death and dying 

When Children Die First: A Meditation on the Unthinkable

My first reaction to the big news stories last weekend, first the shootings in Norway and then the death of Amy Winehouse, was to feel more sympathy for the slain Utoya kids. They were completely blameless. They had no hand in their own destruction; ...If the universe granted me a single wish, it would be that when I die old, my daughter will yet live.

Celebrity deaths and family resolutions

I was at the neighbourhood Starbuck's yesterday afternoon, finishing the cold dregs of a soy tazo chai latte, when I clicked over to ParentDish to skim through the late-day posts. Sandy Maple's post about Heath Ledger's death was the first post I saw...

Explaining death and dying to children

An article in the current issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians recently noted what we all thought: the death of a parent or loved one is one of the most stressful events a child can face. An honest word, a smile, and time spent together with ...

Goodnight, Cancer Baby

CancerBaby died yesterday. Thank you, Amy, for telling us. CancerBaby was thirty-three years old and cancer ravaged her and took her before she could have the one thing she wanted more than anything else in her life: A baby. It seems incredibly poign...

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