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Category Archives: Lending Insight
A look at the movie This Is the End and its hilarious take on death
If you haven’t seen it by now, then go. This Is the End, with its star-studded cast and satirical bent, might be the funniest movie this year—possibly this decade. Those who enjoy films featuring James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill … Continue reading
A recent interview with actress Michelle Williams about the sudden death in 2008 of her partner, actor Heather Ledger, reveals interesting lessons about both the nature of mourning and how we can be sensitive to those who are going through it.
Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger fell in love on set while filming Ang Lee’s 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, a film in which they played husband and wife. Shortly after filming, they became engaged and Williams had a baby, Matilda. In 2008, after Williams and Ledger had separated, Ledger, just 28 years old, was found dead of what was later determined to be an accidental overdose of prescription medication.
A private person by nature, in spite of her profession, Williams agreed to give her first on-camera interview with ABC’s Nightline correspondent Cynthia McFadden and was surprisingly candid about her grief. Continue reading
Friends struggle with how to break very bad news in this story of the moment before grief
A prominent 20th-century author and one of the great masters of language, Vladimir Nabokov wrote his share of epic, seminal novel-length works, including Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor. But in the short story “Breaking the News,” first published … Continue reading
Prepare to die by preparing to live.
“When a journey is in our future, it is never too soon to check out the travel guides and customs, and to learn the language of the world approaching.” – Stephen Levine As the author and his wife face serious … Continue reading
Revealing true stories and techniques for connecting with loved ones on the other side
Have you ever wondered if there was a way to connect with a loved one who passed away? Better yet, have you ever experienced communication with a deceased loved one? If so, then you’re not alone. In Closer Than You … Continue reading
How to help a loved one through a tough time
What does it mean to be a “healing presence”? Is being present a simple physical state — or is there something more to it? The Art of Being a Healing Presence, a slim 2001 book written by counselor and ordained … Continue reading
A couple’s love is tested in anticipation of death in Michael Haneke’s latest film.
Austrian director Michael Haneke’s Oscar winning film is not easy, nor pleasurable to watch. Because one can’t just watch Amour—they have to experience it, and become invested in its characters to a degree that is rare in the movies today. … Continue reading
"When your dad's an undertaker, your mom's in heaven, and your grandma's got a screw loose... it's good to have a friend who understands you."
After a more-than-twenty-year hiatus, I put on the movie My Girl this week, and I wasn’t prepared for how moved I would be by the end. My memories of the clips I’ve seen throughout my life promised a cheesy film about a … Continue reading
It's a conundrum when reading (rather than listening to) "1,001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die”
When asked to review “1,001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die” (Gereral Editor Matthew Rye, Universe Publishing) I groaned after paging through the nine centuries of western music that laid before me. As someone who studied classical music … Continue reading
Book Review: “The Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death,” (2012) by Julia Assante
Where we all must boldly go
For the uninitiated, Julia Assante’s The Last Frontier might be a bit of a stretch. The aim is certainly ambitious, certainly admirable, and she will surely win as many fans as she will accolades. Deservedly, in this reviewer’s humble opinion. … Continue reading
CNBC schedules a one-hour special "Death: It's a Living"
Tonight at 9pm ET/PT, CNBC is doing their first one-hour special documentary that takes an in-depth look at death as an industry. In our society, the funeral industry business remains largely a mystery, and we hope CNBC’s “Death: It’s a Living” will demystify … Continue reading