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Death Amp Dying

The Death and Dying Series Part One: How Do You Relate to Death?

Judith Johnson | Posted 03.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Talking about and dealing with death is our last great social taboo. We all know that we will die someday as will our beloved ones and cherished pets and everybody else. Yet, most of us relate to death as wrong -- as something that shouldn't happen.

Sitting Shiva For Traditional Shiva

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 03.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

It is certainly more convenient to post a quick sentence or two of condolence on the mourner's Facebook Wall, but that shouldn't preclude us from performing the tradition acts of comforting the mourners.

Do Doctors Die Like the Rest of Us?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 03.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

In November, Dr. Ken Murray published a blog called "How Doctors Die." It's been reverberating through the Web ever since, prompting a continuous stream of comments and inspiring others to offer their own essays and input.

Queeries: What To Do About Facebook After A Death

Steven Petrow | Posted 03.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Steven Petrow

We all confront mortality at some point. In response, Facebook created memorial profile pages, which allow us to visit, chat, and stay connected with our dearly departed friends and family.

What Medieval Times Teach Us About Respecting the Dead

Bridget Whearty | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Bridget Whearty

The phrase "no man is an island" gets tossed around pretty lightly these days, but at its core, it's about the same thing. When the funeral bells toll, don't ask who they are for. We're all in this together.

Spiritually Seeking A Death Both 'Beautiful And Painful'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Just before New Years, I found myself helping a family whose loved one was dying. As a chaplain in a hospital, I never know whether a family will allow me "in" at the time that is most painful for them.

Good News From Kentucky!

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 03.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The year 2011 closed with good news out of Kentucky. On Friday Governor Steve Beshear refused to approve a Louisville hospital merger that threatened patient choice.

A Dog's Gentle Death

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 03.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

As intentional and gracious as she was in living, so she was in dying. Instead of going off to a hiding place in the woods, Sugar let us witness, share and learn from the natural ending to a life complete. That's how generous was her big, big heart.

All's Well That Ends

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

It is not for a rabbi, a priest, an imam or atheist to close out our time here with a eulogy. What we do is best remembered in the hearts and minds of those we touched along the way.

Offering Thanks: Reflections On 25 Years Of A Gift of Life

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

All at once I felt what seemed like a Mack truck on my chest. The pain was excruciating. I couldn't breathe. I could hardly move. I couldn't comprehend what was happening. Until then I had felt invincible.

Hospice: A Child's Goodbye

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 02.29.2012 | Parents
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Saying goodbye to a dying relative or friend -- what to talk about, when and how -- doesn't (usually) come naturally. Especially when children are involved.

Hitchens: Arch-Fundamentalist?

Roger Housden | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Roger Housden

For all his posturing and bombast, Christopher Hitchens devoted his life to what he believed in, and that is as good a legacy as any.

Thinking About Heaven On The 1st Anniversary Of My Mother's Death

Rev. P. Kimberleigh Jordan | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Rev. P. Kimberleigh Jordan

My deep sadness about my mother's death and absence from my life has been somewhat lessened by imagining that when her soul left her sick and failing body last December 21st, it entered some such lovely scene somewhere.

The Loss of Loved Ones

Diana M. Raab | Posted 02.15.2012 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

My father adored me. I was his sunshine, and when he died a large chunk of me died. I cannot say that the pain has dissipated, but it has softened over the years.

Losing and Regaining My Sense of Being

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 02.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

When my traumatized states could not find a hospitable relational home or context of human understanding, I became deadened, and my world became dulled. When such a home became once again present, I came alive, and the vividness of my world returned.

The Rituals Of Mourning In An Interfaith Family

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

From that first week of my "non-shiva Shiva" to standing during Mourner's Kaddish whenever I had the chance, I found these rituals helpful in containing and holding my grief even as I felt a little strange observing them as a Christian minister.

Music Industry Executive Dies After Hollywood Shooting

AP | Posted 02.11.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A music executive died Monday after being shot last week by a rampaging gunman in the heart of Hollywood, a hospital spokeswoman said. ...

Life Lessons From A 22-Year-Old Cancer Patient

Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc. | Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc.

In the field of pediatric palliative care, it has been noted that dying children are often exceptionally concerned about their parents and how they will cope. With such few years on earth, they often quickly develop perspective of how unnatural it is for a parent to lose a child.

How Cable News Made Me Lose My Religion and My Mother

Kathryn Dawson | Posted 01.22.2012 | Religion
Kathryn Dawson

Until the late 90s my relationship with my mother remained largely intact. But then she discovered Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, and I could not have anticipated the devastating way this would change our relationship.

Who Is In Control When Your Loved One Has Cancer?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 01.19.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

n reality, Susan can't control what is happening in her body, so she needs to control what she can, and so she is trying to control how others handle her disease ... at least as far as it concerns how they will deal with her.

Former UCLA, NBA Star Dies At 69

AP | By BETH HARRIS | Posted 11.19.2011 | Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Walt Hazzard, the former UCLA and NBA star who played on the Bruins' first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964 and later coached ...

A November 22 Remembered

Dr. Larry Dossey | Posted 01.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Larry Dossey

For a moment we just stood there looking at each other, realizing we were participants in a drama we could not grasp, but which we would remember for the rest of our lives.

Act 5

Craig Crawford | Posted 01.17.2012 | Home
Craig Crawford

My best friend -- and finest journalist I've ever known -- Sean Holton determinedly took a break from brain cancer yesterday to post this response to ...

Grieving On A Jet Plane: Tips For Traveling For Funerals And Other Unhappy Occasions

Jen Pollack Bianco | Posted 01.01.2012 | Travel
Jen Pollack Bianco

The five stages of grief -- which I have learned can happen all at the same time -- make it hard to function sometimes, so travel can be more difficult than usual. Grief is a complex and inconvenient emotion.

Remembering James Hillman

Thomas Moore | Posted 12.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Thomas Moore

We buried James Hillman three days ago in a small country cemetery in northeast Connecticut, just as an unseasonal early nor'easter began dropping hea...