short stories are works of flash fiction I have written and published in the past year or two. All three deal with a mother's loss. May these stories inspire compassion for parents in mourning.

Art Installation: Word Graveyard

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.29.2016 | Arts
Christine Stoddard

Christine Stoddard's installation, "Word Graveyard," premiered at The New York City Poetry Festival in July 2015. Guests were asked to write their epitaphs on index cards and put them on the ground to form a miniature graveyard.

Transitions: Transforming Dirt Into Gold

Elliott Dacher | Posted 07.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Elliott Dacher

hat re-training is called meditation. The initial goal of meditation is to quiet the mind, the intermediate goal is to stabilize moment-to-moment awareness, and the final goal is to gain stable access to the wisdom and truth of unity consciousness. There we find the pinnacle of human flourishing.

A Matter of Life and Data

Carter Hewgley | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Carter Hewgley

I don't pretend to speak for the unconscionable number killed at the wrong end of a firearm. From Baton Rouge to Chicago, Dallas, Ferguson, Orlando, S...

Last Visit

Abby Byrd | Posted 07.15.2016 | Women
Abby Byrd

I don't want to do this. I consider turning around, going back through the front door. But I promised myself I'd visit. I don't want to have regrets.

3 Non-Actions To Take When Anxiety, Grief And Not-Knowing Are Your Bed Partners

Jane Duncan Rogers | Posted 07.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Duncan Rogers

Fear gripped me, like a vice around my guts. I treaded water in the swimming pool in which I had arrived for an early morning dip, before the heat of ...

Grief and Letting Go: Accepting What Is to Regain Peace of Mind

Ellen Tadd | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Ellen Tadd

The following post is adapted from DEATH AND LETTING GO (Montague Press) by Ellen Tadd. When my daughter Laura was ten years old, a dog she loved nam...

Easing the Transition from One Life to the Next

Ellen Tadd | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Ellen Tadd

The following post is adapted from DEATH AND LETTING GO (Montague Press) by Ellen Tadd. Death is an inevitable fate that everyone must face. Still, t...

Learning to Die

Gary Laderman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Gary Laderman

It's one thing to be concerned about the death of loved ones, and to be memorializing all our hero celebrity icon/saints. It's quite another to be prepared for your own demise.

Stifled Grief: How the West Has It Wrong

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 06.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Michelle E. Steinke

The reality is you will grieve in some capacity for the rest of your life. Once loss touches you-you are forever changed despite what society tells you. Stop looking at the expectations of an emotionally numbed society as your threshold and measuring stick for success.

Today, We Can Appreciate a Beautiful Sunset

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 05.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Craig E. Sherman

Let's not rely so heavily on the earth-shattering events to awaken us from the mechanical slumber that can sometimes pervasively control our lives. Let's all remember to live in this moment and celebrate life because while my father is right that we are all dying, at least for today, we are all living too.

3 Ways Spiritual Work Helps in Life and in Death

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 05.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

I contemplated her words the whole walk there and when I arrived, I understood.

Aid-in-Dying Option Heightens Awareness and Provokes Discussion

Tenessa MacKenzie | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Tenessa MacKenzie

The End of Life Option Act goes into effect in California on June 9, 2016, joining a handful of other states with similar legislation. The law empowers a terminally ill adult to request and receive a drug to hasten death.

If Grief Is a Contest, I Win

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.20.2016 | Women
Melissa Gould

I saw her mind racing. We were around the same age. She took in my long, dark hair, my mostly wrinkle-free face, my skinny jeans... It's not that I look so young, but I don't "look like" a widow. She covered her heart with her hands, I saw her struggle to come up with the "right thing" to say. "Yours is worse!" she uttered. If grief is a contest, I guess I win.

Lessons Learned From Losing a Love

Sylvia Theisen | Posted 05.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sylvia Theisen

I've learned that love and time really do heal -- that's not just corny sentiment. Our hearts are incredibly resilient and it is human nature to find a way to get back up and keep moving forward.

The 4 Best Things You Can Do When A Loved One Is Dying

Laura Dixon | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

Saying goodbye to a dying relative or friend -- what to talk about, when, and how -- doesn't come naturally to most adults. The irony: All these conversations ask of us, ultimately, is what people appreciate hearing at any time of life: words of candor, reassurance and love.

Life After Death: Moving Forward

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.05.2016 | Women
Melissa Gould

One weekend last October, Antonio and I were staying at a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in the central coast of California. We met another young widow there. She owned the B&B and was inspired, she told us, by the book "Under the Tuscan Sun." Her life changed upon reading it.

The Day My Daughter Died, My Life Changed

Tre Harrington | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Tre Harrington

It is almost fourteen years to the day that my little girl was born. She was beautiful and she was too special for this world.

A Life Well Lived

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 04.26.2016 | Entertainment
Rachel Hawkins

Icons of the music and acting realm have sadly passed away leaving millions of people the world over in a state of shock. Of course, we all know we're born, we live then we die. However, how many of us actually give it that much thought?

Dying Should Be a Selfish Endeavor

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

The funnel point, when there is a rapid reversal of the direction of how one has lived his or her life, may look like selfishness. It may even FEEL like selfishness. But, I see it rather, as the crucial point at which one is faced with a decision of living one's own life.

A Eulogy For Those That Are Still Alive

Katie Tandy | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts
Katie Tandy

This essay is part of a special series of content produced in conjunction with the live reading series Write Club in San Francisco. Special thanks ...

Observing the Wish to Die at Home

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Sometimes it's hard to understand how such a seemingly small gesture could ever be enough, but what our hospice workers see time and time again, is the power of just that single act: holding a hand, and letting go.

What It's Like To Help The Dying As An End-Of-Life Doula

Debbie Slevin | Posted 04.10.2016 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

When I tell people that I am an end-of-life doula, their first question is: what is that? The second question is why? I tell them: I do it because I can. I can 'do' death. The dying process does not frighten me. It might when it is my turn to look death in the eye -- but for now -- I am unafraid.