Tag Archives | death

Joanna Chen

Joanna Chen | Rain after crash

It rained this weekend, the first rain of the year, causing the trees in my garden to dance and twinkle with happiness, probably my happiness. The rain came at the end of a bad week. A neighbor was killed in a car crash on the road below my village. If you stand on her terrace, as I did the day after she died, you can see the road snaking along, […]

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Sylvia Ashby | Dead letter

Last week I sent a get well card to my father in the nursing home. On Saturday the card returned to me stamped DECEASED. I understand, now, this was a clerical error; they simply had his named misspelled, reversed the “i” and “r” in the business office file. But now I also understand no one ever just leaves the nursing home: They don’t have rubber stamps for MOVED AWAY or […]

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Diane Giardi

Diane Giardi | Selected poems

Even in death, mobility (New York Times headline, Oct. 25th, 2011) Even in death there is movement. The soul kayaks out, spirit climbs the Stairmaster, vision hang-glides, perception, reception, bungee-jumps, senses dance, a final drum song. Even in death, action. Forces transpire, take hold, transform, manifest. The heart still stirring, brain still carrying remains of vitality, now transmitting, dematerializing, dissolving into a sacred, intangible world. Even in death ethereal ripples. […]

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Diane Corcoran

Diane Corcoran | The near-death experience

Diane Corcoran, R.N., Ph.D., is a retired army colonel and president of the board of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, an international resource and support organization for people who have had near-death experiences, or who want to understand and support friends or family members who have had them. Corcoran became interested in near-death phenomena in 1969, as an army field nurse in Vietnam, when injured soldiers first started telling […]

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