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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 | Posted 11.11.2015 | Taste

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?

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.