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The Truth About Life and 'Death'

Allison Kugel | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Kugel

On the morning of June 16th I received a call from my father alerting me that my grandmother, whom we affectionately called Nanny, had passed away ear...

The Life After Death Of My Mother Marylu de Watteville Raushenbush

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

When I was holding her in those last moments as her breaths slowed, her eyes, which had half shut and glazed, suddenly opened, focused on me and then beyond me.

Jesuit Remembers Holy Life Of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion

As the world mourns the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one Jesuit priest and friend of the actor offered a poignant spiritual perspective on his art...

You Take My Breath Away: the Sociology of Death

Galanty Miller | Posted 03.27.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Psychologists explain the five stages of death, five emotional experiences that a person goes through upon being informed that the end of his or her l...

The Epiphanies of James Joyce and Jean Bethke Elshtain

John Carlson | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion
John Carlson

"The promise of Christmas with its theme of natality," Elshtain maintained, entails the perennial "possibility that something new and unexpected might burst through the crust of 'the same'

Nelson Mandela, Forgiveness and Brothers and Sisters

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How did he do it? How did he see stars instead of bars while in prison? Apartheid, suffering, and twenty-seven years of imprisonment did not stop him from leading a nation through a process of truth and reconciliation.

The Bible Passages Of John F. Kennedy

Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion

Three days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, on November 25th, 1963, the official funeral service for the slain President was held at St. Ma...

Remembering Annie Rawlings: Interfaith Justice Seeker, Beloved Friend

Rev. Chloe Breyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chloe Breyer

Annie Rawlings' work exemplified a kind of "interfaith in the rough" that arises from the compassionate teachings of all the world's great religious traditions.

Laurie Anderson Shares Lou Reed's Final Moments Doing Tai Chi

Posted 11.01.2013 | Religion

Laurie Anderson wrote a beautiful, brief obituary for her husband Lou Reed. Printed in the East Hampton Star, the piece shares Anderson's moving acc...

How Do We Do Right By the Dead?

Gary Laderman | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

In American society today, it is difficult to offer any simply answer to the question. In the past, most Americans would likely talk about dignity and respect, and look to the church and the funeral home to help them do the right things at the time of death.

Roger Ebert's Religion

S. Brent Plate | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

Roger Ebert was explicit about his lack of religious commitment: "No, I am not a Buddhist. I am not a believer, not an atheist, not an agnostic. I am more content with questions than answers."

The Tao of PLINK

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Elisberg

I don't think you can describe a person from any one story. But there is one story that I think it's important to relate, one last story about growing up as kids, because ultimately it's a portrait of who John always was.

Scout

Diana Nyad | Posted 03.11.2013 | Impact
Diana Nyad

Those of you privileged to love and be loved by an innocent, playful, soulful animal, I know you hear me through my torrent of tears.

She Loved Prophetically

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

There is a lot of talk about gays and lesbians these days. But in every thing we say and do, particularly for Christians, love must come first. And not the love that condemns first, or judges first, or labels first. But the love that loves first. Because God is love.

World Honors Newtown Victims

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime

-- People around the country and world paused for a moment Friday morning to memorialize the 26 victims of the massacre a week ago at an elementary s...

Final Day Of Funerals For Newtown

Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime

A grieving community will lay the final victims of the Sandy Hook shooting to rest this weekend. Saturday funerals are scheduled for three students...

Cardinal: Slain Newtown Teacher's Life 'Like Jesus'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.21.2012 | Religion

For trying to shield her student as both died in the gunfire, Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Anne Marie Murphy earned perhaps the highest praise...

Newtown Remembers School Psychologist, Teacher, 3 Students Today

Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime

One week after the tragedy that left 28 people dead, Newtown continues its public grieving. Friday marks the funerals of students Olivia Engel, Dyl...

Newtown Devastated As Funerals Continue

Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime

The grief-stricken community of Newtown continues its public mourning on Thursday with funerals for victims from Friday's elementary school massacre. ...

Bravery, Integrity and Patriotism: My Last Visit With Senator Inouye

Jonathan Del Arco | Posted 02.18.2013 | DC
Jonathan Del Arco

The nation has no idea yet what a great leader and cornerstone of our democracy we have lost this week. Because it was also his style to not call too much attention to himself, he tended to flow under the radar of D.C. politics. Rest in peace Senator.

Services Continue For Victims Of Sandy Hook Tragedy

Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime

Newtown continues to mourn as funerals, visiting hours and wakes continue today for the victims of Friday's tragedy. On Wednesday, funerals are sch...

A Letter To 6-Year-Old Shooting Victim From His Best Friend

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 01.25.2013 | Parents

The funeral for 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jack Pinto was held on Monday in Newtown, Conn. Following the service, USA Today reporter Yamich...

James Mattioli And Jessica Rekos Laid To Rest

Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime

Newtown will say goodbye to two more children today, as James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos are laid to rest. The funerals for the 6-year-old boy and ...

Mom And Uncle Remember 6-Year-Old Newtown Victim

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents

-- The mother and uncle of 6-year-old Noah Pozner delivered messages at his funeral reflecting on the life of the little boy killed in Friday's schoo...

First Two Funerals For Young Victims Of Sandy Hook Tragedy

Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime

Monday marks the first two burials of the 20 young children massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week. Jack Pinto, 6, is remembered as a ...