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A Tisket, a Tasket, I Bought a Costco Casket

Jena Kingsley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Comedy
Jena Kingsley

Next time you are buying a flat screen TV and tree trimmings for Christmas, get yourself a non-emotional or non-threatening casket.

Having 'The Talk': When Your Child Asks About Mortality

Kerry O'Shea Gorgone | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Kerry O'Shea Gorgone

It's 8:45 at night. Past his bedtime, but summer's nearly gone, so I've let him stay up late to enjoy the last few lazy August mornings. We've read stories, sung songs, and are snuggling contentedly when my 7-year-old son drops a bombshell: "Mama, what's Heaven like?"

Dying Each Day

Edie Weinstein | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

Sometimes the hardest thing is to face the death of who we believed ourselves to be throughout our lives. Shedding the façade, peeling off the disguise, owning our choices, speaking our truth and being fully seen for who we are can be the most daunting death of all.

Share Your Problems With Me

Lauren Kahn | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

Just because someone is struggling with new and potentially overwhelming challenges doesn't mean the tenor of your relationship with your friend has to change. Allowing her to continue being that friend can be its own form of compassion.

'We Are Constantly Surrounded By Negativity'

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 09.01.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to Week Four of Bereavement Boot Camp. We are now at the halfway point, which is when people will usually do one of two things; either give up out of frustration or dig in with even more determination. Now is not the time to quit!

Why Time Alone Can't Heal All Wounds

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to Week Three of Bereavement Boot Camp. This week, we are going to take an honest look at how proactive you have really been on your Healing Journey, regardless of the kind of loss from which you are recovering or when that journey began for you. Remember that as with any part of Boot Camp, this only works if you are honest with you.

You Can Take It With You But Might Not Want To

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Surprisingly, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying is not a depressing book. It illuminates ways in which even during the final stage of life, there can be redemption and acceptance through the expression and openhearted exchange of honesty and gratitude.

Love Yourself Before All the Rest

Anita Moorjani | Posted 10.20.2013 | Women
Anita Moorjani

Many of us are taught from a young age to "love our neighbors as we love ourselves." But learning to love others begins with learning to love ourselves unconditionally first. This seems to be a well-kept secret, which no one taught me as I was growing up.

An Important Reminder Everyone Needs To Hear

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to Week Two of Bereavement Boot Camp; your continued "kick start" on your Healing Journey. Don't worry if you missed Week One (or any week hereafter), you can jump in whenever you like. This week's theme is an important reminder and one that every single one of us (myself included) needs to hear periodically.

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Death Is On The Menu

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion

At 45, Laura Sweet has thrown plenty of dinner parties. The routine has become familiar: Pick a date, email invites, fire up a few favorite dishes, po...

The Day I Finally Admitted I Was Depressed

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.05.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

September, 2000: Mike was two years along in the battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) at that point and having lost his ability to swallow food, he'd had a feeding tube surgically placed so that he could receive nutrition.

Redefining The Metaphor For Dying

Ram Dass | Posted 10.03.2013 | Religion
Ram Dass

Working with the dying is like being a midwife for this great rite of passage of death.

The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying

Collective Evolution | Joe Martino | Posted 08.03.2013 | Fifty

This post originally appeared in Collective Evolution. A palliative nurse recorded the most common regrets of the dying and put her findings into a...

Caring Daughter or Murder Suspect?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Crime
David Casarett, M.D.

If you're a friend or family member of a hospice patient, you could be facing a murder charge. That's the not-so-subtle message that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is sending to dying patients and their families.

The Top 5 Things to Do When a Loved One Is Dying

Judith Johnson | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Needless to say, we are not taught how to face our own death or that of a loved one, and are likely to panic in death's presence. So start by recognizing this state of affairs, and don't pressure yourself to "do it right."

Grief

Ira Israel | Posted 08.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Trying to make sense of a father and son dying, trying to fit that into my understanding of how the universe is operating... my understanding of the Dharma... my understanding of my dharma... A complete mystery. And for me also a tragedy. So today I went to yoga class drunk.

Regrets From the Last Days With My Mother

Lauren Kahn | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

Whether we're able to consciously or subconsciously reason away our regrets or not, it's best to be prepared to experience them when we're dealing with a loved one's end of life. No matter what, there will be regrets.

New Moms Don't Make Bucket Lists

Amy Wruble | Posted 08.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Amy Wruble

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen one has recently experienced the miracle of life, the thought of closing that circle in death is unacceptable.

What Does Managing a Loved One's Digital Legacy Look Like?

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

With digital privacy in the media spotlight and digital estate planning resources entering our mainstream consciousness, many of us have been inspired to think about the end of life and our online selves. And we should.

Living With a Sense of Urgency

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 08.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Stephenie Zamora

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf more people took the time to think about the fact that one day we all die, they'd be living completely different lives.

'Movies Were An Escape For My Father'

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.15.2013 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

My father loved movies. The tiny apartment he shared with my mom was inundated with more than 1,000 movies on tape and DVD, films he'd carefully catalogued and conscientiously cross-referenced by title, director and actor.

What If You Treated Everyone Like They Might Die Tomorrow?

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

We talk about not "sweating the small stuff" and "going with the flow," but how many of us really practice this in our lives? I don't know why any of us has to have a near death experience to chill the eff out -- it doesn't have to be that way, does it?

Real Support in a Virtual World

Carolyn Ziel | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Ziel

We all know that Facebook reunites friends who haven't seen each other for years. But what some may not realize is, that it has literally changed the face of illness, death and grief, and offers a new kind of real support in a virtual world.

The Loss of a Father

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Gina Barreca

What I carry from him, like coins in my pocket against the poverty of his loss, is an understanding that all any of us has is whatever is left of the day. And I make the most of it, hay while the sun shines, and I raise a toast to life.

What Not To Say During Times Of Loss

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

At one time or another, most of us have been in the position of providing sympathy, comfort and encouragement to someone who has experienced a loss. Unfortunately, not everyone offers support in a way that is sympathetic, comforting or encouraging (and in some cases, not even positive).