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The Brief Sum of Life...

Paul Vale | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Vale

I walked to my mother's funeral on my own. There was no procession, no ride in a hearse; just a stroll from an empty hotel room to the crematorium, a functional brick outhouse circled by ornate grounds with small birds moving between the headstones.

Jaweed Kaleem

Lights, Camera, Mortician! The Rise of 'Fun Funerals'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion

When a friend and fellow mortician died a decade ago, Teddy Lee received an unusual request. By most measures, the widow said, it was to be a standard...

10 Ways to Love a Grieving Friend

Billi Gordon, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Billi Gordon, Ph.D.

Unless it is a cultural taboo, do not shy away from mentioning the dead person's name or talking about the situation. If he or she had been arrested, you would use their name and talk about the details. A horrible thing has happened, and many people are hurting.

How I Celebrated The Passage Of Time At The Funeral Of An Old Friend

Laurie Lesser | Posted 05.01.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Lesser

'Damn!' I said, as I put down the phone, feeling terribly sorry for myself. I couldn't believe I was going to miss the funeral of a good friend, a woman who went by the name of Sputnik. (She was born in India on October 4, 1957, the day the Russians launched the first satellite in space.)

10 Thoughts in Defense of Funeral Selfies -- From a Funeral Director

Caleb Wilde | Posted 04.29.2014 | Technology
Caleb Wilde

Even as a funeral director, I myself once felt uncomfortable with the idea of deathbed/funeral selfies. But as I've seen more and more people take these photos, I've slowly become more open.

Can We Help Children Understand the Concept of Death?

Diana Grycan | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

When I told my 6-year-old grandson that I couldn't come to his soccer game on Sunday, he asked me why. I wondered if I should make up an excuse or simply tell him the truth. I opted for the latter.

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...

8 Funerals That Showed Us The True Emotion Of A Nation In Mourning

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered in South Africa on Tuesday, braving the cold and the rain to bid farewell to the unforgettable Nelson Mandela. ...

Couple Of 65 Years Dies Six Hours Apart, Unaware Of Each Other's Passing

Posted 12.05.2013 | Weddings

Frank and Eleanor Turner were married for nearly 65 years before they died six hours apart late last month -- unaware of each other's passing. A pi...

10 Things Death Can Teach

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Cassie Premo Steele

When I was studying Mexican literature in graduate school, I learned about the Days of the Dead, which were celebrated just a few days ago. While most people here in the United States rarely celebrate death, I have come to learn that there are many lessons that death can teach.

What Would You Wear To A Loved One's Funeral?

Posted 10.31.2013 | Arts

What would you wear to the funeral of a dearly beloved? It's a morbid but eventually necessary thought, planning the clothes you'd don on the day some...

Death Warmed Over: Day of the Dead Foods From All Cultures

Lisa Rogak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Lisa Rogak

Though many people are familiar with Day of the Dead as celebrated in Mexico every November, the truth is that most cultures and religions -- from the Amish to Vietnamese -- use food in their funeral rituals in some way.

Online 'Funeral Registry' Aids With Jewish Mourning

Religion News Service | Ann Marie Somma | Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion

SIMSBURY, Conn. (RNS) After burying her mother, Sharon Rosen found herself dealing with a problem: deli platter deliveries. A deluge of them, all ord...

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.

Funeral Pre-Planning: Your Final Act of Love

Nancy Cronk | Posted 11.10.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Cronk

Have we done what we need to do to protect the people closest to us who will be left behind? Are our spouses, our children, or are partners prepared to make important decisions on our behalf, and have we given them clear instructions for doing so? I

Ethical Wills: Crafting the Legacy You'll Leave Behind

Nancy Cronk | Posted 11.05.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Cronk

An Ethical Will conveys values rather than valuables, feelings rather than furniture, untold blessings rather than unpaid bills.

At My Funeral I Want...

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rym Tina Ghazal

It is the one visitor we are sure will show up one day at our door, yet it is never easy when death finally visits your household. I recently had a death in my family, and what I saw and heard made me wonder about my own funeral one day.

Regrets From the Last Days With My Mother

Lauren Kahn | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

Whether we're able to consciously or subconsciously reason away our regrets or not, it's best to be prepared to experience them when we're dealing with a loved one's end of life. No matter what, there will be regrets.

Putting the 'Fun' In Funeral

Joe Peacock | Posted 09.07.2013 | Weird News
Joe Peacock

Only me. I am the only one. There are no others for whom this kind of shit happens (pun intended). I am certain of it.

Jaweed Kaleem

Tech Companies Take Aim At Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.13.2013 | Religion

As his parents age, David Glitzer has begun to accept that the day will come when they are no longer alive. But until recently, Glitzer wasn't sure ho...

State Tries To Ease Background Checks

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

A North Carolina Senate committee Tuesday amended sweeping pro-gun legislation under consideration, to make it easier to buy a gun without a backgroun...

TLC's Next Reality Show Is About Who?

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 05.17.2013 | Women

TLC -- home of My Crazy Obsession and 19 Kids and Counting -- has a new reality show in the works, and this one is really, really strange. The net...

Tensions Ease Between A New Orleans Church And A Mall's Developers

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 13, 2013 edition.) Ground breaking for Magnolia Marketplace--a two-story mall on ...

Inside The Funeral Industry's Newest Trend

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2013 | Green

By Steven P Johnson GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 11 (Reuters) - After a two-year battle with cancer, Joseph Fitzgerald was determined to lea...

WATCH: Documentary Explores African-American Funeral Traditions

Posted 04.24.2013 | Black Voices

In Harlem, 62-year-old Isaiah Owens is known as "Fix Em," for his ability to repair dead bodies ravaged by disease, mishap or violence; in the forthco...