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Mad Men Makes End-Of-Life Planning Elegant And Personal
Warning: There’s a major character spoiler ahead. Proceed only if you are up-to-date on the show or don’t care about...
Robin Williams’ Most Uplifting Movie Moment
Robin Williams was known as a manic comedian, but it was his more soft-spoken performances that stick with us. Most of these...
Casey Kasem Passes; Preceded By Family Drama
Kerri Kasem protesting on October 1, 2013 after being denied contact with her father by her stepmom Jean Kasem. A court...
Military Funeral Customs Explained
Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Source: National Parks Service) Memorial Day is a time to honor all the men and women in...
Homeland Actor Wrote His Own Touching Obituary
You probably didn't know James Rebhorn by name. But you definitely knew his face. He was an acting workhorse, with over 125...
Grandfather Writes His Own Thoughtful and Funny Obituary
Walter George Bruhl Jr. lived a full life and shared it with the world on his terms by writing his own obituary. He died on...
Hospital Mistakes Cause How Many Deaths Each Year?!?!
According to a new study, hospital mistakes are the third leading cause of death in America, right behind heart disease (#1...
My Grandma Died on FaceTime
Last week I was at my desk when I received a group text from my mom: “My mom just died.” And then, “I was with her on...
Remembering My Dad On His Birthday
I sat down to write this blog as a timeline; I thought it might be helpful to organize my thoughts so you’d be able to...
Obit for Gus The Polar Bear
Bear—Augustus. Peacefully entered into eternal hibernation at his home on Tuesday after brief yet courageous battle with...
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...
4 Tips for Successfully Speaking at a Funeral
Public speaking is really hard for most of us. Speaking at a funeral, when emotions are heightened, can feel even more...
Mourning Cory Monteith
The death of a celebrity is often a complicated emotional experience for many people. Though we didn't really "know" the...
James Gandolfini Dies in Italy
Yesterday, actor James Gandolfini died at age 51 in Italy, apparently from a heart attack. (Gandolfini is best known for his...
Margaret Ruth Groening (March 23, 1919 - April 22, 2013)
An obituary that ran in a Portland, Oregon newspaper last week featured some unmistakably familiar names... Margaret...
Saying Goodbye to Pets with a "Perfect Day"
Last month Slate re-ran a story from 2011 about a man named Harry, his dog Duke, and the Perfect Day they spent together...
Pets Can Have Obits, Too
For those of us who are pet lovers, we know that losing a pet can be as difficult as losing a human family member. There are...
World's Oldest Person Dies
Besse Cooper, the world's oldest living person, died this week at the age of 116. Cooper lived in three centuries; she was...
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