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Lessons from End of Life University: The Many Paths of Grief

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on December 14, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)



As the host of End-of-Life University, an online interview series, I have had the privilege over the past two years of speaking with a number of experts on grief and loss. These individuals have all traveled their own journeys through the perilous territory of loss and trauma and now help others who are de...

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Holiday Gift Guide for Those Coping With Death

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on December 8, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Admittedly, seeing the words “death” and “holiday” in the same title can be a bit jarring. But the reality is that during this season of joy and love many people are dealing with either the approaching death of a loved one or grief over a loss that has already occurred. For these individuals there is little “jolliness” or merriment to be found in the month of December.


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What Does Dignity Really Mean at the End-of-Life?

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 1, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (1)



Our society is currently struggling with the concept of “death with dignity” as we try to understand what it really means to die a dignified death. In order to find common ground for this conversation it is helpful to consider the original meaning of the word “dignity” from its Latin derivation--the root word dignus, which means “worthy.” So from this per...

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Stuart Scott Didn't Lose to Cancer - He Transcended It

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on January 6, 2015 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)


The sports world has been overcome with grief since the passing of popular ESPN anchor Stuart Scott on January 4, 2015. He died at the age of 49 after a 7-year battle with cancer, b...

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6 Steps to Rise Above Your Fear of Death

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on November 8, 2014 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)



Let’s face it: if you’re human you have most likely experienced a fear of death at one time or another in your life – or else you may have been in complete denial of your fear and repressing it. That’s because the fear of death is normal for us Earthlings – we have a survival instinct that motivates us to avoid death-inducing situations.

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Grief after a suicide death

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on December 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)


The entertainment world was recently rocked by the suicide death of actor and comedian Robin Williams - an event which stirred up my own painful memories of my father's suicide. This tragedy will touch the lives of thousands of individuals who have not yet even begun to understand the depth of sorrow it contains.


Grief after a suicide death is  extreme...

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End-of-life movie review: Marvin's Room

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Marvin’s Room, a 1996 movie directed by Jerry Zaks, is a beautiful story of the best and worst aspects of family and how tragedy provides an opportunity for healing. I highly recommend this movie for its poignant message of pain and hope, but suggest that you keep a box of Kleenex handy be...

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When all hope is lost, you might as well laugh

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)


One of the surprising discoveries I made while working with dying patients in hospice was how frequently those patients and their families enjoyed laughing together. I had expected to be immersed in sadness every time I entered a home where someone was dying, but I often found a lot of joy and humor in those households, which gave me a great deal to think about.

On one of my very first home visits...

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End-of-life movie review: Dying Young

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Dying Young is a touching end-of-life movie that demonstrates the power of love and connectedness to transform both life and death. The 1991 film directed by Joel Schumacher stars Campbell Scott as Victor Geddes, a 28-year-old man from a very wealthy family who is sufferin...

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End-of-life movie review: Stepmom

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 11, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)


This 1998 film directed by Chris Columbus skillfully depicts the story of a family coping with the dual tragedies of divorce and terminal illness. Susan Sarandon plays Jackie Harrison, the ex-wife of Luke (Ed Harris) with whom she shares joint custody of children An...

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