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My patient declared as she lies on her death bed, “It’s ok, it will be a good death.” This unexpected phrase launched me on an inspiring quest for the secrets of a good death. I discovered wisdom and hope from those on the precipice of awareness of their own mortality.  A good death is not an […]

Wonder

Why Write About Death?

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The holidays are rapidly approaching. They rush toward us with an expectation of getting noticed. Thanksgiving and Christmas melding together as consumerism reaches a feverish pitch as the weeks of November drift into December. Black Friday becomes Black Thanksgiving Night and soon there will no Thanksgiving pause before the madness begins.  I am thinking about […]

Meaning

Bring the Giving Back to Thanksgiving

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She was gorgeous, with long blond hair that was the envy of all her friends. Typically, such beauty is intimidating to other women; however, Julie’s external beauty was overshadowed by her inner attractiveness. She was a warm, generous soul. As a result, she enjoyed a rich life centered on her faith, family, and countless friends.  […]

Wonder

If Only I had Known

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When I think of living a meaningful life, I think of a man named Tom who built a house in Sunzu Village, Rwanda. This house was perched perilously on the side of a mountain overlooking a lake and a volcano. He could have built this house quickly, however, he chose the slow pace. His neighbors […]

Meaning

A Meaningful Life

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Dr. Pamela Pyle https://drpamela.com/ The Uvalde school massacre arrests our hearts and screams for our attention.  We cannot un-see the horrific recordings of grieving families juxtaposed by images of innocence—nineteen children and two teachers to be exact. Safe public places are now a misnomer. School buildings have become targets rather than training grounds. These out […]

Wisdom

A Physician Reflects on the Uvalde Massacre: Responding to Those Suffering Grief Caused by Violence

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She was gorgeous, with long blond hair that was the envy of all her friends. Typically, such beauty is intimidating to other women; however, Julie’s external beauty was overshadowed by her inner attractiveness. She was a warm, generous soul. As a result, she enjoyed a rich life centered on her faith, family, and countless friends.  […]

Hope

Hope Resources

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            It began with a small pinpoint of green at the tip of an otherwise brown stem. It was the shade of green that we associate with new life, bright, hopeful, and stretching to the sun in which it delights. I marveled in the truth of what I once thought dead, had life. I do not […]

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Hope For Your Best Death

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We were on a three-hour road trip. My husband Scott was “driving” a self-driving car, our friend Jerry sat in the passenger seat, and I was in the back. Jerry was trying to reel in his fear from taking his first-ever ride in a self-driving car and tamp down his growing hunger as the aroma […]

Wisdom

The Power of Multiple Options

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