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I Remember Rachel for Her Ferocity for Life, Not Cancer

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

Now eight years after college I wonder if I could I ever do what Rachel did -- live with cancer without any possibility of a cure, all while never letting up on exclamation points?

7 Life-Changing Lessons I Never Expected To Learn When My Brother Died

Amanda Wormann | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Amanda Wormann

Sometimes this gift of knowing how delicate life is can start to feel too real. It makes you feel stuck, anxious and scared of losing everyone you love. But in the midst of all of that, there are so many incredible surprises in store for all of us. Every morning we wake up is a gift.

What I Learned About Living From the Dying

Elisheva Wexler | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Elisheva Wexler

When a person is faced with the shattering reality of imminent death, what goes through his or her mind? In 2013, I had no idea.  Two years ago toda...

How to Care at the Beginning and End of Life: Lessons on Laboring, Loving and Leaving

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

The more time I've spent in the company of pregnant women and their partners, studying ethnographies of midwives, and hearing freshly trained doctors' accounts of delivery clinics in various parts of the world, the more I've come to understand that our collective birth narrative is by no means a universal one.

Grief Support for Beau Biden

Gloria Horsley | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

I hope those of you reading this blog will take the opportunity to share it with your friends and family. These are simple ideas and easy to keep in mind. As anyone will tell you who have had a death notification you never forget how or where you were told.

What Is the Scientific Answer to "Why Do Living Things Die?"

Quora | Posted 05.27.2016 | Science
Quora

It's not that living things die; it's that multicellular organisms die. But why? Every single-celled organism alive today has been in existence since life began over 3 billion years ago. This is because individual cells do not give birth, they divide. After cell division, the two cells that result are each as old as the single cell that preceded them.

On Memorial Day, 10 Tips To Help Children Who Have Lost A Loved One

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Whatever the age of your child, there are many ways that children of all ages can remember the love and celebrate the lives of loved ones on Memorial Day weekend and every day.

First Mother's Day Without Mom

Di Ana Pisarri | Posted 05.18.2016 | Women
Di Ana Pisarri

Man, did my mother love me. She loved me in ways she could not love herself. And now I am faced with this daunting task to love myself the way my mother loved me.

Reflections of a Motherless Mother

Tracy Brown Hamilton | Posted 05.15.2016 | Parents
Tracy Brown Hamilton

I navigated my 20s and 30s without a mom. I graduated from university, started a career, lived in several states and countries, went to graduate school, got married and divorced and married again, went to graduate school again, had three children. And she doesn't know any of this.

5 Things Not to Say to a New Widow

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

One of the common threads that all widows experienced were having to bear witness to uncomfortable comments. Sometimes, people do say the wrong things, and it stings.

Learning From Faith and Lagniappe

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Bil Hitchcock

Joan Driver was so special in one spectacular way. Have you ever known ANYONE who has never had an unkind thing to say about anyway....and not in a sanctimonious way at all...she was just that good.

Death and Friends: Unacknowledged Grief

Gloria Horsley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

Mondays are exciting days for me. Some people dread Monday as the start of a new workweek, or even get a "case of the Mondays." But Mondays are my fav...

We Need to Pay Doctors to Have End-of-Life Conversations

Emily Cerciello | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Emily Cerciello

In my junior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a team of four Health Policy and Management classmates and I set out to understa...

Requiem for an Old, Gray Cat

Rachel Waters | Posted 06.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachel Waters

I awoke with a start at yesterday morning and in the silence of the early day I waited. I waited to hear the little snuffling of her nose. The shuffle...

What I Learned From Crashing a Funeral

Ryan Greenhalgh | Posted 05.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ryan Greenhalgh

It was raining when I woke up. How fitting. Today I was going to follow in the footsteps of the wisest and sharpest professor I've had to date. I wa...

Death vs. Life: One Size Does Not Fit All

Marion Leary | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

Somewhat recently a cardiac arrest survivor I helped to resuscitate was diagnosed with a terminal disease. This brought about the question, is it better to go quickly, not knowing the end is near, or is it better to have extra time on this earth, but know that you and your family may have to endure an end full of potential suffering? 

Aid in Dying

Jane Gross | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Jane Gross

This is the way my mother died -- by choice, after much research that we did together, in a nursing home that both permitted and facilitated the process and after 13 days with little demonstrable suffering.

Death in India: 8 Things to Help You Deal With Unresolved Grief

Gloria Horsley | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

I've always wanted to visit India and had an opportunity last month when my husband and I spent two weeks touring Rajasthan, the largest state in nort...

5 Benefits of Educating Yourself About Death in Your 20s

Michael Perice | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Michael Perice

Martin Heidegger wrote about how death awareness (the "nothing") enables us to shift to a mode where we simply appreciate that things are (the "being there"), as opposed to worrying about how or what things are. Allow me to translate that quote into the language a 20-something might understand -- YOLO!

What I Learned About Life, Death and Brian Williams on February 16th, 2015

Ebong Eka | Posted 05.04.2015 | Small Business
Ebong Eka

I've been fortunate throughout my life to minimize the amount of problems in my life while learning from the mistakes and successes of others.

A Good Death

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Trisha de Borchgrave

To look up, down or behind and no longer see the shadow of a parent but only one's own, and to be the next in line to the succession of a generation, ...

Lessons Learned in Loss: How to Prepare for the Unpreparable

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Loss makes you ache in places you didn't even know existed. Familiar landscapes become unrecognizable. No matter how hard you try, there is no way to fully prepare for the emotional wreckage it leaves behind. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try, just a little.

Dead of Winter -- End of Life With Lightness

Gerit Quealy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Gerit Quealy

So, violent death we're used to... but natural death? Shhh, don't talk about that. Don't acknowledge it. Try to prevent it. Outlive it, outrun it, outsmart it. Stick a tube or a wire or a needle into it stat!

A Eulogy to My Mother-in-Law

Charles J. Alaimo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Alaimo

On the 4th anniversary of her passing, I've reflected on all the family moments we have missed her presence, but in some way we all know she is there.

Slowing Down to Listen

Cassidy Hall | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Cassidy Hall

I only knew Bill for about 2 years and the culmination of his kindness, generosity, openness, and love, accounted for a lifetime with a surrogate grandfather.