Ten years ago this month, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross died. She was the world's foremost expert on death and grief, yet she was the most alive person I've ever met. She was my mentor, my co-author of two books and my friend.
I'm not sure why I walked into Barnes and Noble that afternoon, except that the "self-help" aisle seemed like a logical place to be as I pushed the wheelchair of my four-year-old son who had just been diagnosed with a rare, degenerative brain disorder.
Olivia Bareham is a death midwife. Just as a birth midwife helps bring someone into this world, a death midwife helps them depart from it. Bareham's mission in life is to change the way we think about death.