A personal farewell to Shep Nuland, the man who taught us “How We Die”

Image by Sean McCabe in AARPPapers across the world this morning are announcing the death of 83-year-old surgeon Sherwin B. Nuland, perhaps most well-known for his National Book Award-winning “How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter.”...more

Existing in a World My Dad Doesn’t

Fourteen years ago today my daddy died. The years go by but the story remains the same....more
Another Housewife melaflin  6 months today......hard so hard.  thank you for writing.more

A Fifth Marlboro Man Dies of Smoking Related Illness

Eric Lawson, an actor who portrayed the iconic figure of Marlboro Man, has died at the age of 72. He died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease caused by smoking....more

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead-UPDATED

Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. The 46-year-old actor was found dead in his New York City apartment this morning around 11:30....more

The Long Goodbye to a Father I Never Really Knew

My father was dying. Again. He’d pulled this dying stunt a year or two previously, and had us all rush out to the States to be with him in his hour of need. He didn’t die then. In some ways it was a wasted journey, and in others, the start of the journey that would be my adult life. ...more

The Late Afternoon Of My Life

"The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected."  --Robert  Frost...more

How Sad Do I Want People to Be?

Wearing black for a year is a quaint custom but that's what I think my husband should do when I die. I think he should wear black, eschew festive occasions, and only watch black and white TV, just the network stations, no cable, for an entire, long, gloomy year.At the end of the year, he should go to Barbados for two weeks, sit on the beach drinking rum out of coconuts, proposition beautiful women, and come back a tanned, healthy, free man. Then he should get married again....more

Crosspost: Pre-Funeral Luncheon

Monday, January 6, 2014...more

Remembering @TrappedAtMyDesk: What a Life Looks Like in Tweets

What do we leave behind us?I’m not talking about leftover food or dirty laundry. I mean what happens when we’re gone?...more
Heather2run TrappedAtMyDesk I watched it this morning and cried so many tears.more

Death is Out of the Closet

It used to be a simple choice – burial or cremation. Pine box or steel fortress. Ashes saved for lockets and urns or scattered to the wind or ocean. If you really wanted to get fancy, you could hire a plane and pilot to scatter them over the city of your choice.The good news is that death is no longer a four letter word. It’s out of the closet and getting a lot of attention. Dying has even become part of the cornucopia of consumer decisions. We now have lots of choices for where we want to spend eternity....more
I didn't realize there were all these decisions!  Can you still be cryogenically preserved. ...more