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Police Investigating Man Who Lived With Corpse

Santa Cruz, CA Patch | Brad Kava | Posted 06.27.2011 | Los Angeles

Santa Cruz Police arrested I. John Clauer, 63, of the 1100 block of East Cliff Drive Tuesday after they were called to his apartment to investigate a ...

Environmental Activist Killed 'Execution-Style' In Brazil

AP | Posted 06.25.2011 | Green

SAO PAULO -- Police in Brazil say gunmen have killed an environmental activist, his brother and three friends. The bodies of Jorge Grando, the former...

Fire Leaves 6 Dead On Easter Sunday

AP | Posted 06.24.2011 | Home

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Firefighters in Vancouver, Wash., have discovered six bodies in the remnants of a house that burned early Sunday. After the flame...

Workers Recover Body Of Trapped Idaho Miner

AP | By KEITH RIDLER | Posted 06.24.2011 | Green

BOISE, Idaho -- Workers at a northern Idaho silver mine have recovered the body of a miner who was trapped when a tunnel collapsed nine days ago, the ...

Do We Have A Soul? Science May Hold The Answer

Robert Lanza, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Lanza, M.D.

Voltaire, the great enlightenment writer and philosopher, once said, "Nobody thinks of giving an immortal soul to a flea." Now, nearly 300 years later, the mass of accumulated scientific evidence suggests we may have to.

Does God Choose When The Spirit Leaves The Body Or Do We?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Do you think that God gave us the knowledge to be able to create these technologies, and then, as humans are want to do, we use them way beyond their original intent?

Death and Taxes: National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16

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

On the 15th you fill out your 1040 Form for your Uncle Sam, and the next day you fill out an advance care directive to make the future easier for the rest of your family.

What Do You Think Happens When We Die?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

We have a culture of silence around dying and death. It's a great taboo that fills most of us with anxiety about life's end without any way to reduce that anxiety. We all know we are going to die, yet we don't talk about it.

What Does It Mean To Have A Life Well Lived?

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Have you ever noticed that when the person giving the eulogy is marching through the litany of the deceased's achievements and honors, the room flatlines? But the moment mention is made of what the deceased loved, the room comes alive.

Are Divorced Parents Doomed To Die Alone?

Vicki Larson | Posted 06.12.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

I wouldn't say that I'd been cocky about my aging parents -- I knew at some point they would pass. But for a long time, as I watched my friends strugg...

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.

Serial Killer Search Presses On

AP | By FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 06.09.2011 | New York

OAK BEACH, N.Y. -- While investigators scour miles of desolate New York beachfront from the tops of fire trucks and map plans for officers to traverse...

Losing Siblings

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linnie Frank Bailey

Some siblings are lost through death, others to squabbles and disagreements. Sometimes it's minor, and sometimes it's major, although it seems to me that when you're standing over a sibling's grave, most conflicts pale in comparison.

You Don't Have To Believe In Heaven To Find Life After Death

Rabbi Gary S. Fink | Posted 05.30.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Gary S. Fink

Charlie wanted life after death, but not in some far off, heavenly place. He explained that most of all, he wanted to live in the mind and heart of his grandchild.

5 Reasons Funerals Can Be Uplifting

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

I actually enjoy going to funerals. Sure, they are sad occasions brought on by sad events. But they are also a joyous celebration of life that is at once poignant, edifying and, above all, calming.

God Will Not Desert Us: Difficult End Of Life Conversations

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

These situations, unfortunately, engender arguments and fights at the very time the family should be there to support and comfort each other and their dying parent.

SHOCK: Man Accused Of Horrifying Torture Against Family

AP | Posted 05.29.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Police say a Southern California man charged with killing his 16-year-old son tortured his wife and children for 11 hours, i...

Why Writing About Grief Makes Me Happy

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

In truth, I'm happy in the face of what I write because I have an outlet for all my feelings. My upbeat attitude has been shaped by creating a new and different conversation about loss, and the relationship I have with my readers.

Helping Children Spiritually Cope With Dying And Death

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

Children as young as 2 or 3 years old are trying to make sense of their world, and inevitably they are encountering their spirituality. Illness, grief and loss are often part of this process.

What To Expect When A Loved One Receives A Terminal Diagnosis

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Diseases and conditions that once proved quickly fatal no longer are. Instead, individuals and their families are increasingly likely to find themselves mired in a protracted process that only begins with a diagnosis.

Photographs of the Dying: A Shared Experience Amongst Creatures

Katherine Dunn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Katherine Dunn

She weighed just 4 pounds. I had secretly named her Little Daisy, which is a mistake. One should never name a lamb before a few days; you learn that.

Novel Ways To Think About Grief

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

This new grief is different. For one thing, it includes the loved one with the diagnosis. It also draws in the entire family into a prolonged crisis that some of our interviewees aptly described as "learning to live with death."

The Plane Ride Home From Houston

Carol Jones | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Jones

We had taken the doctor's advice to leave Houston for home as soon as possible while Kenny could still fly on a commercial plane.

Making End-Of-Life Care A Family Tradition

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

New York City is a rich cultural, ethnic and religious tapestry, and those in my field must understand a complex set of traditions and beliefs before introducing conversations about death and dying.

Understandng The Spiritual Needs Of The Dying

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

Spiritual needs of the dying are often overlooked or ignored by family caregivers, clinicians and even clergy, who may be uncomfortable with with conversations that have strong spiritual significance.