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Life and Death

Muted Joy: Learning to Live, Love and Laugh Again

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Mom's hearty laugh and gentle voice didn't just lead me to the stage; it lead me back to love, life, and heart-healing laughter.

Death Reveals That Change Is the Only Certainty in Life

Rhonda O'Neill | Posted 03.18.2016 | Religion
Rhonda O'Neill

Life, as you know it, stops when someone you love dies. What was once an unending future filled with love and companionship, suddenly -- and against our will -- becomes an uncertain future with no instructions on how to navigate the fallout.

We Know How This Ends

Maureen Anderson | Posted 03.18.2016 | Books
Maureen Anderson

When Bruce Kramer asked Emmy-award winning Minnesota Public Radio host Cathy Wurzer whether she'd follow his journey toward the end of his life, she hesitated -- then said yes. It was a decision that was life changing for both.

What Will Happen On The Day I Die

John Pavlovitz | Posted 03.09.2016 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

On the die I day a lot will happen. The calendar that ruled so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me. Don't let your life be stolen every day by all that you believe matters, because on the day you die, much of it simply won't.

When a Picture Is All You Have Left

Brie Witherspoon | Posted 02.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brie Witherspoon

A dog's love is unconditional, and often times taken for granted. They are there to greet you every time you come through the door.

15 Novels About Survival

Dennis Miller | Posted 02.19.2016 | Books
Dennis Miller

With the popularity of The Revenant, The Martian and The Hunger Games, survival is as popular as ever. In these 15 novels, men and women are forced to pit their strength, skill and brains against the forces of nature, evil and each other.

My Friend Died 10 Years Ago, And I Never Imagined The Ways It Would Change Me

Avelist | Posted 01.03.2016 | Healthy Living

Of course as time goes on, life moves forward. You never forget. And you'll never be the same. How could you be? There are some things in life that are so big and so profound that we can't experience them without being changed. Here are some of the lessons I've learned and the ways I've changed:

Day 1 Faith and Science Series Part 7: Numbering Our Days -- Dr. Tom Long on Life and Death

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"Teach us to number our days," prays the psalmist in Psalm 90, "that we may gain a wise heart." But what does it mean "to number our days"? And how do we do that wisely in this age of medical science?

Cinemia: Cancer Goes to the Movies

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

Perfect viewing for any old Tuesday night. The Broken Circle Breakdown is a transcendent meditation on what it means to be alive and where we go when we die. It speaks to the cancer experience without being a cancer movie. I'm not interested in any other kind.

What Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Do At Night. Who Would Have Thought?

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 08.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dragos Bratasanu

I just attended a night-long conversation with Salim Ismail, the former VP of Yahoo! and currently Global Ambassador for Singularity University. Salim...

When Your Dog Is Dying

Wayne Anderson | Posted 07.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Wayne Anderson

It started with a mild but persistent cough. At first I didn't worry, even though she was nearing 14 years old, Lucy had always been a tough little do...

Cooking Art History: Day of the Dead

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 12.20.2014 | Taste
Maite Gomez-Rejon

Don't worry; it's made with chicken.

Every woman as Moribund

Carole Ganim | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

When I was a new retiree, I wrote about creating a life in context. By this I meant that I had to consider my life in a new way, as a person retired, a person formerly someone.

Korakrit Arunanondchai's Transformative 2012-2555 at MoMA PS1

Sola Agustsson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Sola Agustsson

Sound overwhelming? It is. But at the same time, the work is calming, meditative, and mesmerizing, allowing the viewer a portal into the afterlife that is not dark or foreboding, but instead colorful and peaceful.

The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

Adrian Kulp | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

What happens when your kids are finally old enough to ask tough questions that actually mean something? Questions that stir up emotion and make you wonder if they're mature enough to hear the answer.

Lessons From Old Letters

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.23.2014 | Books
Sherman Yellen

Lilly would look amused and amazed by all the gadgets that people cherish so. As she would look at all the people taking pictures everywhere -- all the time -- she would shake her head in dismay and whisper to me, 'They record everything and experience nothing.'

Can We Help Children Understand the Concept of Death?

Diana Grycan | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

When I told my 6-year-old grandson that I couldn't come to his soccer game on Sunday, he asked me why. I wondered if I should make up an excuse or simply tell him the truth. I opted for the latter.

Giving Thanks for a Sweet Goodbye

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

In my years of working with grieving clients, I have all too frequently heard grievers lament "Why didn't we ever talk about death when she was alive?" "I wish we had been able to say goodbye." On the other hand, seldom have I heard regrets from people who did have the conversation.

Living as Though Your Humanity, Mortality and Divinity Really Matter

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

As we share deeply with others, we broaden our horizons and bridge the gap of our otherwise very private inner worlds. Instead of giving each other an airbrushed version of ourselves, we risk the vulnerability of letting others know who we most profoundly know ourselves to be.

A Widow and a Widower Walk Into a Bar

Ryon Harms | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Ryon Harms

We are living the next six months more than 8,000 miles apart. If you believe that coincidences are just coincidences, you'd reason that our odds aren't favorable. But a more provocative interpretation might be that our first encounter was just the tip of our iceberg.

Do Not Squander Your Life: Gun Reform Now!

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

This is not only about the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook and Colorado and Virginia Tech, horrific events that make headlines; it is also about the over 300 people, including 50 children, that are shot every day in America.

The Impossible Paradox of Life and Death

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

At the highest metaphysical level, my teacher was right: It takes no effort to be free. But interestingly enough, this spiritual freedom is of little help to me now as I face one of the most challenging decisions of my life. As life is so full of paradox, so is enlightenment.

Life Plans: Use Pencils

Amanda Magee | Posted 07.03.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

Realizing the vastness of things, the number of people here and gone and still to come, doesn't make my sorrow fade, nor does it temper the exquisite joy of making the house ring with the peals of my daughters' delighted laughter. What it does is it lets me breathe.

The Right to Life (Last Chapter)

Francis Levy | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Francis Levy

People are just living life to death. They are living it up, as it were. The health care system is tanking from keeping a relatively small percentage ...

What Doctors Need to Learn About Death and Dying

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Healing takes place not when death is forestalled, but when life is embraced and affirmed in its entirety, from beginning to end. When doctors can fully understand the nature of death and dying, they will become the true healers that are desperately needed in this world.