Monthly Archives: February 2014

An epidemic of twins: Fertility doctors urge more couples to try 1 embryo at a time (Canada)

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Confessing Depression

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Confessing Depression
Sometimes life is hard. I think I’m luckier than most in this world, and yet I still struggle with my own demons. I suppose that’s true of all of us, but not everyone faces the crushing weight of depression when things go wrong. I recently discovered that my dear friend is struggling to stay afloat and I want so desperately for him to know — for everyone experiencing the pain of depression to know — I’ve been there.

Depression isn’t something we like to talk about in our society. Mental health in general is a rather taboo topic, perhaps because for those with no history of mental illness, it seems as simple as a change in mindset. But depression is very real, and often very difficult to control.

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I’ve struggled with depression, anxiety, and mood swings my whole life. I learned in early adulthood that I suffer from some pretty serious chemical imbalances that peak in the winter and ebb in the warmer months. I also know that stress can put me in a funk regardless of the weather. The past few years have been hard on me given the many changes we’ve experienced in our family. In fact, I suffered from late-onset post-partum depression when my first son, Atticus, was around 6 months old. The medicine my doctor prescribed made my skin crawl, so I lived with the sadness until things leveled out. And then when we moved to a new city, turned our entire lives upside-down, and received our unborn son Quinn’s Down syndrome diagnosis, the depression returned, this time with a severity I had never experienced. But the only drugs that we knew to fight the funk without the desire to pull my hair out or walk around like a zombie all day weren’t recommended for pregnant women (especially those with a high-risk pregnancy like mine), so I was forced to power through.

It’s difficult to cope with something that many people feel is easy to fix. Over the years, I’ve had friends insist that I need learn to count my blessings, as if I hadn’t tried that before. Or they expect to snap me out of it with a quick hug, a phone call, or even chocolate cake. But depression doesn’t work that way. Depression is an all-encompassing reality that no amount of silver linings can overturn. Moreover, sometimes it feels normal to be sad. I know that’s not something that most of you can understand, but for those with chemical imbalances, they know how right it can feel to give in and allow the wave of hopelessness to take over. To fight it is to sink lower when you lose.

The bright side is that there is a bright side. I’ve learned over the years to ride the waves of depression that come my way and seek help when they get too serious. I’m lucky in that my family keeps me close and ensures that recovery is swift. My husband is my rock in this. He knows what works and what doesn’t. And he never tries to fix me. He just listens. I’m also lucky that my depression has never affected my work, as walking into my classroom is like a refuge, as if I’ve suddenly found a life raft after treading water for days. But others aren’t so lucky. Others struggle to recover, regardless of their support system. If that’s you, then please seek help. It’s amazing how quickly depression can lead someone down a dead-end path. And once you start that road toward drug abuse, alcoholism, or even suicide, it’s hard to come back.

Many of you will read this confession and feel embarrassed for me, or even sad. Don’t. I’m not ashamed. In fact, I’m actually pretty damn proud of my ability to overcome it and live a successful life. I’m proud of my coping mechanisms, my bursts of happiness in which I can appreciate the sun on my shoulders in late February, or the sound of my children’s giggles on Sunday mornings. Those are the moments I live for. Those are the moments that keep the depression at bay for longer stretches of time. In order for more people to find their moments, we need to talk about mental illness without shame or fear. We need to help more people become aware of the struggles so that we can be more aware of ways to help each other cope.

If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, seek a strong support system. Here are some good places to start:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
Helpguide.org.
Mental Health America.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Stopping smoking linked to improved mental health

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Stopping smoking linked to improved mental health
Quitting smoking is associated with an improvement in mental health in comparison with continuing to smoke, suggests a study. It is well known that stopping smoking substantially reduces major health risks, such as the development of cancers, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. But the association between smoking and mental health is less clear cut. So researchers in the UK set out to investigate changes in mental health after smoking cessation compared with continuing to smoke.

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Sleeping at crazy hours? Tips for improving…

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Sleeping at crazy hours? Tips for improving…
Many people with mood disorders have significant problems with sleep. Often they sleep at odd hours that cause problems with responsibilities, or have trouble getting to sleep. Here are some suggestions and tips for improving your sleep schedule, an important tool for maintaining stability for those with bipolar disorder.

