Dying & Death Talk

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


Dying on own terms

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 →


Couple Married for 66 Years Chose to Die on the Same Day by Legal Suicide

By Men' | By Eileen Reslen| Photo by Sher Safran | Orignally Published 03.12.2018 | Posted 03.26.2019 Their deaths are protected under the Death With Dignity law. After 66 years of marriage, Charlie, 87, and Francie, 88, Emerick of Portland,... 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 →

The Doctors Who Invented a New Way to Help People Die

Courtesy of The Atlantic | By Jennie Dear |Originally Published 01.22.2019 | Posted 03.04.2019 The two lethal medications used by terminal patients who wish to end their own life recently became unavailable or prohibitively expensive. In 2016, a small group... Continue Reading →

How to Die

Courtesy of The | By Jordan Michael Smith | Published 10.2017 issue | Posted 09.18.2018 As a psychotherapist, Irvin Yalom has helped others grapple with their mortality. Now he is preparing for his own end. Updated on September 22,... Continue Reading →

Opinion: Let Dying People End Their Suffering

Courtesy of The New York | By Diane Rehm | Illustration by Hokyoung Kim | Originally Published 06.08.2018 | Posted 07.18.2018 Ms. Rehm’s husband died four years ago. It was an emotional moment for my friend and for me.... Continue Reading →

The Positive Death Movement Comes to Life

Courtesy of The New York | By John Leland | Photographs by Devin Yalkin | Originally Published 06.22.2018 | Posted 07.04.2018  Death cafes, death doulas, ‘Ask a Mortician,’ DeathLab — once the province of goth subculture, death is having... Continue Reading →

Fasting to Death

Courtesy of National | Published 03.10.2018 Sallenkhana is a ritual in which a devout Jain fasts with the intention of preparing for death.  

Experience I took my mother to Dignitas

I said a cheery ‘Goodbyeeee!’ and she giggled. Then she went to sleep in our arms and died about an hour later.

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