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Dying

As We Are

Francesca Milliken | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

Carrie spoke through narrow lips that looked like they were sewn on too tightly. She had the gravelly voice of a lifetime smoker, but her trembly tone...

We Are Not Ready, But We Could Be: On Gawande's 'Being Mortal'

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

We are not ready. We are not ready to become almost totally dependent on one another, to be helped out of bed, to be helped to walk, to be helped to eat, to be helped to -- and perhaps in -- the shower, to be helped to -- and perhaps on -- the toilet.

Why We Should Remember To Treat Every Day Like A Special Occasion

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.09.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

In 1969, my father traveled to Japan on a business trip and brought back an elegant silk robe as a gift for my mother. They had been high school sweethearts. He was the gregarious student body president and she was the timid valedictorian. He wasn't one for giving gifts and she wasn't comfortable accepting them.

When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

Martha Nelson | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first...

Why Doctors Should Be English Majors In College

Sethly Davis | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sethly Davis

When someone dies, literature can explain what happens -- more memorably, more compellingly and even, sometimes, more truthfully than my EMT and pre-med textbooks do. The best stories give readers insights into human frailty, and reading them shows the readers, in their turn, how to be more humane.

The Right To Live -- And Die -- On Your Own Terms

Melanie Young | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

It's a shame you have to relocate to die on your terms. But for those who are terminally ill who want to focus on the quality of their rest of their lives rather than worry about the prolonged pain of dying, it is a choice they make to put themselves and their loved ones at ease.

Yagana Shah

93-Year-Old Widower's Poem To Late Wife Is Simply Beautiful

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.14.2014 | Fifty

Radio listeners were likely brought to tears when they tuned in to BBC's 5 Live Breakfast program Monday to hear 93-year-old Bob Lowe share a touching...

What It's Like To Be Really Old And Know Death Is Imminent

Quora | Posted 12.10.2014 | Fifty
Quora

I am really old, and I know death is imminent. Most of my friends have passed away, and of those remaining, they suffer from health problems in some way. I am myself totally deaf and partially blind. I live by myself. I am writing this at 6 a.m. in the morning.

Two Perspectives: Assisted Dying or Assisted Living?

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

Both Brittany and Kara write beautiful justifications for their positions on life (and death), and I admire both women -- Brittany for taking ownership of her life and the way she wants it to end, and Kara for fighting to be present with her family and to find ultimate meaning in her suffering.

My Sweetest Songs

Tricia McCallum | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

It's war torn and sepia-colored now, parchment like, but the little scrap of paper containing this verse has long been a treasure of mine, a template for any poem I write.

Letting Someone You Love Die: The Irony Behind a Living Will

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

In the end, living wills are a gift -- to yourself and to your family. Because even though I wanted more than anything to leave my mother on life support, I knew that by taking her off of it, I was supporting her vision of life, and helping her control how she died.

4 Beliefs That Hold You Back

Anita Moorjani | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Anita Moorjani

I've realized that it's more important to be myself than it is to be positive. And as a result, when I am positive, it is genuine and authentic.

Yagana Shah

Fading Sense Of Smell Could Be Predictor Of Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.02.2014 | Fifty

They say you should trust your gut, but maybe it's really the nose that knows. Turns out, the olfactory organ we all take for granted can do more than...

Why It Actually Might Be A Good Idea For Everyone To Die At 75

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Death isn't what scares me. Dying is. And that's because the act of dying today is too often accompanied by medical interventions long passed the point where the patient's prognosis would suggest their futility. Why should dying be so hard?

Why Dying In America Is Harder Than It Has To Be

Kaiser Health News | Jenny Gold | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business

This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. It is time for conversations about death to become a part of life. That is one of the th...

Why Caring For My Aging Father Has Turned Into An 'Epic Nightmare'

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Dad had a fall. The resulting injuries are horrific. The top of his femur smashed through his pelvis, shattering it. Picture a plate dropped onto a tile floor. That is my dad's pelvis. I've seen the images from the CAT scan, and they made me sick to my stomach. Doctors can do nothing to fix it.

Why Today Wouldn't Be Such A Bad Day To Die

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Jane Adams Ph.D.

All it takes is an awakening experience, a message from the deepest part of the self, to be aware that in certain moments of completion, contentment and even joy, today wouldn't be a bad day to die.

Here's A List Of All The Ways You Can Die, From A to Z

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.08.2014 | Comedy

You're going to die. Sorry to break it to you, but it's going to happen. The question is, "How?" This morbid, Edward Gorey-esque College Humor...

Here's All The Ways We Could Have Died Last Week

Katie Tandy | Posted 11.02.2014 | Comedy
Katie Tandy

Guys, did you know that your life is in danger? Well. It is. But fret not. Because weather.com has kept a keen eye on the grim reaper and every one of his manifestations.

Don't Wait Until You're Dying: Plan and Save for Your Funeral Now

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 10.29.2014 | Money
Amandah Blackwell

Death does not discriminate and comes to all of us in one form or another. Make sure you are prepared by planning and saving for your funeral. This way you'll get the funeral you want and won't have to come back and haunt your kids or family. You'd rather rest in peace, right?

Finding Peace Amongst the Broken Pieces

Kelley Whitis | Posted 10.19.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 ...