Weekend Edition: July, 14 2013

General / General : Eleanor Haley

1.  Story’s End: Writing a mother’s death by Megan O’Rourke:  This is not a new essay, but it’s new to me.  Meghan O'rourkeI’m taking a Creative Nonfiction course and this happened to be our first reading assignment.  It’s an essay about the death of O’Rourke’s mother from cancer and reflections on their relationship before the weight and darkness of the dreaded ‘C’ word.  This is definitely one for you readers out there (it’s three internet pages), but in many ways I felt O’Rourke was writing my story and I thought some of you might also be able to relate.

2. 20 Famous Writers on Death and Mortality: This is also not new, but after reading O’Rourke’s essay I wanted to see what other authors had to say on death and dying.  I know, a lot, they’ve been writing about it since the beginning of time.  Anyway, I happened on this collection of passages on death and mortality put together by Flavorwire.  If you like words even remotely I recommend checking this one out.

3.  Should young children go to funerals?  The Guardian ponders the age old question, should children go to funerals?  Spoiler alert: the answer is ‘Yes’, but you should check out the article because they offer great advice on how to prepare children for what they will see and encounter at a funeral.

4. The Timeline of Grief: Jenna Karvunidis of High Gloss and Sauce very candidly shares her experience carrying a dead baby to term.  She has been blogging her way through the death of one of her twins in utero in very honest detail and in this latest entry she ponders what, if any, time tables there are for grief and if any answer to this question isn’t problematic.

5.  Alive: In the Face of Death: An interview with Rankin about his portrait project photographing and getting to know people touched by death.  This is a work born from his experience with his own parents’ deaths in 2005.  The BBC filmed a documentary following this project although for the life of me I can’t figure out how you can view it unless your in the UK.  It seems those  in the UK can find it here.

Interview with photographer Rankin – ALIVE: In the Face of Death from National Museums Liverpool on Vimeo.

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