Category Archives: Lending Insight

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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”When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide To Understanding Death” By Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

A disarmingly and sometimes surprisingly straightforward children's book on death and grieving

“What does alive mean?” is a pretty bold way to start a picture book for young children. But that’s the first sentence of Laurie Krasney Brown and Marc Brown’s “When Dinosaur’s Die,” printed in large letters at the top of … Continue reading

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“Kicking the Bucket List” Teaches Readers to Downsize

Gail Rubin makes life organization and end-of-life planning an easy process

If you’ve ever had a loved one die and had to sort through room after room of their life’s possessions, you know what a long, difficult process it can be. And if you’ve ever had to wade through your own … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die”

The documentary takes an honest look at aid in dying

When author Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he had to confront an uncomfortable decision: Should he see his illness through to the end (and risk losing his dignity in the process), or should he choose to end his life prematurely? … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Extreme Measures” by Jessica Nutik-Zitter, M.D.

An ICU physician discusses the American way of death and points towards a new approach

“Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life” by Jessica Nutik-Zitter, M.D. is a book about America’s extraordinarily dysfunctional relationship with death. It is also, in many ways, a deeply personal memoir — a chronicle of an … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Collateral Beauty,” written by Allan Loeb

Loeb’s movie negatively portrays the grieving process as a problem that must be eliminated

Sitting in the movie theater, I was excited. I had my leather seat reclined, a tub of popcorn on the armrest and my Kleenex tissues readily accessible. I had heard mixed reviews about “Collateral Beauty,” but I wanted to form … Continue reading

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