The D-Word: Talking About Dying

Brayne’s The D-Word is another practical guide to navigating a part of life that can arouse fear, awkwardness, even embarrassment. This in turn can “cause us to shy away from connecting with those who are grieving or those who are dying.” With anecdotes and direct guidance, this book helps us all prepare to open ourselves … Read more

How to Tell People You Are Dying

how to tell someone you are dying

For those with a life-ending diagnosis, there is so much to process. But one of the hardest things may be telling those you love. Click here to read the full article >>   Tags Death Conversations, preparing for death, talking about death, terminal illness WYD TeamThe When You Die team is committed to bringing death … Read more

Talking to Dying Children

Dying child

By their very nature, children are curious and questioning. But how much should they be told if they have received a terminal diagnosis? Barbara Karnes, an RN who has worked with dying children, provides resources to help in those hard and heartbreaking situations we don’t want to even think about, let alone face. Click here … Read more

Dying to Watch: Binge-worthy Series

Dead Like Me

Over the years many TV shows have dealt with death. From a family of funeral directors to a man in deep anger in his grief, these series have actually created a conversation about death and dying, sometimes comedic, sometimes touching and sometimes painfully realistic. When You Die team member, Kelley Edwards, picks and shares her favourite binge-worthy series. (Caution, there may be some spoilers ahead.)

A Dying Mother’s Letter to Her Daughters

A Dying Mother's Letter to her Daughters

If you were dying, what would you want your children to know? The story of Julie Yip-Williams is one of overcoming obstacles. But the obstacle over which none of us can triumph is the inevitable and Williams faces her death by writing a letter to her two daughters as her final gift to them. “I … Read more

Life in Death

Janie Brown is the Executive Director of the Callanish Society, a nonprofit organization she co-founded for people who are “irrevocably changed by cancer, and who want to heal, whether it be into life, or death.”  As a nurse, she considers the people she has worked with as teachers, and passes on their wisdom and experience … Read more