Tag Archives: Suffering

“On Pain” by Kahlil Gibran

Timeless funeral poem coaches us to meet the lessons of pain with openness

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. So begins Kahlil Gibran’s poem, “On … Continue reading

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“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

-Mark Twain
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We Euthanize Dying Animals, Don’t We?

My grandmother starved to death as the aid-in-dying (formerly assisted suicide) debate continues

Today I write about a subject that is difficult to tackle. When we end the suffering of an animal we call it euthanasia, but for people, the new term is “aid-in-dying” or what we formerly called “assisted suicide”. This is not … Continue reading

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