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Putting It Back Together:Exploring Grief through a near-death experience: A 21-year-old woman's near-fatal accident alters her relationship with life.
Buddhism and the Eastern Middle Ground:In Buddhist tradition, our death falls into a plane of existence that continues even after our final breath
Monthly Archives: May 2011
Behavior in some animals after the death of a companion suggests animals grieve, too.
We can easily look at this picture of Gana the mother Gorilla carrying her dead baby and see the loss in her face. But, are we simply projecting human emotions onto her, imagining her grief as the only explanation for … Continue reading
An amazing historical tale of love, endurance, and the meaning of family
This week’s very special Opening our Hearts represents a collaboration between Judy Vasos and Aurora Wells. All material is part of the Rosi Mosbacher-Baczewski private collection — which she had saved for nearly 70 years before passing on to her … Continue reading
A traditional Jewish prayer
El malei rachamim shokhen ba-m’romim ha-m’tzei m’nuchah n’khonah tachat kanfei ha-sh’khinah b’ma’alot k’doshim u’t’horim c’zohar ha-rakiah maz’hirim l’nishmot yakireinu u’k’dosheinu she-hal’khu l’olamam. Ana ba’al ha-rachamim ha-s’tirem b’tzel k’nafekha l’olamim u-tz’ror bitz’ror ha-chayim et nishmatam. Adonai hu nachalatam v’yanuchu b’shalom al … Continue reading
The eight most common misconceptions about death and dying
Many years ago, I was at the New York City Gift Show and I happened to mention my knowledge of the end-of-life industry to a woman at a booth. Her eyes widened and a look of grave concern overtook her … Continue reading
The Funeral Consumers Alliance talks about your rights...
Joshua Slocum is the Executive Director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA), a nonprofit dedicated to education and advocacy surrounding funeral consumer rights. Coming out next month, his groundbreaking (sorry) book Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death digs deep … Continue reading
Jewish ritual, natural burial, and a life-changing funeral
This is the story of Judy Vasos, as told by Aurora Wells… Of those bizarre and wonderful adventures we shared in Mexico, you would always tell me to write about it. Simply, write about it. Like the day I met you … Continue reading
Rumors of Glee character death are confirmed in second-to-last episode
SPOILER ALERT! In this week’s episode of the TV show Glee, amidst the drama of preparing for show choir Nationals, the students of the glee club decide to take on an unusual task: planning a funeral. Rumors of a death … Continue reading
Let’s take the time to walk together while we have the sun You never know when temperamental weather’s gonna come And if you want to face the death you’re never that far from Just take a breath and sing to … Continue reading
Funeria urns and art exhibit stand as memorial to individuals we've lost
Funeria is an international arts agency that enlists top artists to create unique art you might not expect: funeral urns. Each piece is a fascinating memorial to the individual it was created to honor, a beautiful work of art that … Continue reading
The Waitlist is Growing for an Organ Donation Many May Never Receive
Organ donation remains one of the most pressing and complex subjects in medical care. The recipient waitlist continues to grow: currently over 110,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for some form of major organ donation, and many of them … Continue reading
"My prom date was murdered"
This is the story of Aarika, as told by Aurora Wells… The year was 1966. The entire day had been a desperate flurry of preparation and tulle. Back in that time, you had to have your shoes dyed to match … Continue reading
It came to haunt me on Facebook today
Death and dying can come any time — even at the most benign moment, while casually surfing Facebook. When I logged on yesterday, up popped the beautiful faces of long gone P. Scott Makela’s children. Fresh, grown-up yet innocent faces. … Continue reading
Richard Avedon's photographs of his father's last years
Throughout the 20th Century, Richard Avedon was hailed for his unique portraiture, capturing the raw essence of the American people. Perhaps some of his most captivating portraits are those he took in the early 1970′s of his dying father. The … Continue reading