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Life and Death

Cooking Art History: Day of the Dead

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 12.20.2014 | Taste
Maite Gomez-Rejon

Don't worry; it's made with chicken.

Every woman as Moribund

Carole Ganim | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

When I was a new retiree, I wrote about creating a life in context. By this I meant that I had to consider my life in a new way, as a person retired, a person formerly someone.

Korakrit Arunanondchai's Transformative 2012-2555 at MoMA PS1

Sola Agustsson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Sola Agustsson

Sound overwhelming? It is. But at the same time, the work is calming, meditative, and mesmerizing, allowing the viewer a portal into the afterlife that is not dark or foreboding, but instead colorful and peaceful.

The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

Adrian Kulp | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

What happens when your kids are finally old enough to ask tough questions that actually mean something? Questions that stir up emotion and make you wonder if they're mature enough to hear the answer.

Lessons From Old Letters

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.23.2014 | Books
Sherman Yellen

Lilly would look amused and amazed by all the gadgets that people cherish so. As she would look at all the people taking pictures everywhere -- all the time -- she would shake her head in dismay and whisper to me, 'They record everything and experience nothing.'

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.

Giving Thanks for a Sweet Goodbye

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

In my years of working with grieving clients, I have all too frequently heard grievers lament "Why didn't we ever talk about death when she was alive?" "I wish we had been able to say goodbye." On the other hand, seldom have I heard regrets from people who did have the conversation.

Living as Though Your Humanity, Mortality and Divinity Really Matter

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

As we share deeply with others, we broaden our horizons and bridge the gap of our otherwise very private inner worlds. Instead of giving each other an airbrushed version of ourselves, we risk the vulnerability of letting others know who we most profoundly know ourselves to be.

A Widow and a Widower Walk Into a Bar

Ryon Harms | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Ryon Harms

We are living the next six months more than 8,000 miles apart. If you believe that coincidences are just coincidences, you'd reason that our odds aren't favorable. But a more provocative interpretation might be that our first encounter was just the tip of our iceberg.

Do Not Squander Your Life: Gun Reform Now!

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

This is not only about the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook and Colorado and Virginia Tech, horrific events that make headlines; it is also about the over 300 people, including 50 children, that are shot every day in America.

The Impossible Paradox of Life and Death

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

At the highest metaphysical level, my teacher was right: It takes no effort to be free. But interestingly enough, this spiritual freedom is of little help to me now as I face one of the most challenging decisions of my life. As life is so full of paradox, so is enlightenment.

Life Plans: Use Pencils

Amanda Magee | Posted 07.03.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

Realizing the vastness of things, the number of people here and gone and still to come, doesn't make my sorrow fade, nor does it temper the exquisite joy of making the house ring with the peals of my daughters' delighted laughter. What it does is it lets me breathe.

The Right to Life (Last Chapter)

Francis Levy | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Francis Levy

People are just living life to death. They are living it up, as it were. The health care system is tanking from keeping a relatively small percentage ...

What Doctors Need to Learn About Death and Dying

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Healing takes place not when death is forestalled, but when life is embraced and affirmed in its entirety, from beginning to end. When doctors can fully understand the nature of death and dying, they will become the true healers that are desperately needed in this world.

The Meaning of Your Life

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 02.02.2013 | Home
Andrew Z. Cohen

It's only a rare few that come back from the brink of death deeply sobered and humbled by the event. In fact, it seems that too many of us are able to survive such confrontations relatively unchanged at a soul-level.

The Secret My Newborn and My Grandmother Shared

Amanda King | Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

If they're lucky, (like they all should be) they learn that being alive means being surrounded by color and light and softness, and all wrapped up in love.

From Womb To Tomb And Beyond

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Dreams are sacred texts from the soul. Our own original wisdom speaks in infinite forms, always encouraging us to return to who we are at the level of heart and soul, reconnecting with what heals and restores vitality, joy, and connection to all creation.

Living Between Life and Death

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Here I sit every day with the exciting and unpredictable life of this ivy plant on my left and a reminder of peaceful smile of death on my right. And that's where I live. That's where we all live.

First Motherless Mother's Day -- Not

Larry Ross | Posted 07.13.2012 | Fifty
Larry Ross

This will be the first Mother's Day of my life without my mother physically, but she'll be with me in spirit.

Life, Death And Lent

Phil Porter | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Phil Porter

We, too, have a chance to think things over, whether or not we really stop or slow down our normal lives for a period of time.

How Consciousness Can Go Beyond Life And Death

Sadhguru | Posted 12.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Sadhguru

Most people only experience peace and transcendence when they are dead. But in the yogic tradition, the word "samadhi" is used to describe a state in which one has transcended the limitations of the body and mind, and this happens in life.

Creating Sacred Space In Life And Death

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

With Ash Wednesday, a season of spiritual inspection and makeover begins that involves our lives, our communities, even our worship space.

Remember You Will Die (It Helps You To Be Alive)

Kent Annan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Annan

Each Ash Wednesday, if you go to a church that does this sort of thing, a version of "memento mori" happens when you go to your knees and a cross of ashes is marked on your forehead.

And What of Tragedy? A Eulogy for Sam Who Died on His 20th Birthday

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

If we keep our hearts open to the wisdom that Sam gathered in his short life, we can hear him inspiring us to transform our life for the better. We can hear him say to us: Yes, yes, yes!

12 Inspirational Quotes To Reframe Our Thinking About Death (PHOTOS)

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Mention death, and specifically human mortality, and most people become visibly disturbed. Yet each and every one of us will die sooner or later, and no one knows when.