death & dying

Five-Skip Rocks

Apr 20, 2019

Folks, when my great-grandson came to Here for a visit I took him for a long walk at the Oleander home place along No Mile Creek.  He needed some outdoors, to keep from moping.  You see, his dog Scooter just died, some kind of tumor.  He knew my old cat died.  He knew I wouldn’t be getting another.

Not Depressed At All

Nov 9, 2018
Edvard Munch / Google Art Project, Wikimedia Commons

Hello, I’m Lynne Hewes. I’ve just finished reading the books on HPPR’s Radio Readers’ fall list—and I’m not at all depressed.

When I discovered that our steering committee (of which I am a member) had chosen the theme of Aging, Death, and Dying for our 2018 fall read, I was a bit disappointed.  Seeing a booklist with titles like Medicine Walk, Being Mortal, and Why Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? made me think, Why can’t we read something more pleasant? 

Using Graphic Memoirs to Tackle Tough Topics

Oct 24, 2018
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Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast is a compelling graphic memoir about the struggle Chast goes through as she watches her parents age and eventually die.

Roz Chast And The Grim Reaper

Oct 3, 2018
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I’m Jonathan Baker, a writer in Canyon, Texas, and I’ve been asked to talk a little about this month’s Radio Readers Book Club Read, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast.

Burial Practices And The Warrior Way

Sep 30, 2018

North American Indian burial practices varied widely across the continent.  In some of these cultures, the recently deceased’s name was never spoken again so as to avoid angering the spirit. 

The spirit world, in general, was revered and respected among American Indian groups yet may have been met with some trepidation and even anxiety. 

Native Women On Death's Cycle Of Life

Sep 21, 2018
Denise Low

My mother once told me that women who garden can reconcile themselves to the cycle of life and death more peacefully. I have kept up gardening, perhaps because of that advice. Here are poems by Native-heritage women, including myself, that draw on nature to reconcile death’s paradox.

Sweet Remains Of Last Days

Sep 3, 2018
The Metropolitan Museum

The novel Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese is about a boy, Franklin Starlight, whose ne’er do well father shows up in his life not to help him as a mentor, but to demand help with his death process.

Eldon Starlight has not earned the right to request anything of this abandoned teenager, yet he does. End of life issues also may bring many of us face to face with relatives who make unearned demands. The grueling passage of death may cause difficult moments in even the best relationships.

The Hard Questions

Aug 29, 2018
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Hi, Radio Readers – I’m Melany Wilks talking to you from my home in Colby, KS.

I had been told by a friend to read the book, Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. So, on a long drive 16 - hour drive with my husband, we popped the CD’s into the stereo and began listening. The book held our attention, and then we purchased the book.

Let's Talk - Aging, Death and Dying

Aug 6, 2018

Elizabeth Kubler Ross once called America a “death-denying society,” a description not necessarily shared across cultures. In Bhutan – one of the happiest countries on the globe -- talking about death at least once a day is considered a necessity. Hyolmo Buddhists in Nepal regard dying as an intricate art to be learned throughout life. And in Papua, New Guinea, older people often describe themselves as “being the process of dying.”

Cremation Rapidly Gaining Favor in Kansas

Jan 29, 2016
James M. Dobson / Garden City Telegram

Cremations are on the rise in southwest Kansas, reports the Garden City Telegram. In fact, some funeral home directors expect cremation may become the norm rather than the exception over the next 10 years.