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Buddhism and Euthanasia

One of the central themes of almost all religions is death or, more specifically, what becomes of us when we die. The teachings of almost every faith focus on attempting to explain death and dying and how it fits in with ...

Category: Human Rights Morality Buddhism

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Will Your Decision To Be Cremated Ban You From Heaven?

Devout Christians and Catholics might tell you that your decision to be cremated will result in your eternal ban from heaven. Worried parents or grandparents may try to evoke fear by asserting that God cannot raise tho ...

Category: Ceremonies Funerals Religion

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Zombies and Werewolves and Dybbuks — Oh My!

Halloween is a time for ghosts, goblins, and all things scary, right? Yes! But did you know that many scary things have their origins in religion and folklore? It’s true. Virtually all religions and cultures have ...

Category: Religion Spirituality Superstitions

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10 Universal Truths by Which We All Live — Part I

It’s hard not to think that we’re alone in the world and that our thoughts, happiness, suffering, irritation, disappointment, etc., are unique only to us. We especially tend to believe this when things go wro ...

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The Growing Trend of Humanist Funerals

As Americans become ever less religious, so too have our celebrated life milestones such as births, weddings, and funerals. Many of these celebrations are no longer held in a church, synagogue, or mosque, presided over b ...

Category: Ceremonies Funerals freedom from religion

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Assisted Suicide: Compassionate Help or Murder By Another Name?

Euthanasia, the painless killing of a person suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma, is illegal in the United States. Assisted suicide, on the other hand, is legal in Washington, D.C., ...

Category: Morality Politics

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Learning About Mortality From Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (121–180 AD) was a Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. He’s most remembered today for his plethora of pithy comments such as the following: Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Eve ...

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Celebrate the Benefits of Aging

Aging is rarely celebrated in today’s culture. There are a lot of problems related to aging. Healthcare costs get higher. Medicare may pick up some medical costs, but many seniors still pay hundreds, if not thousan ...

Category: Health and Wellness Religion

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Who Is Interred in the National Cathedral?

It was recently announced that Matthew Shepard would be interred at the National Cathedral. Shepard is a notable LGBT figure who was a victim of a hate crime in 1998. His parents were concerned about a burial site becomi ...

Category: Religion

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The Power of Words to Hurt and to Heal

A government takes offense at the choice of a word to describe mass killings a hundred years ago. Some people today see the value in using direct language in remembering the horrors of the past. Pope Francis spoke clear ...

Category: Disasters Politics

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