The Goodness in People Will Always Beat the Darkness in One

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: April 18th, 2013  |  Category: Death Defying Acts, News  |  Comments: Say Something »

Check out the Everplans blog today for my lastest post on this week’s tragedy in Boston. “I graduated from business school four months after my mother died. Shortly before graduation weekend, an out-of-town friend called me and said that she wanted to come to my graduation. She insisted that I not feel pressured to include her in any pre-planned activities; she just wanted to be there, watch me graduate, and give me a hug afterward. She never directly said that she wanted to come because of my mother’s death or because she wanted to support me during a weekend punctuated by proud parents and family revelry. But her message was loud and clear.” Read the full post here

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Laugh. Even When Someone is Dying.

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: April 10th, 2013  |  Category: Death Defying Acts, Hardship? Try This On For Size  |  Comments: Say Something »

For a blog series called A Matter of Life and Death, I admit that I’ve probably talked a lot more about the latter. (Sorry.) “Can she keep this up?” you might be wondering. “This whole writing-about-death-all-the-time thing?” And the answer is, yes—with the help of a sense of humor. Read the article here.

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A Little Light Monday Reading

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: April 1st, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Comments: Say Something »

Check out my latest  blog posts on Everplans about milestones, my wedding, an identity crisis and–yes, you guessed it–cancer. When have I ever presented you with “light” reading on here?

The Identity Crisis of a Patient

After my mom’s cancer diagnosis, lots of things changed: schedules, diets, and priorities, to name a few. But one of the most difficult things to get used to was the identity crisis that ensued. Because when my mom was diagnosed with cancer, she was quickly stripped of her sense of self. Read more


Milestones: My Loss Does Not Define My Gains

I feel the sting of my mother’s absence most acutely at the milestones. In some ways, the milestones, no matter how many years separate them from her death in 2010, make me feel like I’ve just lost her. But in other ways, the milestones that I’ve experienced without my mother bring a new richness, too—just because my mother is gone doesn’t mean that a joyous milestone must be tragic. Read more

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