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Fear of Death

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...

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.

How I Conquered My Greatest Lifelong Fears

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 03.20.2014 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

Sometimes, when you shine a light on your fear it doesn't look so bad. Not always, of course. But I've found that burying my fears seems to fuel them. When I come right out and admit what's scaring me I'm often surprised to find that I'm not alone. And that in itself brings comfort.

Surrounded by Death and Wondering: Can Talking About Death Lead Us to Become Less Violent?

Carol Smaldino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

For me, I admit -- even though I don't find it easy either -- that we can cope with almost anything, as long as it is grieved in company that will hold us and try to understand us, find also the parts in themselves that echo or awaken.

Zombies, Vampires, Martyrs & Saints

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Dr. Candi K. Cann

Why are zombies and vampires popular? What is it behind the popular obsession with the living dead and the never-dying?

Why Should Anyone Be Afraid Of Dying?

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

We seem to be inundated now with books about death -- and about how great it is. I assume that this is part of the aging of the baby boomers (I remember someone quipping that we'd know the end of the baby boom had come when we started to see designer funeral parlors).

Do You Have 'The Little Blue Book' in Your House?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

If you are wondering what I'm talking about, it is for you that I am writing this blog! Here's the bottom line: We were all born one moment of one day...

Seven Years to Live?

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Once we experience the fragility of our lives, we realize how precious that life is. Knowing I might not see another summer, I can't tell you how much I am enjoying watching the colors on the trees and the squirrels and chipmunks playing on the ground.

The Greatest Fear Shared By The Widowed

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.15.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Most people in the world are afraid of dying, which is not exactly what you would call an irrational fear. However, many people are so afraid of dying that they do not even want to discuss death, which, uncomfortable as this discussion may be, is downright irresponsible.

Thoughts on Death

Christine Eilvig | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Eilvig

According to the spiritual teachers I lean on, death doesn't exist. When we die, our soul leaves the physical body and reunites with our higher self. If we want to, and when we are ready, we can do another round.

Do You Have a Healthy Attitude About Death?

Judith Johnson | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Both culturally and individually, we have a great opportunity to rethink our most fundamental definitions of "birth" and "death." Our physical and spiritual understanding of these terms must be reconciled in the process.

Fear, Love and the Hurricane

Amanda King | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

After my oldest daughter was born, I had problems with anxiety. It was the first time I had a reason to live, and I couldn't take it, the terrible knowledge that I wouldn't live forever. I feel a bit of that primal fear when my babies have fevers and when I watch buildings topple into the sea.

Embracing Fear

Dr. Michael Finkelstein | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael Finkelstein

There are several ways we can become more comfortable with death, the dying and the dead. The first is to being open to talking about it. There needs to be an open dialogue and expression of the fears and concerns that we have about death or dying or the dead.

Día de los Muertos

Mary Pritchard | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

We're all so concerned with getting ahead and keeping up with the Joneses these days that sometimes we forget that one day the Joneses won't matter anymore. And that's the day you need to prepare for.

Understanding Grief: Mourning In A Healthier Way

Judith Johnson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Wouldn't it be in our best interest as a society to transform our fear-based culture of death by encouraging a healthier belief about death as a normal occurrence? There is so much we could do to educate and prepare ourselves to handle death with greater loving, service, and compassion.

When Death Knocks

Nikki Luongo | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Nikki Luongo

Ten years ago, Whoopi Goldberg performed a live show, her first in nearly 20 some-odd years, and she portrayed a character that is so afraid of chang...

Carie's Ghost

Suzanne Clores | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

What if you and daddy both get sick and die? Who will take care of me? Where will you go?

Thriving While Dying: Fearlessly Embracing A Terminal Illness

Rick A. Reynolds | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick A. Reynolds

"My doctors say I have at best three months left to live. I refuse to believe it and know that working with you will help me survive." That's how my work began with the client who taught me the most about living fearlessly and making every second count.

Dying to Talk to You

Doug Binzak | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

But there is also a truth, the "good news," which far fewer of us have experienced, which is that there is an end to suffering. Not an escape, but an end. And it doesn't come at death; it comes when we face our suffering, face our fears, and address them head on, with support, and move through them.

WATCH: Getting Fearless About Death And Dying

Terri Cole | Posted 11.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

For most people, death and dying as a topic of conversation is reserved for when someone they know or love is, well, dying. I find it more effective and less fear-inducing to start exploring your thoughts, feelings, and fears about this inevitable topic before circumstances demand it.

Is Our Society's 'Voldemort' the Concept of Death Itself?

Doug Binzak | Posted 10.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

We have tried so hard to anesthetize ourselves from the perceived horror of death that most of us have cut ourselves off from knowing how to deal with this profound and inevitable aspect to life.

Is the World Ending in 2012?

Chandresh Bhardwaj | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Chandresh Bhardwaj

When people ask me if world is going to end in 2012, the fear of dying is very visible in their eyes. Two issues are going on here: Fear and the panic about death. Let's touch both the issues one by one.

How's Your Existential Maturity?

Judith Johnson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

I like to imagine what our lives and society would be like if we lived in a world that encouraged and valued existential maturity. What would it be like if we were taught and motivated to connect to a deep sense of self and to live our lives from that place?

Fear of Death

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

If you could be sure that when you die, your consciousness goes right on living -- that your soul essence cannot die -- would you still be afraid of death?

The Death and Dying Series Part Three: Transforming the Culture of Death in America

Judith Johnson | Posted 04.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

It may sound peculiar, but there are some very exciting things happening where death is concerned in America. The momentum of change in how we view and respond to death is building in many sectors of society as we transform our culture of death.