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

Danielle Posa | Posted 05.28.2015 | 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 Lilley | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Lilley

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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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...

We Are Not Ready, But We Could Be: On Gawande's 'Being Mortal'

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

We are not ready. We are not ready to become almost totally dependent on one another, to be helped out of bed, to be helped to walk, to be helped to eat, to be helped to -- and perhaps in -- the shower, to be helped to -- and perhaps on -- the toilet.

Why We Should Remember To Treat Every Day Like A Special Occasion

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.09.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

In 1969, my father traveled to Japan on a business trip and brought back an elegant silk robe as a gift for my mother. They had been high school sweethearts. He was the gregarious student body president and she was the timid valedictorian. He wasn't one for giving gifts and she wasn't comfortable accepting them.

When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

Martha Nelson | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first...

Why Doctors Should Be English Majors In College

Sethly Davis | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sethly Davis

When someone dies, literature can explain what happens -- more memorably, more compellingly and even, sometimes, more truthfully than my EMT and pre-med textbooks do. The best stories give readers insights into human frailty, and reading them shows the readers, in their turn, how to be more humane.

The Right To Live -- And Die -- On Your Own Terms

Melanie Young | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

It's a shame you have to relocate to die on your terms. But for those who are terminally ill who want to focus on the quality of their rest of their lives rather than worry about the prolonged pain of dying, it is a choice they make to put themselves and their loved ones at ease.