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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?

What the Dying Want You to Know About Life

Joni Edelman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Joni Edelman

Money is an illusion. You think you need so much. In the end, you don't really need any of it. Prioritize people and experiences over possession. Your body is just a vessel for your soul. Quit looking in the mirror. Quit obsessing over your wrinkles, your ass, your dress size.

6 Caregiver Tips for Turning a Slow Death Into a Slow Dance

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Choices made before a loved one's death don't neutralize the need to grieve for what's being lost, but they can make a huge difference in the pace and depth of caregivers' healing thereafter.

The 5 Most Valuable Life Lessons I Learned As A Hospice Social Worker

Grace Bluerock | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Grace Bluerock

For six years, I had the amazing gift of being able to experience with people their final days and weeks. As a hospice social worker, I got a front row seat into the lives of those precious souls. Everyone's story was different, but each held common threads and similar regrets.

The One Thing You Should Do More of Before It's Too Late

Danielle Posa | Posted 06.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Danielle Posa

Just hug. My Grandma died one year ago today. I don't believe anyone really truly dies, because I believe we are a spirit encapsulated in a physic...

Buckets Are for Filling Up, Not Kicking Over

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Thebarge

What if we rethought the idea of bucket lists? What if, instead of filling up a bucket with experiences and memories and then kicking that bucket over shortly afterwards as we're dying... what if we fill up buckets to carry with us as we're living?

How Dreams of my Father Help me Cope with His Death

Jennifer Lea Reynolds | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Lea Reynolds

My father helped me with my third grade science project, carefully using Tonka Toys to adhere styrofoam "planets" when creating the solar system. He w...

When Living Longer Isn't Really Living

Barbara Hammond | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

For years, my mantra has been, 'I don't want to outlive my usefulness.' As long as I am productive, which could be making dinner or helping a friend in need, I will feel useful. When that time ends I want to go quietly and quickly. How do you arrange that? Obviously you can't.

The Death of the Superhero: 5 Ways to Cope With Loss

John Cordray | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
John Cordray

It is so profoundly difficult to move forward after our superhero dies, but it is possible to live life again. You'll always have a hole in your heart from your loss, but you'll make it -- you'll even be happy again.

Mom Died in My Arms: God's EverLasting 'Gift'

Debbie Davis | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Debbie Davis

I had no idea that being in the same room as someone who passes away can be a "gift." Mainly because that had never happened to me before. And if asked, I would have said, "How awful." Yet, being with Mom for her last breath, was anything but awful.

Why This Woman Says Her 'Mom's Death Was A Gift'

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living

When Azaria Ulmer's mother died suddenly, Ulmer wasn't prepared for what followed. Coming from a culture that picks up and moves on quickly after the ...

Putting Away the Little Sneakbox Sailboat -- Moving on After My Husband's Death

Carol Jones | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Carol Jones

I began making space in my private living quarters at Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens for new things. While I wanted every piece of memorabilia ...

Photographer Captures His Best Friend's Last Day

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts

On Mother's Day 2011, photographer B.D. Colen got an unexpected call from his college best friend, Rev. Bill Potter. Potter, a 62-year-old Episcopal c...

What the Living Can Learn From the Dying

Kristina Cowan | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Beauty exists in the middle of tragedy. A child gets cancer. A friend commits suicide. A parent is plagued by anxiety and depression. Sooner or later, such messes find us. If we wade into them with an exploring mindset, our discoveries can be startling in their beauty and alter our perspective on life.

Dying Church in a Resurrection Time

Steve Lawler | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Steve Lawler

In one sense we are a dying white congregation with shrinking attendance, fewer people to serve on committees, nostalgic sentiments and the kind of sadness that comes when once active members are no longer around. In another sense, we are vital in our impact in the community.

My Husband's Sweet and Profound Passage Into Spirit

Carol Jones | Posted 06.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Carol Jones

My friends, Book publishing is a slow process. It has been almost five years since my husband, Kenny, passed into Spirit and since I began writing Th...

Into God's Hands

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

If faith is putting our lives in God's hands, then prayer is the transaction that allows us to do so. Prayer is the language that connects us. Like a child seeking the face of her mother, prayer enables us to seek the face of God.

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Lifelong Brow Obsession

Ravishly | Posted 05.25.2015 | Women
Ravishly

If the eyes are the window to the soul, certainly brows must be the curtain. Or maybe I'm just rationalizing what is surely a sign of insanity.

20 Things 20 Deaths Have Taught Me About Life

Casey Bruce | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Casey Bruce

I have been privy to the wisdom of what death teaches you. As the years and months have passed, these 20 deaths have taught me something very valuable about how to live my life, the importance of love, and how to make each day last a lifetime.

Ensuring a Peaceful Death for a Loved One

Sadhguru | Posted 04.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sadhguru

When you see the dead are not treated with respect, something within you shakes. Not because you have to treat a body with respect, but because he is exiting slowly. It does not matter how that person lived, at least his death must happen well. Every human being must have that much intention to allow others to die gracefully.

My Husband Passed Away Owing Bills

Steve Rhode | Posted 04.25.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

Money, Credit and Debt Advice - Get Out of Debt Guy Question: My Husband Passed Away With Bills Dear Steve, My husband passed away a few year...

In Labor and Delivery, Nurses Know How to Fight

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Shelly Lopez Gray

I have seen the work of nurses save so many women and newborns. I have seen what we can do with little time, with little resources. Think of everything we could do if we just did things together.

Is Cancer the 'Best Death'?

Lara Huffman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Lara Huffman

What I can remember about my mother's death from breast cancer certainly does not reflect Dr. Smith's romantic view of dying.

As We Are

Francesca Milliken | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

Carrie spoke through narrow lips that looked like they were sewn on too tightly. She had the gravelly voice of a lifetime smoker, but her trembly tone...