What Prince Can Teach us About Death

I am not the first to point out that, since the announcement of Prince’s untimely death, the usual feeding frenzy has been underway. Part cult of celebrity, part denial of death, it seems that when any high-profile person dies much before having reached their eightieth birthday the public becomes obsessed with discovering some behavioral flaw…

Happy Memorial Day

I have seen a collection of articles and posts advising us about what the proper Memorial Day greeting might be, including how it is inappropriate to wish someone a happy Memorial Day because we are commemorating those who have died. To be honest, part of me is tired of people telling me how to greet…

Unbecoming Charity

It’s more than a little disappointing that some charities are being critical of the ALS ice bucket challenge because more people die each year from their issue than from ALS. I guarantee you wouldn’t feel that way if you or someone you loved had ALS. There is more than one good cause in the world, but…

Everybody Dies

Lately I have had the opportunity to spend time with several people who have had to deal with more than the average amount of death in the first three decades of their lives. Some of them have had to deal with an above average number of life changing medical challenges such as stroke in people close…

Learning in All Circumstances

Even when we fail at something, it’s not a total loss as long as we learn something. Unless nobody survives. I was interested to hear a report on the South Korean ship that sank in which they listed a few people as having died but over one hundred missing. We like to minimize catastrophe by suggesting that…

Death

I saw a death announcement the other day for an eighty-three year old man that said he passed away unexpectedly. Really? I don’t know about you, but if I make it to eighty-three I am going to be expecting death at any time – and I am going to make sure my family expects it…

Confusing Metaphor with Fact

Many people seem to have a hard time understanding that metaphor is not a factual account of reality, especially when it comes to things spiritual or religious. I have lost count of the times I have seen or heard someone say something like, “Uncle Phil has passed, and Aunt Betty, his brother Bob, and Grandma…