The last 48 Hours with my Mom

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The Fragility of Life

When You Die

On Tuesday, as I sat beside him, "Frank" died (*not his real name). I didn't notice his last breath, just a sudden stillness. I placed my hand near his mouth, to see if I could feel an exhalation, and when I didn't, I touched him gently and said goodbye. Then I went to get the nurse, to note the time of death. Frank was 93, and while his death was expected, we didn't expect it then. I had just seen his family out, and told them I'd sit with him. However, when it comes to death, I've learned that expectations are foolish....more
What a beautiful piece! So glad to find it on the internet today. The transition you describe is ...more

BOXES OF LIFE AND LOVE

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Death, Grief, and the Power to Heal

  October 6thI was driving to a meeting when my cell phone rang. It was my sister, Donna.“Where are you?”“I’m driving.”“Pull over.”...more

How Long Should You Wait Before Posting About a Death?

Usually my pre-bedtime scan of social media is pretty mundane. I might bookmark an interesting news article or wish someone happy birthday before the stroke of midnight. However, on Monday night the first post on my Facebook newsfeed stopped me in my tracks. My 19-year-old cousin had just announced to 1,007 of her friends and acquaintances that our grandmother had died. ...more
Last month, my step-grandmother passed away. I had read about it on my stepsister's fb page on a ...more

Remembering Gram

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Why I'm OK with death in children's movies

At first it is disturbing: Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid...no mothers. Most people notice the trend of parents (especially mothers) dying in children's movies when they introduce the classics to their children....more

3 Ways I Might Die

If any of the following incidents serve as foreshadowing, I might be in for an unfortunate, untimely demise. I’d rather die when I’m around 90, from a battle of wits gone awry, but it’s out of my hands.Here are a few reasons why I could probably die in a mortifying way....more