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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.

Ann Brenoff

This Is The Best Obit. Ever.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.20.2014 | Fifty

Sometimes, even in death, the best person to get the job done is yourself. We figure that's what led Margaret (Marge) Aitken Holcombe to write her own...

Death, Modern Families and the Saga of Casey Kasem

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

I also spent more than a decade in hospice care, where our care team sought to companion families, many like Kasem's, in finding sacred consonance in the midst of fear, pain, death, and grief, all inherently dissonant experiences.

What One Dying Man Learned When Planning His Own Funeral

John P. Donnelly | Posted 08.11.2014 | Fifty
John P. Donnelly

I had personally never given any thought to interment costs even though I am in my eighties. I thought I was in pretty good health with some good years ahead. Then I was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ring Sisters

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

Several years ago I purchased a ring from a high-end jewelry store, but it could have been from anywhere. I loved the design of the Trinity ring from ...

Book Review: Losing Amma Finding Home: A Memoir about Love, Loss and Life's Detours

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Uma Girish's transformational memoir, Leaving Amma Finding Home: A Memoir about Love, Loss and Life is that kind of book that spoke to every single one of my "hats."

Going Home

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Abeyta

Tonight, my mother and my brother moved the bed out of her guest room. Tomorrow morning, a truck will deliver a hospital bed to take its place. And sometime after that, an ambulance with my father in tow will make the trek from the hospital to my mother's and father's home.

Into the Tunnel We Go: Life and Death in the Boomer World

Martha Nelson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

I find myself grappling more and more with the prospect of death. Mine, yours, his, hers, all of ours, in this land of over 50. To tell you the truth I should say, the land of late sixties, because that's where I am now.

Death: The Beauty, the Mystery and the Power to Live

Denise DeSimone | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty
Denise DeSimone

Life is a series of deaths and rebirths. Death happens to our bodies every minute of every day yet; this process goes unnoticed because we are busy living life. Cells die. Skin dies. But the thought of the ultimate death stops us dead in our tracks.

Why So Many People Go Sideways When Death Visits A Family

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 08.02.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

There is another arena where 'armchair quarterbacks' also exist -- except this time, those who sit in the metaphorical armchairs have the ability and occasionally, the actual desire to wreak havoc, cause pain and outright destroy relationships.

Does Conscious Living Lead to Conscious Dying?

Michael J. Formica | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Formica

Maintaining an acute awareness of our own impermanence as material beings allows us to live every moment as if it were our last and, in doing so, we get to squeeze the juice out of each and every one.

3 Reasons Clergy Need a Healthcare Planning App

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Clergy members are often asked to serve as a formal healthcare agent (also called a healthcare proxy or medical power of attorney) for parishioners like Alice.

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Impermanence

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

While I am not a Buddhist, I find the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death a source of great wisdom and potential liberation -- particularly for thos...

Why Some People View Widows As 'Threats'

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 07.19.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Immediately after Mike's passing, the demeanor of this once warm and welcoming woman flipped 180 degrees.

Social Media Can Facilitate the Grieving Process

Dianne Gray | Posted 07.13.2014 | Technology
Dianne Gray

Facebook introduced me to a world of people who have suffered the unimaginable loss of a child and, more importantly, to people who lost children to the same disease that claimed my son.

What Is Absolutely Okay To Do After Becoming Widowed

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The following is a partial list of what it is absolutely, positively OK for you to do after becoming widowed.

My Mother's Death Taught Me How To Live

Katy Butler | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Katy Butler

Why don't we die the way we say we want to die? Because we say we want good deaths but act as if we won't die at all. Because lifesaving technologies have erased the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying.

The Long Goodbye

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Right now I am on the worst roller coaster ride of my life, and I desperately want off. But there is no end in sight.

How I Talked to My Daughter About Death

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

He hugged her back, and looked at me. His eyes were watery. I was not sure if it was from tears or not. She climbed down and said, "We should go so BaBop can rest."

Are You Grieving 'Right'? What's Right, What's 'Wrong'... And WTF?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I have always taken great umbrage at anyone criticizing, questioning or opining on how the widowed handle their grief and their highly individual and intensely personal healing journeys. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of it going on.

5 Bizarre Ways The World Can Kill You Without Warning

Cracked | Posted 03.21.2014 | Weird News

Let's face it: we're all going to die someday. From getting swallowed by an enormous sea creature to getting hit by a teleported car, here are jus...

My First Patient

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

Lying before us was a man who had willingly decided that, upon his passing, his body be donated to science. That decision brought with it such powerful consequences that it affected not only the education of medical students but also the lives of the countless patients we would one day treat.

The Club I Never Wanted to Join

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

My dad is still very much alive. Yet I find myself holding desperately to memories of how he once was. How we once were. I am grieving, but not in the "normal" sense.

10 Reasons I'm a Funeral Director

Caleb Wilde | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Caleb Wilde

Perhaps there's no greater freedom than to live life with a healthy relationship with death. That healthy relationship allows you embracing each moment, realizing that we are not promised tomorrow. This good relationship with death has been given to me by the funeral profession.

Grief Online: The Dos and Don'ts of Internet Etiquette

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 05.05.2014 | Technology
Dr. Candi K. Cann

With so much of our socializing done virtually, it is no surprise that we are grieving and mourning the deaths of our loved ones online too. Here are a few Dos and Don'ts for grieving online.