Elegy–A Poem. An elegy is, as Edward Hirsch writes, “a poem of mortal loss and consolation.” This elegy first records the stray, important thoughts that come when the poet listens to Bach. Only at the end do we come upon the particular loss, and the consolation of possibility.

When Death Comes National Geographic’s featured photos from 29 contributors. “Enlightenment for a wave is the moment the wave realizes that it is water. At that moment, all fear of death disappears.” —Thich Nhat Hanh. From the editors : “We offered you the challenge of translating one of our deepest human fears into a meaningful…

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.

A Family Plot In this story from the New York Times, Steven Petrow describes how a trip to find a family burial site helped him and his father finally speak the same language about their own mortality

Family Perspective: Alzheimers In this video from the fall 2016 Palliative Care Institute seminar, Death Happens: Let’s Talk About Your Choices, Josselyn Winslow tells the story of some of the challenges she faced in choosing when to stop interventions for her mother, who had late stage Alzheimers. 

In this video from the fall 2016 Palliative Care Institute seminar – Death Happens: Let’s Talk About Your Choices, Grace Wang tells the story of her husband Ethan’s decision to choose Death with Dignity. Ethan Remmel, was an Associate Professor of Psychology at Western Washington University.  He wrote a moving and powerful blog, Living While Dying, for Psychology Today…

Dragonfly’s Eye: Instructions for my Funeral Marie Eaton I have often thought that after death, we just become part of the larger great spirit, and there have been moments in my life where it seems the fabric between here and the beyond rips open, and we are given a glimpse. One such time led me…