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

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.

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 [...]