Part 2: How to Respond When a Person with Dementia Asks if Someone Has Died

What should you do when your loved one with dementia believes someone who has been dead for years is still alive? When they ask about them, what do you say? When they think they see them, should you tell them the person isn't … [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...]

Has the Pandemic Changed Funerals Forever?

Q. The pandemic has caused me to refocus my energy on planning for my future and for my family when I’m gone. I have seen people I know die of COVID and their families stressed about their funerals during a time of grief. I … [Read more...]

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...]

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