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“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” by Emily Dickinson

A poem that describes an encounter with mortality

“Because I could not stop for death He kindly stopped for me The carriage held but just ourselves And immortality.” Emily Dickinson, born in 1830, was in many ways a living contradiction. She was raised in a Calvinist, orthodox, conservative … Continue reading

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“Death Sets a Thing Significant” by Emily Dickinson

A poem about cherishing what our loved ones leave behind

Even if you’re not a huge fan of poetry, you’ve most likely heard of mid-19th century poet Emily Dickinson. Born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Dickinson spent most of her life completely isolated from the outside world. Her work was … Continue reading

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Grieving the Loss of Health

Grappling with the complex emotions associated with terminal illness

Each month Kathleen Clohessy, R.N., offers a new perspective on living with a terminal illness. Kathleen comes to SevenPonds with 25 years experience as a registered nurse caring for families and children facing life-threatening illness. She began her career in the … Continue reading

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The Hour of Lead

Emily Dickinson perfectly captures the numbness we experience after the passing of a loved one

My post last week was about letting go of sorrows in order to be happy, and to fully appreciate the good experiences in life. While this is an important stage to come to, it’s certainly not what immediately follows a … Continue reading

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Death as a Journey

Emily Dickinson's poem offers a peaceful look at death

I’ve been looking a lot at writers’ views on death itself lately, but not as much at what happens after death. Emily Dickinson offers her take on the afterlife in “Because I could not stop for Death,” arguably her most … Continue reading

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“Death is a Dialogue” by Emily Dickinson

A dialogue between death and spirituality in an Emily Dickinson poem offers an interesting perspective

Emily Dickinson, one of the greatest American poets of all time, is no lightweight when it comes to exploring death. In her poem “Death is a Dialogue,” Dickinson touches on a few contrasting ideas that portray death as a complex … Continue reading

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