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Can A Person 'Suffer From Life'?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Do you think that there is such a thing as "suffering from life"? Do you think that people should be able to make their own decision as to whether or not to end their life?

Strength For The Moment: 10 Tips For Family Caregivers

Lori Hogan | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Lori Hogan

Many baby boomers, often unexpectedly and for long periods, will likely be called to provide care for a loved one, and it is my hope that anyone could gain strength, encouragement and inspiration through the real-life caregiving stories.

A Loss Of Family And A Change Of Faith

KidSpirit | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion

In the year since my grandfather's death, my views on faith and religion have changed a lot. After much inward debate I have decided to give up Judaism and become agnostic.

How's Your Existential Maturity?

Judith Johnson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

I like to imagine what our lives and society would be like if we lived in a world that encouraged and valued existential maturity. What would it be like if we were taught and motivated to connect to a deep sense of self and to live our lives from that place?

A Life Well Lived, a Love Well Shared

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 06.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

It sure seems like a whole lot of the most special people in my life are leaving this life. I guess that happens as one gets older, and I honestly can...

Thoughts On Mercy and Suicide

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

When I think of mercy, I think of receiving undeserved or unmerited kindness or treatment. A merciful act is one that reconnects us to humankind -- reminds us that we belong.

Life, Death, and the Space in Between

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Stiffelman

When we think we're going to live forever, the little things get missed; they don't matter all that much. We forget how wonderful it is to taste chocolate, or listen to a great piece of music.

Death: A Spiritual Process

Sadhguru | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living

It is only when you become aware of death that you want to know what life is about. Once you come to terms with death and you are conscious that you will die, you will want to make every moment of your life as beautiful as possible.

When Your Loved Ones Hold Your Life in Their Hands

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 06.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) falls conveniently every April 16 so you can deal with the difficult matters of death and taxes all in one week. NHDD is one day when we're asked to put our own discomfort aside and think about the loved ones we leave behind.

Into the Din of Life Comes the Quiet Hush of Death

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Devon Wilke

It's easy to forget -- when you're knee-deep in the process of living -- that Death is up ahead somewhere waiting to be dealt with, an inevitable passage we ponder and fear.

Losing a Loved One and Confronting the Heartlessness of Health Care Cost Control

David Ropeik | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

I want my loved one to get all the medication and medical attention that will carry him through his final days in comfort. I want to see him smile.

The Skeleton Saint's Deadly American Debut

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Having studied the cult of Saint Death on both sides of the border for the past three years, I feel compelled to respond to this abominable act perpetrated in the name of the Bony Lady.

Oh, What a Difference She Made

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.

Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last

Carolyn Anderson | Posted 06.04.2012 | Books
Carolyn Anderson

It is about living a life so rich, so meaningful, so moment to moment that if we were to die today we could do so knowing that we had sucked the marrow out of life and really maximized every moment.

Does God Prefer Longevity Over Quality Of Life?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

For Christians, this is one of the most important weeks of our liturgical calendar. This is the week that we should be contemplating what we never want to contemplate: death.

Dying and Living All Over Again

Carine Fabius | Posted 05.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Carine Fabius

Untimely death happens so that the humans left behind might take another, fresher look at their lives, experience renewed appreciation for the gift they can still claim, and become a bit more thankful, a bit more humble.

A Father (And Rabbi) Loses His Son To A Drunk Driver

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 05.22.2012 | Religion
Carole Bennett, MA

Redemption and forgiveness are not freely given or passively obtained -- they are earned and require actions beyond jail times, beyond any financial settlement.

Peter Goodwin, Pioneer for Human Liberty

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Eighteen years ago, Dr. Peter Goodwin led the fight to grant Oregonians the right to end-of-life choice. Terminally ill with a rare, fatal brain disease with no known cure, Peter exercised the right to a peaceful death he helped secure.

Growing Through Loss: A Grief Well Met

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 05.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Sometimes loss is literal: the death of someone you love. Sometimes the grief involves what I have come to call a "living loss."

Including Children at Funerals

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 05.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

It is important to prepare children for what they will encounter at each step of the funeral or memorial service. When they know what to expect, children will not be overwhelmed.

A Suicide by Any Other Name Is Still Suicide

Gayatri Devi, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Gayatri Devi, M.D.

The dictionary defines suicide as "the act of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally." The intent was clear in both cases. Both John and Mary wanted to end their lives as quickly as possible. Why did the method matter?

The Pastor And The President: A Tale Of Faith

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

Obama's critics may deny it. His supporters may exploit it. The cynical may doubt it. Yet, the tale is true and it belongs to us.

Father 'No Communion For You!' Not The Whole Story

John Shore | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
John Shore

You've likely heard the story of Barbara Johnson, who was denied holy communion by the priest officiating at the funeral of her beloved mother. But that priest is the sole villainous Catholic in a story starring a great many heroes.

Organ Donation: Jews Can Learn Something From Atheists

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

On the issue of posthumous organ donation my religious friends could learn a lesson from my atheist friends. They should recognize that only they can help those in need of organ transplants.

Seeing The Dead

Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
Peter Baldwin Panagore

Over the years as a community pastor, like most pastors, I attended to death, funerals and grieving in my town. Over the years, many times, the grieving would pull me aside and say, "Preacher, I had this dream..."