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The Mourner’s Bill of Rights — by Alan Wolfelt

A funeral service website posted this content today. I think it’s been around a while but worth reposting so more people can see it. The Mourner’s Bill of Rights by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Though you should reach out to … Continue reading

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MemryStone

So proud of our MemryStone project. Much to learn, much to do, but we have already touched dozens of lives with these tokens of memory which survivors inscribe with a personal message and send through cremation with a loved one. … Continue reading

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Neil Armstrong 1930 – 2012

I’m just young enough that the first Apollo mission rests in a vague place in my memory. I was traveling the day Neil Armstrong took those first steps and can only remember someone pointing to a television in the lobby … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens on “Death”

I saw an article today which talked about the essayist Christopher Hitchens’ book “Mortality” which is described as an honest book about facing death. [Hitchens died in December 2011] I have put this on my reading list, but thought I … Continue reading

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Contemplating Mortality, Facing the Challenges at the End of Life

What if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence or mid-life? Dr. Ira Byock is a leading figure in palliative care and hospice in the United States. He says we lose sight of “the remarkable value” of … Continue reading

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You, dead, are so much better than anyone else alive.

The following letter appeared on a site called Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving a Wider Audience. It is the words of the famous teacher and physicist Richard Feynman to his deceased wife. Deeply touching, and a reminder of the range … Continue reading

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Famous Last Words

I found a book the other day entitled Famous Last Words, a compendium a famous and infamous quotes about dying. Some are a bit crass and I will not post them here, but from time to time I will try … Continue reading

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Why didn’t she seem to grieve?

Every once in a while I will hear the question posed in the title above and up till recently I did not have a particularly good answer. I had been taught through the writings of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and others that … Continue reading

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