vol. 5, num. 18 :: 2006.10.06 — 2006.10.20
As autumn sets in noticeably in many parts of the northern hemisphere, we'll consider the nature of death and the dying process, as well as offering tribute to the now dead whose lives impacted us greatly.
A social work student examines her calling to assist in times of death.
Reflections of a Hospice chaplain a few days later.
Some tragedies are too big to comprehend.
A memorial for a mother who had a passion for broken things.
On the death of a close friend's father.
A reflection on seeking promise after the death of a spouse.
A memorial for grandparents who parented.
A review of Jolie Holland's album Springtime Can Kill You.
Divorce is never God's intention for marriage, but there is still grace.
A review of Alison McGhee's Shadow Baby with a list of other books that have proved helpful after a loss.
A collection of stories about death and dying.
A site devoted to death issues, including a calculator (based on averages) to figure out the "date" of your death.
An article by Thomas Lynch.
What happens to us when we die?
Learning versus playing. That dichotomy seems natural to people…. Learning, according to that almost automatic view, is what children do in school and, maybe, in other adult-directed activities. Playing is, at best, a refreshing break from learning. From that view, summer vacation is just a long recess, perhaps longer than necessary. But here’s an alternative view, which should be obvious but apparently is not: playing is learning. At play, children learn the most important of life’s lessons, the ones that cannot be taught in school. To learn these lessons well, children need lots of play — lots and lots of it, without interference from adults.
“The play deficit” in Aeon Magazine
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