Canada Death

Pet Bereavement Is No Different Than Human Bereavement

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

This is death. This is the heartbreak that inevitably comes for all of us when we open our hearts to receive love from another sentient being. From someone we showered with affection from the moment we first met. From someone who shared so much of our joys, sorrows, and laughter, and was ever supportive of us, unconditionally. From someone who we will miss with every fibre of our being from this moment on.

World Needs Late Elie Wiesel's Wisdom Now More Than Ever

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

At this critical time in history, it is more important than ever for us to pause and remember the courageous Elie Wiesel, tireless defender of peace and advocate for the persecuted, repressed and disenfranchised. Wiesel, age 87, died this weekend at his home in New York City.

Fatherless On Father's Day

Amanda Blitz | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Amanda Blitz

When my dad died I asked the rabbi 'why' and 'how' this could have happened. He said in time we would come to see it the other way around. Instead of looking at why did we lose him so soon, we would see how lucky we were to have him so long. It took a while to get there, but we have arrived.

The Road Map For A Life Well Lived

Lisa Abram | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

Last December I was invited to a friend's Christmas lunch. After introductions were made to the six women in the room, conversation soon turned to the topic of death. A guest just arrived from a funeral and wanted to share the gravitas of the moment with us.

Healthy Ways To Deal With Emotional Pain And Grief

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

How do you deal with emotional pain? The kind of pain that sits in your heart and occasionally (sometimes without warning) breaks your heart just a little bit, and you feel an overwhelming urge to cry. Many of us can relate to that.

Bill C-14 Respects And Protects Our Most Vulnerable

James Hicks | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Politics
James Hicks

The boundary established in Bill C-14 for reasonable foreseeability of natural death will serve as an essential safeguard to protect vulnerable persons from being induced to commit suicide through the system. From our perspective, anyone who is not dying, but who is nonetheless seeking death, is by definition vulnerable.

Why Do So Many Canadian Prisoners Die After Their Release?

Fiona Kouyoumdjian | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Fiona Kouyoumdjian

Canadians might be surprised to learn that many health and social services widely available in the community are not available in most of Canada's correctional facilities -- this needs to change. We are missing a critical window of opportunity to reframe the period of incarceration as a time to help people improve their health and well-being before returning to our communities.

It's Time We All Take Skin Cancer More Seriously

Her Magazine | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

My daughter saved my life. In the doctor's office for her sore throat, she urged me to have our physician look at my mole. The mole I had had on my hip all my life, the mole that had changed colour and shape over the course of six months, the mole that I would quickly learn had mutated into stage 3b melanoma.

Decide Now Who Will Delete Your Digital Ghost When You Die

Judy Mann | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Judy Mann

I lost someone very special to me to cancer. It was a short battle -- it ended just four months after her diagnosis and just slightly more than six months after she was off sick from work. Then, a few months later a notification popped up on my LinkedIn.

The Loss Of My Baby Was Utter Devastation

Rebecca Beck | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Rebecca Beck

My baby, my long awaited precious gift from heaven, was being taken from me -- as was my dream of being a mom to twins. As cold as it may seem, I was heartbroken about the loss of my dream too. I was devastated over the fact that my son would never know his twin and never find what could have been a beautiful relationship.

Assisted Dying Bill C-14 Is Heavy On Ambiguity

Thomas McMorrow | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas McMorrow

The government was (perhaps understandably) reluctant to legislate either a) in support of medical assistance in dying "on demand" for anyone with an intolerable medical condition or b) in a manner that directly contravenes the relatively permissive parameters laid out by the Supreme Court.

Don't Rush To Blame Parents In Baby Ezekiel Stephan's Death

Karen Selick | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Karen Selick

So far at the trial, none of the prosecution's doctors has claimed that they could have definitively diagnosed meningitis from the symptoms Ezekiel exhibited at the time. None has claimed that Ezekiel could definitely have been saved, even if he had received aggressive treatment.

