Last year, I had the privilege of traveling to a small Mayan village in the Mexican state of Campeche. There, I photographed the local customs of Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, including one of the most unusual death rituals in the world: "Bone Washing."
I am 47 years old and I have had cancer since I was 22. Despite the doctors giving me 9-13 months to live, and having had stage four cancer five times. I never fully believed I was going to die, but yet I have spent my life preparing for my death.
At some point in your life you will face something bigger than you. Chances are very good it will happen more than once. But that first time can knock you for a loop; pull the proverbial rug out from under you. It can take your predictable, happy life and turn it upside down.
I made a promise to my grandfather at his funeral yesterday that I would try to be the person I want to be and not the person I am. I had never really lost anyone until last week.
During their final days, people commonly report having extraordinary dreams and visions. While there's an extensive record of these pre-death experiences, little formal research on them exists.
My mother died of leukemia over four years back. My father and I managed the responsibilities that come with the passing of a loved one -- funeral, un...
C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know that we are not alone." I truly believe that this statement is correct. There is no greater loneliness that one can ...
I dug my slippers out from the back of the closet and went down the stairs to find the kids playing quietly on the living room rug. I set their breakfast on the table, and perched myself at the kitchen island, hoping to drink my coffee in peace.
For the first time in ten years, I'm getting back into tennis. This decision to get back into tennis is not one to be taken lightly. As least not for me. It is no less dramatic than choosing to reunite with an ex or reenter the workforce after years at home raising young children. It's a very big deal.
The late folksinger Phil Ochs, sang these words: There's no place in this world where I'll belong when I'm gone And I won't know the right from the w...
It is a lot easier to start the conversation when it is about a public or celebrity figure like Lamar Odom than when it is about our loved one. However, the questions are the same.
I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to trav...
In this life there is love and there is death. These two entities are intertwined like a sick and cruel joke played on all of mankind. You may find love in this life but when you risk love it is inevitable at some point you will know loss.
The culture of Mexico is not alone in its remembrance of death, but it is unique in how, more often than not, these commemorations are more festive than somber.
No longer do surrogates conceive children in a do-it-yourself manner. Today's surrogates incubate children unrelated to them.
He waved to the small crowd with his right hand, then his left, and seemed to be turning toward me as six quick shots peppered the president and those around him. The smile on Reagan's face disappeared as Parr reached for the president's left shoulder and shoved him forcefully down and toward the open back door of the presidential limousine.