Local experts say as more baby boomers are aging, they are more curious about thoughtful planning for death. They also say the COVID-19 pandemic spurred interest in talking about death because many people did not have control over the circumstances of their deaths, and their loved ones felt helpless in the face of that fact.
“Dying is a big thing, and I want the details of it to be as easy as possible on my family as it can be,” Kae Mance, who has stage 4 breast cancer, says.
Deaths, injuries and fires are all in a day’s work for emergency service workers. They may also be part of a shift for Trauma Intervention Programs of WNC volunteers, who provide emotional first aid to family, friends and bystanders after traumatic events. This is the message that Hendersonville Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Justin Ward […]
As a professor of environmental education at Warren Wilson College, Mallory McDuff is experienced in teaching the next generation about environmentalism. “Climate is front and center for them,” she says. With the Dec. 7 publication of her book Our Last Best Act: Planning for the End of Our Lives to Protect the People and Places […]
Abigail Mary Elizabeth Crawford’s life started sometime in the weeks before Oct. 4, 2020. That was the date her mother, Jenna Crawford, giddily leapt on top of her sleeping father, Garry Wynn, holding a positive pregnancy test at 5:30 a.m. Wynn remembers Oct. 4 as “an unbelievably magic day.” The couple sailed ahead through milestones […]
Marshall’s wind phone offers a unique conduit for connecting with those who have died or are absent.
People who are facing death, as well as their families, need to make dozens of decisions large and small, author Melody LeBaron says, and everyone should have a plan in place before the final moments of life. Her new book provides support for creating a roadmap to guide individuals and their loved ones as death approaches.
A new 700-page book, Cemeteries of the Smokies, published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, serves as an exhaustive guide to graves in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Through photographs, oral histories and scholarship, the tome also sheds light on the unique world of Appalachian burial lore and traditions.
When you think about the Great Smoky Mountains, your thoughts might not immediately jump to death and destruction. But that is exactly what adventure travel writer David Brill of Morgan County, Tenn., dives into with his new book, “Into the Mist: Tales of Death and Disaster, Mishaps and Misdeeds, Misfortune and Mayhem in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”
“I hope her family gets closure one day and her case is eventually solved and the culprit or culprits are found and punished accordingly.”
“Of one thing I am confident: ‘underneath are the Everlasting Arms’ (Deuteronomy 33:27, King James version) — which invokes a profound trust in the ongoing Creative Energy called Love that nurtures and sustains all of Life.”
Death is inevitable, yet many people are caught off guard for it. Planning for your death can help survivors save time and money while allowing them to focus on more important matters.
Until he cared for his dying daughter two years ago, Said Osio could not have imagined having a conversation about death. As her caregiver, he realized, “There is a belief in our culture that if we talk about death with someone who is ill, it’s in a way acknowledging defeat.” Osio co-directs Third Messenger, an informal […]
Team to remember him with moment of silence at July 4th home game, other events to come
“Green burial makes the earth smile.”
“And it’s real cheap, too.”
Contemplating your last move? Or helping someone who is? You may want to consider the natural mortuary alternatives offered by West Asheville’s Bury Me Naturally.
The local painter, sculptor and gallery owner passed away following a recent stroke.
The inspiration for launching a business can come from the unlikeliest of sources. The death industry, for example, is lucrative and about as steady as they come—but that’s where the attraction ends for most entrepreneurs, who prefer something a little sunnier. Ashes to ashes: Adrienne Crowther displays some specially handcrafted cremation urns marketed through her […]