Author Archives: Debra L. Stang (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

“Anything But Lonely” from “Aspects of Love”

Finding another relationship after the death of a loved one

The song “Anything But Lonely” comes from the 1989 musical “Aspects of Love.” Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the music and Don Black and Charles Hart wrote the book and lyrics. The show itself was a flop, but it had several … Continue reading

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Sexuality in an Assisted Living Facility

Do residents have enough privacy to fulfill their sexual needs?

Years ago, I worked in an adult care facility as a medical social worker. We admitted a woman in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s. She was a widow but had no memory of her husband’s death. One day, the woman … Continue reading

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“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

-Mark Twain
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Book Review: “The Truth About Mary Rose” by Marilyn Sachs

A girl searches to find information about an aunt she never knew

We all want to know where we come from, who our ancestors were and what they were like. Sometimes, though, the answers we uncover are not the ones we expect. This is the case in the young adult novel “The … Continue reading

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“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” by Emily Dickinson

A poem that describes an encounter with mortality

“Because I could not stop for death He kindly stopped for me The carriage held but just ourselves And immortality.” Emily Dickinson, born in 1830, was in many ways a living contradiction. She was raised in a Calvinist, orthodox, conservative … Continue reading

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The Tradition of the Spanish Funeral

Fast interment, above ground niches, remaining close to the body

Different countries have different funeral traditions. The Spanish funeral focuses, among other things, on a rapid burial or interment. Many deaths in Spain occur in the home. The sick person’s loved ones usually start to prepare for the death a … Continue reading

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