Tag Archives | Death | The future we seldom speak of

Stephen Jenkinson | Angel and executioner

This little book is meant for all those who suspect or fear or who have been told for certain that they have a diagnosis that they will not live through, and for all those who love them. It is meant too for all people who woke up one morning feeling older than they used to and couldn’t afford to wonder why, or who got unwanted news about someone they loved […]

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Charlotte Sulick | Unkind

We have a joke in my family about sudden death. “She died suddenly.” Doesn’t everyone? You’re alive, and then you aren’t. One moment to the next. It never happens any other way. When my grandmother died it happened that way, too. We went to bed with her alive and we woke up with her dead. “Mimi died.” The light in the hallway turned Mom into a shadow as she swung […]

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Wayne Faust | Sailing home

Finally the clouds let go, the rain fell, and the sea swelled. Little Juan raced back and forth on the deck of the boat, laughing, shouting. “Rain, Papa! It’s raining!” The boy used the singsong of small children everywhere. “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. The old man is singing in his sleep! He’s writing a symphony! Si! A symphony!” “Put on your lifeline, Little Juan,” said […]

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Death | The future we seldom speak of

Griefwalker is a documentary by director Tim Wilson about the work of Stephen Jenkinson, for years the leader of a palliative care counseling team at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Through his work in “the death trade,” as he calls it, Jenkinson has presided at the deathbed of more than 1,000 people where, too often, he witnessed a “wretched anxiety and an existential terror” even when there was no pain. As […]

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