Author Archives: Lucas Morgan (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

“I’m rather relaxed about death. From quite an early age I’ve regarded it as part of the deal, the unwritten guarantee that comes with your birth certificate.”

- Bob Monkhouse
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Documentary Review: “My Last Days: Claire Wineland”

Online documentary follows an inspirational teenager with cystic fibrosis

Claire Wineland, 19, has cystic fibrosis. She’s living on “borrowed time” as the cliché goes, because she has lived longer than doctors led her and her parents to believe she would. Claire has faced the prospect of death for her … Continue reading

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Foster Parent Only Takes in Terminally Ill Foster Children

Mohamed Bzeek has cared for many children whose lives were cut short

Most people will not take in foster children at any time in their lives. It’s a difficult thing to care for a child for most of their life, only to see them leave (possibly forever) once they become an adult. … Continue reading

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Diabetes the No. 3 Cause of Death in US, Study Finds

Oftentimes diabetes is not listed as the underlying cause of death

Diabetes is now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania. The disease and its complications lead to roughly 12 percent of deaths in the nation, the study finds. This … Continue reading

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“Bereavement,” By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley's poem describes one man's intense grief

Percy Bysshe Shelley is known as one of the preeminent Romantic English poets of the 19th century. Though he only lived to be 29 years old, he is regarded by many to be one of the most influential poets of the English … Continue reading

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Chimpanzees Grieve Death Like Humans

Studies show how chimps grieve and mourn their dead

Chimpanzees are humans’ closest evolutionary relatives. Humans and chimps share roughly 99 percent of our DNA, and chimps display a wide range of emotions. It’s also possible that they mourn and grieve the deaths of relatives like we do. A study published … Continue reading

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