Tag Archives: Lending Insight

Anthony Doerr’s “The Deep” Challenges Stereotypes Surrounding Terminal Illness

Doerr’s award winning short story emphasizes the importance of embracing all that life has to offer

While finishing up a contemporary short story class this semester, I came across a piece of fiction that has since nestled itself deeply into my consciousness. The story, which I found in Ben Marcus’s book “New American Stories,” is by American … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom

Albom’s touching tribute exemplifies life’s priorities, and what it means to be human

Do you ever dream of going back to school? As someone who loves learning, I am dreading my approaching college graduation. But one of the most valuable lessons I have learned in my life is that we never really stop … Continue reading

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”When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide To Understanding Death” By Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

A disarmingly and sometimes surprisingly straightforward children's book on death and grieving

“What does alive mean?” is a pretty bold way to start a picture book for young children. But that’s the first sentence of Laurie Krasney Brown and Marc Brown’s “When Dinosaur’s Die,” printed in large letters at the top of … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Extreme Measures” by Jessica Nutik-Zitter, M.D.

An ICU physician discusses the American way of death and points towards a new approach

“Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life” by Jessica Nutik-Zitter, M.D. is a book about America’s extraordinarily dysfunctional relationship with death. It is also, in many ways, a deeply personal memoir — a chronicle of an … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Collateral Beauty,” written by Allan Loeb

Loeb’s movie negatively portrays the grieving process as a problem that must be eliminated

Sitting in the movie theater, I was excited. I had my leather seat reclined, a tub of popcorn on the armrest and my Kleenex tissues readily accessible. I had heard mixed reviews about “Collateral Beauty,” but I wanted to form … Continue reading

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What is a Lasting Letter? An Interview with Frish Brandt, Part Two

Frish Brandt is a letter midwife, helping people craft messages that will last long after they're gone

Welcome to Part Two of our interview with Frish Brandt. (Read part one here.) Frish runs a volunteer service called Lasting Letters. A Lasting Letter, sometimes called a legacy letter, is one that carries one’s voice forward through time, so that … Continue reading

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