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“I’m Here” by James P. Graham

A dead mother speaks to her child from the grave

“I’m Here” is a poem by James P. Graham. The author was just 17 when his mother died, and his little sister was 3. He wrote “I’m Here” so that his sister could remember their mother and how much she … Continue reading

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What Is “You’re Going to Die”?

An interview with the movement's founder, Ned Buskirk, Part One

Ned Buskirk is a writer, creator, educator and producer who lives and works in San Francisco, California. His most recent and most ambitious project to date is You’re Going to Die, (YG2D) a creative movement that brings people together at … Continue reading

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Book Review: “There Are Two Kinds of Terrible” by Peggy Mann

A 12-year-old boy loses his mother and struggles to bond with his father

Peggy Mann wrote “There Are Two Kinds of Terrible,” a book about a child who loses his mother to cancer, in 1977. Much of the technology and hospital policies have changed since the book was released, but the feelings of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast

Famed illustrator and cartoonist Roz Chast tackles, in this mainly graphic novel memoir, the challenging issues of taking care of and talking with aging parents about death and what their final wishes would be

Many people might recognize Roz Chast’s cartoons from the New Yorker, where they have appeared since 1978. Personally, my first recollection of her work has to do with one of my favorite books from childhood, Now Everybody Really Hates Me, … Continue reading

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On Terminal Illness: The Dad Project by Briony Campbell

Life, death, cancer and what Briony Cambell learned through photographing her dad’s terminal illness

“Being a good daughter to my dying dad was tricky,” says photographer Briony Campbell on her 2009 photo series, The Dad Project, which chronicles her father David Campbell’s end of life battle against cancer. The London-based artist was in her … Continue reading

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