Talking About Our Final Days of Life – Sunday RoundUp

Our weekly round up of stories and articles about coping with loss, dealing with grief, mourning our loved ones, talking about our final days, and celebrating life culled from various corners of the web. For previously featured grieving-related news and stories, check out our EF Roundup Section.

(1) Take Me to the Death Cafe 
by: Sophie Elmhirst; Prospect Magazine

Death Cafe Cake

“We are living longer and talking about our final days of life more—as a new movement shows”

(2) Death is Not the End: Fascinating Funeral Traditions from Around the World
by: Kate Torgovnick May and Liz Jacobs; TED Ideas

Balinese Cremation

“Funeral practices are deeply ingrained in culture and around the globe hugely varied traditions reflect a wide spread of beliefs and values. Here, a look at just a few of funeral traditions that might strike someone outside a culture as odd.”

(3) The above link is partially based on the TED Talk below: Life That Doesn’t End with Death by Kelli Swazey 

TED Talk - Life that Doesn't End with Death by Kelli Swazey
“The patriarch of my husband’s maternal clan, Nenet Katcha, is now approaching the age of 100, as far as we can tell. And there are increasing signsthat he is about to depart on his own journey for Puya. And his death will be greatly mourned. But I know that my husband’s family looks forward to the moment when they can ritually display what his remarkable presence has meant to their lives, when they can ritually recount his life’s narrative,weaving his story into the history of their community. His story is their story.”

(4) Where’s the Empathy? 
by: Nicholas Kristof; The New York Times

When a celebrity dies, there is usually a deluge of social media posts mourning over that fallen star. But, what happens to the everyday people/ the “average Joe’s” that pass away without fanfare?

Today, we chanced upon this story about Kevin Green, an ordinary guy but one who made an extraordinary impact on his friend (enough to write about him). Nicholas Kristof pays tribute to his buddy and calls for empathy in this The New York Times piece.

You, too, can create your own touching tribute to someone. Check out for more info!

If there are any stories about mourning, loss, tributes, or coping with death you think we should feature, leave us a comment below or tweet us @EFootprint!

About Tiffany Qua

Social Media Manager Tiffany Qua, MA, specializes in content strategy, digital marketing, and social media campaigns. A graduate of Columbia University and John Hopkins University, Tiffany and her husband live in NYC.

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