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It's OK to Die™

"Like it or not, we all die. But those who have made their peace with life and who have made clear plans in advance for death, find that the end of life may be transformed into a powerful time unlike any other. Preparation prevents suffering, but also creates opportunities for peace, closure and even healing. Here at OKtoDie.com, our goal is to educate and empower you with tools, checklists and resources. We want to hear your end-of-life stories and discuss your ideas or concerns. Whether you are visiting this site for yourself or another, we can prepare you. It can be OK to die."

Book, blog, and preparation checklists available at It's OK to Die

 

FUNERAL : Do It All Yourself

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THE GOOD FUNERAL GUIDE

A home-based funeral is sometimes called a DIY funeral, a term many people find repellent. Let’s call it a home funeral.

When someone dies, most public officials advise you on the assumption that you will want to use a funeral director. Some will express amazement that you want to do it all yourself, some may try to dissuade you, some will disapprove and some will try to stand in your way. If anyone tries to tell you it’s against the law, put them right. You are the funeral director.

The more prepared you can be in advance, the better. To begin from a standing start will be really difficult.

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Plan Your Own Death and Funeral

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The Good Funeral Guide

Making plans for your dying and your funeral is a chore easily postponed.

But as the years go by and increasing physical decrepitude makes it clear that you are not, after all, going to be the first person in history somehow to duck under the radar of the Grim Reaper, it feels more and more acceptable, even desirable, to make plans. Decrepitude is nature’s way of reconciling us with the inevitable. Dementia may or may not be nature’s way of taking our mind off it.

If you’re going to sit down and plan your funeral, it makes sense, at the same time, to make plans for the process which leads up to it: your dying.

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Stages of Mourning

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Love to Know : Death & Dying
By Kelly Roper

Losing a loved one is never easy. Sometimes the passing is expected after a long illness, and knowing a loved one has been released from suffering eases the pain. Other times death comes suddenly, and the shock adds another dimension to the grief. Either way, people go through a variety of emotional stages as they mourn. Recognizing and understanding each stage may make the loss a little easier to bear for everyone concerned.

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Families, stop thwarting organ donors

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Vitals : NBCNews.com
By Art Caplan, Ph.D.
Aug 7, 2012

Despite the great demand, very few Americans donate their organs when they die. But the reason for that may not be what you’d think -- it’s your relatives.

That’s what David Shaw, honorary lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, thinks the real problem is. In an article published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, he writes that one of the biggest reasons more people don’t wind up donating is veto by their family.

Read the full article at Vitals : NBCNews.com

 


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