Blog Archive: January 2013

After David S. Kime Jr.'s funeral, as his family and friends made their way to the cemetery, they made a pit stop in Kime's name: to a Burger King drive-through. Kime, a WWII veteran who died at age 88 on January 20 in York, PA, was a long-time fan of the Whopper Jr., and his family chose to honor him by purchasing his favorite sandwich.

Kime's daughter Linda placed the burger atop the spray of flowers on the casket at the cemetery, and said that the tribute was a way of honoring her father through "the things that brought him joy."...

In the Huffington Post today, religion reporter Jaweed Kaleem looks at the rise in home funerals, and offers a number of compelling stories of families caring for their own after a death. (A warning: the personal stories Kaleem reports on are both inspirational and also truly heartbreaking.)

Do doctors die differently than the rest of us? Maybe.

Yesterday over at BoingBoing, editor Xeni Jardin shared an essay about the approach many doctors take toward end-of-life care. The article, by Dr. Ken Murray (a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at USC), looks at the widespread delivery of overtreatment, or "futile care," to patients at the end of life, and how many doctors choose not to undergo these types of final—and often ineffective—treatments themselves. Dr. Murray writes:

Following last weekend's piece by Ron Lieber about getting your sh*t together, which we blogged about, the NYT has published an opinion piece by Tim Krieder, "You Are Going to Die." Mr.


This weekend, New York Times writer Ron Lieber shared the story of Chanel Reynolds, whose husband died tragically and suddenly in 2009. In the aftermath of her husband's death, Reynolds struggled to piece her life together, not just emotionally but also financially.