Tag: Death and Dying

One Million

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Books About Death and Grief Can Bring Hope

NASHVILLE — I was 10 when “Brian’s Song” aired in 1971 as an ABC Movie of the Week. It is the story of the abiding friendship that grew as Brian Piccolo, who was white, and Gale Sayers, who was Black, competed for playing time as N.F.L. rookies with the Chicago Bears. It’s also the story […]

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Oregon Ends Residency Requirement for Medically Assisted Deaths

Oregon will no longer require terminally ill people seeking to end their lives with doctor-prescribed lethal drugs to be residents of the state, according to the settlement of a federal lawsuit that had claimed the requirement was unconstitutional. The Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Medical Board and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office agreed that […]

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In Difficult Cases, ‘Families Cannot Manage Death at Home’

The lead author, Dr. Melissa Wachterman, a palliative care specialist at Harvard Medical School, and her co-authors argue that alternative locations, including free-standing inpatient hospice facilities and hospice units within hospitals, could better care for some terminal patients with difficult symptoms and provide relief for exhausted families. They also contend that financial incentives play a […]

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Modern Love Podcast: A Mother’s Wild, Extravagant Love

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This Memoir About the Contradictions of Grief Plays by Its Own Rules

AURELIA, AURÉLIAA MemoirBy Kathryn Davis108 pages. Graywolf Press. $15. There are memoirs in which you learn the facts of a person’s life, and then there are memoirs in which you are a chip implanted in the author’s brain. In the case of Kathryn Davis’s memoir, you are a chip. “Aurelia, Aurélia” is only 108 pages […]

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Ash Wednesday and the Hope It Offers

Oftentimes, by avoiding the truth of death, we end up stifling questions about the meaning of life, about God, about eternity and about who we are, what we are for, where we are headed and why anything matters at all. I experience this all the time. Karl Marx famously called religion the opiate of the […]

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The Biology of Grief

Chris Fagundes, a psychologist at Rice University, said that in his own lab, he and his team have found links between grief, depression and changes to the immune and cardiovascular systems. In one study published in 2019, he and his team performed psychological assessments on 99 bereaved people about three months after the deaths of […]

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When an Estranged Relative Dies, Some Face Grief, Regret and Relief

Ms. Wright has, though, mourned her father, feeling “huge grief,” but less for the man he was than the loving parent she never experienced. “That’s what you’re grieving for. The childhood you never had, the mother you never had, the father you never had.” Funeral directors also face their own challenges when someone estranged dies, […]

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