Category Archives: Dying

Happy Grandparents Day–Part 1

Tomorrow is Grandparents Day– for some, a day to gratefully celebrate others (biological elders or not) who have “grandparented” them; for grateful others, to be the ones being celebrated as “grandparents.” Whichever category you are in, it is good to … Continue reading

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First Sept. 11th–remembering how terror hit home that day

It’s another September 11th. Seems like a miracle thinking back to how bleak the future looked on the first September 11th, in the wake of the unfathomable terrorist attacks. That first memorable September 11th morning, I was at work in … Continue reading

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surprised by grief

When my father died, a close friend, whose mother and father had died–just two weeks apart, and about eight months before my father’s death—gently counseled me. “Be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions,” she said. “One minute you think … Continue reading

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Thoughts of death—how much did I know? (Part 1)

Like it or not, impending retirement has set in motion for me thoughts of the final retirement from this life as we know it: death. Not that I haven’t already done considerable–willing and unwilling–dying along the way. “Dying to self” … Continue reading

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Thoughts of death—how much did I know? (Part 2)

Believing without a doubt in an afterlife, I look forward to knowing the answers to some elusive questions that have arisen in this life. Likewise, I have no doubt that I will get answers to questions I’ve never even thought … Continue reading

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