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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.

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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...

How to Plan the Perfect Funeral

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

As a hospice medical director I've been to a lot of funerals, but only one of them has been labeled "perfect" in my memory. Over the years I have made...

Upon My Death, Please Continue to 'Like' Me

Greg Schwem | Posted 04.26.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

My immediate family huddled on a couch in the funeral home's parlor room. My wife and I held hands while my daughters stifled urges to check their cell phones. A box of tissues sat on the coffee table. None were needed. Not yet.

Crime Lab Mix-Up Causes Wrong Body To Be Buried

AP | Posted 02.19.2015 | Crime

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- A coroner says a mix-up at the state crime lab led an Augusta area family to bury the wrong body during a closed-casket funeral. ...

Traditions - New Orleans Second Lining

Michael Hill | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Michael Hill

On January 11, 2014 I had the pleasure of participating in a Second Line Parade, back in my home town of New Orleans, Louisiana. Though I'd seen hundreds growing up there, this was the first I've actually ever taken part in. Second Lining is an old tradition in New Orleans and considered a part of our cultural heritage.

Dead of Winter -- End of Life With Lightness

Gerit Quealy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Gerit Quealy

So, violent death we're used to... but natural death? Shhh, don't talk about that. Don't acknowledge it. Try to prevent it. Outlive it, outrun it, outsmart it. Stick a tube or a wire or a needle into it stat!

A Eulogy to My Mother-in-Law

Charles J. Alaimo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Alaimo

On the 4th anniversary of her passing, I've reflected on all the family moments we have missed her presence, but in some way we all know she is there.

Outrage Erupts After Church Objects To Lesbian's Funeral Service

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices

A Colorado church is under fire after reportedly objecting to the funeral service planned for a lesbian woman, even after her loved ones had already g...

Astoria Characters: The Re-Rooted Florists

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.15.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's not enough room in Teddy's Florist for the plants and the people, so George Stelios starts moving the flowers to the street.

Burying a Friend Younger Than Me

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There is no great wisdom, there is no great secret, that will ever make life's struggle easier. The essence of wisdom is to know that we will never know. Life will always be challenging. It would always demand great effort.