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Insurance okays transplant as teen dies

Nataline Sarkisyan had leukemia. I say "had" because it is no longer an issue for her. She passed away last week. She had undergone a bone marrow transplant from her brother, but a complications with her liver meant she needed a transplant. Her...

Introducing Death, part II

That was hard. We talked to the kids last night about my brother-in-law's mother-in-law. I'm not sure Sara really got it, but Jared did. He asked some questions, including if I was going to die (yes, someday, but probably not for a long time), why do...

Reading about death: Always and Forever

In Always and Forever, Alan Durant has presented death realistically and then provided examples of coping with it. The story centers around a family of four forest animals -- Fox, Mole, Otter, and Hare -- who live together in a house in the woods....

Introducing Death

Last week, my brother-in-law's mother-in-law passed away. It was not unexpected, but it has, nonetheless, caused much grief and pain for the family. Tomorrow there is going to be a viewing, followed by a rosary. The viewing is going to be...

Woman gives birth, hugs twins, and dies

Twenty-two-year-old Emma Gough was ecstatic when she learned she was going to give birth to twins. Unfortunately, that's about as far as she got. A few hours after giving birth to her twins in Shrewsbury, England, Mrs. Gough died from blood loss...

Day of the Dead

Today marks the last part of of Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration. Unlike Halloween, where the emphasis is on the scariness, ghosts, and skeletons, Day of the Dead is joyous. Death is considered the start of a new phase, rather than an...

Are you going to die?

Lying in the bed next to me, slowly facing the day, Jared says "I love you. You're my best buddy." I respond in kind, and then he asks, "Daddy, are you going to die?" He's serious, as I can tell from the little frown that holds his mouth captive....

Suicide rates among girls on the rise

After falling steadily since 1990, the rates of suicide among young girls went up -- in some age groups, significantly -- between 2003 and 2004, the latest period for which data is available. Whether this is an ongoing trend or an anomaly remains to...

The morbid thoughts of Motherhood

I have day surgery scheduled for tomorrow and all I can think about is that I might die. That Nolan might be left Motherless. And it's ridiculous, and I do it all the time. I've always had a tendency to obsess, to create furrows in my forehead...

Leona Helmsley leaves $12 million for dog, nothing for grandkids

Leona Helmsley was an interesting woman. Nothing if not eccentric, the hotel mogul has apparently left her dog -- a white Maltese named Trouble -- $12 million in her will. And, after the prized canine's life of luxury finally comes to end, her mortal...

Childbirth deaths in the U.S. highest in decades

Compared to 90 years ago, death from childbirth is pretty rare. Back then, nearly one in every 100 births in the U.S. resulted in the death of the mother. But by 2004, those numbers were drastically changed, with only 13 deaths per 100,000 live...

Peanuts vs tree nuts (hint: one is a legume)

If anyone had bothered to ask me about the possibility of this I could've settled the matter way before Reuters decided to pick it up. According to a recent article on the Reuters online site, children's (heck, anyone's) allergic reactions to...

Why you shouldn't lie about your mom being dead

When that big test rolls around and you haven't studied, or you just can't face another day at the office, it's tempting to make up an excuse so you can take the day off. And when being "sick" just won't cut it, the next best thing is to claim some...

When the earth swallows a child

A while back, Sandy Maple wrote about the dangers of holes on the beach -- small kids can easily become trapped, completely covered by sand when the holes collapse. Well, frankly, it seemed a bit unlikely. A few years ago, we took Jared and my niece...

Teen's headstone repossessed

The death of a family member is painful under any circumstance, but losing a child takes pain to a whole new level. Ask my mother. I vividly remember after my brother's death seeing my parents struggle to put their grief aside long enough to handle...

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