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High family stress can impact child’s immune system

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High family stress can impact child’s immune system
High family stress can lead to the child’s immune system being affected, a research group has shown. Our immune system has the task of protecting us against bacteria and viruses. Our bodies are also equipped to handle everyday stress -– that is, stress that lasts only briefly. On the other hand, a difficult, stressful situation or long-term increase in stress can negatively affect the immune system. This kind of long-term stress can develop when a close family member dies or when adults are caught in tough, unmanageable situations.

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Depressive symptoms linked to adult-onset asthma in African-American women

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Depressive symptoms linked to adult-onset asthma in African-American women
According to a new study, African-American women who reported high levels of depressive symptoms had a greater likelihood of adult-onset asthma compared to women who reported fewer depressive symptoms.

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: My Day With the Dalai Lama — A Primer for Happiness

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: My Day With the Dalai Lama — A Primer for Happiness
After seeing President Obama meet with The Dalai Lama, I remembered my special day with him. On that day, The Dalai Lama smiled, shaking his head. There is no difference between the East and the West, he said. Everyone has the same “mind,” so every person has the chance to gain enlightenment — the ability to live a joyful life. He was sitting in a packed ballroom, talking to a group of American researchers investigating the scientific underpinnings of compassion.

Every spring, I attend the Meditation and Psychotherapy Conference at Harvard Medical School. To my delight, one year the keynote speaker was to be His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the exiled leader of Tibet, who is considered a “living Buddha.” I saw this as the chance of a lifetime. After all, I was going to spend the day with the Dalai Lama, a man who has dedicated his life to understanding the “big questions” of existence.

In 1959, during the Chinese occupation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama narrowly escaped death in a violent uprising in which more than 2,000 people were killed. He then survived an arduous 15-day journey on foot across the Himalayan Mountains to safety in Dharmasala, India, where he presides to this day as the spiritual head of the Tibetan people.

It is not uncommon for thousands to throng to events in which the Dalai Lama participates, and this conference was no exception. Over 1,200 psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals crammed into the Boston Park Plaza ballroom to hear talks entitled “On Compassion” and “On Wisdom.” Long lines snaked up and down the hotel lobby and hallways, everyone getting there early in the morning for metal-detector screenings and to be in place on time. I had a perfect seat about 20 rows back on the aisle with a clear view of the Dalai Lama’s white, overstuffed chair set center stage.

Like a swarm of bees, the room buzzed with the energy of his imminent arrival. As he walked onto the stage, a hush fell over the audience, rippling back like a wave. Everyone stood, and many people spontaneously bowed. The Dalai Lama bowed back. In that suspended moment, we all stared down at our shoes.

The Dalai Lama sat crossed-legged in his chair, his crimson robe draped in folds over his shoulder. His grin, as wide as his face, brought to mind the peace and compassion he has come to represent. Over the six-plus hours he spent with us that day, the Dalai Lama answered many questions posed to him by the leading scientists and researchers in their fields. In one way or another, he kept to the same theme, which he stressed over and over again: Happiness is a human birthright for everyone.

As if to illustrate the mind-set necessary for such an achievement, the Dalai Lama spent much of the time emphasizing what is right with the world, rather than what is wrong. He pointed out that positive emotions and experiences pass by without our even being aware of them. I listened carefully as he spoke. I took notes. I mulled over in detail his main points. Since that day, I have steeped, like tea, in the essence of his message. My sense is that if he were to write a “Dear Dalai Lama” column, this is what he might say:

Meditate on Impermanence — Life is short. Therefore, the mind tries to make things solid and lasting, taking what is inherently fluid and forcing it into a false permanence. Happiness, however, is more easily achieved when we go with the flow.

Most of the time we are lost in our thoughts, unaware of how much time this wastes. Human beings are almost always dwelling in the past or worrying about the future. We rarely consider that the moments of our life are limited, so every moment counts. This reality might be overwhelming were we to think about it all day long. Yet, a foundation of Buddhist thought is that once we are aware of the preciousness of each moment, we appreciate it more and treat it with greater care.

