Tag: thinking about death

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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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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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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Conversations About Death

November 19, 2015/0/0/

The Conversation Project offers a “starter kit” that gets you prepared to initiate and explore the topic of death with loved ones. As the website puts it: “This isn’t about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It’s about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care.” Let’s [...]

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20-Somethings Think About Death, Too

November 18, 2015/0/1/

Given her willingness to talk about any topic, it’s perhaps no surprise that writer and TV star Lena Dunham experiences more flashes of what she calls “mortality awareness” than the average 20-something. But thoughts of death are not reserved for the aged. In this edited excerpt from her book Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham [...]

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