My Mother’s Ethical Will

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: March 15th, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Comments: Say Something »

Today in my Everplans blog series, A Matter of Life and Death, I talk about the most valuable lesson my mother ever taught me and a little something called an ethical will. Check it out right here.

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When You’ve Got 99 Problems & Death Isn’t One

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: March 4th, 2013  |  Category: Hardship? Try This On For Size, Other Things That Make Me Tick  |  Comments: Say Something »

Wondering how to lean on a friend who is grieving without being a selfish bozo? This week in my Everplans column, A Matter of Life and Death, I’ll tell you. Even if your problems are pint-size compared to your friend’s crater of a hardship, your problems matter. And they matter to your friend. Read the column here.

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A Matter of Life and Death

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: February 12th, 2013  |  Category: Death Defying Acts, News  |  Comments: Say Something »

I introduced my new column, “A Matter of Life and Death”, on the Everplans blog today. Check it out below.

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As an only child with a single parent, I was always scared to death of losing my mother. Life without her was terrifying and unimaginable. As a child and a young adult, I pushed this fear to the far back corners of my mind and tried to avoid ever thinking about it.

And then, three years ago, I was forced to confront my greatest fear. My mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died in January of 2010, leaving me a 28-year-old nuclear family of one. 

Grief is a slow, strength-zapping, never-ending, emotional roller coaster that plunges you down when you least expect it and then propels you up, making you feel guilty for it. My grief, however, was nothing compared to the weight of taking on my mother’s end-of-life care. Read more…

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