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Practice Dying: An exploration of conscious living & dying

By John Griffin, Ph.D. The above quotation, attributed to Plato as his final instruction to his disciples just before his own death, is an admonition we should all take to heart. It implies not only our behavior at the time … Continue reading

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How to Talk About Death

By Mona Ackerman, The Huffington Post Q: I have a friend who is dying. We have been friends for over 30 years, ever since high school. We’ve been through a lot together – a virtual lifetime talking through jobs, marriages, … Continue reading

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Terminal Options for the Irreversibly Ill

By Jane E. Brody, March 18, 2008, New York Times My Feb. 5 column, “A Heartfelt Appeal for a Graceful Exit,” prompted a deluge of information and requests for information on how people too sick to reap meaningful pleasure from … Continue reading

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I have made a room ready in my heart

I have made ready a room Here in my heart With walls of warmth and windows of color

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Wait a little while longer … why?

I loaned a DVD about Home Funerals to a friend who was going to show it to a family where the husband was dying. She wrote back and said, “I will return the DVD but I never showed it to … Continue reading

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A meditation for loved ones who have died

Universal Meditation for All By Tulku Thondup The following meditation is based on principles of Buddhism, but have been tailored to be universal and multi-religious. In the sky above, imagine that you are seeing the source of blessings in the … Continue reading

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If only I’d known …

Becky told me that several months ago her mother was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. The oncologist said that it was not curable, and they could only slow down the progression. She had read a hospice book that listed … Continue reading

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End of a cycle

I was recently teaching a class about home funerals and green burials to a church group. Towards the end of class I mentioned that it is sad, very sad, to lose a loved one, but that I truly felt we … Continue reading

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“It seems so cruel.”

I overheard a woman talking on her cell phone outside a patient’s room. She said, “I guess we’re going to let her go [die]. It seems so cruel.”

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Rebecca

A friend recommended that I meet Rebecca because she was dying of colon cancer and our mutual friend thought I might offer some solace to Rebecca because of my unusual perspective about dying.

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