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When dying should not be an emergency

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OK to Die Blog
31 October 2012

If you are 15 years old and you are walking to school and are hit by a car and you are dying, this is an emergency.

If you are 85 years old and you are out doing your morning walk and are hit by a car and are dying, this is an emergency.

An unexpected dying at any age is an emergency.

In contrast, there are many people dying of advanced chronic and terminal illnesses whose dying should really NOT be an emergency. Yet these poor people come to the Emergency Department for help because they do not know two very important things:

Read the full article at OK to Die Blog


Will Student Loan Debt Haunt Your Family After Your Death?

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SevenPonds Blog
October 31, 2012

“Our daughter died — her student loans didn’t.”

Throughout our work and research at SevenPonds, we stumble upon a number of issues surrounding the end-of-life that many people probably don’t think about day to day. After nearly two years with this team, I continue to be surprised by the things I learn, from the people I talk to and the information I find. This, once again, was the case a few weeks ago when an email landed in my inbox with the subject line, “Our daughter died — her student loans didn’t.”

Read the full article at SevenPonds Blog


Friday Funeral Film: Harold and Maude

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The Family Plot Blog
November 2, 2012

By Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death™

Whenever I mention funeral films, invariably those of the baby boomer generation cite Harold and Maude, a cult classic comedy film from 1971. Ironically, while this movie is remembered for the main characters attending the funerals of people they don’t know (like me with my 30 Funerals in 30 Days Challenge), there are only two funerals depicted during the film. The message of living life to the fullest made Harold and Maude the outstanding story that it is.

Read the full article and see movie video trailer (2:12) at The Family Plot Blog


Dia de los BLOGtos

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Order of the Good Death Blog
November 2, 2012

Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead, for us gringos) is the best holiday of the year.  It has all the food and presents and dressing up that make big American corporate holidays fun– or awful, depending on your point of view– but it’s also the day where the dead are invited to come back and visit the living.

Read the full article at Order of the Good Death Blog


Ashes To Ashes, And Death To Life: Lovelier, Greener Burial Options

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Apartment Therapy
October 30, 2012

There is perhaps no more appropriate time of year to discuss death than right now, on Halloween Eve, and Día de los Muertos Eve Eve. It's not the most fun subject, but thanks to a few new burial options, it's a bit more sustainable and even beautiful…

Scientific American says it well: "Modern western-world burial practices are arguably absurd, all things considered..."

Read the full article at Apartment Therapy

Thanks to ConnectingDirectors for alerting us to this article.


Eco-Afterlife: Green Burial Options (Funeral options that honor your loved one--and the planet)


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