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Why Dying at 75 Is Worth Considering

Joy Page Manuel | Posted 09.30.2014 | Fifty
Joy Page Manuel

By now most of you have probably read Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel's highly riveting and thought-provoking article on why he hopes to die at 75. Based on some reactions I've read, I know that the ideas he put forward are contentious and made a lot of people uncomfortable and even enraged. However, I admit that this essay earned a huge nod from me.

The Healing Powers Of Sitting Shiva

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

Mourning a loved one is hardly the most pleasant of activities, but for those participating in the Jewish ritual of sitting shiva, it can offer much-n...

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

Martha Nelson | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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?

Keeping Their Memories Alive

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

We need to emphasize and celebrate the values, passions, memories and legacies of those we have lost rather than constantly rewinding how they were taken from us.

What The Tragedies Of This Summer Can Teach Us About Living

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

Maybe the pain of death -- of all the deaths this summer -- will finally remind us what it means to live.

5 Ways People Die Before They're Actually Dead

Shola Richards | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Shola Richards

Sadly, many people die thousands of little deaths before they finally make it official, and that is not the life that I want for my two little girls. That's why I am sharing this gift with them now.

Finding Peace Amongst the Broken Pieces

Kelley Whitis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Whitis

One of the greatest lessons in life is that everything is impermanent. All things come and go. We live in such a structured society, where everything is broken down into steps or organized in a rational way. But there is no rationalizing grief.

10 Tips on Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Cope With a Death in the Family

Gloria Horsley | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Gloria Horsley

Going back to school is a tough time for bereaved parents and siblings. Leaving the familiar and going to a new experience or even going back to a setting or school one has already attended can be tough.

Through Great Loss There Can Be Great Gain

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 08.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Fred's journey through grief is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. He has been able to maintain a healthy, loving sense of connection with Rose and at the same time engage in living in the present, and allowing his life to flourish.

We Are at War, America

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

I wrote this several months ago. Seems quite fitting to post it now in light of the passing of Robin Williams: We are at war America. We are fighting...

Aging Boomers: Is 50 Really the New 30?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Fifty
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

How do we venerate age? How do we talk about death, dying, and grief? How do we comfort the bereaved? How do we honor the memories and legacies of loved ones?

Some Evidence of the Human Spirit

Danielle Posa | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

Most of my friends and family know that my grandmother passed away very recently. It has been harder for me than I had expected. She was just about to...

Do You Have to Be Reasonable When You're Grieving?

Megan Devine | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I could pretend, but that pretending cost me. I could be reasonable, but telling that lie was exhausting. Now, when I read about grief, when I attend conferences that talk about grief, I think about those early days. I think about being reasonable. I think of how ridiculous that is.

'Til Death Do Us Not Part: 5 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Deceased Spouse

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

You will likely always long for their physical presence, but recognizing that you still have a relationship is one way to soothe the sorrow. Staying connected fortifies you so that you can engage with life, connect to the living, and make meaning out of your loss.

What it's Like Pocket-Dialing a Dead Parent and Being Emotionally Triggered by Five Guys

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 09.07.2014 | College
Meaghan McGoldrick

Death is kind of like a bad break-up. There's a lot of ugly crying, fetal position dry heaves, binge drinking and subsequent after-hours spent reaching for the phone. The only difference is that, this time, there's no chance of reconcile.

A New Look at the 7 Emotional States of Loss

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Even though people grieve in many individual ways and need different types of support, there are common feelings and behaviors that most people exhibit in a continuum. I found that emotional states after the loss of a spouse had enough similarities that they were worth examining further.

Notes From a Home Funeral

Rebecca Novick | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Novick

It felt intensely natural to take matters into our own hands this way. American families had conducted their own funerals for hundreds of years. When had our loved ones been taken from us by the institutionalization of death?

How Are Baby Boomers Handling the Death of Their Parents?

Gloria Horsley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Fifty
Gloria Horsley

Early in her bereavement, she kept hearing, "Oh, you're amazing." Rather than making her feel encouraged, it made her feel that she was not showing the traditional response, and thus she was not grieving correctly.

Dear Kids: Read This in the Event of My Death

Leigh Koechner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Leigh Koechner

I believe that there are no coincidences and that every interaction in our life, in our days, is an important, meaningful one -- and oftentimes a gift.

Seven Lessons I Have Learned From The Dying

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

There is wisdom that comes when a person faces his or her own mortality. The best way to honor the lives that we have lost is to learn from them and make our own lives even better.

Losing a Spouse to Cancer

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 07.26.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

For all who have lived through these long, protracted battles, I dedicate Memorial Day to our spouses, our loved ones, who finally succumbed. But not with a fight. A national holiday to honor their true fighting spirit. And a way for us to always remember.

World's Worst Website for Moms Has Constant Traffic

Jody Becker | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Jody Becker

Two years ago, I launched MomAlways.org, a website that has no business getting international traffic almost every day. But most mornings when I look at the website's analytics, I see a mix of visitors.

Who Needs to Learn the Lessons Of Grief?

Megan Devine | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

There might be lessons here, about trusting your own heart, leaning into the places you are deeply broken. There might be places to explore, ways to find out if any of your deep self remains, given what you have endured. So learn, yes. Study your own heart, yes.

Go Ahead and Die Already (Luke 24:13-35)

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

We appreciate life, but we are seduced at the intricacies and unknowns of death. While there is much enjoyment and celebration over health, personal accomplishments, births and birthdays, people the world ponder the 'what ifs' concerning the end of life.

Religion Not Needed to Cope With Death

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Roy Speckhardt

While the prospect of permanent nonexistence is terrifying for some, it can also be comforting. As humanists, we don't bank on an afterlife unsupported by the evidence.