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Facing Death

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.

Playing The "When Will I Die?" Numbers Game

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.10.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

We all die, right? Some of us do it the long way, chipping away at life slowly until there is nothing left; others check out abruptly with a sudden heart attack or accident. Some of us do it when we are old and others do it when we are younger. It's them -- those younger people -- that get under my skin.

From Near-Death To Fearless

Posted 08.10.2012 | Healthy Living

By Jaimie Dalessio You may not know who Michael Lazerow is. It's possible many others didn't either until recently. Two months ago, Lazerow was j...

The Cab Ride I'll Never Forget

Kent Nerburn | Posted 07.03.2012 | Fifty
Kent Nerburn

My cab was a rolling confessional. Passengers would climb in, sit behind me in total anonymity and tell me about their lives.

Into the Din of Life Comes the Quiet Hush of Death

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Devon Wilke

It's easy to forget -- when you're knee-deep in the process of living -- that Death is up ahead somewhere waiting to be dealt with, an inevitable passage we ponder and fear.

One Year Later, Death's Still Not Up for Discussion

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 06.13.2012 | Women
Susan McCorkindale

Rumor has it that other people talk about the actual deaths of their spouses.

We Don't Talk About How We Are Going To Die

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Thinking about the prospect of only having several months to live, I wonder how many of us could do what Dudley is doing while he is dying -- living one day at a time?

Palliative Care Information Act at the Bedside: Achieving Truly Informed Consent

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 09.20.2011 | New York
Barbara Coombs Lee

New York has a new law, called the Palliative Care information Act (PCIA). It's simple, and short, and outlines a specific standard for doctors who ca...

Aging Well: Facing The Fact Of Mortality

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 07.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Facing the fact of mortality may be morbid but it is also a critical need during this time of the aging of America.

Are Death And Birth More Alike Than We Think?

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon Zarozny

If we can become comfortable with seeing someone off, we can create a beautiful loving way to cherish our last moments together.

Living Well, Dying Well

Sadhguru | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sadhguru

Once you come to terms with death and you are conscious that you will die, you will want to make every moment of your life as beautiful as possible.

Religious Wisdom For Facing Death

Ramnath Subramanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ramnath Subramanian

Not taking death seriously enough may be as good as not taking life seriously enough. It may very well rob us of the opportunity to develop the humility and gratitude to appreciate the abundant gifts of life.

Living So as Not to Fear Death

Locke Rush | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Locke Rush

What brings the fear of death is the unknown, and that is the area in which the mind proliferates. The secret and the truth is that the mind is the villain, the perpetrator. The remedy is simple.