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Pre-Death Dreams: Their Psychological and Spiritual Value

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Simply asking a few questions about sleep and dreams can open up a wealth of deeply meaningful images, feelings, and memories that help the individual anticipate and prepare for the end of life.

How to Support a Loved One Who Is Ill

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Gross

This is the same person you have loved and love still, so be there for her by listening closely rather than just hearing what she has to say. Remember that her actions speak louder than her words... and this is never more true than when faced with a health crisis.

Why Being Eaten by Mushrooms Is the Best Way to Die

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

There are a number of routes to the great beyond: burial, cremation, cement stockings. Given the options, and what you'll leave behind, devoured by mushrooms might be the most sensible way to go.

Death Terrifies Me: Too Many Questions, And Not Enough Answers

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

What I hope to accomplish is simple: I want to become more comfortable with the idea of death. I want to get to a point where I'm (reasonably) okay with dying. Obviously, I don't want to rush things, but as I get closer and closer to that day, I don't want to be terrified. I want to be able to accept it.

I Know You Love Me. Now Let Me Die

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Kindness Blog

While we are developing more and more ways to extend life, we have also provided water and nutrients to a forest of unrealistic expectations that have real-time consequences for those frail bodies that have been entrusted to us.

January Woes

Paola K Amaras | Posted 01.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

January is a time of renewal and regression, happiness and sadness, life and death. It's two-faced Janus, looking backward and forward. It's a time of...

'I'm Going to Die Soon'

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 01.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

"I'm going to die soon." Yesterday I spoke with a relative who said this to me. Not, thankfully, because she has any particular health reason for t...

Daughters and Dads: Love and Loss

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 01.20.2016 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

I hated feeling powerless. As if there was nothing I could do to positively affect anything in the universe, let alone my dad's pain and suffering. Yet that's exactly how I felt as I stood beside my ailing father's bedside after his stroke.

Dying With Dignity

Garry Rodgers | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Garry Rodgers

Let's face it. We're all going to die. You. Me. Our parents. Our children. Friends. Neighbours. Co-workers. Even our pets. It makes me wonder why we...

Please Let Me Get There: Lessons In The Darkness Of Death And The Light Of The Living

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.11.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

By Stephanie March My last living grandparent passed away on Thanksgiving Day this year. My grandma spent her final days on this earth in her own be...

Unless Verizon Is Branding the Sky

Joseph P. Farrell | Posted 12.08.2015 | New York
Joseph P. Farrell

At the end of the longest decade any of us had ever known, November came again. The temperature hadn't dropped but the sun was predictably low, castin...

How To Let Yourself Go Completely When Having Sex

Pamela Madsen | Posted 12.04.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Why do so many of us not trust love and intimacy? Why do we fear death so much? Why do so many willingly hook up and have sex with people that they will never see again, but find it terrifying and dangerous to love and be truly intimate with another person?

What This 'Imperfect Son' Learned From His Parents' Deaths

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion

One of the most unsettling things about struggling with a parent's death is that life outside the hospital or hospice is still moving rapidly forward...

The Difference Between 'Living With a Terminal Illness' and 'Dying'

Chanel White | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Someday again I will be dying, lying in a hospital bed with only days left ahead of me -- and truthfully yes, if you want to define "dying" as losing a battle to illness then I am in every sense of the term dying... but personally I like to call residing in this defective body, riddled by disease: successfully, and enthusiastically living.

8 Great Uses For Wine That's Gone Bad

Liquor.com | Posted 11.11.2015 | Taste
Liquor.com

We've all been there. That bottle of open Pinot left over after a party, the Chardonnay you planned to finish but didn't. Instead of pouring spoile...

This App Will Help You Sort Through Your Views On Dying

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion

There are apps for nearly everything -- ordering food, catching rides and finding dates, to name just a few of the common tasks people accomplish via...

Dare to Be 100: How to Die

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Death and dying have been receiving a lot of coverage lately. Our California Assisted Suicide Initiative was front page news for a week. My blog of la...

How Our Family Dog Made Us Appreciate The Divinity in All

Murali Balaji | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

As Hindus, we often talk about seeing the divinity in all beings, but we more than occasionally don't practice what we preach. Dogs have special importance within Hinduism, as they are often seen as the living embodiment of Dharma.

How To Live This Year As If It Were Your Last

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.11.2015 | Healthy Living

Sophia is a project to collect life lessons from fascinating people. Subscribe to get our updates directly via Facebook or email, or share y...

10 Countries With The Best Care For The Dying

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion

Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore understood the desire for a peaceful death. One verse of his 1919 poem "Stray Birds" reads: "Let ...

How Am I Supposed to Mourn My Father?

Jennie Mustafa-Julock | Posted 09.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jennie Mustafa-Julock

My dad is dying. I am not sure what I am supposed to do with that information. The truth is that we are supposed to think or feel or act or do someth...

Holding Silvan: A Tale of Love and Loss

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 09.09.2015 | Books
Fran Moreland Johns

Once they had processed the meaning of it all -- that their beautiful baby had no functional brain, no hope for a life, Monica Wesolowska and her husband David made the hardest decision ever required of parents, to let their infant son die.

Santhara -- Jain Way of Death with Equanimity

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

By dying in meditation the aspirants are able to die with the mind being in complete awareness, calm and undisturbed by pain or emotions. Moreover, the aspirants practice their ultimate belief that their body and the material world are not their pure self and that they detach from them.

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

I Remember Rachel for Her Ferocity for Life, Not Cancer

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | 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?