Recognize Obstacles to Happiness — The main obstacle to happiness is that we fail to study the nature of the mind. The Dalai Lama described wisdom, simply, as an understanding of how the mind works. By becoming more familiar with our mind, we can remove the obstacles to happiness and live a joyful life.

It is impossible to know the mind, however, without observing it. This practice is known as mindfulness meditation. Through practicing mindfulness — or being able to stay in the moment without judgment — the mind develops strength of attention and the power of focus. By loosening one’s mental hold on a constructed ideal and becoming curious rather than controlling, a person actually has the chance to “wake up,” or become enlightened, in this lifetime. Just as an athlete’s physical regime allows for peak performance, developing mental sharpness and intelligence through the focused practice of mindfulness mediation helps the mind become more agile and stable.

The Dalai Lama said that with a healthy mental attitude, the elements of body and mind can find balance. “When the basic mental attitude is healthy, the mind is less easily disturbed” by outside circumstances, he said. But if the mind state is weak, “the mind will be easily disturbed.” According to the Dalai Lama, the real question is how to build a healthy state of mind.

Sense the Possibility of Joyfulness — Once there is greater mental development, it is easier to see how swiftly thoughts come and go. There is motivation to stay in the here-and-now, rather than the before-and-after. It becomes clear over time that the only place to experience peace or happiness is in the present moment, and so we long to stay there — to make that permanent too. But we discover that it is not possible. The Dalai Lama suggests that we become wise, instead, in the knowledge that joy is experienced exclusively in the moment. In contrast, attachment and anger — the desire to overly control outcomes — are obstacles to happiness. Joyfulness, the Dalai Lama said, is nothing more than becoming aware of “the wonderful potential being wasted” and “sensing possibility.”

Live a Compassionate Life — Compassion leads to happiness. The way to nurture innate compassion is to develop an awareness of gradual, moment-by-moment change. This changing nature of reality is the truth of impermanence on which the Dalai Lama recommends we meditate. “Compassion leads to a calm mind,” the Dalai Lama told the crowd, while “anger destroys a calm mind.” Compassion expressed in the presence of a calm mind opens the door to happiness.

The Dalai Lama used the example of his own life to give us all hope for ours. He said that even though he was recognized at the age of two as a reincarnated Dalai Lama, he wasn’t really interested in study or practice until he was 14 or 15 years old. He said that it wasn’t until he was in his 20s and 30s that he had “some experience of feeling the absence of independent existence.” In his 40s, after several years of meditation and study, the Dalai Lama said that somehow these ideas became “close, intimate, and familiar” to him.

Since everything is subject to change, he said, maybe his slow path could encourage the rest of us that anything can be overcome with practice, even if it may be later. “Something that seems impossible to achieve in 100 years can become very close to you,” he said. “Infinite altruism once seemed difficult and very far away,” but based on the laws of cause-and-effect and the fact that life is “changing, changing, changing” all the time, the Dalai Lama discovered that compassion for oneself and others actually creates happiness.

“If you want others to be happy,” the Dalai Lama is known to say, “practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

As long as the day seemed, it was over in a flash. The Dalai Lama stood up and bowed to the audience. We bowed back. He gently laid white ceremonial scarves around the necks of the scientists who participated in the day’s event. He bowed deeply to each one of them, their hands clasped together, touching forehead-to-forehead. He thanked them for their latest, cutting-edge research on compassion: pinpointing its location in the brain, discovering its chemical properties, and delineating its biological link to happiness.

Still bowing, the Dalai Lama told the researchers, “You are my guru.”

A version of this blog was originally published in Ambassador Magazine.

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The Negative Effects of Stress (Insight Journal)

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Pressured Speech

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Pressured Speech
Pressured speech is a symptom of bipolar mania and hypomania. More …

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Addicted to tanning? People keep tanning despite known risks

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Addicted to tanning? People keep tanning despite known risks
Some people keep tanning, even after turning a deep brown and experiencing some of the negative consequences. Skin cancer is among the most common, preventable types of the disease, yet many continue to tan to excess. New research shows that some who engage in excessive tanning may also be suffering from obsessive-compulsive (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorders (BDD). Researchers also looked at whether tanning should be classified as an addiction.

