Your Last Wishes Can be as Unique as You Are

Katie was born on July 4th. She got married on that day also and gave birth to her son on July 6th (he was due on the 4th). She was in the military and is a proud American. For her, Independence Day and fireworks have special … [Read more...]

Can You Die from a Broken Heart?

Q. My grandmother died many years ago, when I was twelve years old. I'll never forget seeing her in her hospital bed and muttering the last words I would ever say to her. I will also never forget how my grandfather died shortly … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Explaining Death and Dying to Grandchildren 

Dear Bebe, My mother has a terminal illness and won't be around much longer. I have yet to tell my children, because I don't know the best way to explain it. Do you have any recommendations on how to tell children that their … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Many Hospice Workers Lack Their Own End-of-Life Directives

Dear Bebe, Hospice workers come into contact with people who are dying every day. I read recently that many of them don’t even have their own advance medical directives. Is this true? Seems like a no-brainer to me! Noah … [Read more...]

Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2017 (Be Very Afraid!)

  Halloween is today, so it’s the ideal day to present you with this year’s scariest articles. From parents being kidnapped by a professional guardian to people getting Alzheimer’s at 40, we uncovered some scary ground. To … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Coping with the Death of a Pet

Dear Angel, My mother’s beloved lap cat just passed away at the age of 17 and my mom is inconsolable. I've never lost a pet, so I don’t quite understand how she is feeling. How would you suggest she deal with the passing of a … [Read more...]

TED Talks: New Ways to Think About Death

Most people don't like to think about dying. We’d rather focus our energy on the people and the things we love, happy times, and things that bring us joy. But, as we all know, death is inevitable, and shouldn’t be ignored. Despite … [Read more...]

Overcoming the Fear of Death

Q. My mother always said that there are two topics to avoid in conversation, whenever possible: religion and politics. Unlike some of my Facebook friends and others I have known, I took this advice to heart and don’t have many … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Preparing for Death on Social Media

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I was recently on Facebook and noticed a friend who had passed away a few years ago still has an active account. Isn’t there anything family members and friends can do to memorialize a loved one on … [Read more...]

Now You Can Clone Grandma — April Fool’s Joke . . . or Not?

Q. I am very close with my 100-year-old grandmother, Emily. She is a remarkable, accomplished woman who went to college (which was rare in her time) and became a successful brain surgeon. She is also a very talented artist. I … [Read more...]