Tag Archives: Death and Dying

“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”

-Leo Tolstoy
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A Giant Porcelain Prozac Pill For Carrie Fisher’s Ashes

One last laugh for the beloved actress, writer, legendary wit and mental health advocate

The acting career of Carrie Fisher, who died last month after suffering a heart attack, is impressive enough to solidify her status as an icon. She will be remembered for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the original “Star … Continue reading

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The Spirit of The Dead According To Ojibwe Beliefs

Lee Staples, Ojibwe spiritual leader, facilitates traditional funerals on the Mille Lacs and Fond du Lac Reservations

Lee Staples, a spiritual leader for the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation in Central Minnesota, says that one must understand Ojibwe beliefs about life in order to understand Ojibwe beliefs about death. “We have within us Anishinaabe spirit, and we just … Continue reading

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“When I die I want to donate my body for research, but more specifically to a scientist who is working on bringing dead bodies back to life.”

-Nikhil Saluja
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Sci-Fi Writer Explores Death From Near Future

Monica Byrne juxtaposes inevitability of death with fixation on eternal life

Science fiction writer, playwright and culture critic Monica Byrne explores the experience of witnessing death from the perspective of a 318-year-old woman in her Ted Talk, “A Sci-Fi Vision of Love From a 318-Year-Old Hologram.” The woman is named Pilar, and … Continue reading

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Cremation Rates Exploding In The United States

More Americans are choosing cremation over burial for its environmental and economic benefits

In 1960, about 3.6 percent of the population opted for cremation. However, that number has risen steadily ever since. The Cremation Association of North America reports that in 2014, the national cremation rate reached 46.7 percent. That’s an astounding 1211.80 percent … Continue reading

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