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“At the Gate” by Henrik Nordbrandt

The sudden death of a loved one makes the poet reflect

Dying takes place in so many different ways. Some people, for instance, die slowly as the result of a terminal illness or a condition like heart disease. Others die swiftly, victims of an accident or a fast-acting illness. It is … Continue reading

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Tangihanga: A Look Into a Traditional Maori Funeral

How one of the world's most remarkable cultures approaches expected and unexpected loss

The Maori people are an indigenous group of Polynesian New Zealanders whose ancestry can be traced all the way back to the 13th century. Due to centuries of isolation, the Maori have established a distinct society of characteristic art, language and … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Final Conversations: Helping the Living and the Dying Talk to Each Other”

Conversation guide facilitates authentic communication at end of life

What do you say to your loved one when you don’t know if those words will be the last you ever share with them? Maureen P. Keeley, Ph.D., and Julie M. Yingling, Ph.D. know how complicated and nebulous it sometimes … Continue reading

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Last Texts

Texting provides a new way for victims of tragedies to say goodbye in their final moments

In the moments before they died, some of the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando reached for their phones to send texts to let their loved ones know what was going on. A number of these texts have been … Continue reading

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