Dying & Death Talk

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



How to Make Doctors Think About Death

Courtesy of the New York Times| By Theresa Brown, RN | Illustration by Cecelia Jacobs | Originally Published 04.27.2019 | Posted 08.15.2019 End-of-life treatment guidelines would help families, physicians and nurses confront the inevitable with care and compassion. My patient,... Continue Reading →


Woman who died of cancer at 35 wrote about her life in her obituary: ‘Damn it was good!’

Courtesy of | By Nicole Darrah | Originally Published 04.17.2019 | Posted 05.26.2019 A 35-year-old woman who died of cancer earlier this month spent the last moments of her life living it up, and it's all detailed in her obituary — which she... Continue Reading →

How a nontraditional funeral helped this mom process her daughter’s tragic death.

Courtesy of | By Evan Porter | Originally Published 10.16.2016 | Posted 02.25.2019 Lucia Maya remembers getting a phone call from her 21-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. She was in agony. A creative writing student at the University of Arizona, Elizabeth... 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 →

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 →

Another round of chemo? While it may extend your life, will it be a life worth living?

Courtesy of the New York Times | By Pam Belluck | Originally Published 07.23.2015 | Posted 04.09.2018 It is an excruciating question for cancer patients with a prognosis of only months to live. Should they try another round of chemotherapy? Guidelines for oncologists... Continue Reading →

Greg Wise: love, cancer and the sister I adored

Courtesy of | Photos by JUDE EDGINTON and GETTY Images | Originally published 02.10.2018 | Published 03.06.2018 When film executive Clare Wise was diagnosed with breast cancer, she started a blog. Her brother, the actor Greg Wise, took it... Continue Reading →

What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party

We all harbor the knowledge, however covertly, that we’re going to die, but when it comes to small talk, I am the angel of death. I have seen people try to swallow their own tongue after uttering the simple words “How are you?” I watch loved ones devolve into stammering good wishes and then devastating looks of pity. I can see how easily a well-meaning but ill-placed suggestion makes them want to throw themselves into oncoming traffic.

When the Doctor’s Mother Has Cancer

It left me wondering how commonly cancer patients are treated inappropriately because they don’t have that same access, based on tests that aren’t always accurate.

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