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End-of-life care: How to have a better death | The Economist

End-of-life care: How to have a better death | The Economist | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
IN 1662 a London haberdasher with an eye for numbers published the first quantitative account of death. John Graunt tallied causes such as “the King’s Evil”, a tubercular disease believed to be cured by the monarch’s touch. Others seem uncanny, even poetic.
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My wife says that the world is catching up with us. Maybe it is. We've been calling for physician assisted suicide since before Jack Kevorkian came on the scene to show that it really was an achievable goal. I'm sure there will be some with religious or other objections, but for me, this is a basic human right, to die with dignity. Of course, the decision must be up to the individual and this must be safeguards against those who would take advantage of the sick and elderly for their own gain, but all rights must be defended and protected; that isn't the same thing as suppressing them. 
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Americans view death way differently than other cultures. This woman wants to change that.

Americans view death way differently than other cultures. This woman wants to change that. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There once was a museum solely dedicated to the idea of death and dying. Yes, it was morbid. But it was also delightful — and incredibly important.
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As a person and especially as an author, I believe that death is an integral part of life. Sure, it is sad that people we love and others whom we admire die, but it is still okay that they do. No, not because we'll all be reunited in the great by-and-by, but because it is the nature of things. In the end, the goal should be to accept reality, to cherish what we can, and to grow from all experience, especially loss. For my part, I want to die when I can no longer create and when I can no longer celebrate. What are your thoughts on death? 
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Dying is hard. Death doulas want to help make it easier.

Dying is hard. Death doulas want to help make it easier. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new army of volunteers and professionals works quietly to assist the passage out of life.
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When I was a child, death was a taboo topic and dying was considered an unacceptable if universal act. It was something not to be talked about except when absolutely necessary, kind of like defecation.Slowly, we are moving to a more loving and accepting view of death, especially through hospice. Many of us, including me, believe that physician assisted suicide in a human right. Death Doulas help those who are dying to accept the process, and that makes them true heroes. In the end this is article is a great celebration of the human soul both in individuals and its expression as a common force  in us all. 
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The Most Unusual Way People Die in Each State — in One Surprising Map - StumbleUpon

The Most Unusual Way People Die in Each State — in One Surprising Map - StumbleUpon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"No, this map does not mean that Louisianans are dropping left and right of syphilitic infections or that the police are executing tons of people in New Mexico and Nevada. But it does mean that you are more likely to die of those causes in those states than elsewhere. The authors write that the map shows a "variety of distinctive causes of death based on a wide range of number of deaths, from 15,000 deaths from HIV in Florida to 679 deaths from tuberculosis in Texas to 22 deaths from syphilis in Louisiana."

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Fascinating range of ways to go. As an author, I'm always looking for new ways to approach death.

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Book Discussion with Talk Show Host and Author: Fran Lewis

Book Discussion with Talk Show Host and Author: Fran Lewis | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Four Eastern, Three Central and Two Mountain: Book Discussion welcomes author, Talk Show Host of All that Matters Radio, Dr. Kenneth Weene. His new original title Broody New Englander is a compliation of short stories that will get readers and listeners thinking about life, families and family relationships. The boundaries created by families often create obstacles that cannot be overcome and at times leave members empty, alone and cold. Within the three stories presented and crafted by award wi
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I'm delighted to be on Fran Lewis's great show to discuss my new book. Hope you'll join us.

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Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life | Video on TED.com

Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.
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A video that will make you think

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 26, 2013 4:59 PM

This is a short but very informative video that will definitely get you thinking. The pointers presented will ease the burden for others as you set a plan into motion. Don't wait. Procrastination may lead to wishes and desires never reaching realization.

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How a Heartbreaking Photo of a Boy at His Twin’s Gravesite Healed Their Family

How a Heartbreaking Photo of a Boy at His Twin’s Gravesite Healed Their Family | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A heartbreaking photo of a boy leaning against his twin brother's tombstone helped heal his family after the image spread around the world
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This is very much a tear-jerker of a story, and I wanted to share it. However, there is a caveat. While this youngster seems to have found a great way to deal with and help his family deal with the loss of his twin, over-emphasizing the deceased twin can put a terrible burden on the surviving child. There is a balance to be struck between remembering a dead child and recognizing the importance of the survivor, and of course that is true even when we aren't talking of twins but simply any sibling who has passed. My father had a brother who died in childhood, and I know the death haunted him and that it bothered him that later his family never acknowledged the loss. My brother, who for years claimed  he's an only child, never mourned my loss. However, I think that most families do and should try to keep such pain not buried but in the open where it can help everyone to be a better person. Walker Myrick, who is now ten, certainly has the right idea. Have you suffered the loss of a sibling during childhood? How have you dealt with it?
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Forget Coffins! This Company Will Swirl You Into Beautiful Glass Creations When You Die

Forget Coffins! This Company Will Swirl You Into Beautiful Glass Creations When You Die | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Seattle- based company Artful Ashes is helping loved ones during the grieving process by creating unique glass memorials for those who have passed away.
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I want an Airedale shaped pendant for some fool to wear. It won't be my wife, so just sell the damn thing in the mall. Seriously, how tacky can we try to get? In the end, we spend eternity dead. 
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You can become a tree when you die

You can become a tree when you die | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Of course trees, too, die, and some get cut down, but this is a lovely idea. 

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I wish I could be an elm. I wonder if they have that option? I know I don't want to be a pine tree, too sappy. What's your bark?

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10 Crazy Cremation Stories - ODDEE

10 Crazy Cremation Stories - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the teens who mistook human ashes for cocaine to the U.S. Civil War veteran whose was finally interred 102 years after his death, check out 10 unusual stories involving cremated human remains.
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I've always planned on being cremated, and I wonder if somebody will decide to steal my ashes from the saguaro around which they will be scattered or perhaps a coyote will come sniff them. Seriously, what do you want done with your remains?

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‘Green burials’ are on the rise as baby boomers plan for their future, and funerals

‘Green burials’ are on the rise as baby boomers plan for their future, and funerals | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As baby boomers head toward the hereafter, they’re thinking about what will become of their remains.
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I have often thought that funerals needed to be simpler and greener. For years it seemed that only cremation was the only alternative to a casket. I'm all for a simple decay and return to the earth. Your thoughts?

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The Dyings By Kenneth Weene

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The Dyings By Kenneth Weene A subtle darkness, a darkness suffused with saffron. Not the patterned light and dark as when the nurse has pulled the blinds. Not the variant shades of gray and blinkin...
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One of my noir pieces. Hope it gets to you.

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