Author Archives: Ellary Allis (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

What Is an End-of-Life Planner?

An interview with Alua Arthur, Los Angeles based end-of-life planner, Part One

Today Sevenponds speaks with Alua Arthur. Alua is an end-of-life planner who founded Going with Grace to provide consulting services for those facing death and for their families. She is a former lawyer and a trained death midwife whose mission is … Continue reading

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“Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning” Reflects on Grief and Loss

Colombian artist Doris Salcedo uses everyday materials to communicate the incommunicable lessons of mourning

Earlier this year, Harvard Art Museum featured an exhibit called “Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning” featuring works by renowned Bogota-based, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo. Salcedo is known for her sculptures and installations that address and respond to the political violence … Continue reading

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“Comfort comes from knowing that people have made the same journey. And solace comes from understanding how others have learned to sing again.”

- Helen Steiner Rice
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Causes of the “Merry Christmas Coronary”

The culprits behind the phenomenon of heart attack increases during the holidays

The “Merry Christmas Coronary” or “Happy Hannukah heart attack” is a term that describes the increase in heart attacks around Christmas and New Years. A well known phenomenon, it’s  been the subject of research for more than a decade. A … Continue reading

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“Haunted” by Poe

An artist interweaves audio recordings of her deceased father with her music

In 2000, five years after she released her debut album “Hello,” the singer-songwriter Poe (Anne Danielewski) released a self-produced second album called “Haunted.” “Haunted” is both a tribute to Poe’s late father, Polish-born film director Tad Danielewski, and a companion … Continue reading

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Book Review: There Is No Good Card For This: What To Say And Do When Life Is Scary, Awful and Unfair To People You Love, by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell

An illustrated guide to showing up when someone in your life is hurting

“There Is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When LIfe is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love” is a gem of a book by Dr. Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell. It’s a step-by-step, illustrated … Continue reading

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