It’s “Just” Alcohol

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Barry Adkins’ son died of alcohol poisoning the day he moved out on his own. And Barry wants help others so that something good will come out of that.

Macondo Mourns as the Yellow Butterflies Flutter Off: Gabriel “Gabo” Garcia Marquez (1927-2014)

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“The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.” — Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (1927-2014)

On the Road of Life & Death

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In Kenya, where only 3% of the population owns cars, what makes drivers slow down? How might we see roads differently?

Getting Ready for Death

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Why Steve Harper, a perfectly healthy guy, decided to have his will done.

What Can You Say Today That Someone Might Remember 35 Years From Now?

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The words were simple: “I’m sorry to hear about your father.” But for a young girl, they had an impact that spanned decades.

Thinking About Death Can Make You Value Life More

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Go ahead and contemplate your own mortality. How does it feel? Would you be surprised to learn that it can potentially improve your mental health to think about your death more often?

Finding Beauty on the Unknown Road of Life

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Moving forward and discovering the richness to be savored in a fleeting life, Himay Zepeda reflects on it all.

What Losing My Father At Age 21 Taught Me About Life

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Call both of your parents, have a conversation with them and tell them you love them. Do this, because one day you won’t be able to do so and then you just might regret it.

From BLACK MOON, by Kenneth Calhoun

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“She could so easily recall the dark weight of him in the bed next to her, sinking deeper into shame as his body failed him yet again.” By Kenneth Calhoun

Father Walks 11-Year-Old Daughter Down the Aisle Since He Knows He Won’t be There for Her Wedding

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Knowing that Jim Zetz was dying of pancreatic cancer, photographer Lindsey Villatoro decided to help the dad and daughter duo stage some of the important life moments that she knew the two would miss.

I’m Shane. I Could Die Tonight. Come Laugh at My Nightmare.

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“Shane Burcaw … is razor smart, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud funny. I would help change his underpants anytime.” ~Rainn Wilson

Making Peace with Mum and Dad

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Sherri Rosen shares her experience of why it’s so important to reconcile with your parents when they die.

After They Finish With You

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The speaker of RG Evans’s poem bids a dying father farewell in this passionate reflection.

How Nearly Dying Brought Me Close to My Father

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What nearly freezing to death taught me about my Dad.

The Cruelest Thing I Ever Said to My Father

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It’s 30 years past in the snowy rear view mirror, but James Stafford won’t ever forget saying the worst thing at the worst possible time.

The Valuable Lesson of Mortality

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The questions we dread are the same ones everyone else dreads. They’re better asked and contemplated in community.