Dying & Death Talk

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


Loss of a Child

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 →


‘It’s not your fault.’ The extraordinary pain of an ordinary miscarriage.

The Washington| By Maggie O'Farrell | Originally Published 03.07.2018 | Posted 03.11.2018 This is another topic that I need to address more:  miscarriage. April 22 will mark 20 years since the worst day of my life.  I always prepared myself with... Continue Reading →

A Child’s Death Brings ‘Trauma That Doesn’t Go Away’

Courtesy The New | By Paula Span | Originally Published 09.29.2017 | Posted 02.02.2018 Anne McBrearty Giotta doesn’t remember much of what happened on that August morning in 2013. One moment she was cursing her older son, Michael, who... Continue Reading →

Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

Courtesy of | Studs Terkel | Originally Published October 2001, Posted 12.25.2017 Interviews with a paramedic, a social worker, an undertaker, and a mother about their experiences with death and dying Will the circle be unbroken, By and by,... Continue Reading →

Road to Recovery

Courtesy of The New York Times | By James G. Robinson | Photo by Credit Eleni Kalorkoti | Originally Published 12.07.2017 | Posted 12.15.2017 In January, our son died at the age of 5, suddenly but not unexpectedly. He had... Continue Reading →

Having Time To Grieve Shouldn’t Be A Luxury

Courtesy of HuffPost | By Ann Brenoff | Originally Posted 11.15.2017 | Published 11.20.2017 Bereavement leave needs to be more than three days off. Lori McCoy was a supervisor overseeing 911 dispatchers in San Mateo County, California, back in 1991... Continue Reading →

Listen to ‘Dear Sugars’: The Empty Chair Part 2

Courtesy of The New York Times | The Dear Sugars | Originally Published 11.07.2017 | Posted 11.18.2017 When a parent loses a child, the decision to have another can be fraught with mixed emotions. One letter writer, who calls herself... Continue Reading →

Rethinking SIDS: Many Deaths No Longer A Mystery

Courtesy of | By Andrea Hsu | Posted 07.15.2011 | Published 09.20.2017 The thought of a baby dying suddenly and unexpectedly is one that keeps parents awake at night, fearing the worst. For years, little was known about sudden... Continue Reading →

After A Suicide, Sibling Survivors Are Often Overlooked

Courtesy of | By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock | Posted 08.25.2017 | Published 08.28.2017 When Taylor Porco's brother, Jordan, died by suicide during his freshman year of college in February 2011, people told her to be strong for her parents,... Continue Reading →

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