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How I Found Beauty Through a Loved One's Death

Lori Gard | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Lori Gard

Hope is truly something beautiful. But so very easy to forget when faced with the pain of loss, when faced with the pain of separation. When faced with death. And while we might forget such when in the midst of great trouble, marked by betrayal and rejection, by the tragedy of disease and unexpected loss of both minor and grave proportions.

What Watching My Parents Grieve Taught Me About A Daughter's Duty

Sara Harowitz | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sara Harowitz

We can go days without talking, but I still know their love is there. Most of the time it's comforting, like a hug or a warm sweater. But sometimes it's heavy, almost suffocating, as if their happiness depends entirely on my actions, my life. I don't blame them because I know this intensity only stems from their greatest fear: losing me or my brothers.

This Father's Day, I'm Mourning My Dad

Toula Drimonis | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

Seven months later and I'm still stunned by the palpable pain I feel in the pit of my chest when I think of him. I marvel at how grief just patiently sits there quietly, waiting for me to suddenly catch a glimpse of someone who looks like him, or for a whiff of someone's Aqua Velva aftershave, that cheap blue stuff he splashed on his face when I was a kid, and suddenly pain, like a searing knife, cuts through me. Seven months of firsts. The first Christmas without him, first New Years' celebrations, first Easter, and now... the first Father's Day.

Oilsands Worker Dies After On-Site Injury

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A man has died while working on a giant bulldozer in Alberta's oilsands.The provincial government says the 37-year-old was doin...

RCMP Investigate Death Of Alberta Infant

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

GLEICHEN, Alta. - RCMP are investigating the death of an infant in southern Alberta.Police say the nine-month-old girl was found unresponsive Sunday a...

Most Canadians Have No Plan For Their End of Life Treatment

Daren Heyland | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Living
Daren Heyland

Imagine, one day, without any warning, you find yourself in a hospital in a life-threatening situation, unable to communicate. Who would speak for you and make health care decisions on your behalf? That's a question that all Canadians need to contemplate -- but recent studies indicate that most of us have not.

Improving Our Health Care System Could Save Thousands of Lives a Year

Michel Grignon | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Grignon

First, we need to learn from the best health regions across the country how to monitor hospital stays (length and quality), guarantee access to family doctors for the poor, and make sure family physicians make up a reasonable proportion of the physician workforce.

How to Die Well

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Harvey Max Chochinov

If all this sounds too daunting, here is some language you might want to consider. Imagine turning to the person you have in mind and begin by saying something like, "I love you." If that feels like a stretch, you can always start with: "Look, I care about you, most of the time" or "What matters to you matters to me."

What Flight MH370 Has Done to Malaysia-China Relations

Munir Majid | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Business
Munir Majid

There have clearly been security lapses which need explanation -- as much to Malaysians as to anybody else. And at the outset, the crisis management could have been better coordinated. However, there is no indication there is something that could have been done to alter the realities of this tragedy. So why has Chinese diplomacy targeted the Malaysian authorities so harshly?

Warning: Always Take a Columnist's Advice at Your Own Risk

Ilia Blinderman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Ilia Blinderman

Having a column does not a medical expert make, and we would be wise to keep abreast of our ignorance -- both as journalists and news consumers. Addiction does not care whether you take to its labels or not. It may not give you a choice.

Death, Grief and Facebook

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Facebook is a familiar tool that gives instant access for users to share their emotions, making it a natural place for mourners to gather virtually for group support. However, users could also inadvertently erode the memory of the dead person, altering an image he or she intentionally created.

Using Colour to Help Diagnose Sepsis

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgColour can be used as a powerful identification tool. Even our personal feelings can be described in colourful ways. If we're feeling melancholy, we're blue; if we're jealous, we're green with envy. But there has been one environment where colour has traditionally been less than useful: medical diagnostics.

My Husband Is Gone But His Soul Lives

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Fragments of self are swallowed up, bit by bit, in the voracious maw of Alzheimer's. So many pieces flew away over the years , I found myself wondering what is self? Which aspects of it are essential? What makes us human? What is left when self disappears?

