THE PLOT

I have given zero thought to my burial. The closest I’ve come is when in my will I said please do not spend more than $15,000 on all funeral-related expenses.

Others have given this thought.

Americans are becoming more willing to have a conversation about their own mortality and what comes next and embrace new funeral and burial practices.

Baby boomers are insisting upon more control over their funeral and disposition so that their choices after death match their values in life. And businesses are following suit, offering new ways to memorialize and dispose of the dead.

While some options such as Tibetan sky burial – leaving human remains to be picked clean by vultures – and “Viking” burial via flaming boat – familiar to “Game of Thrones” fans – remain off limits in the U.S., laws are changing to allow a growing variety of practices.

I’ve never seen Game of Thrones but the phrase Viking burial via flaming boat sounds awesome.


Write the obituary for your life.

No good?

I understand.

Now write the obituary for a member of your extended family.

Struggling? You’re not alone.

My Grandma is in hospice and doesn’t have too much longer here on earth. My Aunt asked me today to write up her obituary. I agreed but I don’t really know where to start. Should I just start with a template and go from there? We have a really huge family, do I have to name every single person? Any suggestions would be much appreciated at this time. Thank you for your help.


It’s been 20 years since Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” act.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, we are featuring stories of those who in 1997 campaigned against the repeal of the law adopted by Oregon voters 3 years before and who continue to advocate for assisted dying laws nationwide. Today we are featuring Deborah Ziegler, a Death with Dignity advocate in Carlsbad, California and the newest member of the Death with Dignity National Center’s Board of Directors. In 2014, Ziegler’s daughter, Brittany Maynard, suffering from terminal brain cancer, moved from California to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s Death with Dignity law. She used the law to end her life on November 1, 2014. Her story made international headlines and catalyzed the movement for Death with Dignity worldwide.

So sad.


This nine-year-0ld boy is celebrating Christmas early. Because he won’t be alive a month from now.

For most, Christmas comes the same time every year. But for 9-year-old Jacob Thompson, a cancer patient with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma, the festive day is arriving early — and it will be his last.

According to the GoFundMe page set up by Jacob’s mother, the family admitted him to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital on October 11 with the understanding that he would pass away within a month.

Since Jacob is bed-ridden and has limited time left with his loved ones, they are bringing Christmas to him next weekend.

On the big day, his room will transform into a winter wonderland — snow, sparkling tree and all (even Santa). But Jacob has one request: cards from anyone “inspired to reach out” to help bring the Christmas cheer.

He has already started receiving cards.

Is dying at age 9 the cruelest?