I Am So Angry All The Time

Her Magazine | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

I have no patience. I'm snippy, rude and have a short fuse. I think my kids' behaviour is atrocious. Is this because I am newly widowed and stressed out or am I just another mom dealing with kids? I don't know the line between what is normal and what is a result of our grief? I am confused, frustrated and feel like a failure as a parent.

There's No Glossing Over The Loss Of Miscarriage

Noemi LoPinto | Posted 02.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Noemi LoPinto

I think we do all women a disservice when we don't challenge the "Disneyfication" of our reproductive experience. Pregnancy is glorified as transcendent despite its many dark elements. Birth is similarly idealized. But miscarriages resist beatification; at best, they are an extremely efficient expulsion of expired reproductive material by one's own body.

4 Types Of Friends A Widow Needs

Her Magazine | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

My husband Matthew passed away from brain cancer last August. He was 39 years old. I now find myself a single mother of 3 young children. As I've started to heal over these last 6 months, I've been thinking a lot about friendship and the different people in my life.

Elephant Abuse In Kerala Has Finally Gone Criminal

Sangita Iyer | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Sangita Iyer

It's paradoxical that people in Kerala mourn and light candles after elephants die; it seems like a superficial display of compassion. If they genuinely loved elephants they would revere and respect the elephants when they are alive, and stop exploiting them in festivals and temples under the guise of culture and religion.

Life After Losing A Mom

Oendrila Majumder | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Oendrila Majumder

In 2013, my mother died. The moment when the doctors asked me to "pull the plug," I knew my life would never again be the same. Her death hasn't addressed any questions or fears I had about dying, but it's given me new insights on how to move forward with life.

Don't Tell Me How To Feel About Scott Weiland's Death

Jordan Sterling | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Sterling

Days after his death, his former wife released a letter in the beast that is Rolling Stone, begging us not to glorify or romanticize the death of a rockstar who struggled with mental illness and drug addiction. Do you not think it's even more detrimental to vilify this man?

Top 6 Life Lessons From The Great Beyond

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Even better than all of the gee wow validations the medium provided, however, was the amazing sense of comfort I felt after the reading. I'd gone into it as a bit of a lark and came out feeling quite revitalized. Whether her words were heaven-sent or not, she gave me some excellent advice.

How Would You Like To Die, Sir?

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

When I ask clients, friends and family how they would want to die, so far no one has chosen, "I'd like to die after lying in bed for two or three years, in a diaper, and barely aware of my surroundings." Yet isn't this scenario -- or a variant of it -- how a large percentage of us will die?

Sticky Situation: Modern Etiquette For Death And Mourning

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Death and mourning are on the radio, the television and in social media. Popular? Yes. Uncomfortable? Definitely. Faced with death, no matter who you are, you know you need to be on your Sunday best; benevolent, polite, kind and empathetic. But what do funeral rites sound and look like in modern times?

How I Got Through all the 'Firsts' After Losing My Husband to Cancer

Her Magazine | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

It has been 29 days since Matthew physically left us. 29 days since I held Matthew in my arms as he took his last breath. Since I lost a part of myself. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him. In these 29 days I have experienced many firsts, some easier than others.

How to Leave a Legacy Worth Remembering

Robb Lucy | Posted 09.03.2016 | Canada Living
Robb Lucy

If you were taken away tomorrow, what do you think your legacy would be? Most of us, it seems, are happy to wait and hear what our eulogist thinks our legacies are. A little late, don'tcha think? I think it's time to lighten up the legacy conversation by creating and enjoying a variety of legacies that you can enjoy now!

I'm Grieving One Birthday, Anniversary and Holiday at a Time

Robin Summerfield | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

Three months ago, my love died. Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. I am miserable. Distraction and over compensation has been a great (if not especially healthy) strategy for me. If I can't face the pain of loss at the moment, why not flip the script.

Grieving Pains: Unexpected Side Effects of Widowhood

Robin Summerfield | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

Since Mike died I am a one-woman wrecking crew. Unfortunately, my body is the demolition site. On my left forearm I have an deep yellow, inch-and-a-half-long bruise. On the underside, I have an angry red scrape that curls around from front to back. On one palm, I have a wee boo boo. Further down, I have four pink slashes, in various states of healing, across my shin.