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New Book: What Do We Tell the Children?

August 22, 2013 by

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My first book, What Do We Tell the Children? Talking to Kids About Death and Dying is now available everywhere through Abingdon Press. Click HERE to purchase on Amazon. The book is filled with stories about children who are grieving, healing, tools for how to support kids, and our need for a cultural change around […]

Let’s Talk About Death and Social Justice

December 4, 2012 by

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There is this idea, lingering out there in grocery story aisles and behind white picket fences, that working in the profession of death, dying, and bereavement is depressing. This idea, at least as it tends to be conveyed by folks who admire or watch it from afar, seems to be juxtaposed with the notion that […]

New Jersey’s Death with Dignity Bill Will Impact Grieving Children

September 27, 2012 by

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On September 24, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) proposed the New Jersey Death with Dignity Act. Legislation around bills concerning end-of-life care is often fueled with emotion. I have the interesting perspective of having studied Medical Ethics with renowned Theologian and Ethicist Dr. Margaret Farley in 2005, which is when Terry Schiavo was in the spotlight. […]

Plan On a Messy Ending

June 10, 2012 by

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As we all know, we can’t script the end of our lives, choose the time, date or even the disease that will kill us. What we can plan is how much medical intervention is heaved our way in the final days when our families are overcome by grief and possibly confusing and conflicting information. But […]

“The line between ‘extraordinary measures’ and ‘palliative care'”: An Interview with Laurie Foos

May 22, 2012 by

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Laurie Foos is the author of the novels In Utero, Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist, Twinship, Bingo Under the Crucifix, and Before Elvis There Was Nothing. She currently teaches at Lesley University and lives on Long Island. Foos’ essay, “On Bearing Witness,” recounts helping her father through his long illness and death. […]

“We carry them with us.” An interview with Eve Joseph

April 23, 2012 by

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Eve Joseph is an award-winning Canadian writer whose most recent book is “The Secret Signature of Things.” Her essay “Yellow Taxi” was a runner-up for Creative Nonfiction’s Best Essay Award. In it, Joseph reflects on deaths she has witnessed—both in her personal life and in her years as a hospice worker—and the ways we talk […]

Bringing the Generations Closer

April 8, 2012 by

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In a recent article in the New York Times, Jane E. Brody wrote about “Forging Connections for Longer Life,” she cites a book she found in her personal library, Healthy at 100 by John Robbins who devotes a major potion of his book to relationships. I haven’t read Robbins’ book. Probably, one day I will. […]