Understanding death and learning about what happens when you die is at the crux of our mission. Here are a few key resources for you to delve deeper into topics such as the dying process, the funeral industry, dealing with tragedy, hospice care, and more. We hope to help bring the death conversation back into everyday life in order to live fully.
"It’s never easy to lose someone you love. Losing a loved one to an aggressive cancer such as mesothelioma can be even more difficult, because a family member or close friend may be taken far too soon, bringing a sense of shock with feelings of grief, sadness and even depression."
Caitlin Doughty is out to reclaim death. The Los Angeles mortician, author, and founder of the 'Order of the Good Death' and 'Undertaking LA' speaks to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about our society's reluctant relationship to death and how honesty is the cure.
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"We can discover what really matters in our own lives and begin to fulfill our potential and purpose right now, without waiting until our last breaths," says author Dr. Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. "This is the gift left behind by those who have already passed on before us: the knowledge that there is hope for negotiating the dangerous waters of suffering. There is a way through the darkness of illness and loss and it leads to ultimate transformation."
Prominent critic, poet and memoirist Sandra M. Gilbert explores death and dying after the untimely loss of her husband. She weaves cultural history, her personal experience, literature and current events to examine our relationship with death in the 21st century.
While NPR’s Scott Simon sat with his 84-year-old mother who was dying in the intensive care unit of a Chicago hospital, he sent out a tweet. The considerable following that emerged suggested that others were keen to hear more. What resulted was a series of Twitter messages written by Simon about his mother and his experience of saying good-bye and then a book that is part memoir, part tribute, part heartfelt account of letting go of someone you love.
Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime