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Funerals

Why Are You Waiting?

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 08.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

"Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! ...

The Writing Life: No, Usha Khanna Did Not Die, She Still Lives

Pranay Gupte | Posted 07.17.2016 | Women
Pranay Gupte

Usha Khanna died on Saturday morning at the age of 89. I never met her, and this will always be one of my regrets. But I feel compelled to write abo...

The Lessons of Landing In the Middle

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 06.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

It has been said that we, as soul beings, choose our parents because we have lessons to learn from them as well as lessons to teach them. While no one...

Funeral Therapy Dog Turns Sadness Into Smiles

HooplaHa | Posted 06.22.2016 | Good News
HooplaHa

Sadness is no match for Lulu; a very special kind of therapy dog. Funerals are an extremely hard time for family and friends of lost loved ones. The B...

Honoring the Deceased

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.27.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

In Judaism, one of our most important mitzvot (commandments) is what is known in Hebrew as chesed shel emet. Loosely translated as dignity for the dec...

A Eulogy For Those That Are Still Alive

Katie Tandy | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts
Katie Tandy

This essay is part of a special series of content produced in conjunction with the live reading series Write Club in San Francisco. Special thanks ...

Cremation Tales

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights But the queerest they ever did see Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge When I cremated Sam...

A First and Final Gift

Patrick Boyle | Posted 03.31.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Patrick Boyle

Unless we're unfortunate enough to be the first in our crowd to go, someday we all take the sad trip I recently made to say so long to a childhood pal.

Hundreds Of Bikers Deliver Moving Tribute For Boy Who Loved Motorcycles

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 03.14.2016 | Good News

As many as 1,000 bikers came together this weekend to rev their engines in a touching funeral procession for a 5-year-old boy who loved motorcycles. S...

Why I'm Glad Someone Took Photos At My Father's Funeral

Katische Haberfield | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Katische Haberfield

A couple of years ago I took the opportunity of photographing my Opa's funeral and the wake afterwards and would like to share with you some of the photographs I took, to show you why photography can be a healer.

13 Strange Superstitions About Death

Garry Rodgers | Posted 01.18.2017 | Weird News
Garry Rodgers

Yesterday I was looking over notes from my basic coroner training. One segment was in understanding various cultural practices and traditions about death.

6 Things To Know Before You Die (Seriously)

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 01.10.2016 | Business

Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. What isn't certain, though, is how much that death is going to cost you. The Huffington Post took a di...

When The Holidays Bring The Memory Of Loss

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 12.24.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

I have watched many people go through the holidays, trying to cope with complicated emotions. Many are mourning what their families never were, are not now or never will be capable of being. Sexual abuse, alcoholism and drug abuse, even neglect or emotional estrangement becomes more poignant.

This App Will Help You Sort Through Your Views On Dying

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion

There are apps for nearly everything -- ordering food, catching rides and finding dates, to name just a few of the common tasks people accomplish via ...

How to Plan an Affordable Funeral

Jim T. Miller | Posted 10.12.2016 | 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.

A Wake Alive

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 09.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

The invitation arrived on Facebook. "A Celebration of Life." Our dear friend and colleague, a beloved alcohol and drug counselor, was losing her heroic battle with cancer.

What I Learned From My Mom As We Planned Her Funeral

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.12.2016 | 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.

The Most Popular Tunes For Boomer Funerals

Roz Warren | Posted 05.18.2016 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Monty Python's "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" recently beat out Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as the song most people choose to have played at their funerals. I'm guessing that we Boomers can take credit for this. Inspired, I asked my Facebook pals to help me put together a playlist.

Nearly 1,000 Strangers Attend Homeless Veteran's Funeral In Oklahoma City

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact

Hundreds of people showed up to Jerry Billings' funeral last Friday, but not a single person in attendance had ever met the Oklahoma City veteran. ...

Let Them Eat Cake, In Memory of Mike

Mindy Trotta | Posted 06.30.2015 | Fifty
Mindy Trotta

It wouldn't really be fair to judge someone's character based upon the number of people who show up at their funeral, but if a line of mourners forms at 4:00 p.m. and you can't see the end until 8:00 p.m., it's hard not to believe that whomever they're there for was a pretty special person.

One Rabbi's Response to the Chapel Hill Shootings

Rabbi Eric Solomon | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Eric Solomon

Originally, I had grand visions of how our Muslim-Jewish dialogue would change the world. But, suddenly, on a soccer field turned funeral chapel, I realized that "world-changing" was beside the point. I was there simply to deliver God's love to friends in agonizing pain.

'Let Jim Run His Own Funeral' - Irish Laughter Through Tears

Kevin Walsh | Posted 05.17.2015 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

From picking the casket that matched the paneling in our family room to the blue blazer winning in five consecutive coin tosses over the grey suit, my dad did run his own funeral and it became, like his mother's seven years earlier, a joyful celebration with tears, but plenty of laughter.

Help? Can ANYONE Teach Me to Sing?

Hilary Wilce | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Hilary Wilce

Why can't I do what most other people seem to find so easy? Why can't I simply learn to sing, and then sing better than I did before? And hold on to it?

Call the Undertaker, I'm Dying Here

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Oakes-Ash

If you think sitting with a parent and helping them to write their funeral is depressing, it doesn't have to be. Mum and I sang and made black humor-infested jokes and looked back on what her life had meant to her and how she wanted that conveyed.

9 Questions to Ask Friends and Family at Thanksgiving

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

So, what to talk about at Thanksgiving dinner, when you are sitting indoors because the bad weather canceled the touch football game, washing dishes, or watching an NFL blowout?