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Death Amp Dying

Remembrance of People Passing

Michael Drew | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Drew

This is the time of year when people recall events of the past 12 months, but more important, the lives we lost.

What If This Was Your Last Christmas?

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Jason Stanford

For better or worse, we don't know who is going to be around the Christmas tree next year. So I'll put it to you again: If you knew that everything would change next year, how would you spend Christmas?

A Sweet, Sweet Spirit

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Though I had visited him in the hospital last week, yesterday I felt a sense of urgency in saying goodbye to my old friend, Bishop Walter Sullivan. As I drove across Richmond to his home I reflected on the last time I had seen him.

The Return Of Big Jon at Christmas

Guideposts | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

My mother had bought the toy for Jason when he was first diagnosed. He was handmade with felt eyes, nose and mouth, perpetually smiling. Big Jon went with him to every doctor's appointment, slept with him in every hospital bed. He offered so much more than security.

Hope for the Holidays: Still "Alive" 40 Years Later

Nando Parrado | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Nando Parrado

When I was at the top of an 18,000-foot peak with Roberto Canessa, looking at the vast scenery of snowy peaks surrounding us, we knew we were going to die. There was absolutely no way out.

Your Feelings Are Your Feelings And You Are Entitled to Them

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

When someone we love dies, it doesn't matter what else is going on in the world. What matters is that your loved one is dying. You have every right to feel upset no matter what else is going on around you.

Taking the 12 Steps in Stride... Again

Martha Pasternack | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

I love being able to experience the depth and breadth of midlife. I am fortunate to have been able to update my understanding of how powerful the 12 steps can be in my life. I am very different from the 28-year-old I used to be.

Remembering a Soldier's Face

Helen Davey | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

In fact, it was I who never, ever has forgotten his face. I had, indeed, memorized it. I close my eyes and I can see him clearly after almost 45 years. I had the privilege of being with him in his last hours.

What Doctors Need to Learn About Death and Dying

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Healing takes place not when death is forestalled, but when life is embraced and affirmed in its entirety, from beginning to end. When doctors can fully understand the nature of death and dying, they will become the true healers that are desperately needed in this world.

The Mystical Experience

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

There are many out there who have had transcendent experiences that remain in the closet. The stories I tell are based on interviews with people from diverse walks of life. They are all genuine, honest people.

What Do You Pray For At This Stage Of Your LIfe?

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Life intervenes -- and our prayers change. Just as there are different tasks for the different stages of our lives, there are different prayers. What questions are you asking?

Robert's Walk With AIDS (Epilogue): What I'd Like To Say To Those With HIV/AIDS

Gary Nelson | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

Try to see yourself as a leader, mentor and teacher. Remind yourself daily that there is no room for shame. You will find allies. We number greater than those who turn away from you and offer no help in eradicating this disease. We will move forward with you.

Euthanasia: A Moment of Grace and Heartache

Diana Nyad | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Diana Nyad

It is clear that, come the time, I will do the right thing by my Scout. My baby. I will not let her suffer. We are told that we love our animals so much, we know when that moment is upon us. And we do the right thing. But how?

What Fiona Apple and Jimmy Stewart Know About Loving -- and Losing -- a Dog

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Jane Grossman

Some people who write about their pets really write about their pets -- and they do it in a way that speaks to the hearts of other humans who have also had significant interspecies relationships.

Having an End-of-Life Conversation in the Midst of Life Part 2: Sit Down, Take Action

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

You have introduced the idea of having a family conversation, or a series of conversations, about end-of-life wishes and goals. Mom and Dad are on board, the adult children want to know more, and everyone is ready to take the next steps to ensure wishes are followed. Now what?

Robert's Walk With AIDS (Part 15): There's A Witch On My Back

Gary Nelson | Posted 01.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

I'm saying goodbye to Robert again as I close this series. I will miss writing about him, because in a weird kind of way, I lived our life over again. But it was easier this time. I think I can spread his ashes now.

How to Write a Eulogy... for Yourself

The Chopra Well | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
The Chopra Well

"Contemplating one's own death is a spiritual practice. It can certainly be the focal point of any meditation or journal writing. A Buddhist would say that we should examine it with every breath."

Hospice: Having an End-of-Life Conversation in the Midst of Life, Part 1

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

An end-of-life discussion is not a conversation likely to arise spontaneously on its own. Whether you are an aging parent or a concerned adult child, you must make the first move. Seize any opportunity to begin the conversation.

Grief Hoarders: Recovery Expert Warns Against Creating Shrines For The Dead

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.09.2012 | Health and Fitness

A difficult part of coping with the loss of a loved one is figuring out what to do with their belongings. In a segment for HuffPost Live, celebrity de...

Nothing You Can Say Will Make Them Feel Better

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We seem to think that we need to have the answers for people's pain and sadness. We don't. What we need to have is the ability to sit with someone and not say anything. Nothing you can say will make them feel better.

Superstorm Sandy, Survivor's Guilt and a Psychic 3-Year-Old

Alysia Reiner | Posted 01.06.2013 | Parents
Alysia Reiner

Even unscathed by the tragedy -- sleeping warm and tight with water and electricity -- you feel the surreal dichotomy of the deep gratitude that you are OK and the staggering pain for all those who have lost something.

Song for My Father

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

My father's voice was like an instrument and I loved it, loved listening to it, especially in the shower when he would catch just the right echo, just the right timbre, the acoustics so perfect that it sounded like he was singing a duet or was on stage in a 1940s nightclub.

PHOTOS: Santa Muerte - A Familiar Death

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Having lived, studied and traveled in Mexico for almost 30 years, I can personally attest to the intimate and familiar nature of death in popular culture. Long before Saint Death's public outing 11 years ago today, images of death personified abounded.

On The Day Of The Dead, How I Finally Learned To Pray For The Soul Of My Difficult, Alcoholic Father

Pythia Peay | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Pythia Peay

It was only through Joe Carroll's death and dying that I was finally able to draw close to the man I'd long ago fled. Before that, the idea of honoring my father after he'd departed this world would have seemed unimaginable.

My Childhood Pen-Pal Was An Innocent Man On Death Row

Alexandra Gross | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Alexandra Gross

I don't remember the first letter I got from Paris. I don't remember him coming into my life at all. He was just always there; a far-away pen pal, a friendly grownup presence who I knew only through letters and one greenish Polaroid of him standing with arms crossed in front of a metal grate.