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Your Adventure Begins with the Turn of a Page

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Could PTSD involve immune cell response to stress? Study in mice raises question

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Could PTSD involve immune cell response to stress? Study in mice raises question
Chronic stress that produces inflammation and anxiety in mice appears to prime their immune systems for a prolonged fight, causing the animals to have an excessive reaction to a single acute stressor weeks later, new research suggests. After the mice recovered from the effects of chronic stress, a single stressful event 24 days later quickly returned them to a chronically stressed state in biological and behavioral terms. Mice that had not experienced the chronic stress were unaffected by the single acute stressor.

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Divorce rate cut in half for newlyweds who discussed five relationship movies

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Relationships News — ScienceDaily
Divorce rate cut in half for newlyweds who discussed five relationship movies
Discussing five movies about relationships over a month could cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half, researchers report. The study, involving 174 couples, is the first long-term investigation to compare different types of early marriage intervention program

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Grief and Healing: Will I Ever Recover?

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Grief and Healing: Will I Ever Recover?
I am super, super particular about language.

The wrong word choice grates on me, even in the best of times.

So when I was first widowed, hearing words like recovery and healing really bothered me.

Healing sounded ridiculous. Exactly what was going to improve?

Within a month after my partner drowned, people began to ask me if I was “feeling better.” I kept my answer largely to myself, but in my head, I screamed “I didn’t have a stomachache. A little rest and some ginger ale is not going to make me all better!”

“Getting better” was not on the list of possibilities.

How can you heal when the one you love is still dead?

Honestly. A loss of this magnitude is not something you simply recover from.

Recovery, as defined in the dictionary, means to restore oneself to a normal state, to regain what was lost, or to be compensated for what was taken. I hear from a lot of people grieving the loss of a child, or grieving the loss of their best friend and partner, grieving someone who should have had 20, 30, 80 more years. The whole context of healing and recovery is just plain strange in this kind of grief.

That hole torn in the universe will not just close back up so that you can go back to normal. No matter what happens next in your life, it will never be adequate compensation. The person you lost can’t come back. That loss can’t be regained.

By definition then, there is absolutely no point in time when you will “recover” from such a loss.

And that makes it tricky. If there is no “healing” in terms of being as good as new, if we can’t “recover” any more than someone who has lost their legs can simply will them to grow back, how do we go on?

What could getting better possibly look like in this case?

I think it depends on who does the asking.

For me, any outside source or force asking me when I’ll get better is going to be met with irritation. But if I do the asking, if I wonder — for myself — what healing or recovery might look like, then it becomes a very different question.

If you are very, very new to this grief, this may not be the time to even wonder about healing. But if it feels right to gently question, asking yourself about your own healing can be a genuine act of love and kindness:

Given that what I’ve lost cannot be restored, given that what was taken cannot be returned, what would healing look like?

What would it take for me to live this life well?

There certainly aren’t easy answers to these questions. The answers themselves may change over time. But wondering about your own path forward is a gift you can give yourself.

It starts when you ask yourself: If I can’t recover, what would healing really be?

If you are so inclined, share your thoughts on healing in the comments. If you’re completely stuck as to how to even begin answering, get in touch: we can mess around with the question, and see what might feel true.

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Megan Devine is writer, grief advocate, and clinical counselor. You can schedule a free 30 minute phone call to talk about your grief by clicking here to choose a time on her calendar. Megan is the author of the audio program When Everything is Not Okay: Practical Tools to Help You Stay in Your Heart & Not Lose Your Mind. You can find this and other resources on her website, www.refugeingrief.com.

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High family stress can impact child’s immune system

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High family stress can impact child’s immune system
High family stress can lead to the child’s immune system being affected, a research group has shown. Our immune system has the task of protecting us against bacteria and viruses. Our bodies are also equipped to handle everyday stress -– that is, stress that lasts only briefly. On the other hand, a difficult, stressful situation or long-term increase in stress can negatively affect the immune system. This kind of long-term stress can develop when a close family member dies or when adults are caught in tough, unmanageable situations.

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How Depression May Impact Your Memory

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How Depression May Impact Your Memory
A phenomenon called overgeneral memory (OGM) has been shown to be common in people with depression and bipolar disorder. It is characterized by recalling a lumped group of events rather than a single specific event when asked to retrieve one autobiographical memory. OGM is both a predictor and a symptom of depression.

