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Facing Own Death



Facing our own death can be an experience either of fear, helplessness, and pain or of acceptance, gratitude, and continuing engagement with loved ones and valued activities. Models have been crafted about stages of facing one’s death that suggest we initially cannot accept it but that our anger, our efforts at bargaining, our sadness all still take us to eventual recognition and acceptance. Whether or not we feel our own death is imminent, there is much great wisdom that shares the thought that facing—and accepting—our own mortality is essential to living a full, vibrant, and meaningful life in the moment we are alive, here and now.

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Terminally Ill 29-year-old to End Her Life

Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Brittany Maynard made the decision to take her own life and made a video explaining why.

No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life

With hard-won wisdom and refreshing insight, Thich Nhat Hanh confronts a subject that has been contemplated by Buddhist monks and nuns for twenty-five-hundred years—and a question that has been pondered by almost anyone who has ever lived: What is death? In No Death, No Fear, the acclaimed teache...

Preparing to Die

Death is a journey into the unknown, but like any journey it goes better if you’re prepared. Andrew Holecek offers meditations and teachings from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to help you prepare for the end of life—and what comes next.

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.

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From Life to Death, Beyond and Back | Thomas Fleischmann | TEDxTUHHSalon

Dr. Fleischmann sees dead people. In fact, he has seen over 2,000 humans die but brought back to life several hundreds of them.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

What Cancer Takes Away

When I got sick, I warned my friends: Don’t try to make me stop thinking about death.

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.

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Legacy of Wisdom | Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: Facing Death Directly

QUESTION: How can we approach facing our own mortality and process of death directly? Legacy of Wisdom is a non-profit project dedicated to developing a vision of best practices for living and the fulfillment of our life’s potential.

Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying

We all sit on the edge of a mystery. We have only known this life, so dying scares us―and we are all dying.

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