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  1. #121 Matthew O'Reilly: "Am I dying?" The honest answer. — a TED Talk 
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    Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”




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  2. #122 What You Can Learn From Other People’s Regrets — by Dr. Mercola 
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    "Story at-a-glance

    .......While a regret can be phrased either as an action or as an inaction, regrets framed as actions tend to be more emotionally intense than regrets about inactions, but inactions tend to be longer lasting

    .......One of the most frequently cited regrets at the end of life is not having the courage to be true to oneself but rather doing what others expected

    .......Other common end-of-life regrets include: Working too much, not expressing one’s feelings, not staying in touch with friends, and taking life too seriously and allowing worries to diminish happiness

    .......Most men, at the end of life, say they regret missing out on family time because of excessive work

    .......At the end of life, many finally realize that happiness is an inside job — a choice, not a side effect of living any particular kind of life, and regret taking life too seriously and allowing worries to diminish their happiness"

    What You Can Learn From Other People’s Regrets — by Dr. Mercola

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a...d-regrets.aspx



    There are two rather wonderful videos embedded in this article. Here's one...

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  3. #123 If You’re Planning for Your Death, You Have More Options Than Ever Before 
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    "Americans are pushing the boundaries of how to memorialize their loved ones and dispose of their remains.

    What do you want to happen to your remains after you die?

    For the past century, most Americans have accepted a limited set of options without question. And discussions of death and funeral plans have been taboo.


    That is changing. As a scholar of funeral and cemetery law, I’ve discovered that Americans are becoming more willing to have a conversation about their own mortality and what comes next and embrace new funeral and burial practices.

    Baby boomers are insisting upon more control over their funeral and disposition so that their choices after death match their values in life. And businesses are following suit, offering new ways to memorialize and dispose of the dead.

    While some options such as Tibetan sky burial—leaving human remains to be picked clean by vultures—and “Viking” burial via flaming boat—familiar to Game of Thrones fans—remain off limits in the U.S., laws are changing to allow a growing variety of practices."


    If You’re Planning for Your Death, You Have More Options Than Ever Before — by Tanya D. Marsh

    http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness...efore-20171116



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  4. #124 Spiritual Insight into Processing the Grief of Loss — by*Open 
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    "Ever find yourself in grief at loss? For example losing a loved one, a valued career or cherished location. It is, without doubt, one of the most challenging things we can face. But there are some key clues to finding the light through it. Whenever you feel some kind of relativistic experience like this, there’s always the flip side, and a doorway through to it — grief at loss, and the incredible potential of something new now wanting to manifest, are two side of the same coin.

    Here’s a straightforward way of honouring the grief and breaking through to the other side…"

    Spiritual Insight into Processing the Grief of Loss — by Open

    https://wakeup-world.com/2017/11/29/...grief-of-loss/


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  5. #125 These People Are Transforming What Happens After You Die — by Sammi-Jo Lee 
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    "Meet the morticians offering compassionate practices for dealing with death.

    Not everyone likes talking about the death of a loved one. A few people in the funeral industry have taken it upon themselves to make those uncomfortable conversations easier and to offer more options for making those difficult decisions at the end of life."


    The first of three morticians profiled is Caitlin Doughty. She is my favorite mortician ever (I've previously posted some of her YouTube videos). To my mind she is a perfect example of enlightenment discovered in unusual circumstances.

    These People Are Transforming What Happens After You Die
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    http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/so...u-die-20171128


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  6. #126 The Difficult Business of Dying — by Jess Bergman 
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    In a sense this article is a book review of From Here To Eternity: Traveling The World To Find The Good Death by Caitlin Doughty. Caitlin is my favorite mortician and I've referenced her videos and work on numerous occasions. If you happen to be in the unhappy need of funeral services and are pondering the corporate/commercial realities in America specifically but also the 'west' in general this is good food for thought.

    The Difficult Business of Dying — by Jess Bergman

    https://newrepublic.com/article/1460...business-dying


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  7. #127 How Accepting Death Makes Life Richer — by Sofo Archon 
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    "Death is a taboo subject in our culture, something we shouldn’t openly discuss about. But why exactly is that? Why does death frighten us so much that we don’t even find it appropriate to talk about it?

    The answer is attachment. We are so attached to the kind of life we’re used to living that we cling to it as much as we can, so as to make sure it wont flee from us. We’re attached to our partners, our possessions, and many other things we’d be devastated to lose. We want them to belong to us, and we do our best to keep them in our lives.

    Yet, all of our efforts are in vain."

    This is an excellent look at idea that we need to consider the reality of death in order to live life more fully.

    How Accepting Death Makes Life Richer — by Sofo Archon

    https://theunboundedspirit.com/accepting-death/



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  8. #128 How Humans Have Embraced Life, With Images of Death — by Anika Burgess 
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    "Masterpieces of memento mori.

    In the early decades of the 20th century in America, death ceased to be part of everyday life. It was whisked away from its traditional place in the home, where people died surrounded by loved ones, where corpses were displayed. It had moved to the hospital and the funeral parlor.

    Previously, death was something to be considered and contemplated, and this took artistic form in the long history of the Christian tradition of memento mori. This concept—drawn from Latin, “remember that you have to die”—imbued all types of art, cemetery symbolism, and jewelry."


    How Humans Have Embraced Life, With Images of Death — by Anika Burgess

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/article...ulls-skeletons


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