death en LastingMatters: Conversations About Death <p>Discussing death should be no laughing matter. Nor should it be easy, pressure-free, and light-hearted, right? Well, according to <a href=""><strong>Barbara Sedoric</strong></a><strong>,&nbsp; </strong>founder of <a href="">LastingMatters</a>, talking about death doesn't need to be somber, and it <em>does </em>need to happen.</p><p>In October of 2012, she created Boo's Bucket List Blog, her first ever, with the idea of starting a conversation about death. From there, her posts have covered everything from<a href=""> end of life conversations</a>, <a href="">funeral planning</a>, and <a href="">bucket lists</a>.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:18:41 +0000 Word of Mouth 42710 at LastingMatters: Conversations About Death 1.30.14: Rethinking Death, Ethics of Wildlife Photography & Ted Williams <p>Today on <strong>Word of Mouth</strong> we wrap up our series Rethink 2014 with, perhaps, the most difficult concept …death. Then we delve into a discussion about the possible disruption of wildlife photography and ethical practice. Finally, <strong>Ben Bradlee, Jr.</strong> shares revelations on a Boston Red Sox player: Ted Williams. <strong>Listen</strong> to the full audio and scroll down to <strong>read </strong>more on individual segments.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:53:29 +0000 Word of Mouth 42709 at 1.30.14: Rethinking Death, Ethics of Wildlife Photography & Ted Williams What Happens After We Die? <p>Billions of dollars are spent each year to prevent death. We invest in research and treatment of disease; in improving safety; and in educating people to live healthier, longer lives. Yet with all of technological and scientific capability, what do we know of what happens <em>after</em> death? <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>John Martin Fischer </strong></a>is professor of philosophy at University of California at Riverside. He was awarded a 5 million dollar grant to study the afterlife. He’s launched “<a href="" target="_blank">The Immortality Project</a>." The money will go towards sponsoring conferences and scientific, philosophical, and theological research that advances understanding of immortality and belief in immortality.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:48:20 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39550 at What Happens After We Die? New Showtime Series "Time Of Death" Takes An Unflinching Look At The End Of Life <p>If you’ve ever avoided a conversation about death, you are not alone. While death scenes are plentiful in movies and on television, witnessing the real, degenerative, disorienting process of death and dying is avoided…unmentionable…a taboo. &nbsp;A new Showtime series faces that taboo head-on. “<a href="" target="_blank">Time of Death</a>” follows eight terminally ill people ranging in age from nineteen to seventy-seven over the course of nine months to their final hours and even moments of life.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Reviews</a> and conversations cropping up around the series praise its raw, sometimes agonizing realism and wonder if anyone will watch; if our death denying culture can take such an unflinching look at death? The <a href="" target="_blank">Huffington Post’s</a> religion reporter <strong>Jaweed Kaleem </strong><a href="" target="_blank">wrote about the series</a>. He’s covers one of HuffPo’s most unusual beats: death.</p><p>Also joining us is <strong>Miggi Hood </strong>co-executive producer for the Showtime series, “Time of Death.”</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:52:52 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38371 at New Showtime Series "Time Of Death" Takes An Unflinching Look At The End Of Life Tweeting A Taboo Topic: Death <p>In July, NPR host Scott Simon <a href="">started tweeting</a> from the Chicago hospital room where his mother, Patricia, landed after complications from surgery. For the next week, Scott tweets became a real-time record of her decline for his more than 1.2 million followers on twitter. His raw, often bittersweet posts went viral among celebrities, media outlets and strangers drawn by his example of public grief.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The extraordinary response to Scott’s twitter vigil stirred up conversations about the taboo topic of death in America – and a debate on social media’s place in mourning. <strong>Paul Bisceglio</strong> <a href="">edits</a> the online literary magazine <em>The Land That I Live.</em> He <a href="">wrote about</a> how social media is changing the way we approach death for <em>The Atlantic.</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:52:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34050 at Tweeting A Taboo Topic: Death Scott Simon's Twitter Vigil <p>A few years ago, NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon interviewed his mother, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman, for <a href="" target="_blank">StoryCorps</a>. She talked about what a great companion he was; when he broke down, in response, his mother told him to "stop crying."</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:40:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32368 at Scott Simon's Twitter Vigil An Illustrator's Journey Through Love And Loss <P></P> <P><A href="" target=_blank><STRONG>Danny Gregory </STRONG></A>is an author and illustrator whose work you might have seen in the <EM>New York Times</EM> or other publications. He’s also author of several books, including “An Illustrated Life” and “The Creative License.”&nbsp; His newest is called “<A href="" target=_blank>A Kiss Before You Go: A Memoir Of Love And Loss</A>”. It’s a collection of illustrations and text compiled from <A href="" target=_blank>daily drawings </A>Danny did in the year following the death of his wife Patti.</P> <P> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:01:52 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20714 at An Illustrator's Journey Through Love And Loss Who Has The Right To Our Facebook Accounts Once We Die? When Loren Williams died in a motorcycle crash in 2005, his mother used his Facebook password to read posts on his wall.<p>"These were postings from personal friends that [said] he meant a lot to them in their lives, and it was very comforting," Karen Williams <a href="">told KGW television </a>in Portland, Ore. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 07:00:00 +0000 2915 at Who Has The Right To Our Facebook Accounts Once We Die? Oregon Emphasizes Choices At The End Of Life It turns out Americans facing death want something they also want in life: choice.<p>A <a href="">two-page form</a> created in Oregon is providing insight into how people want to be cared for at the end of their lives. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:38:00 +0000 Kristian Foden-Vencil 2403 at Oregon Emphasizes Choices At The End Of Life The Dead Celebrity Cookbook <p>What's for dinner? How about Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie?</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:43:43 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1845 at The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Word of Mouth for 12.03.11 <p>Does sweeping CO2 under the carpet constitute 'clean carbon'? Also, NHPR Internet Sherpa Brady Carlson's next installment of "Here's What's Awesome". Plus, a writer takes an immersive journey into the tough world of Mixed Martial Arts. And, the host of "Ask a Mortician" web-series explains why people might want to talk more about death. Finally, a look at the weird and creepy world of Twilight-inspired products.</p> Sat, 03 Dec 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott, Brady Carlson & Taylor Quimby 740 at Word of Mouth for 12.03.11 Death Talk Goes Viral <p>Ask a Mortician is a popular YouTube channel...we talk to the woman behind it.</p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:52:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 487 at Death Talk Goes Viral