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Dying & Death Talk

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

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When my grandmother died, she didn’t know she had cancer. Was it really ‘a good lie’?

Courtesy of The Lily | By Marian Liu / The Washington Post/Marian Liu; iStock; Lily illustration) | Originally Published 08.05.2019 | Posted 08.23.2019 I don’t cry in movies, but then again, I’ve never seen my life so clearly on-screen. I... Continue Reading →

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Funeral workers are finally opening up about the job’s emotional toll

Courtesy of The Order of the Good Death and Macleans.ca | Originally Published 03.13.2019 | Posted 06.04.2019 Dignified stoicism was the manner of operating in the industry, leaving many struggling personally. A group of Ottawa workers is tackling the issue.... Continue Reading →

Japan’s lonely deaths: A growing industry is now devoted to cleaning up after Japanese people dying alone

Courtesy of The Independent | By Anna Fifield| Photos By Shiho Fukada/Washington Post | Originally Published 01.30.2018 | Posted 05.29.2019 As family dynamics change in the country, more people are living by themselves. Anna Fifield reports on the grim fallout There is... Continue Reading →

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

“We are different from other animals in that we are uniquely aware of our own mortality,” says Ken Vail, an assistant professor of psychology at Cleveland State University.

We fear death, but what if dying isn’t as bad as we think?

“The less something is openly discussed, the scarier it becomes. While avoiding talking about death can reduce a little discomfort in the short term, it probably makes most of us much more anxious to die in the long term.”

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?

Courtesy of The Atlantic.com | By James Hamblin, MD, Katherine Wells | Published 04.18.2014 | Posted 09.21.2018 https://youtu.be/q9cS2W5PaSg

What It’s Like to Learn You’re Going to Die

Courtesy of TheAtlantic.com | By Jennie Dear |Photo by Thomas Northcutt/Getty | Originally Published 11.02.2017 | Posted 08.03.2018 Nessa Coyle calls it “the existential slap”—that moment when a dying person first comprehends, on a gut level, that death is close.... Continue Reading →

Isn’t it time we grow up and stop saying we “pass away”? We die, end of story?

Courtesy of The Guardian.com | By Kevin McKenna | Originally Published 06.03.2018 | Posted 07.11.2018 The Co-Op’s new cremation service should making us focus on the truth of dying I fear that death has lately become something of an inconvenience... Continue Reading →

Being clear about your last wishes can make death easier for you and loved ones

On the other hand, neglecting to discuss such issues can result in longer hospital stays, a greater likelihood of continuing life-sustaining treatment against a patient’s preferences, and poorer quality of life for patients and family members.

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