Do You Know This Trick to Life? It's More Than Mere Happiness

Eoin Finn | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

I like to tell this story because I feel that our job as yoga instructors is to do what artists, poets, and priests do; to remind us of the great truth that to cling only to sweet as our only form of happiness is a trap. Sorrow teaches us about love and even bliss... if we let it. Ultimately, we can't share the light if we aren't cracked open.

Blue Rodeo Discuss Death, Darkness And 'In Our Nature'

Huffington Post Canada Music | Stuart Henderson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Music

At times, Canadian country-rock outfit Blue Rodeo can feel like two bands sharing a stage. Boasting a pair of the most distinctive songwriters and voc...

Sex, Death And Witches: Movie Frights For Halloween In Vancouver

Allan MacInnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

People like me who get excited about poring over the cheapie bins for bargain-priced cult classics should be positively ecstatic about the October programming at the Vancity Theatre. I talked to VIFC programmer Tom Charity about the VIFC's late October schedule -- including the Vancouver-shot porno chic Sexcula; the inspired decision to have Vancouver's Funerary Call do a live score for Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages; and the two films paired with Häxan: Ken Russell's The Devils -- a serious favourite of mine -- and Dario Argento's Inferno.

Camping out With Death

Emelia Symington Fedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Emelia Symington Fedy

My mother is dying. When it got to be too much at home we put her in hospice. Hospice, for those who are not familiar with the term, is a place where folks go to die. The criteria to enter are you have three-six months left to live with an expectation of no heroic measures. The goal is comfort and dignity in your final days. My brother and I camp out in the room with my mom. Me in the Murphy bed and him on the Lazy Boy. We fall asleep listening to her whisper to herself and hallucinate on the shadows she makes with her hands. My mom had lung cancer and it progressed to her brain, so she is not safe to be alone anymore. She could fall. She could leave and get lost. She could take all her clothes off and run the halls naked. So we move in to the tiny room with her.

Have You Written Your Ethical Will?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

What we leave behind will be our legacy; how we want to be remembered at the holiday table when family gets together to reminisce. How do you want to be remembered? I've yet to speak to anyone nearing death regretting not spending more time at work. Regret is always for the hours away from family and friends.

Bullying Ends Here: How You Can Help

Tad Milmine | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tad Milmine

Well another school year has just started and "Bullying Ends Here" is in high demand across North America. I am on a mission to continue telling the world about a boy named Jamie Hubley and hope that his story, along with my own, will show youth that they have support and have someone that they can communicate with through email at any time. I have received over 5000 emails in 6 months and I respond to each and every one of them. That is my commitment to youth. I will help any way that I can.

Why Is Talking About Money So Taboo?

Deborah Nixon | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

My oldest friend and I met in kindergarten. We have gone through everything together -- death, marriage, divorce, job losses, and childbirth. Yet, the one thing we don't discuss is money. How did it get this way? Money is embedded in our culture and in our lives.

Learning to Live With Grief

Lynda Fishman | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Lynda Fishman

For almost four decades, I did not talk about the plane crash. Instead, I buried the tragedy and any associated feelings of grief as deep down as possible. That was the way tragedies and death were dealt with in the 70s. I was told, directly and indirectly, that the subject was closed, never to be discussed... the subject of death was unmentionable.

It's Okay To Be Selfish After Loss

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Berrien

It can be so easy to become overwhelmed with what you think you should or shouldn't be doing with your time. Yet, when you've experienced the loss of a family member who was so close, you need to remember that it is okay to be a little selfish about how you run your life.

Mind, Heart, Body and Words

Joan Sutton | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Joan Sutton

It took some of the medical establishment quite a long time to recognize the mind-body connection. Which is surprising when you consider that connecti...

The Castration of the Black Male Body in Toronto

Brandon Hay | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada
Brandon Hay

The summer is hot and it's not just the temperature. Each summer I dread the headline news of young black males heading to the mortuary, and this summ...

Death in The Devil: The Dangers of Cave Diving

Robert Osborne | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada
Robert Osborne

I was shocked when I heard about the death of my friend Carlos Fonseca two weeks ago. He was in Ginnie Springs, Florida about to start exploring a cave system called The Devil's Spring. The following day rumours started to circulate on a couple of diving forums that Carlos had died while inside the system. How he died is not really known.