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Remembering Big Guy

Jennifer Basye Sander | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Basye Sander

When I was 26 I had the perfect boyfriend. Big, strong, loving, caring, attentive, and always around. Happy to curl up on the bed next to me while I read a book. Okay, so he was an Airedale, is there something wrong with that? No downside at all as far as I was concerned.

Hospice: Keeping Promises, Honoring Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The care G. provided his grandfather, who died in 2010 at age 94, was at once ordinary -- millions care for their loved ones through aging, illness and dying -- and extraordinary.

Thriving While Dying: Fearlessly Embracing A Terminal Illness

Rick A. Reynolds | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick A. Reynolds

"My doctors say I have at best three months left to live. I refuse to believe it and know that working with you will help me survive." That's how my work began with the client who taught me the most about living fearlessly and making every second count.

On the Loss of a Furry Loved One

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Jenna Henry Hansen

I never wanted the responsibility of children, yet this min pin taught me much about being responsible and accountable, and I learned how to give and receive absolute unconditional love. Certainly, I underestimated the impact her presence would have on my life.

Kids and Funerals -- Do They Belong Together?

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Open your own heart and understand that children benefit when they participate in a family event that includes both celebration and pain. Together you can face the sorrow, share the tears, and always, always, hold the love in your hearts.

The Good Inside

David Beem | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
David Beem

Ms. Roberts, like so many others who are moved to support a cause, says that she had never imagined a career in hospice work but found this new vision of her life through contemplation of death; in her senior year in college, she took a death and dying class.

Dying to Talk to You

Doug Binzak | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

But there is also a truth, the "good news," which far fewer of us have experienced, which is that there is an end to suffering. Not an escape, but an end. And it doesn't come at death; it comes when we face our suffering, face our fears, and address them head on, with support, and move through them.

The Six Stages of Climate Grief

Daphne Wysham | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Now that the hottest summer on record is drawing to a close, are we any closer to admitting that climate change is upon us? If not, why not?

WATCH: Getting Fearless About Death And Dying

Terri Cole | Posted 11.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

For most people, death and dying as a topic of conversation is reserved for when someone they know or love is, well, dying. I find it more effective and less fear-inducing to start exploring your thoughts, feelings, and fears about this inevitable topic before circumstances demand it.

Death Wish: Dealing With a Negative, High-Maintenance, Aging Parent

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Watching a parent become weaker, sicker or more enfeebled is stressful, of course, but most adult children can bear that. It's when that parent becomes vicious, hostile and resistant to help that stress crosses over into distress.

December Days

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Now is one of the best periods of my life. I'm harvesting so much of what I sowed in the world. And yet, when I look in the mirror before I put on my public face, I view this slightly stooped old man with wrinkles.

Death My Ass

Waldo Mellon | Posted 10.28.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

Do you see what this means? Instead of being a mysterious, frightening experience that hurls you into the "horrible inky blackness", Death now just becomes the end of a vacation, a return to the familiar. A return to the way it was before you went on your vacation.

The Surprising Communities That Surround Me

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Each of these communities brought its own sense of sacredness and grace to me as I continue to mourn my mother's death and celebrate her life. I have learned a great deal about what it feels like to be cared for.

A Personal Musing on Grieving Moms: The Destination We Don't Want on Our GPS

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

And so the days have been. It could all change tomorrow. I could be a grieving mom. I hope the day never comes. Dare I say, in a small way I grive with these moms. I am so sorry they have lost their babies. I am in awe of their courage.

Living Between Life and Death

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Here I sit every day with the exciting and unpredictable life of this ivy plant on my left and a reminder of peaceful smile of death on my right. And that's where I live. That's where we all live.

How Your Loss Can Transform You

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Truth: Your loss will transform you. This is the experience, and it is what it is. The transformation is often for the better. Not always, but usually -- especially if we find ways to get out of our own way.

Life, Death And Entropy

Matthew Zaro Fisher | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Matthew Zaro Fisher

What is the purpose of existence? In the face of existence we ask God, ask ourselves: Why is the path from life to death adorned by both the joys of creation and the sorrows of corruption?

Lessons Learned From Ted Williams: Funeral Planning

Leann Reynolds | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

The time is now to plan for a funeral -- in part because prices will continue to go up over a lifetime and also because the unexpected can happen anytime.

Dying for an Autopsy?

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

Without mandatory autopsies hospitals and doctors miss a valuable opportunity to improve the quality of medical care for us all.

When Mentoring Never Ends

Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker

Please remember you are not alone. There are millions of other lives all around you. Each a person feeling happiness and sadness, each a person you may have the opportunity to meet, to know, to share a burden with, to like and/or to love.

Anaïs Nin: Her Last Days

Barbara Kraft | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts
Barbara Kraft

I have chosen to reveal the intimacies of Anaïs's last days as I witnessed them so that the story of her death is not lost. Everything comes back in the mind's eye. Everything comes back in the crucible of the heart.

The Reality of Mortality

Erin Smith | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin Smith

I don't know what happens after we die. But I do know that we have a responsibility to ourselves to take charge, to the best of our ability, of what happens when we live on earth. To do otherwise is selling ourselves short.

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.

On Death, Tragedy And Moving Forward

Intent | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Intent

Dealing with death is hard, but when it is a young person who dies, it is even harder. It goes against the course of nature and acts as a bitter reminder that we live in an imperfect world.

The Angel of Grief

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Like it or not, we are all asked to be in relationship with loss and grief. Over the years, I have discovered that grief doesn't go away but teaches us how to discover our strength and resilience by staying with deep and inexplicable feelings over long periods of time.