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Tips On How We Can Help Those Dealing With Grief

John Tsilimparis | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Grieving is a natural and healthy response to a loss that should never be understated or taken for granted. Allowing ourselves to grieve and traverse through this painful process helps the mind and heart mend more appropriately and over time may give us some peace.

Bye, Bye, Midnite

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Rev. Jim Ball

Living with Emma and Midnite was pretty good training for how to be a Christian. And for those who don't believe in miracles? Well, these cats made their way into my heart, didn't they?

A Fringe Family Affair

Annette Roman | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Annette Roman

I've always told my siblings that I would only move to Texas if I were on my death bed -- and now that seems likely. The medical system is excellent, and it's my mother who is. Dying, I mean. And therein lies my dilemma.

My Wound Is Deep, But Clean

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I cannot imagine what it might be like for someone who has outstanding issues with their loved one who dies. I was lucky to be able to spend a lot of time with my mother prior to her death.

Tisha B'Av: Making Mourning Traditions Meaningful

Ariel Gros-Werter | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Ariel Gros-Werter

What happens to the significance and meaning of a tradition when affluence, technology and cultural change divorce it from its original meaning and place in our lives? For many modern-day Jews, old ways can feel stale.

The Trajectory of Tragedy

Liz Sterling, M.A. | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Liz Sterling, M.A.

Situations like these bring to the surface what has been bubbling in the depths of our subconscious. We can use this time to see the true stuff we're made of -- and activate the grit of our souls.

7 Things That Blow My Mind

Elad Nehorai | Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

The truth is, every moment, every second in this world is incredible. But we're just so used to it is all. If we take a moment to think about it, take a second out of our lives, we can really see how the world is, in fact, ridiculously incredibly mind-blowing.

Have You Treasured Your Life Today?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Those near and dear to us will feel our absence, and we trust that after we're gone, we will remain in their hearts just as those who have passed on from our lives remain in our own. And so it goes on this human journey.

Help From The Other Side -- The Case Of The Missing Mother

Concetta Bertoldi | Posted 09.17.2012 | Religion
Concetta Bertoldi

People think when a loved one crosses to the Other Side they are gone forever. But the deceased love nothing better than to involve themselves in our lives. One of the main ways they do this is in helping us find things.

In Loving Memory

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 09.17.2012 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

We often shirk at reminders of death in our daily lives. We race through life as though we are racing down this trail and while we may see the benches, we rush past them, ignoring what is written on the plaques.

The Healing Power of Glorious Sadness

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 09.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Joan E. Dowlin

he depth of emotions can be so overwhelming that I found I often had tried to avoid the grief that has been building within my mind, body, and soul. I also instinctively knew that I needed to feel the pain to release it.

WATCH: Stanley Hauerwas: Learning To Live With Death

Travis Reed | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

Our culture tends to ignore death. At the very least, we make wild attempts to distract ourselves from it for as long as possible. Are we just living "lives of quiet, desperate atheism," as Hauerwas suggests?

Past Participle

Lauren Oyler | Posted 09.09.2012 | College
Lauren Oyler

More than a month has passed, and I'm still waiting for someone to articulate why I find myself drifting from the 12 half-finished Word documents on my desktop to Facebook and typing "Marina Keegan" into the search bar.

A Scientific Honoring of Death

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 09.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Thanks to the sciences of astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry, geology, paleontology, evolutionary biology, cell biology, embryology, ecology, geograph, and math, we can now not only accept but celebrate that death is natural and creative at every level of reality.

'Allowing' vs.'Do Not': Language Makes A Huge Difference In End-Of-Life Decisions

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

My mother's body is naturally aging and her organs are "getting tired." Her kidneys are beginning to shut down. Her body is beginning its "natural" process of shutting down. So, why am I signing something that says not to do something?

Is There Such A Thing As A Good Death?

Dale Goldsmith | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Dale Goldsmith

American culture is unwilling to discuss dying openly, honestly and in a sustained way. The importance of the fight -- not the dying -- is emphasized. But there is in fact an "art of dying."

Preparing My Funeral

Misha Lyuve | Posted 08.28.2012 | Home
Misha Lyuve

As for any compulsive planner, I don't think it was that unreasonable for me to start planning my own funeral. So here is the list of rules I came up with,

Facing Frailty at End of Life

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

My father does not want to die and I understand that. That said, I have watched as over the past three years the quality of his life has been steadily reduce to something approaching zero.

How Do Change And Loss Help Us Grow Spiritually?

KidSpirit | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion

We go through changes every day, whether they are minor or major. We do not necessarily have to be optimists to see the good in every situation, nor pessimists to feel betrayed and lose hope.

Hospice Care: No One Should Die Alone

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 08.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Vigil volunteers receive special training and are part of a team that works in shifts, to be there for the patient when doctors or other caregivers have determined that death is imminent -- usually within 24 or 48 hours.

WATCH: "I Always Assumed I'd Die By Fifty," From Anderson Cooper

Posted 08.22.2013 | MarloThomas

Anderson Cooper, award-winning journalist, shared an interesting fact with me on Mondays With Marlo - he always thought that he would die young. Here,...

I Turned My Dog Into a Knickknack

JJ Keith | Posted 08.19.2012 | Healthy Living
JJ Keith

Bernie's cancer went into remission, and he survived to meet my daughter. Then, amazingly, he held on to his remission to meet my son 20 months later. But living that long wasn't easy on him, and it took its toll on us, too.

Call Them 'Compassion Panels,' Not 'Death Panels'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I think that we need to re-label the idea of these "panels" so that we are actually talking about how we need to treat people with compassion no matter what decision has to be made concerning a loved one's end of life issues.

Family Scrapbooks: A Journey of Memories and Mourning

Helen Davey | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

There's a reason they call it honoring your "roots," because compiling such records provides feelings of grounding, stability, and continuity.

Mortality And The Gift Of Perspective

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

The great value of coming close to death, by accident or illness, is the gift of perspective. The gestalt of our daily existence becomes distinct, and what is trivial drops away to make room for the essential.