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I Wish My Son Had Gone to the Funeral

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

I wish my son had been there to see me cry and to witness the grief of his friend and his friend's cousins. It would have been awkward for him, but that is the point. Death is part of life and I don't believe in sheltering kids from it. It is not the sort of topic one brings up in the playground, but my sense is many parents wouldn't see this as a missed opportunity.

Four People and a Funeral

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

"There were 100 people at the memorial." "250 people showed up at the funeral." "1,000 people came to pay their respects at the wake." What a beaut...


Lynda Freeman | Posted 11.16.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

The coming Thanksgiving holiday is a time of family, friendship and love. Here is a rather unique story of one special friendship. When I was y...

The Hilarious, Mortifying, Totally Unsurprising Result Of Taking 3 Small Kids To A Wake

Hannah Mayer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Parents
Hannah Mayer

Walking into the funeral home, I had the same "What could possibly go wrong?" mentality of a deer right before he leaps onto the freeway.

When I'm Gone Please Don't Have a Funeral

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

It's one of those difficult and powerful conversations, the kind that set us free to live fuller, love bigger and fear less. What do you want upon your passing? How does contemplating your death inform your life? What would you say or do today if you knew you would not be here tomorrow?

Men Hold Faux Funeral After Friend Ditches Them For Girlfriend

The Huffington Post | Whitney Meers | Posted 10.27.2015 | Weird News

When 20-year-old South Wales resident Keiran Cable started dating 19-year-old Jess Ferguson, his friends saw it as the beginning of the end.&n...

Murder Victim Plays Dominos At His Own Wake

The Huffington Post | Whitney Meers | Posted 10.20.2015 | Weird News

In a tribute to her son who died in an Oct. 11 shooting, a woman hired a company to prop him up in front of a table of dominos, giving...

How to Plan an Affordable Funeral

Jim T. Miller | Posted 10.12.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

With the average cost of a full-service funeral running over $10,000 today, many people are seeking alternative options to make their final farewell more affordable. Depending on how you want to go, here are some money saving options to consider.

In Good Faith

Caroline Roy | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Caroline Roy

It seemed to me that my children's school-friend was one of those people who had a strong sense of integration. He could touch so many lives with his inclusive spirit just because he had this understanding of being a part that mattered. I felt that his integrity was an expression of his faith.

Exquisite Grief

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Lisa Pullen Kent

I know now losing my mother hurts like hell; her absence incarnate is like a light gone out and it will be dark for a while. But in the darkness, I awaken. Holding hands with divinity, I glimpse that I, too am divine.

'Hundreds' Of Strangers Attend Unclaimed Veteran's Funeral

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact

A poignant scene unfolded in Dickson, Tennessee, on Monday as “hundreds” of people gathered to pay their final respects to ...

Here's Tyler Perry's Touching Tribute From Bobbi Kristina's Funeral

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.05.2015 | Entertainment

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5 Of The Most Unforgettable Obits We've Ever Read

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.02.2015 | Fifty

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Dust to Dust, or How Cherry Blossoms Can Remind Us to Appreciate Life

Chris Corbett | Posted 08.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Chris Corbett

A traveling storyteller recently shared with me that the Japanese have a word, Sakura, which refers to the annual appearance of cherry blossoms. Th...

What I Learned From My Mom As We Planned Her Funeral

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

I was honored to know my mom and I'm grateful she let me share in her journey. It was a bittersweet gift filled with life lessons. I was lying on the sofa beside her at her home when she took her final breaths, and though it was of course a time of grief, she made sure we were ready.

Life After Death? A Religious Studies Professor Becomes a Student

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Bradley B. Onishi

Along the road somewhere, deep into the night, I began to reflect on why it was so important for us to be there. Why were we making such an effort to see someone who would neither know we were there, nor have any chance of speaking to us? Was there any logic to it?

Contrary to Popular Belief, Self-Care Is Important

Tamara Holder | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Tamara Holder

Picture this: You're having an outer body experience, attending your own funeral. Unfortunately, you died at a young age. Everyone's crying, saying y...

The Light and Wonder: A Tribute to Mark Sternlicht

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 07.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I discovered yesterday that Mark was the inventor of the portable flashlight; a tool to illuminate the darkness. In my mind, as we have heard today fr...

Dowagers of Death

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 07.13.2015 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

In the South there is a rather unique subculture that I like to refer to as "Dowagers of Death." These Dowagers are fascinating women... they are usually women, although a man could certainly qualify to join the ranks.

Antonia Blumberg

A Remarkable Thing Happened When This Church Opened Its Doors For A Pro Bono Funeral | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion

The Rev. Grant Tanner, head pastor at Cedar United Methodist Church in Ham Lake, Minnesota, said he never turns down a request for funeral services. W...

The End

Renate Cunneen | Posted 06.29.2015 | Comedy
Renate Cunneen

Once people are seated at my funeral, I want the song to play called "Come With Me Now" by the Kongos. This song elevates my spirit, it makes me want...

Sharing Faith: How I Found Healing at a Funeral

Barb Abramson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Barb Abramson

Despite the celebration of life, there is still a family in mourning, missing a wonderful man, husband and father who impacted others in a positive way, as so many shared that day. I know their church community as well as friends and colleagues will rally around them.

Greening the American Way of Death

Tanya D. Marsh | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Tanya D. Marsh

A typical 10-acre patch of cemetery ground contains enough furniture-grade lumber to construct 40 houses, nearly 1,000 tons of steel, 20,000 tons of concrete, and enough embalming fluid to fill a small backyard swimming pool.

Hundreds Gather For Walter Scott's Funeral

Reuters | Harriet McLeod | Posted 06.11.2015 | Black Voices

SUMMERVILLE, S.C., April 11 (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners gathered on Saturday morning at a South Carolina chapel to remember Walter Scott, an Afri...

What I Learned From Crashing a Funeral

Ryan Greenhalgh | Posted 05.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ryan Greenhalgh

It was raining when I woke up. How fitting. Today I was going to follow in the footsteps of the wisest and sharpest professor I've had to date. I wa...