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Free, Public Symposium on "Awareness of Death and Personal Mortality: Implications for Anthropogeny"

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Awareness of Death and Personal Mortality: Implications for Anthropogeny is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, March 3rd (1:00 – 5:30 pm PT), co-chaired by Nicholas Humphrey (Univ of Cambridge) and Ajit Varki (UC San Diego).

While certain warm-blooded social animals and birds appear to react selectively and specifically to the death of other members of their group, humans seem to be very unusual in the quality and extent of our responses, and in the ability to translate these experiences into an understanding of our personal mortality ...

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Things To Know Before I Go

Posted by TreeLover99 on Oct. 23, 2016, 7:41 p.m.


Things To Know Before I Go

In addition to the emotional aspects of preparing for death, there is the business aspect of death.  I have come across a book "Things To Know Before I Go" which can be a valuable asset to help your loved ones deal with the business that will come following your death.  The book covers 17 categories including personal information, funeral wishes, financial accounts, life insurance, location of documents, investments, obituary, pets and much more.  It's easy to use with simple fill-in forms printed in a large font and coil bound to lay flat.  "Things To Know Before I Go" can provide a clear and concise documentation of your ...

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Awake At The Bedside

Posted by mburnside on Oct. 19, 2016, 7:08 a.m.


Awake At The Bedside

This is a beautiful book about living, caring for those whose lives are ending and how compassionate care changes all of us.

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Kitchen Table Wisdom

Posted by metta on Oct. 16, 2016, 7:01 a.m.


Kitchen Table Wisdom

Written by a woman (Rachael Naomi Remen) who works with people who have life-threatening illnesses, this book is insightful and loving and a great resource for thinking about life and death. 

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The Hourglass: Life as an Aging Mortal

Posted by Pam Cuming on April 17, 2016, 5:51 p.m. 1 comment


The Hourglass: Life as an Aging Mortal

In The Hourglass: Life as an Aging Mortal, Pamela Cuming invites us to contemplate how we can find the courage to age and to confront death as the runway of our lives gets shorter. She courageously addresses questions like these:
• How can we continue to find meaning in life when we already know the end of the story? 
• Is it possible to love our aging bodies as we once loved our younger selves?
• How can we continue to love our aging mates when they grow short-tempered, and impatient and can’t play with us or interact with us the way they used to?
• What can we do to ...

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Death and its advantages

Posted by Nataly Rojas on Feb. 17, 2016, 3:26 p.m.


Death and its advantages

Days ago I found a book at a book fair near my city, I bougth it and I wanted to share it with you but I couldn't find it in english. It's about the scientific explanation of death, how cells work to... yes, die.  Anyways here's the link of "La muerte y sus ventajas" if any of you want to read it.

This is my first post and I'm glad to have found a place like this

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Love Your Life to Death

Posted by Yvonne Heath on Jan. 21, 2016, 2:21 p.m.


Love Your Life to Death

 

 

Love Your Life to Death

This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but most importantly it may give you a new perspective on life and death. Through heartfelt stories of those who have been deeply impacted by loss and found happiness again, and interviews of professionals who deal with grief, death and dying, you will gain from their insightful experiences.

You will be empowered by:                                                                                     

*Exploring why we have become a death phobic society

*Better understanding medical futility and quality vs. quantity of life

*Discovering how living fully can help you die peacefully

*Looking at grief and creating your self-care tool box

* Learning how ...

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Giving before death

Posted by chrisburnscox on Aug. 17, 2015, 6:33 a.m.


For anyone wanting to do something useful before death do consider giving a kidney.

An 85 year old did so last year!

5000 people with kidney failure in UK are waiting for one and 200+ die evry year for lackof a kidney.

Giving is no big deal for the donor but a vast bonus for the suffrer who receives one.

To finds out more see www.giveakidney.org

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Final Gifts

Posted by on June 30, 2015, 2:16 p.m.


