What if I Don’t Want a Funeral?

Q. When a family friend died last year, his family made it clear there wouldn’t be a traditional funeral service for him. At first I thought this was because of the pandemic, but now I’m not so sure. Instead, they held a … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Would Someone Want to Preplan Their Funeral?

Dear Angel, My father told me yesterday that he is preplanning and prepaying for his funeral. I just listened as he spoke, but didn’t ask any questions. It was such a serious topic that I didn’t want to look disrespectful by … [Read more...]

How One Journalist Helped Her Father Die

If you’re someone who is suffering from a terminal illness, and you have only a few months to live, should you be allowed to choose how and when to die? Ten states in the United States now let patients do just that — a practice … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for the Final Step: Words of Wisdom from an Optimistic Death Doula

Ruth McGill talks about death every day. She listens to her clients, all of whom are terminally ill, and helps them to decide where they might like to die – at home, in a hospice, or someplace else. She helps them to have … [Read more...]

What to Do When You Are Blindsided by a STUG

Q. Five years ago, my father passed away after suffering from dementia for years. The entire family was there to say goodbye to him, and we felt like we had closure. He planned well, so everything was taken care of and he took the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: End-of-Life Doula Shares Advice on Talking About Death and Dying

Dear Magic, I just found out that a close friend of mine’s mother has terminal cancer. My friend often wants to talk about it, and I try to be a listening ear. Sometimes she asks me for advice, and to tell you the truth, I … [Read more...]

When Medical Aid in Dying Is Legal, But Still Not Accessible

Q. I recently attended my 50th high school reunion and connected with several teammates with whom I played varsity basketball. I heard about a teammate who had terminal cancer who wanted to die on his own terms. Although death … [Read more...]

Top 19 Articles of 2019

Those who read our newsletter or follow our blog know that we covered a lot of ground in 2019. This past year, the Federal Tax Act increased the federal estate and gift tax exemption from $11.18 million dollars per person to $11.4 … [Read more...]

Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America

Attitudes about death and end-of-life choices are rapidly changing in America. As the baby boomer generation is aging, more and more people are rethinking the ways end of life is recognized and are deciding to take control of what … [Read more...]

Stanford Scientists Can Predict When A Loved One Will Die

Richard has had Parkinson’s for more than two decades. He has been hospitalized several times this past year, and each time, his ability to swallow and other motor skills have regressed and have needed to be relearned through … [Read more...]

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