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Modern culture often glosses over aspects of life that are too intense to cope with on a regular basis. It is our goal to bring death back into everyday life, creating a meaningful connection to the truth of mortality and the benefits of understanding death.

At the Bedside: What’s It Like?

November 24, 2016/0/0/

WYD is sharing some of the stories we have come across about what happens at the bedside of those who are dying

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Living on a Timeline

June 22, 2016/0/0/

We all wonder what we’ll do, how we’ll react, if (or when) we receive news of our own or a loved one’s terminal diagnosis—and how we'll go on living when we have that information. This is the story of how one young, newly married couple did just that: They requested that doctors never tell them [...]

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Teaching Doctors to Say When

June 3, 2016/0/0/

A woman wants to understand how her cancer will worsen over time. Her oncologist focuses on the treatments that have added years to her life since diagnosis. Enter palliative care physician Diane E. Meier, who asks: Why do so many doctors feel that giving more treatment is the only way they can express their care [...]

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Plan for Death As Though It’s a Birth

May 26, 2016/0/0/

Sheila Kitzinger was a "champion of women's rights in childbirth." She spent her career pioneering birth plans that secured choice and autonomous control for women giving birth. And in her death, in April, Kitzinger was no less influential. As her daughters document here, Kitzinger has provided a model of how to plan for the death [...]

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Love with the End in Sight

May 19, 2016/0/0/

There’s nothing comfortable about considering that the people we love most in the world are eventually going to die. The alternative, though—ignoring that it will, indeed, happen one day—can leave us in a much less workable spot.   When Kate Tellers’ mother confesses to her daughter that she had been to a doctor and was […]


How to Say Good-Bye

May 12, 2016/0/0/

What does it mean to offer words of candour, reassurance and love when we’re communicating with those who are facing the end of their lives? We have so little contact and experience with death that it’s no wonder we don’t know what to say at these crucial times.   This article, which offers insights from [...]

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Before I Die, I Want to ___________

May 6, 2016/0/0/

When Joan, a close friend to New Orleans designer Candy Chang died, the artist and urban planner was moved to invent and create the “Before I Die” wall on the side of an abandoned house in her neighbourhood, using chalkboards and chalk.   Passersby were invited to fill in the blank: “Before I die I [...]

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Examining Life, Looking Straight at Death

April 28, 2016/0/0/

WNYC Radio’s program Radiolab recently presented an episode all about mortality—it’s thought-provoking and embedded with fascinating questions, starting with “Do we have to die?” and ending with “How do we deal with dying?”   Player not playing? click here to listen on radio lab.     If you have the 59 minutes and 22 seconds, […]

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Lessons from Hospice

April 27, 2016/0/0/

What Comes Next and How to Like It is a memoir by Abigail Thomas that’s not particularly about death or dying. But it is, without a doubt, about the inscrutable and unpredictable things that life delivers up to us, including plenty of change and not an insignificant amount of loss—something Thomas knows a thing or […]


How Learning About Death Changed My Life

April 22, 2016/0/1/

Tracy Picha, When You Die’s associate producer, has had a few changes in her life since learning, considering, wondering about mortality. Far from a macabre pursuit, it’s rekindled friendships and fine-tuned notions of what a good life means.   I think about death every day. Funny thing about that is I’m happy and healthy (as […]

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