For a few hundred dollars, you can mold your pet's nose and turn it into a sterling silver necklace.
While fans mourn the recent loss of Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker, posting thoughtful tributes on Facebook and Twitter, social media after death has a dark side. These sites can be memorials for those who have passed away but also battlegrounds for those left behind.
Perhaps there's no greater freedom than to live life with a healthy relationship with death. That healthy relationship allows you embracing each moment, realizing that we are not promised tomorrow. This good relationship with death has been given to me by the funeral profession.
With so much of our socializing done virtually, it is no surprise that we are grieving and mourning the deaths of our loved ones online too. Here are a few Dos and Don'ts for grieving online.
When someone you love leaves the planet, you are no longer quite the same person. Wishing to return to your old self is an exercise in defeat. Instead, recognize that you are growing into a new self. This new self will integrate love, loss and change. Life is always about change and integration.
We can hardly turn on our TVs without seeing promos that reveal a child who died 32 years ago returning on ABC's new Sunday night drama, Resurrection. The promos pose this question: What if someone you lost returned?
My Facebook pal Jeannie received the email several weeks ago. A close friend passed away and the service was taking place the following day. Jeannie thought about sending a sympathy card or paying her respects in person. There was just one small problem. "I wish I knew who I lost," she messaged me.
Why would anyone say "thank you" when a stranger tells you you're going to die? Because it's the truth.
Facebook can be seen as a digital scrapbook, a journal, a way to collect memories in an interactive way, and therefore, it is a modern-day narrative, a timeline to "make sense of what happened."
Kelly Corrigan shares in her memoir how she learned life lessons on the other side of the planet that made her realize how special her mother is. Almost like Dorothy waking up at home in the Wizard of Oz, Corrigan finds that sharing her love with a family in Sydney allows her to let in the love of her own.
'Damn!' I said, as I put down the phone, feeling terribly sorry for myself. I couldn't believe I was going to miss the funeral of a good friend, a woman who went by the name of Sputnik. (She was born in India on October 4, 1957, the day the Russians launched the first satellite in space.)
While the international movement of transhumanism is rapidly growing and diversifying, its most important goal remains the same: overcoming human mortality.
This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.
What happens to your bank account upon death depends a lot on what you do with it during your life.
What did it mean that there were no handbooks for me? That people asked me to be strong in the face of the biggest loss I'd ever experienced or imagined? At times I felt like I didn't deserve to feel so shattered, especially in the shadow of my parents' immense loss.
Memory is a strange thing. I don't remember what I ate for breakfast, but I can tell you in painstaking detail what I was doing when the Twin Towers...