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Smokers lack motivation, feel more tired and are less physically active than non-smokers, new study reveals

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Smokers lack motivation, feel more tired and are less physically active than non-smokers, new study reveals
While the results of smoking may be expected to decrease fitness, new research has found that smokers are less physically active, lack motivation and are more likely to suffer symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Does more stress equal more headaches?

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Does more stress equal more headaches?
A new study provides evidence for what many people who experience headache have long suspected—having more stress in your life leads to more headaches.

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Applying Feng Shui to Your Home

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Applying Feng Shui to Your Home
There are so many factors that can affect your home’s feng shui—from clutter, to your home’s lighting, to its scent. Whether you want to give your kitchen better feng shui or make your bedroom more harmonious (wink, wink), Rodika has lots of ways to help good energy flow through your home.7 Steps to Giving Your Home Good Feng ShuiUsing Color for Good Feng ShuiGiving Your Nursery Good Feng Shui

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Happy people, safer sex: Good moods lead to safer sexual behavior in gay men

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Happy people, safer sex: Good moods lead to safer sexual behavior in gay men
In a new study, researchers report that HIV-positive men whose moods improved in a given week were more likely to have safe sex than they would in a normal week. In weeks where moods were worse than usual, they were more likely to have unprotected sex.

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In fight against teen prescription drug abuse, home and school-based programs work in combination

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Addiction News — ScienceDaily
In fight against teen prescription drug abuse, home and school-based programs work in combination
Programs that aim to curb teen prescription drug abuse have vastly differing success rates, ranging from big drops in drug abuse to no measurable effect, says a new study. The best results came from pairing a school-based program with a home-based intervention, resulting in a 10 percent decrease in abuse rates. Most school-based programs were ineffective when used by themselves. The six-year study is among the first to measure the success and cost-effectiveness of prescription drug abuse prevention efforts.

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Giving Yourself a Basic Education About Funeral Planning Now

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Giving Yourself a Basic Education About Funeral Planning Now
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If you had to plan a funeral for a loved one tomorrow, would you know what to do and what not to do? Most of us are woefully unprepared when faced with this task and must do so while grieving the loss of someone for whom we care deeply. So, consider investing a mere half hour of your time now so when the time comes, you can rise to the occasion with your wits about you.

If you are lucky, when called upon to actually plan a funeral or memorial, the deceased will have already pre-planned the funeral and all you will have to do is contact the funeral home and they will take it from there. Unfortunately, only about 25 percent of funerals are pre-planned according to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). So, in the vast majority of cases, you are on your own to figure out how to honor the deceased.

No matter what kind of ritual or ceremony you deem appropriate, in most states you will be required to retain the services of a funeral director at the very least to transport the body from the place of death to whatever comes next. Laws differ from state to state, so it’s important to know the laws involved. Matters can be further complicated if the deceased needs to be moved from one state to another.

In the old model of funeral planning, we would appear on the doorstep of the funeral home in our grief and rely on the funeral director to guide us through our decision-making. That’s a pretty vulnerable situation to be in making such tender-hearted and financially significant decisions. Under such circumstances, it is not uncommon to overspend in an effort to prove the depth of our love for the deceased. Not knowing what decisions need to be made, we are likely to think we ought not forego anything that “most people do” whether it suits our needs and pocketbook or not.

Planning can get very complicated, very stressful, and very expensive, very fast. Funerals are an expensive proposition. The NFDA estimates the average cost of a funeral in the US, including a burial vault, to be $8,343. So, it pays to be a well-informed consumer before you start contacting funeral directors.

Here are a few free online resources that are well worth a visit before actually making plans with a funeral director.

ImSorrytoHear.com
Offers complimentary funeral planning tools and advice to help us be more savvy consumers of funeral-related products. Here are some of the highlights of what they offer:

They are in the process of rolling out a directory of all the funeral homes in the US and Canada. To date, information is online for 17 states and is projected to include all US states by year-end. Simply enter your zip code, city/state, or add personal preferences such as religion or services offered and the site will tell you what funeral homes meet your needs and display reviews left from prior customers. Not all listings are comprehensive yet, but those that are include license status, ownership (corporate vs. independent), religious/cultural offerings, a list of services offered, the funeral director’s name, and professional associations. Eventually, this site will also include Canadian funeral providers, pricing, and other funeral vendors that can assist with other aspects of end-of-life planning. This is an invaluable resource for comparing the offerings of potential funeral homes side by side.

