Dying & Death Talk

Looking at dying and death for what it is: a part of life.


Lisa Caraway Oliver, EdD

Just one individual who is trying to get more people to discuss a natural process and event that will happen to everyone: DYING and DEATH.

After a suicide, here’s what happens to the people left behind

Courtesy of USA Today | By Asia E. Dastagir | Originally Published 11.28.2018| Posted 02.19.2019 Loss survivors – the close family and friends left behind after a suicide – number six to 32 for each death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and... Continue Reading →


Is it time you had ‘the talk’ with your aging parents?

Courtesy of AJC.Com | By Gracie Bonds Staples | Originally Published 02.05.2019 | Posted 02.18.2019 Another year was coming to an end. Betty Tarr’s husband had died, and she wasn’t the woman she liked remembering. That woman raised three independent... Continue Reading →

How Our Family Spent The Last Month Of My Wife’s Life

Courtesy of | By Sherry Kean | Photo by Sherry Kean | Posted 02.15.2019 I fell in love with her in my mid 30’s….the kind of love that takes your breath away and scares you with the intensity of... Continue Reading →

Using humor to aid the dying

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune  | By Bruce Horovitz | Originally Published 02.14.2017 | Posted 02.12.2019 Just weeks before Christmas some years ago, Shirley Rapp and her family faced the devastating news that she had what appeared to be a terminal illness.... Continue Reading →

This Saints fan was ‘determined’ not to watch the Super Bowl, his obit says. He died just hours before the game

Courtesy of | By Michelle Krupa | Photo by David J. Phillip, AP |Originally Published 02.06.2019 | Posted 02.08.2019 (CNN)Talk about a boycott. New Orleanians furious over the Saints' dashed Super Bowl dreams steered clear of Sunday's broadcast, aiming... Continue Reading →

Chaos at the Crematorium — The Musings of a Crematorium Worker

Most of our days are quite sombre affairs, cremating and chapel attending funeral services. Every now and again the mechanical side of what we do fails us, and it makes our day much more interesting. If you have a cremator... Continue Reading →

The Myth of Closure

Courtesy of | By Pauline Boss | Image by Kena Betancur/Getty Images | Originally Aired 06.23.2016 | Posted: 01.29.2019 There is no such thing as closure. Family therapist Pauline Boss says that the idea of closure in fact leads... Continue Reading →

Have your funeral before you die

Courtesy of | By Mary Elizabeth Williams | Photo by Shuttstock | Originally Published: 01.28.2018 | Posted: 01.26.2019 My friend didn't wait till she passed to have a great memorial. More of us should be scheduling our own wakes... Continue Reading →

Letting Go of Someone Who Is Dying

Courtesy of | By Amy Ferris | Photo Credit: Adode Stock | Originally Posted: 07.24.2018 | Posted: 01.23.2019 As our friends and family pass away, how to make peace with tough moments My best friend’s husband is very ill.... Continue Reading →

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