Entries tagged with “Death”
A dialogue on end-of-life care
A dialogue on end-of-life care
A dialogue on end-of-life care
In the California desert, a vipassana pioneer prepares for the next stage of her remarkable life.
Two new memoirs examine the way we die—and reflect on how we can do it better.
Samuel Harrington, MD shares how you can improve your end of life.
Five-year-old Eleanor and I are on the upper deck of a small beach cottage on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, cradled in the hammock. We have just finished reading a book about a …
A true story from the daring adventure of life
Baby Boomers, never ones for rocking chairs, are increasingly looking at life’s third act as one filled with many possibilities, instead of none.
Faced with a diagnosis of terminal illness, this former “white coat” medical professional chucked the statics and went surfing.
The experience of dying is often difficult, filled with fears and anxieties for both the dying and for the surviving loved ones. But death is also a mysterious and wondrous process. It involves both body and soul in the greatest transition we are ever called to make. The author has sat with hundreds of dying persons, and has learned that we don’t have to be fearful or intimidated.
Death cannot stop true love.
Awake at the BedsideContemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life CareEdited by Koshin Paley Ellison and Matt WeingastWisdom Publications“The potential for intimacy—fo…
Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the EndBy Atul GawandeMetropolitan BooksWith Medicare and modern medicine, we’re worlds away from the poorhouses of 19th century nove…
Death Makes Life PossibleRevolutionary Insights on Living, Dying, and the Continuation of ConsciousnessBy Marilyn Schlitz, PhDSOUNDS TRUEIn his introduction to this companion …
Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of LifeBy Jessica Nutik Zitter, MDAvery BooksMedical technology has gotten so effective at prolonging human life that it’s often …
Resilient GrievingBy Lucy Hone, PhDThe ExperimentLucy Hone is well acquainted with grief and resilience. Her 12-year-old daughter, Abi, was killed in a tragic car accident in 2012,…
The Grace in AgingAwaken as You Grow OlderBy Kathleen Dowling SinghWisdom PublicationsThe Grace in Aging, by renowned Buddhist teacher Kathleen Dowling Singh, establishes guidepost…
The Grace in LivingRecognize It, Trust It, Abide in ItBy Kathleen Dowling SinghWisdom PublicationsKathleen Dowling Singh is a Dharma practitioner and respected author who’s written…
When Breath Becomes AirBy Paul KalanithiRandom HouseWritten with eloquence, insight, and a healthy measure of humor, When Breath Becomes Air captures the thoughts and memories of n…
Ideas for commemorative events beyond traditional funerals.
How do you stay present in an out-of-time time?
The final resting place is where, for those who seek it, we come to sit, reflect, and share with someone who has died.
Suggestions for Living Memorials—gatherings for a person who is present and alive before death.
People new to mourning are often surprised at how brutal the run-up to the first anniversary of the death can be.
Adapted excerpt from Awake at the Bedside
In my work, I have witnessed many beautiful words of consolation and comfort gone awry.
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Dying is itself a time, a space, and process of surrender and transformation.
Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your LastBy Lee LipsenthalCrown Archetype“We all die. This is the nature of life. At some point, life ends, but this book i…
Our beliefs about the afterlife shape us here and now. Do you know what you believe?
Megory Anderson has kept vigil with Catholics and Protestants, Buddhists and Muslims, Jews and pagans, Mormons and Hindus, skeptics and angry nonbelievers. When the time comes she sees them experience a clear transition to some other state of being.
An excerpt from Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness
An excerpt from The Light Between Us
One Man’s Adventure Planning His Own Natural BurialOld Arctic Inuit hunters could supposedly sit for days, harpoon poised and ready to strike, just staring at a hole on an otherwis…
In 1994 the prestigious medical journal The Lancet advocated acting lessons for medical students so they "could at least act as if they cared." Thankfully the act is becoming real.
A comforting prayer to use when releasing a pet from this life.
An American journalist honors her mother with an altar during Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration.
Excerpted from Let’s Talk About Death: Asking the Questions that Profoundly Change the Way We Live and Die
Our faith traditions teach us how to honor our grief and come back to life.
An excerpt from Grateful Exit: How to Advocate Effectively, Take Care of Yourself, and Be Present for the Death of a Loved One.
“To say you need the afterlife to have meaning is the bleakest form of insanity.”
People need and want to die with a dear conscience, with a feeling that the burdens of this life are past, and with a knowledge that their final wishes will be granted. We have the opportunity to help make our loved ones' final days more peaceful. In that process, we bless our families and ourselves.
The best-selling author reflects on facing the loss of his father, in his latest book, The Endless Practice.
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Into the SilenceAvishai CohenECMMusic can be motivated by new beginnings and inspirational experiences. Music is also an ideal language for expressing loss. The tender jazz tunes o…
From cardiologists to quantum physicists, scientists are bringing near-death experiences into the hospital, the laboratory, and the frontiers of research.
Rituals, ancient wisdom, and practices for conscious death and dying.
Modern Loss co-founder Rebecca Soffer shares how she transformed personal tragedy to a needed resource for others grieving.
Here are some practices you can do to honor your grief as we enter into the season of generative death.
Marti was a bright, optimistic, attractive 40-year-old woman when she first entered a support group for cancer patients that I facilitated at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in …
The teachings found in yoga are unafraid to address the notion of death. In fact, understanding and acceptance of the inevitability of death is seen as something that paradoxically…
Some years ago, I helped tend to a friend of mine who was dying of cancer. Near the end of his life, he had reached a place of equanimity around dying.But instead of honoring his w…
Caring is a natural expression of our humanity.
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Pet-loss support groups can help the healing process when we lose our most constant companions.
A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer'sby Olivia Ames HoblitzelleJust before Harrison Hoblitzelle died, his wife, Olivia, made him a promise that became a covenant between them: to …
As she celebrates a new life with her husband, Amy Paturel finds love and acceptance where she least expected it—in the memory of his first wife.
What if we put two geniuses in Schrödinger’s cat box?
For many of us, an amazing phenomenon will occur in the final weeks before taking our last breath: we will experience an end-of-life dream or vision (ELDV). Experts have typically …
How deathbed singers infuse comfort and a sense of the sacred to the dying
Being prepared for the inevitable will help your loved ones left behind.