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Talking About Death

When the End Is in Sight: Handling the Conversations, and Your Life

Martha Nelson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

Nothing seems to shock us more than a diagnosis of cancer. I suspect it's terrifying because, deep inside, each of us knows it could happen to us. We pause when a friend or family member is stricken, our frightened minds turning to mush. Oh, no, we think. Am I next?

The Conversation No Family Wants To Have -- But Should

Posted 11.15.2013 | OWN

Ellen Goodman and her 44-year-old daughter, Katie, recorded their own dialogue about Mom’s end-of-life wishes. Here’s how it went. Ellen:...

We're All Going to Die

Vicki Wilson | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Vicki Wilson

When Jack asks about death, we try not to fall on one side of that thin, gymnastics balance beam between telling him the truth appropriate for his age while still making him feel safe. We answer only the question he asks. But how does one make a 3-year-old feel safe about death without lying? I don't feel safe about death. I'm 39.

Getting to Know You (Thoughts About Death and Dying)

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Death is the great universal in all our lives. We are all going to die. How will we do it? A deep search for ultimate meaning will touch a large number.

How To Have The Final 'TALK' With Your Children

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 10.16.2013 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

Neither of us had looked forward to this FINAL TALK. We had prepared ourselves for questions that might be confrontational, challenging or just plain uncomfortable to answer. They never happened.

Tackling End of Life Issues

Deborah Stambler | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Stambler

A friend of mine recently asked if I would be literary executor of his estate. He's 81, in great health and a fine poet with a couple of books published. I know it's not common to talk about death over coffee, but I was glad we got over the weirdness and could talk about everything.

Why I Hope My Husband Remarries After My Death

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

"If you were to die tomorrow, wouldn't you want me to remarry?" The question is directed at my husband, comfortably in bed, relaxed, and not in the mood for a deep conversation. At least not this one. He pulls the covers up to his chin for protection; he knows what's coming.

Is Our Society's 'Voldemort' the Concept of Death Itself?

Doug Binzak | Posted 10.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

We have tried so hard to anesthetize ourselves from the perceived horror of death that most of us have cut ourselves off from knowing how to deal with this profound and inevitable aspect to life.

Need Healing From Grief? Tell Your Story

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Are the tragedies of our modern day having an impact of you? Has someone close to you been taken away? Tell your story. Without stories, we rob ourselves of the ability to truly celebrate life.

Talking About Death: We All Want To, We Just Don't Know How

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

For heaven's sake (if you believe in heaven, and even if you don't), do talk to your loved ones about dying. Whisper about it if you have to. It can't hear you. Need help? Here are three easy steps to get you started.

You Can Sing This Song When I'm Gone

Molly Magid Hoagland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Molly Magid Hoagland

In a story my older son wrote, a volcano asks a question of a flamingo, a camel, a beehive and an okapi: "What month are you gonna die in?" He's been thinking about death for a year now.