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

Finding the Meaning of Death in a Concert Hall In this article, a hospice nurse remembers how music helped her reflect on the suffering in inherent in her job, and her need to offer people hope. Not hope of cure –  but of pain relieved and comfort given.

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…

By Marilyn Lewis Environmental and financial worries are just two of the many forces reshaping funeral practices Jay Castaño, who works at a Washington, D.C. public charter school, spoke for a growing number of Americans as he explained his funeral plans to The Washington Post: “I want to be wrapped in a shroud like a…

By Marilyn Lewis Green burials, cremation, funeral pyres and family preparation of a body. Here’s help and information on the new ways of mourning loss and saying goodbye Americans increasingly are choosing alternatives to the modern tradition of a mortuary embalming and cemetery burial. Green burials, cremation, home funerals and even family preparation of a…