Author Archives: Katie Ryan (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

Life and Death on the Fourth of July

Some facts you might not know about the famous American holiday

As the Fourth of July came and went, most of us (including myself) were preoccupied with barbequing, firework watching, and perhaps some heavy drinking.  While we all know this summer holiday marks our country’s self-declared independence, many do not know … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The End of Your Life Book Club,” by Will Schwalbe

A reflection about the books you read when a loved one nears death

In 2007, Will Schwalbe’s mother, Mary Anne, was diagnosed with hepatitis after returning from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan.  Months later, her doctors discovered she was suffering from an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer, a disease which is usually fatal … Continue reading

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Exploring the Traditions of Greece

How a funeral rite has outlasted the centuries

One of the most seldom discussed funeral rites in our culture happens to be one of the most ancient. What started in 1100 B.C. Greece is still largely practiced today. In archaic times, Greeks either buried or cremated their loved … Continue reading

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Book Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Redefining what it means to be strong mentally and physically in the face of loss

A few weeks ago, I was very pleased to find a book had magically downloaded on my Kindle.  I forgot I’d preordered it months ago after reading Cheryl Strayed’s essay, “The Love of My Life.”  After her mother died suddenly … Continue reading

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Studying “The Landscape of Death” in Elizabeth Lesser’s The Seeker’s Guide

Make your life a spiritual adventure

“What must die within you now, so that you can grow?” In Elizabeth Lesser’s beautiful summation of life’s big questions, The Seeker’s Guide, we are given the opportunity to follow her rollercoaster of realizations, lessons, and insights as she herself … Continue reading

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Funeral Rites in the Buddhist Tradition

Exploring the ways Buddhists embrace death

Buddhists take a positive stance when it comes to death: the best way to approach it is without fear.  On Buddhanet, you can find an abundance of information focusing on the beliefs about death and dying in the Tibetan Buddhist … Continue reading

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