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Death Amp Dying

Understanding Grief: Mourning In A Healthier Way

Judith Johnson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Wouldn't it be in our best interest as a society to transform our fear-based culture of death by encouraging a healthier belief about death as a normal occurrence? There is so much we could do to educate and prepare ourselves to handle death with greater loving, service, and compassion.

Yoga And Cigarettes: Remembering My Gram 'Ruthie The Rock'

Lindsey O'Neill | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Lindsey O'Neill

My grandma is here today, but this time, I'm wearing all black, and my Uncle is standing on the altar, reciting her eulogy, reminding us of her voracious appetite for life. A woman of faith, a mother of responsibility, a wife of integrity, a grandmother of chocolate chip ice cream-laden love.

Mourning In The Middle Of Two Faiths

Eliza Wood | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

In the most important moments of life and death, when I might have hoped for some religious clarity, the lines of religion blurred right in front of me. It was no use leaning either toward or against them.

Stacey's Lesson: Living With Purpose

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Zachary K. Pearce

There is no easy way to deal with death. There is no phrase which by its mere utterance will cure a bereaved person. I have learned this. This experience has allowed me to garner a motto for life: "Every day you're alive, there's a reason to smile."

The Price We Pay For Loving

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

This is the price we pay for loving others: the pain of the loss of their presence from our lives and the loss of their love, which they displayed in so many different ways throughout our mutually lived lives.

Loyalty vs. Living Again: Are You Being 'Disloyal'?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Telling someone how to grieve after a loss is rather like trying to tell someone how to raise their children -- it's generally unwelcome advice and no one listens anyway. So even after six years, two books and tens of thousands of letters, I never tell anyone how to grieve.

Knowing When to Say Goodbye

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Right away, my dog's life flashed before my eyes. I pictured him as an 8-week-old puppy with huge floppy ears and then as a rambunctious hulking 5-year-old. That's when I knew, hard as it was, that we made the right decision.

How to Help a Friend at the End of Life

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The Silver Lining is that being with a person at the end of life is one of the most sacred and powerful experiences, and there are ways to help you both.

What Dying Can Teach Us About Saving The World

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

At first I saw these lessons as a step-by-step guide for how to approach death. But eventually I realized that the way I lived my own life each day was being transformed by the stories I was gathering. That's when it dawned on me that these were really the lessons of living.

Learning to Love Hospice

Stu Kreisman | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Stu Kreisman

As I go through this experience, I'm suddenly aware that the word "hospice" is all around us. A lot of people have been through the experience and like me, they have nothing but enthusiastic gratitude for the service and the people.

Laughter Is Sacred Space

Ted Swartz | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Ted Swartz

On a path to be a Mennonite pastor, I had gone back to school at age 30 in order to prepare for seminary, along with three small children, a supportive wife and a congregation sponsoring us. While in undergrad I took an acting class, and fell in love with this art form.

The News I Never Expected to Hear

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 11.19.2012 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I hadn't seen Ion's daughter in twenty-some odd years. I greeted her warmly and asked how she was doing, thinking she probably had no idea we'd met before. "Not so good," she said, "This is a bad day." Now I knew.

I Don't Think You Ever Get Over This

Melissa Chapman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Women
Melissa Chapman

It's so strange how a song, a picture or yes, even the monumental birth of my father's grandson, a child born to his only son, can stir up grief over my father's death.

Remembering Big Guy

Jennifer Basye Sander | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Basye Sander

When I was 26 I had the perfect boyfriend. Big, strong, loving, caring, attentive, and always around. Happy to curl up on the bed next to me while I read a book. Okay, so he was an Airedale, is there something wrong with that? No downside at all as far as I was concerned.

Hospice: Keeping Promises, Honoring Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The care G. provided his grandfather, who died in 2010 at age 94, was at once ordinary -- millions care for their loved ones through aging, illness and dying -- and extraordinary.

Thriving While Dying: Fearlessly Embracing A Terminal Illness

Rick A. Reynolds | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick A. Reynolds

"My doctors say I have at best three months left to live. I refuse to believe it and know that working with you will help me survive." That's how my work began with the client who taught me the most about living fearlessly and making every second count.

On the Loss of a Furry Loved One

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Jenna Henry Hansen

I never wanted the responsibility of children, yet this min pin taught me much about being responsible and accountable, and I learned how to give and receive absolute unconditional love. Certainly, I underestimated the impact her presence would have on my life.

Kids and Funerals -- Do They Belong Together?

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Open your own heart and understand that children benefit when they participate in a family event that includes both celebration and pain. Together you can face the sorrow, share the tears, and always, always, hold the love in your hearts.

The Good Inside

David Beem | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
David Beem

Ms. Roberts, like so many others who are moved to support a cause, says that she had never imagined a career in hospice work but found this new vision of her life through contemplation of death; in her senior year in college, she took a death and dying class.

Dying to Talk to You

Doug Binzak | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

But there is also a truth, the "good news," which far fewer of us have experienced, which is that there is an end to suffering. Not an escape, but an end. And it doesn't come at death; it comes when we face our suffering, face our fears, and address them head on, with support, and move through them.

The Six Stages of Climate Grief

Daphne Wysham | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Now that the hottest summer on record is drawing to a close, are we any closer to admitting that climate change is upon us? If not, why not?

WATCH: Getting Fearless About Death And Dying

Terri Cole | Posted 11.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

For most people, death and dying as a topic of conversation is reserved for when someone they know or love is, well, dying. I find it more effective and less fear-inducing to start exploring your thoughts, feelings, and fears about this inevitable topic before circumstances demand it.

Death Wish: Dealing With a Negative, High-Maintenance, Aging Parent

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Watching a parent become weaker, sicker or more enfeebled is stressful, of course, but most adult children can bear that. It's when that parent becomes vicious, hostile and resistant to help that stress crosses over into distress.

December Days

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Now is one of the best periods of my life. I'm harvesting so much of what I sowed in the world. And yet, when I look in the mirror before I put on my public face, I view this slightly stooped old man with wrinkles.

Death My Ass

Waldo Mellon | Posted 10.28.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

Do you see what this means? Instead of being a mysterious, frightening experience that hurls you into the "horrible inky blackness", Death now just becomes the end of a vacation, a return to the familiar. A return to the way it was before you went on your vacation.