Final Gifts

This important work by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley is a must-read for any hospice practitioner and/or family member of someone who is dying who would like to understand what your loved one is going through.  One of the most interesting things I learned from this book is that the dying often speak in symbolic language that their family or caregiver does not recognize.  When I worked as a hospice RN case manager, I would keep extra copies of this book on hand to give out to families.  I often refer to this book as the book Elisabeth Kubler-Ross would have written had her career in end-of-life ...

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TED Talks

Posted by Lis Horwich on April 15, 2015, 11:27 a.m.


9 talks all related to dying and huge eyeopeners to a different way of thinking about death. Lasting from 5 to 15 mins each.

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Seshendra Sharma

Posted by Saatyaki S/o Seshendra Sharma on Jan. 22, 2015, 4:41 a.m.


Seshendra Sharma

Rivers and poets
Are veins and arteries
Of a country.
Rivers flow like poems
For animals, for birds
And for human beings-
The dreams that rivers dream
Bear fruit in the fields
The dreams that poets dream
Bear fruit in the people-

-       Seshendra Sharma

 

 

 Seshendra Visionary poet of the millennium
http://seshendrasharma.weebly.com
October 20th,1927  - May 30th ,2007
Parents: G.Subrahmanyam (Father) , Ammayamma (Mother)
Siblings: Anasuya,Devasena (Sisters),Rajasekharam(Younger brother) 
Wife: Mrs.Janaki Sharma
Children: Vasundhara , Revathi (Daughters),Vanamaali , Saatyaki (Sons)
 

Seshendra Sharma better known as Seshendra is a colossus of Modern Indian poetry. 
His literature is a unique blend of the best of poetry ...

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More To Death

Posted by Josefine Speyer on July 5, 2014, 2:46 a.m.


This is a free online magazine produced by the Natural Death Centre Charity. It offers a wealth of information and u to date news. Wonderful to spark off discussions with friends and family or just an interesting read. Nothing morbid about it!

The first three editions are here:

http://issuu.com/moretodeath/docs/more_to_death_january_2013

http://issuu.com/moretodeath/docs/more_to_death_autumn_winter_2013

 

http://issuu.com/moretodeath/docs/more_to_death_edition3

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Dying To Know

Posted by Jonathan Stein on April 10, 2014, 8:05 p.m.


Dying To Know

“Dying to Know” is an intimate portrait celebrating two very complex, controversial characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation.  In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics.  Leary became the LSD guru, challenging convention, questioning authority and as a result spawned a global counter culture movement landing in prison after Nixon called him “the most dangerous man in America”.  Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation who continues in his 80’s teaching service through compassion.  With interviews spanning 50 years the film ...

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Hospice Is Not a Dirty Word

Posted by ngcfounder on April 9, 2014, 7:07 p.m. 4 comments


Hospice is Not a Dirty Word

1.  Because it takes the focus off of the disease and puts it back on the human being and the family and loved ones around them.

2. Because it gives families a plan to follow in the face of overwhelming grief and stress.

3. Because the caregivers are passionate about preparing the individual and the family to take the next step in the human journey.

4. Because teaching our children how to care for the dying in a loving and selfless manner will erase their television and video game driven fears about their own deaths.

5.  Because we prepare for births, college and marraige and funerals but we fail to prepare for something we all must face at some point.

6. Because everyone deserves a death with dignity and without pain or fear.

7. Because it no longer means you have only a few days to live. Now it means you can have some quality of life no matter how limited your time.

8. Because it does not neglect the physical, spiritual and mental well being of the dying person and those around him or her.

9. Because primary care providers are ill equipped to manage negative symptoms associated with the dying process but hospice physicians are experts.

10.  Because it assists in making the wishes of the dying person known and in helping those around him/her honor those wishes.

Hospice is a gift, not a dirty word.

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Before We Say Goodbye

Posted by Sophia Tara on April 7, 2014, 5:53 a.m.


Before We Say Goodbye

"Terminally ill, she asks her son to help her die. What should he do now? Before We Say Goodbye speaks directly to countless families. It challenges us in our deepest selves. Many will call it a love story."

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