Meaning of Death

Italian Funerals: My experience of the death of my Nonno

Cynthia Logiudice

Posted Dec 1, 2017

My Nonno (grandfather) was a great man in my sight. He lived his life making sure that everyone in his family was provided for, because he loved them so much. As my Nonno got older he began to show symptoms of senility. A year ago he was medically diagnosed with dementia.

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The 12-Step Tsunami Trauma Survival Guide

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Posted Dec 31, 2016

The Asian tsunami trauma is a different category of natural disaster in terms of scale and impact. Unlike most natural disasters, which tend to be one-time blows at a specific geographic location, the Asian tsunami catastrophe is almost worldwide in its scale; and its devastating impact on poor and highly populated nations may last for a generation…

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The Art of Dying

An afternoon with Art Buchwald and Dave Barry

Ridley Pearson

Posted Dec 30, 2016

Last summer, I learned how to die. Not that I want to practice everything I learn (how often do you actually use that high school trig?). In fact, I wouldn’t mind waiting a while on that one, but it was interesting to sit at the feet of a master…

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A Psychiatrist’s Approach to Death

Orville S. Walters

Posted Dec 29, 2016

Men have tiptoed around the subject of death for centuries. They have avoided speaking the word death by using many euphemisms. But in recent years the taboo has been lessened by a great deal of writing that deals explicitly with death. Research papers, magazine articles and books have multiplied prodigiously. So much, in fact, has been written that the Journal of the American Medical Association recently carried an article titled “Dying is Worked to Death.”

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Control in the uncontrollable – the case of cancer

Isla Carboon

Posted Dec 28, 2016

A sense of control is fundamental to our wellbeing. An awareness of our agency and efficacy underpins the motivation for much of our behavior – without a belief that we can successfully act upon our environment to fulfill our needs, we no longer have a foundation upon which to proceed.

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Creating Meaning out of Conflict and Tragedy

Cathy Patterson-Sterling

Posted Dec 27, 2016

There is no doubt that times of tragedy as well as conflict in our lives are extremely painful on an emotional level. The gift of these moments, however, is that through tragedy we can achieve a greater sense of clarity into our own character as well as value system. During tragedy and conflict, we have the opportunity to test our strength in character and utilise our abilities

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The First Precept: Reverence for Life

Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted Dec 24, 2016

The First Precept is born from the awareness that lives everywhere are being destroyed. We see the suffering caused by the destruction of life, and we undertake to cultivate compassion and use it as a source of energy for the protection of people, animals, plants, and minerals

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From Death Anxiety to Death Acceptance

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

Posted Dec 23, 2016

All human drama is, to a great extent, a story of how human beings cope with the terror of death, and how they overcome death anxiety through a great variety of conscious efforts and unconscious defense mechanisms

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