Tag: Death


Government Trust, Artisanal Funerals and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include a new report from Pew Research on government (dis)trust, a solution for economic stagnation that will likely never be tried, a first for Saudi women, an artisanal approach to funerals and more.?Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Untrustworthy “Currently, just 19% say they can trust the government always or most of the time, among the lowest levels in the......

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Ghost Stories Live on For a Reason

There always seems to be an explanation. At least on Scooby Doo there is. After spending the episode chasing after some apparent paranormal disturbance, the gang invariably discovered that it was “old Mr. Peterson” all along, wearing a mask in order to scare the rightful heirs out of their inheritance…or something. In other words, everything makes sense – nothing to see here. But then, just at the story’s end, there would be an unexplained howl, as if to say: Not so fast. Even though Scooby Doo was just a cartoon, in the......

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Oliver Sacks Gets Personal

When world famous neurologist Oliver Sacks, explainer of things human, writes – as he did recently about family, faith and his own impending death – it pays to pay attention. Okay, I admit, I’m biased by virtue of the fact that this amazing doctor and author was the friend and colleague of another doctor and author I respect: my late father-in-law, Dr. Harold Klawans (equally as esteemed around the world by colleagues and fans of his murder mysteries, albeit not quite as well known, as Sacks). They blurbed each other’s books, spoke......

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Jimmy Carter's Next Chapter

Currently, the front-runners to win the presidency in 2016 include a Republican who has essentially bragged, “I buy politicians and they do what the hell I tell them to,” and a Democrat facing criticism about emails and allegations of using her position to lure donations to a global philanthropy affiliated with her family’s foundation. In light of that, Jimmy Carter’s recent press conference informing the world he’s battling cancer was a reminder that, at least once in recent American history, someone held power without corruption. But the 39th president’s announcement was much......

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A Fun Flashback, a Slow Stroll, a Joyful Dad: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 16-20), we discovered a shift in traditional rituals, a film about setting your own pace, a musical trigger for useful memories, a family thrilled to win against cancer, a strategy for chronic complaining, a suggestion for reforming racists and a troubling case of injustice in America. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Future of Funerals – Brad Hirschfield How we deal with death says a great deal about how we think about life. No surprise,......

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The Future of Funerals

How we deal with death tells us a great deal about how we think about life. No surprise there, right? More surprising: Almost all the ways that we deal with death are changing, leading to what some call the death of funerals. It’s not that funerals are going away anytime soon. But they’re certainly being redefined in profound ways. Consider the rapidly rising popularity of cremation over burial. Cremation, which once accounted for a mere 3.6% of dispositions in 1960, now accounts for almost half! In 2013, more than 45% of Americans......

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'American Sniper' in a Polarized America

Clint Eastwood’s film about the late Chris Kyle – nominated for six Academy Awards this weekend – is not only the highest-grossing war film of all time. American Sniper has become a cultural lightning rod for fierce, emotional debates about the very meaning of war, heroism, sacrifice, patriotism and truth. We know that Kyle, a U.S. Navy SEAL, endured four combat tours of duty in Iraq and was nicknamed Legend for being the most lethal sniper in U.S history. At a firing range in 2013, Kyle was tragically shot and killed by......

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Shock in Chapel Hill: Should We Call It Terrorism?

On Wednesday morning the world woke to the tragic news of the Chapel Hill, N.C., shooting of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. A 46-year-old neighbor who turned himself in was subsequently arrested. As of this writing, police are saying the killings may have been related to a dispute over parking spaces, although the father of one of the victims has told reporters that the shooter had harassed them before because of their Muslim faith. My first response to this news is grief. I imagine myself......

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What the World Needs Now Is Empathy

In reading feedback about Brittany Maynard’s physician-assisted suicide, I wondered: How much empathy do we possess, as individuals and as a culture? Do we truly even know what empathy is, and what behavior it requires of us? When Maynard went public with her decision about how and when she would end her life on November 1, 2014, I was immediately transported back to my mother’s last months in 2009. She was faced with the same cancer as Brittany, and after the 11-hour brain surgery, an inserted chemo-wafer into the brain, and a......

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