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Gone From My Sight: The Little Book that Gives Solace

Many of us are uncomfortable talking about death; it can certainly be a scary topic, especially if you or someone you know is facing a terminal illness. Yet there is a measure of comfort that can be found in understanding what’s to come, in facing the fear head-on and exploring your feelings. What’s more, thereRead more

5 Ways to Deal With Grief Around the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time if you are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Many people find that this is the time when memories and emotions come out unbidden and it may be difficult to cope. There is no question that a holiday, especially if it is your first holiday withoutRead more

Talking to a Dying Family Member

How to Talk to a Dying Loved One

Although we have come a long way, there still remains an aura of discomfort and awkwardness around death and dying in our culture. So much so that when we learn that our loved one is facing a terminal illness, we may shrink from them, avoid conversations and, ultimately, lose out on important, meaningful moments withRead more

All Hallow's Eve, a time of rememberance

All Hallow’s Eve: A Time to Remember Our Loved Ones

Each fall, Halloween starts off the holiday season with season favorites such as jack-o-lanterns, candy apples and trick-or-treating. Although it’s inevitably one of the most fun and colorful holidays, Halloween has a deeper, more meaningful history than its bright and glossy image may suggest. In fact, it is a unique blend of Celtic and ChristianRead more

Social Media In the Grieving Process

Most of us are all too used to complaining about social media. Even in the realm of death and dying, social media can cause trouble. But it can also be surprisingly healing, surprisingly helpful in a time of grief. Going from “I” to “We” Social media posts are essentially one big selfie—we post pictures ofRead more

Three Ways Death Can Inspire You

Death is never a happy thought; we fear our mortality as we do that of those we love, yet death is an inevitability that none of us can escape. In recent years, there has been a movement to re-frame death in our minds — to make it less of a taboo and more of anRead more

Grief in the Time of Technology

When asked, most people would probably laud technology as having made their life better. Tasks can be accomplished faster; entertainment and information are ubiquitous, and we have never been more connected to friends and family. When it comes to grief and loss, however, technology can create awkward and uncomfortable situations, calling into question who isRead more

What You Need to Know About Autopsies

If death is not sudden, it may seem like an autopsy is entirely unnecessary. After all, this is something that is require by law in cases where the death is suspect or there are questions that remain unanswered. While this is usually the case, autopsies are not limited to legal proceedings and may be desirableRead more

Where Do You Stand? The Intricacies of Physician Assisted Suicide

Watching a loved one struggle with a terminal illness is the worst nightmare to some and a stark reality to others. We all hope for an end that comes with dignity and choice, yet not everyone is ensured this simple wish. With California recently joining the very small group of states that have legalized physician-assistedRead more

Wirting

5 Creative Ways to Address Your Grief

When we think of grief coping strategies, we tend to return to the old favorites—sharing with your friends and family, giving yourself time, perhaps even seeking out counseling. While all of these are essential to the grieving process, there may be a more direct way of releasing your grief; a creative outlet can many timesRead more