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Fear of Death

When Fear Washes In: Health Anxiety And Death Anxiety

Sheryl Paul | Posted 07.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

Fear is a part of life. Sometimes we can keep it at bay, but eventually, with certainty, it will creep in like a red tide on an otherwise calm beach. ...

Anxiety Is A Game Of Whack-A-Mole

Sheryl Paul | Posted 06.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

That's why anxiety is a game of whack-a-mole: if you whack down one mole (thought) without addressing it from the root, another will quickly appear in its place.

How to Start an End-of-Life Book Club in Your Community

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

By creating an end-of-life book club in your community you will help others set off on a year-long exploration of the most important subject of life: how we bring to a close our final days. When have thoroughly examined this "fragile thought" of death then we can choose to live fully in each and every moment available to us.

How I Really Feel About Turning 75

Joan Gage | Posted 02.13.2016 | Fifty
Joan Gage

I woke up yesterday morning feeling vaguely depressed, but until my husband Nick wished me 'happy birthday', I didn't realize this was the day I turn 75-years-old. I think I was dreading this birthday partly because my mother died at 74. (Her birthday was Feb. 3, 1911, mine is Feb. 4, 1941.)

How To Have Everyday Conversations About Death And Dying

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

When the word "death" shows up in our conversations as readily as "love" or "Twitter" or "Facebook" and when you hear discussions about death around the water cooler at work, then you will know that we have made progress. This is what the world needs from us as we struggle to salvage this beautiful planet, which thrives on the cycle of life and death: honest, real and natural talk about death and dying.

The Myth of a 'Good Death'

Judith Johnson | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Looking at the pain and suffering of living and dying within this context suggests that a "good death" for example might not be the one that looks peaceful and isn't messy, but rather the one that accomplishes what that soul needed to have happen to complete its work in this lifetime.

What Forrest Gump Teaches Us About Death and Dying

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

As we watch Forrest cope with death in his uncomplicated and imperturbable manner there are certain lessons that shine forth for each of us about death and dying:

Moments of Life Campaign Shatters Common Misperceptions About Hospice Care

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Here are five of the messages conveyed by the Moments of Life campaign that shatter the most common misperceptions about hospice care:

Talking About Death - When Do We Begin?

Erin Coriell | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
Erin Coriell

It is never too soon to befriend this mysterious, unpredictable life experience that we will all undergo. Many of us cheat ourselves out of fully living life by refusing to discuss death until we absolutely have to. It's impossible to experience the richness of life when we subconsciously cling to it.

How to Overcome the Fear of Death -- Two Possibilities

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

The fear of death always comes at or near the top of people's worst fears. Some psychologists believe that this is such a potent fear, we push it down...

An Impenetrable Strength: Don't Underestimate Survivors of Trafficking

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Corey

I am not special in the survivor community. But I think I needed to deal with the stress of the uncertainty by creating a reason that I was special, that I wouldn't fail. It made me feel safer.

6 Positive Ways To Overcome Your Fear Of Death

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

As we reach our 50s, it's common to start worrying about our mortality. Many of us begin to think about the fact that we may have fewer years ahead of us than behind. Some may even come to fear death, no matter how far it is in the future.

Living With Fear: How I'm Learning to Manage Mine

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Steve McSwain

I think I have always lived slightly afraid of something. • I am not afraid of being attacked like a soldier must feel on a battlefield. • I am n...

Mom Says Her Daughter Is Lying About Cancer

Posted 08.11.2015 | Dr. Phil

"The moment I heard the word 'cancer,' my world just stopped," says Lynn, 30, who claims she was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which causes her excru...

Playing With Fire and Facing Death in Savage Park

Linda Flanagan | Posted 03.24.2015 | Books
Linda Flanagan

It was the subtitle of Amy Fusselman's new book, Savage Park, that got my attention: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die.

6 Steps to Rise Above Your Fear of Death

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Death represents the ultimate unknown, a territory in which we have no experience and no control. So it is natural to feel fear when we think about death and also natural to avoid those thoughts whenever possible.

What If Death Is Nothing to Fear?

John Backman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
John Backman

We filed out the church doors to the memory garden where a small hole had been dug. The minister laid my parents' urn into the hole and invited family members to place a spadeful of dirt on it.

How Fear Of Death Could Make You Splurge

The New York Times | Anna North | Posted 09.25.2014 | World

If you’re trying to sell something, consider putting a tombstone in your ad. It might seem macabre, but a new study suggests that thinking about dea...

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Impermanence

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

While I am not a Buddhist, I find the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death a source of great wisdom and potential liberation -- particularly for those ...

Playing The "When Will I Die?" Numbers Game

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.10.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

We all die, right? Some of us do it the long way, chipping away at life slowly until there is nothing left; others check out abruptly with a sudden heart attack or accident. Some of us do it when we are old and others do it when we are younger. It's them -- those younger people -- that get under my skin.

How I Conquered My Greatest Lifelong Fears

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 03.20.2014 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

Sometimes, when you shine a light on your fear it doesn't look so bad. Not always, of course. But I've found that burying my fears seems to fuel them. When I come right out and admit what's scaring me I'm often surprised to find that I'm not alone. And that in itself brings comfort.

Surrounded by Death and Wondering: Can Talking About Death Lead Us to Become Less Violent?

Carol Smaldino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

For me, I admit -- even though I don't find it easy either -- that we can cope with almost anything, as long as it is grieved in company that will hold us and try to understand us, find also the parts in themselves that echo or awaken.

Zombies, Vampires, Martyrs & Saints

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Dr. Candi K. Cann

Why are zombies and vampires popular? What is it behind the popular obsession with the living dead and the never-dying?

Why Should Anyone Be Afraid Of Dying?

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

We seem to be inundated now with books about death -- and about how great it is. I assume that this is part of the aging of the baby boomers (I remember someone quipping that we'd know the end of the baby boom had come when we started to see designer funeral parlors).

Do You Have 'The Little Blue Book' in Your House?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

If you are wondering what I'm talking about, it is for you that I am writing this blog! Here's the bottom line: We were all born one moment of one day...