• Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Whose life is it, anyway? — Third and final part

    By Ron Kokish

    “A time to love and a time to die” … Ecclesiastes 3:2

    At 85, my father was failing badly enough for his doctor to insist he stop driving. A few months later I called and casually asked how he was feeling. “Fine, physically,” he replied, “but life… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Continuing the life cycle with green burials

    Life is full of many cyclical trends — from fashion and food to names and colors — but it all starts with the cycle of life and, consequently, death. Burials, like produce, began trending in a less natural direction with the manipulation of an organic process.
    Pre-Civil War burials… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Whose death is it, anyway? Part II

    By Ron Kokish

    Freedom means having options throughout our lives, including the time during which we are dying. Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) increases our options. Unfortunately, it was not yet legally available in the 1980s, when my friend Dorothy’s father, Michael, died of cancer; so, Michael had no legal… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Whose death is it, anyway?

    By Ron Kokish

    Charlie was 10 the day he came home from school to find his father Hugo dead in their Montreal living room, an empty whiskey glass on the table and a cigarette still smoldering between two fingers. Hugo’s decision to overdose was tragic and understandable.
    Fleeing… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Branching Out: What could be more important?

    I assumed it was a sobriety check and downshifted. My truck was packed for camping and a bluegrass festival; I would drive through the night. Emergency lights split the darkness, spinning and flashing on a scene so horrific I gasped at the sight. A cow elk — her eyes wide,… read more →

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    A Will for the Woods documentary


    A revealing film about musician and psychiatrist Clark Wang as he prepares for his own green burial a demonstration of his determination that his last act will be a gift to the planet

    What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his final resting…

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    Death Cafe with Amy Moran and Akaljeet


    Death Cafe is a safe and relaxed space to gather with community members to discuss topics related to death and dying. The idea is to engage in interesting and thought provoking conversation.

    Please note…Death Cafes are not bereavement or counseling sessions, rather an opportunity to increase awareness and bring comfort…

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Ps & Qs: Death is like a piñata

    On Nov. 1, 1955, a young boy was riding his bike home in Denver, Colorado. He blew through a stop sign and crossed the street in front of a bus that was stopped at the bus stop. He was struck by a car passing the bus in theread more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Mature Content: Never say die

    By Kristi Nichols

    In March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I emailed my oldest son a list of my financial details, a copy of my will, and my advanced medical directive. I thought it was the prudent thing to do in case I contracted the virus and died. Almost instantly, I received… read more →