Dying & Death Talk

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



How we saved our marriage after our daughter was stillborn

Courtesy of the Washington Post | By Kelsey Francis | Photo by iStock | Originally Published 04.29.2019 | Posted 05.04.2019 In the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, winters are long and dark. The thermometer outside my kitchen window often... Continue Reading →


My Wife Was Dying, and We Didn’t Tell Our Children

Courtesy of | By Jon Mehlman | Illustration by Erin McCluskey | Originally Published 02.14.2019 | Posted 03.20.2019 We decided not to tell the kids. Marla knew that once our three daughters understood that their mother had been given... Continue Reading →

Why I Don’t Say My Daughter ‘Passed Away’

Courtesy of | By Caila Smith | Image by Getty | Posted 01.09.2019 Trigger warning: child loss  In my opinion, society as a whole is far too uncomfortable with using the word dead. As if it’s disrespectful to the non-living.... Continue Reading →

Gel, wand, belly, ultrasound: the moment life as I knew it ended

Courtesy of | By Phillipa McGiunness | Photo by Katie Collins/PA | Originally Published 05.23.2018 | Posted 06.15.2018 When I saw the obstetrician’s face, hope receded. She tried to find a heartbeat but there was no heartbeat in my... Continue Reading →

When to end a terminally ill child’s life? It’s an agonising decision

Courtesy of | By Iain Macintosh | Originally Published 03.22.2018 | 04.25.2018 As doctors, we have to temper parents’ relentless optimism with the truth. That may seem cruel, but it is necessary. My wife says my colleagues and I... Continue Reading →

‘Stay Strong,’ And Other Useless Drivel We Tell The Grieving

Courtesy of | By Megan Devine | Photo by Gerald Herbert/AP | Originally Published 03.07.2018 | Posted 03.12.2018 Now that it’s been almost three weeks since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and the students have... Continue Reading →

When Do Kids Understand Death?

Courtesy of National | A blog by Virginia Hughes | Originally Published 07.26.2013 | Posted 03.05.2018 Wednesday morning I went to the funeral of my husband’s grandfather, who had lived 93 years. As a couple of dozen family members... Continue Reading →

‘It was an incredibly enriching day’: the families taking control of death

We plan for births, but fail to take full charge with deaths.

Building Resilience in Kids After Loss

Courtesy of | By Michelle Steinke-Bumgartner | Photo by Erin McFarland Photography | Originally Published 08.28.2017 | Posted 02.05.2018 The single hardest thing for me to accept on that fateful night after being told of his plane crash, where... Continue Reading →

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