Weekend Edition: May 26, 2013

General / General : Litsa Williams


You know the drill . . . it’s Sunday – time for our weekly recap of interesting articles about grief and other great grief stuff we saw around the web this week.

Journey to Vietnam

We have shared before posts from Beyond Goodbye, but if you have not yet visited their site, click on over. Please. You will be so glad you did. The 23rd of May was Josh’s 25th birthday and his family is in Vietnam, visiting the site of his accident.   Thanks to them for sharing their journey with us.  And, as always, thanks for Jimmy, Jane, Joe and Rosa for always inspiring us by incorporating photos of Josh in their lives in so many ways — including this trip.  A beautiful tribute . . .

Vietnam Diary

Vietnam Diary part 2

In case you still haven’t checked out the films at Beyond Goodbye, I will post the trailer for “Beyond Goodbye”.  Again.  Because that is how much we love the therapeutic creativity pouring from their family and their website.

National Memorial Day Concert and Virtual Wall

Every year on Memorial Day weekend PBS airs the National Memorial Day Concert, which is held on the National Mall in DC.  What I didn’t realize until this year is that PBS also has a “virtual wall” project on their website.  This allow people to post messages, tributes, and memorials to anyone lost serving in the US Military.  The day of the Memorial Concert they read all submissions in DC.  Visit their site to read tributes or to submit your own.

Watch Remembering Our Fallen on PBS. See more from National Memorial Day Concert.

 What is a “Natural” Death, Anyway?

Thanks to Marty on from griefhealingblog.com for tweeting to our attention this article from geripal.com about the phrase “allow natural death”.  Those of us in the world of end-of-life know that this phrase is quickly sending the phrase “do not resuscitate” the way of other dated terms like “withdraw care” and “harvest organs”.   Though on the surface that seems like a good thing (‘allow natural death’ just sounds so nice and peaceful, doesn’t it??) it is refreshing to see some healthy questioning and acknowledgement of the deep impact of language.  Interesting post!

Bill Murray on Gilda Radnerbill murray gilda rander

This isn’t new, but it is new to me.  I can’t remember for the life of me how I stumbled on it this week, but I can only guess it was caught in one of those internet black-holes where I just keep clicking things when I should be doing work or laundry or cooking dinner.  No better introduction that this  . . . Bill Murray on the last time he saw Gilda Radner.  I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t not share.

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