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Death Over Dinner

Have You Had ‘The Talk,’ Yet?

BY DANIEL GAITAN | Hundreds of Americans are expected to take part in a “Death over Dinner” this spring. The campaign, led by restaurateur Michael Hebb, aims to encourage more open and honest discussion of death and dying at the dinner table. Hebb wants to launch a “patient-led revolution at the dinner table.” “My […]

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Death Salon: Wiping Away A ‘Sanitized’ View Of Death

BY DANIEL GAITAN | The beauty and grandeur of death is too often “sanitized” by contemporary society. The Death Salon movement intends to reverse that trend and familiarize Americans with death’s historical and artistic legacy, convening artists and academics to explore the meaning of mortality. Established in 2013 by author and mortician Caitlin Doughty and […]

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Activist Finds Inspiration In Death

Alexandra Drane regrets never asking her sister-in-law about her end of life care wishes. At 32, Rosaria “Za” Vandenberg, a devoted wife and mother, was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer and began a journey of painful treatments and hospitalizations. “She was diagnosed on New Year’s Eve and died seven months later,” Drane said. “One of the realizations […]

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