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What to Say (and Not to Say) to a Grieving Person
Over at The Huffington Post, grief expert Gloria Horsley offers a helpful list of things to say (and things not to say) to...
How Finally Being Cancer-Free Allowed Me to Mourn My Mother
This month marks the first anniversary of my mother’s death. Even though she’s been gone for a year, in many ways I’m just...
4 Tips for Talking to Children About Death
For many parents, talking with children about death is a daunting task. Death is a scary topic for a lot of us, and we want...
My Priceless Pink Plastic Rollers
Hidden in the back of my closet is a yellowing plastic bag filled with AquaNet-crusted, faded pink, partially broken hair...
Lessons from Losing My Parents
Five lessons from guest blogger Roz Jonas My father died, suddenly and unexpectedly, at the age of 79. He and my mother had...
Scott Simon Shares His Mother's Last Days
Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, has been sitting with his mother in a hospital Intensive Care Unit...
How Comfort Dogs Comfort
For as long as I can remember, every night when my dad would arrive home from work and turn the handle on the apartment...
Why I Don’t Have My Father’s Name Tattooed on My Body
A few weeks after my father died, long after the funeral and shiva were over, it hit me that my dad was really gone. Since I...
Will there Be an Open Casket at a Catholic Wake?
A viewer of my videos wrote in: "I'm going to a Catholic wake for the first time. Will there be an open casket? What if I'm...
How to Talk to Someone Who's Grieving
When a friend experiences a loss, it's hard to know what to say. Writer Mary Elizabeth Williams intimately understands the...
Why Do We Have Funerals?
It's traditional to have a funeral or memorial service when someone dies. But why? What purpose does a funeral serve? Check...
Military Funeral Customs Explained
Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Source: National Parks Service) Memorial Day is a time to honor all the men and women in...
Message Of Love Transforms Game of Thrones Billboard
We came across this clever alteration of a Game of Thrones' billboard in a New York City subway station. Rather than...
Great-Grandma Finds Solace, Joy and Selfies on Instagram
Source: Instagram, grandmabetty33 Call her InstaGranny! Betty Simpson, who goes by the Instagram handle Grandmabetty33,...
LearnVest Covers Death Over Dinner...and Us!
The popular financial site LearnVest has jumped on the Death Over Dinner train with this recent article "Death Dinners:...
Personal Story: Loss, Grief, and Recovery
Mark lost his wife of 28 years to cancer two years ago and documented his experience on his site. It's quite comprehensive...
Dying Father Has 10-Year-Old Daughter Dress Like Bride
Johnny Wells is not going to live to see his daughter grow up and get married. To replace this loss, he and his family held...
Video: Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Dying?
Our friend Kathy Kastner of BestEndings.com has put together a very down-to-earth and helpful video series dealing with...
Death Over Dinner Gets Props on Bloomberg
Death + Dinner = Delicious. Bloomberg Media recently highlighted the “death dinners,” which recently collaborated with...
Mourning Cory Monteith
The death of a celebrity is often a complicated emotional experience for many people. Though we didn't really "know" the...
Learning the Value of Palliative Care Too Late
As I headed down to DC for work the other day, my cab driver pointed out something I’d never seen. “See that limo over there...
My Mother's Ethical Will
One of the first things my mother did when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was contact an estate attorney. She was...
A Daughter's Reflections on Her Father's Death
In Issue 11 of The Magazine (a subscription-based online and iPhone/iPad app that features fascinating short articles on a...
My Friend's Mom is Dying...What About Me?
When someone is dealing with a significant hardship, like death or caring for someone who is dying, the natural inclination...
Greeting Cards for Hospice
Today's blog post is by our Editorial Intern, Ariana Dindiyal. We're so happy to have her on the Everplans team, and look...
In cities across the country (and the world), curious people of all ages and backgrounds are gathering regularly to share...
Introducing Lauren Thaler Kahn
A Matter of Life and Death As an only child with a single parent, I was always scared to death of losing my mother. Life...
Home Funerals: Personal Ways of Saying Goodbye
In the Huffington Post today, religion reporter Jaweed Kaleem looks at the rise in home funerals, and offers a number of...
God, Family, Community, and Grief
This week in the New York Times, columnist Maureen Dowd turned her column over to Father Kevin O’Neil, a Catholic priest,...
Milestones: My Loss Does Not Define My Gains
I feel the sting of my mother’s absence most acutely at the milestones. In some ways, the milestones, no matter how many...
The Identity Crisis of the Patient
After my mom’s cancer diagnosis, lots of things changed: schedules, diets, and priorities, to name a few. But one of the...
A Caregiver's Identity Crisis
If you've even been on the receiving end of a terminal diagnosis or watched someone struggle with a serious illness, then...
"The Caretaker," A Short Documentary
The New York Times has shared a short documentary called "The Caretaker" that looks at the loving, compassionate, and...
Introducing Marianna Sachse
Death, Dying, and Dealing with It Three years ago, I could never have imagined that I’d be contributing to a blog about end...
How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick
We've talked on the blog before about how to help a friend who's experiencing a hardship and what to say (and not to say)...
Keep Calm and Carry This List With You on Diagnosis Day
The day someone you love is diagnosed with a terminal disease, the sheer terror that takes over will likely cause you to go...
Care When There Is No Cure
Friend-of-Everplans Mark Dimor is producing a documentary that we think is both powerful and important. The film is inspired...
Tylenol May Help Ease Anxiety About Death
For most humans, thinking about death is stressful. A new study now shows that acetaminophen, the primary ingredient in...
A Laughing Matter
For a blog series called A Matter of Life and Death, I admit that I’ve probably talked a lot more about the latter. (Sorry...
What Won’t You Regret On Your Deathbed?
A palliative care nurse recently wrote a list of the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed. It became really popular....
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