Category Archives: death

Grieving the Death of a Furry Family Member

Pets bring us joy when they enter our life. Pets bring us love throughout their lives. And pets bring us pain, sorrow and grief when they die. Of course they do. A pet is a friend and a family member. … Continue reading

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Reminder: We Are All Temporary Here

Death reminds us of mortality, our own and others. Inevitable as death is, when it comes, we act as if it’s completely unexpected, regardless of how it arrives. We even try to avoid mentioning the word in polite company. instead … Continue reading

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Make of Me a Moral Lesson

Willy Wonka would be proud. Some funeral goers will likely be appalled. Just don’t blame me. It’s not my fault. It’s not even my idea. But it is a great idea. So, I’m stealing it. Not just to repost the … Continue reading

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My (Future) Dying Request

Laugh! That’s right. The day you hear I have died,  I want you to laugh. Feel free to start now, of course, but I’m talking about that time sometime in the future when I die, be it tomorrow, next year, … Continue reading

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Walking in the Long Shadow of Grief

This camel stops at every tent. —a Persian proverb my friend and colleague, Bijan Masumian, shared with me upon hearing of my father’s death Death is inevitable. We each will die. Before that, people that we know die. As you … Continue reading

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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 3)

Part 3 — In the wake of my best friend’s death recently, I’ve been trying to walk myself back through our many years of friendship and companionship, sharing short summaries of significant phases while highlighting a few stories along the … Continue reading

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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 2)

Part 2 of frustratingly incomplete memory snatches of my best friend, Mike MacNaughton, who died unexpectedly in his sleep recently. I’d known him for 50 years, so any tribute is obviously abbreviated. Even spreading some of these stories out over … Continue reading

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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 1)

  My best friend, Mike MacNaughton, died unexpectedly in his sleep last week. The loss of any close friend is difficult & life-changing, and Mike was my best friend for most of my life. Recently, we reconnected again after a … Continue reading

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Pick Up the Phone. Make the Call. Today

“I meant to call him just like week…” My best friend of over 50 years, Mike MacNaughton, died unexpectedly in his sleep last Friday night. Several months ago, after over a year of silence, he called me about the time … Continue reading

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“L. H. Buller, Prominent Palacios Citizen, Drowns” — Palacios Beacon, Jan. 1, 1931

The front page headline of the January 1st, 1931 edition of the Palacios Beacon announced the death of my great-grandfather, Louis H. Buller. I recently wrote about the grandfather I never knew, Clarence Buller, and how I only learned of … Continue reading

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