Author Archives: Antal Polony (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

Film Review: OWN TV’s “Serving Life”

An inmate-staffed hospice program in one of the roughest prisons in the U.S.

Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana has a long held and justly deserved reputation as one of the roughest prisons in the United States. With over 5,000 inmates and 1,000 prison employees, it is the largest maximum security correctional facility in … Continue reading

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What American Indian Burial Rituals Can Teach Us

Green burial is all the rage today, but many Native American tribes continue to practice it as they have for thousands of years

In these days of increasing eco-conscious, less-is-more aestheticism, many of those preparing for an end-of-life are beginning to question the need for elaborate caskets, garish flower displays and environmentally unsound cemeteries. Home funerals too, that is, the family keeping, cleaning … Continue reading

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Beautiful Memorial Music: “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King

A message of love, through space and time, that continues to heal wounds in Carole King

While death is never explicitly addressed in this classic song by Carole King, one can imagine it as a fitting piece of music for a beautiful memorial. There is something eternal and soul-like in King’s depiction of a friendship where … Continue reading

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Dealing with Death During the Holidays: an Interview with Brad Leary

The holidays can be hard — a hospice care professional offers advice on coping with death in the midst of social pressures

  Brad Leary is Director of Social Services and Counseling at Hospice of the Valley, a San Jose facility that, according to its website, “affirm[s] dignity and hope for those facing serious illness by providing comfort through compassionate palliative, hospice … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death” by Joshua Slocum and Lisa Carlson

A valuable book that sometimes suffers from an overly glib tone

Joshua Slocum’s and Lisa Carlson’s book, Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death, is one part in-depth expose of all things deplorable and funeral, and two-parts step by step manual detailing the different states’ laws regulating this shadowy industry, … Continue reading

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Classic Book Review: As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

How the Bundren Family’s Journey to Bury Their Dying Matriarch Speaks to Life as Much as Death

Faulkner was a “Southern” writer, in the vein of Flannery O’Connor, but like O’Connor, his works tend to speak to larger themes. His third novel, As I Lay Dying, concerns a relatively simple set of events: the death of the … Continue reading

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