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Life Death Whatever

I follow @lifedeathwhat on instagram and below is what you’ll find on the website. Discussions around death.

#LifeDeathWhatever is an initiative to redesign the dialogue around death and dying, to open it up and to find new approaches to this important subject.

From the site Life Death Whatever

We believe:

  • Death is a normal part of life.  Acknowledging and accepting that one day we will die is key to living a full life.  It’s as simple and as complicated as that!
  • Death and dying isn’t a gloomy or taboo subject.  Talking about death and dying can be life-affirming and life-enhancing.
  • Death and dying belong to everyone.
  • It’s essential to create links between communities involved in end-of-life care.  Opportunities are currently being missed.
  • There is a way of approaching death and dying that can genuinely engage the public and transform society’s relationship with death.

 

The Dragon Cancer coping with Grief

When Amy Green’s young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, “That Dragon, Cancer,” which takes players on a journey they can’t win. In this beautiful talk about coping with loss, Green brings joy and play to tragedy. “We made a game that’s hard to play,” she says, “because the hardest moments of our lives change us more than any goal we could ever accomplish.”

http://www.thatdragoncancer.com

Tis a Fearful Thing

Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.
A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –
to be,
And oh, to lose.
A thing for fools, this,
And a holy thing,
a holy thing
to love.
For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.
To remember this brings painful joy.
‘Tis a human thing, love,
a holy thing, to love
what death has touched.”
Yehuda HaLevi

Godless interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

from Wikipedia – Godless is an American television drama mini-series created by Scott Frank for Netflix.[1] The seven-episode limited series began production in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September 2016, and was released on Netflix globally on November 22, 2017.

What’s Wrong with Dying by Lesley Hazleton

TedX Seattle January 11, 2017

The answer might seem simple, but in the hands of Lesley Hazleton, the question takes us on a surprisingly humorous and thought-provoking journey into what it would actually mean to live forever. And whether we’d truly want to. A frequent TED.com speaker and ‘Accidental Theologist,’ Hazleton uses wit and wisdom to challenge our ideas not only about death, but about what it is to live well. Lesley Hazleton has traced the roots of conflict in several books, including compelling ‘flesh-and-blood’ biographies of Muhammad and Mary, and casts “an agnostic eye on politics, religion, and existence” on her blog, AccidentalTheologist.com. Her newest book, Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto, celebrates the agnostic stance as “rising above the flat two-dimensional line of belief/unbelief, creating new possibilities for how we think about being in the world.” In it, she explores what we mean by the search for meaning, invokes the humbling perspective of infinity and reconsiders what we talk about when we talk about soul.

Good Grief by Dessa on newest album Chime

NPR March 1, 2018

On NPR Rachel Martin interviews musician and science geek Dessa explained how the conflict of head and heart played out. She wanted to get move on from a relationship and share her journey in his interesting conversation.

Dessa’s fourth studio album, Chime, is available now.

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