This lovely song by Ed Sheeran captures those moments of grief as we dismantle a room or home after a loved one has died.
In this lovely story, Chaplain Kate Braestrup recounts a story about the importance of allowing family members, including children, to grieve in the ways that seem important to them, including taking care of the body.
In this article from the New York Times magazine James G. Robinson recounts the story of a road-trip his family took after the death of his five-year old son and healing power of the stories and stones collected in remembrance of him.
In this beautifully moving essay, Brenda Miller explores the challenges and rewards of moving her elderly parents to live in Bellingham, reflecting on the turning cycles of care from parent to child and the ways she and her mother negotiate their grief and loss when her father dies.
How Can We Prepare For A Graceful Death? About BJ Miller’s TED TALK : At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients.
Remembrance – My Mother Gave Me Music Watch this remembrance. In this collage of a section from an interview in 2000 and the song written as her mother was dying, Marie Eaton reflects on the gifts of music her mother gave her and the tender gifts of caregiving at the end of life. Marie is…
Living With Cancer: Parting Gifts Being in a cancer support group eventually means losing a friend. In this article from the Living with Cancer series, Susan Gubar explores this particular kind of loss.
LIVES – Lawless Friendship In this story from the New York Times, Mary Cantwell describes her deep grief after a close friend dies, and reflects how the sorrow at the death of a friend is often unrecognized by our cultural norms.
Family Perspective: Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED) In this video from the fall 2016 Palliative Care Institute seminar, Death Happens: Let’s Talk About Your Choices, Phyllis Shacter tells the story of her husband’s decision to choose VSED rather than move into late stage Alzheimers.