Tag Archives: Dying

How Can Someone Become an Organ Donor?

An interview with Deanna Santana, Part One

Today, SevenPonds is speaking to Deanna Santana, the director of public relations for Sierra Donor Services. SDS is a nonprofit organization located in Sacramento, California that coordinates organ and tissue donations in parts of northern California and Nevada. Her inspiring … Continue reading

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“Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” by Billy Joel

Billy Joel’s touching melody offers us reassurance that death is not the end

If you are one of the many people who have tried to explain death to a child, you can understand the difficulty one faces in finding just the right words. I remember sitting on my bed as a toddler after … Continue reading

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“My life is an open book. But it is very poorly written and I die in the end.”

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Death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It’s Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

- Steve Jobs


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What is a Death Care Midwife? An Interview with Akhila Murphy: Part Two

An expert shares her advice on losing a loved one and her feelings about being a home funeral guide

Today SevenPonds speaks with Akhila Murphy, a trained death-care midwife who has been practicing since 2013. Ms. Murphy’s job is to help families create beautiful personalized home funerals and memorial services for their loved ones. In this second part of our two-part interview, … Continue reading

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The Judaic Tradition of Ethical Wills

Ethical wills have been part of Jewish heritage for generations

An ethical will — also known as a “legacy letter” — is a document that bequeaths not material goods, but ideas and values. For Jewish people, ethical wills are a recognized part of how their faith is passed on from … Continue reading

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