Helping Children Understand COVID and Death

Posted on December 30th, 2020
Posted by Martin Oaks under Community, Cremation, Hello world, Resources
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2020 was truly the year of living dangerously. In the United States, when the final numbers are in, more than 3,000,000 will have died. Although Covid-19 claimed more than 300,000 of those lives in this country, it was not the only culprit.  Deaths were up in many categories, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, and high […]

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The Story Nora Ephron Refused to Tell

Posted on December 18th, 2020
Posted by Martin Oaks under Community, Memorial
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Before her death, filmmaker Nora Ephron had one last important story to tell.  But, quite intentionally, she elected not to tell it. Ephron, who passed away on June 26, 2012, at the age of 71, had been living with a death sentence diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia for more than six years. Outside her immediate family […]

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When Heartbreak Becomes Deadly

Posted on December 11th, 2020
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Is it possible to die from a broken heart?  Absolutely, broken heart syndrome can definitely be fatal. Are we seeing more cases of broken heart syndrome during the Covid-19 pandemic? Yes, there has been an uptick in cases of the syndrome since the virus has become a worldwide killer itself. Dr. Ilan Wittstein defined the […]

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Even at 40, The Shining still Frightens and Puzzles

Posted on December 2nd, 2020
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Film director Stanley Kubrick was not into power lunches.  He didn’t use focus groups for ideas, nor did he chase box office bucks with mindless pandering. Reclusive, eccentric, and removed from the Hollywood ethos, Kubrick was a visionary whose work is fresh today because it was created with complete artistic authenticity. This year marks the […]

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Spending a Quarantine Holiday with the Stars

Posted on November 24th, 2020
Posted by Martin Oaks under Community, Hello world, Resources
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Is the Coronavirus stifling your Holly Jolly this year?  Waiting in line to be tested, avoiding large family gatherings, and settling for Zoom instead of real hugs?  Not exactly comfy-cozy? It’s time to recall the words of painter Dorothea Tanning: “Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity.” Best yet, […]

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