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Death Amp Dying

The Challenge of Being Present With My Daughter As My Father Is Dying

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

It is so strange to go about your normal day-to-day activities when one of your loved ones is slowly dying. I find parenting to be particularly challenging right now. Being present with my daughter is hard. So is being patient. I am distracted. Full of emotions. On the edge.

'Shouldn't You Be Over That by Now?' How to Respond to Judgment on Your Grieving Process

Megan Devine | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Sometimes it just makes it easier on you, easier on your heart and mind, if you simply stop trying to explain. Refusing to explain or defend your grief doesn't mean you let other people go on and on about it, continually telling you how you should live.

San Pantera: Santa Muerte's First Saint

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

David Metcalfe, author, researcher and founder of Liminal Analytics (website) co-authored this piece....

Ann Murray Paige: The Story of Amazing Light and an Unfinished Box

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

Breast cancer claimed and lost an activist on March 16th, but God Himself knows she was so much more than that. A loving family surrounded by scores of close friends lost a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter and cherished friend.

If It Isn't Meant to 'Cure' Grief, What Good Is Therapy?

Megan Devine | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

A good therapist is a wonderful thing: They know that there is nothing about you that's wrong. They know their role is to listen and validate, to come up alongside you and provide support.

Death, Dying and Finding Meaning in Loss

Joel Readence | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Joel Readence

I think as a society, if we were able to take the focus off the way a person died and focus on the manner in which they lived, the loving presence they held in our lives and the fact they continue on in another form, our mourning process would be kinder and gentler.

Dying to Be Me Author, Anita Moorjani, on Healthy, Fearless Living

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

Anita Moorjani has a recipe to fight cancer that might catch some by surprise. The New York Times bestselling Dying to be Me author revived from a...

Review of Christian Wiman's 'My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer'

Catharine Stimpson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Catharine Stimpson

My Bright Abyss is not a smarmy story that can be easily shared on a TV talk show about the miracle of surviving cancer. It is a meditation, a genre that is thousands of years old, in which a writer or speaker thinks about and arduously contemplates his or her experience.

One Mother Challenges Five Common Myths About Death and Dying

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

I do not subscribe to death, per se. Rather, I believe in transition... the transition of souls.

As Life Ends -- Forever Begins

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

What happens when we pass? Where do our souls go when our bodies die? Is there life after "death?" Is our time here on Earth all there is? Allow me to...

Pain Is Not Redeemed by Art: Grief, Loss and Creative Practice

Megan Devine | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I've been a writer all my life, and a visual artist, too. When I was in private practice, I used creative tools with my psychotherapy clients, drawing...

A Letter to People in Pain: The Early Days of Grief Are a World of Their Own

Megan Devine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

If you're here, in the early days, and the universe has just split open and everything has changed, I'm sorry you're here. Others have come before you, but that doesn't really matter now.

Death and Technology in the Millennial Age

Teresa Lee | Posted 03.10.2014 | Technology
Teresa Lee

Everywhere I looked was her face. Every one of her friends who messaged me was another picture of her that I had to look at over and over again.

The Long Winter of Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

The process of grief is sometimes likened to a cold, dark period of gloom. It affects us physically, psychologically, behaviorally and spiritually.

A Reprieve From Grieving the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 02.21.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

It was like my memory only went back two and a half years, to the hospital room after Rob's original surgery, waiting for him to wake up. That is my image. With amnesia for any life of my own before that moment. And now the memories are coming back. Filling the blank spaces in me.

An Unexpected Life Preserver After the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

I found this poem, again. Rob believed that he had experienced a life/death choice during his surgery and wrote this poem from it. I always read it thinking of cancer and illness and death. Now I feel he wrote it as a lifeline to me.

Facing the Great Unknown

Deborah King | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah King

When I got the call on Christmas Eve, I thought, "This is it, my mother is dying." But with hands-on care, this 89-year-old woman fought off yet ano...

Defining Death: Four Decades of Ambivalence

American Anthropological Association | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science
American Anthropological Association

The case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain dead at Children's Hospital Oakland on Dec. 12, is but the most recent example of a 40-year-old national perplexity and the controversy that it is capable of unleashing.

In Times of Pain, Illness, Suffering, and Dying, 'That Which Is Shareable Is Bearable'

BJ Gallagher | Posted 03.18.2014 | Media
BJ Gallagher

As writers themselves, you'd think that the Kellers would appreciate the power of writing as a process for understanding life and coming to terms with painful experiences. Writing is a powerful way of connecting with others. Writing helps us reach inward -- and upward -- to find the holy, the numinous, the transcendent.

10 Must-Have New Year Resolutions for the Widowed

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

It's that time of year again. We are all getting peppered and pelted with those endless ads and commercials designed to help you "start the New Yea...

In Awe of Me

Debbie Fink | Posted 02.12.2014 | Women
Debbie Fink

I didn't like being the benchmark for which "strong" was based. Rather, I just wanted to be "Debbie": normal, cancer-free and worrying about which pre-natal vitamins to take, not what chemo won't make me vomit, mortality and, worst, not being able to have kids of my own.

Protect Her 'Till I Get There

Jason A. Atkinson | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason A. Atkinson

I read somewhere the reason men like me fall so hard for dogs is because dogs can only do one emotion at a time. We know, the moment we first call their name, if they are happy, sad, preoccupied, or would rather not get up from their warm beds.

Why We Need To Change Our Approach To Grief

Megan Devine | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

The stages of grief were not meant to tell you what you feel, what you should feel, and when exactly you should feel it. They were not meant to dictate whether you are doing your grief "correctly" or not. They were meant to normalize a deeply not-normal time.

How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You're Not Sure What to Do

Megan Devine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Above all, show your love. Show up. Say something. Do something. Be willing to stand beside the gaping hole that has opened in your friend's life, without flinching or turning away. Be love. Love is the thing that lasts.

Upon the Death of My Mother: Bridging Two Realities

David Bedrick | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Bedrick

I visited my mother just a few months before she passed; that was about two years ago now. We went out to dinner in a restaurant attached to a casino....