"One short night sleep past, we wake eternally ,and Death shall be no more; Death, though shalt die." John Donne, author of "Death Be Not Proud" Las...
The paradox, then -- the fact that people want to be actively saved if they are near or at the moment of death, but also want to die peacefully -- seems to be rooted in a pretty profound medical illiteracy.
My mother died in January of 2010, and I am no longer a caregiver. And when I wish she were here to advise or support me, I think back to a time before our roles reversed, to a time when she was my caregiver. I know her well enough to guess how she might advise me today.
Superhero movies show no sign of slowing down -- and for some of us, that's a problem. Now, even women love them, which is no fun for those regular, non-super-powered guys among us.
Nelson Mandela is the greatest spiritual leader of our time. He always listened to God and did everything God asked him. He has been able to change the world because of his deep belief and trust in God. This level of faith is exceedingly rare.
It feels like we just got done with New Years, so it is unbelievable to me that we are now preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July; the 237th year of our independence as a nation. Along with my family, I will be celebrating at home with hot dogs and homemade coleslaw.
Too many seem to believe that anyone who is serious enough about suicide to use a gun would find an equally effective means if a gun were not available. When it comes to guns and suicide, especially in young people, there are things we can do.
In the pain of these situations, you try to shut off the feelings because the marriage is over, the behaviors were hurtful, you need to move on. And then suddenly with a diagnosis of a life threatening illness you find yourself wondering, "What is my place?"
When one has recently experienced the miracle of life, the thought of closing that circle in death is unacceptable.
With digital privacy in the media spotlight and digital estate planning resources entering our mainstream consciousness, many of us have been inspired to think about the end of life and our online selves. And we should.
When someone says the word 'widowed' to you, what is the first image that enters your mind?
What do you say to console someone who has seen the ugliest side of humanity? Who has faced their worst nightmare? Who has lost everything? What do you say to comfort yourself? I'm not an expert on grief and loss, but fortunately, I happen to know one.
When Candy Chang talked about sharing "the same public spaces" and of gaining "a better understanding of our landscape" something in her voice seemed to be asking: How do you live your space? How will you live your space differently after my speech?
If more people took the time to think about the fact that one day we all die, they'd be living completely different lives.
The relocation of death from home to hospital, nursing home and funeral parlor has made it less familiar and consequently more frightening. Attempts to mask aging, while nothing new, have grown increasingly extreme and speak to a more intense reluctance to acknowledge the inevitable.