A comprehensive and downloadable funeral planning checklist guides you through the information and decisions you will need to address before, during, and after the funeral. This includes a copy of the Funeral Rule enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, which details our rights as consumers of funeral products and services.

A casket guide that details the various options and price ranges of caskets.

A description of key consumer advocacy groups.

Contact information for state funeral planning boards that regulate the licensure and practice of funeral directors and embalmers.

Funeral planning tips and educational articles.

EFuneral.com
While the name does not imply it, this site offers comprehensive resources for end-of-life planning such as legalities (including wills, trusts, and advance healthcare directives); caregiving, hospice and palliative care services; facing dementia and terminal illnesses; and grieving as well as funeral planning resources. In terms of funeral planning, the site offers:

A detailed funeral arrangements guide

A funeral planning tool that allows you to comparison shop different funeral homes, browse reviews, and manage your planning budget.

An archive of articles and videos on the various topics covered by the site.

Advise and tips on such topics as estate planning, saving money on funeral expenses,
helping a loved one through sickness, or broaching the subject of end-of-life care with elderly parents.

FuneralWise.com
Claims to offer you everything you need to know about funerals and planning, including:

A step-by-step online funeral planning guide detailing who to call when the death occurs; arranging for transporting the deceased; planning the funeral and cremation or burial; and post-funeral matters.

An explanation of funeral customs by ethnicity, culture, and religion.

A description of funeral etiquette for various circumstances and situations.

Guidance for dealing with grief.

A search tool to find funeral homes and cemeteries by geographic location to comparison shop

A guide to pet loss

A store that offers sympathy bouquets, memorial items, books, and music.

When researching online resources for funeral planning pay close attention to the vested interest of the site. For example, while the above are fundamentally educational sites, others are sponsored by online retailers or individual funeral homes. So, always consider the source.

I encourage you to take the time now to research these and other websites so you are prepared someday when you least expect to need them. This brief education will go a long way to prepare you to step up when called upon to actually plan a funeral or memorial to honor one of your loved ones.

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Growing impact of lethal ‘legal highs:’ U.K. Deaths report

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Growing impact of lethal ‘legal highs:’ U.K. Deaths report
The deadly risk of so-called ‘legal highs’ and other designer drugs, such as the notorious ‘meow meow’, has been confirmed by a huge leap in their links to drug-related deaths in the UK.

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Reduce Stress and Strengthen Your Immune System: 10 Natural Ways to Rejuvenate (Insight Journal)

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Cocaine may increase stroke risk within 24 hours of use

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Cocaine may increase stroke risk within 24 hours of use
Cocaine greatly increases ischemic stroke risk in young adults within 24 hours of use. Stroke risk associated with acute cocaine use is much higher than other stroke risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.

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The Truth About a Low Fat Diet

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While lowering the fat in your diet may be a plus for your cholesterol and heart health, it’s important to understand that not all fats are created equal.Can Alcohol Really Be Good For Your Heart?Why You Should Try the Mediterranean DietToo Good to be True? Chocolate and Your Health

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Nociceptin: Nature’s balm for the stressed brain (Science Daily)

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Nothing so sweet as a voice like your own, study finds

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Have you ever noticed that your best friends speak the same way? A new study finds we prefer voices that are similar to our own because they convey a soothing sense of community and social belongingness.

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Types of Stress (Insight Journal)

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Obese patients who feel judged by doctors less likely to shed pounds, study shows

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Obese patients who feel judged by doctors less likely to shed pounds, study shows
Overweight and obese people who feel their physicians are judgmental of their size are more likely to try to shed pounds but are less likely to succeed, according to results of a study. The findings suggest that primary care doctors should lose the negative attitudes their patients can sense if the goal is to get patients with obesity to lose 10 percent or more of their body weight — an amount typically large enough to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk.

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