Category Archives: Ask Me Anything!

Ask Me Anything Invitation

It’s your turn! I’ve posted all my and Oliver’s answers to the college class’s questions about dying, so now I invite you to ask your own questions if there’s anything at all you’re curious about. You don’t have to worry … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything Repost: Oliver’s Answers

Here are Oliver’s answers to the questions a class of college students in a course called Death and Dying had for him about his mom being near death. I was so proud of his courage, generosity, and thoughtfulness in writing … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #10: Staying Positive

This is the last question from the college class, and it’s an important one. How do you stay positive? Don’t you ever think this is unfair, or ask why me? I do believe that our attitudes are, to a considerable … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #9: Fear

(This “ask me anything” answer is in response to a class of young college students’ questions.) What are you most afraid of in dying? This question came up a lot and in many different ways, and it’s been the hardest … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #8: Afterlife

(This “ask me anything” answer is in response to a class of young college students’ questions.) Do you believe in an afterlife? I’m not sure about an afterlife. I don’t believe in one absolutely, in that I’m not counting on … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #7: Bucket List

(This “ask me anything” answer is in response to a class of young college students’ questions.) Do you have a bucket list? No! I’ve always disliked not only the term, but the whole idea. The only things I really wanted … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #6: Speaking Up

Do you speak up for yourself more?                      I actually do speak up for myself a little more than I used to. Since I don’t have much time, I’m less tolerant of people wasting that time with superficial nonsense, insincerity, or … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #5: Regrets

(This “ask me anything” answer is in response to a class of young college students’ questions.) Do you have any regrets? Or, is there anything you would have done differently in your life if you’d known you’d die at this … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #4: Interactions

(This “ask me anything” answer is in response to a class of young college students’ questions.) Did people distance themselves from you? Do people treat you differently? I’m not sure. Nobody close to me stayed away, in any case. There … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #3: Assisted Dying

(This “ask me anything” answer is in response to a class of young college students’ questions.) Would you consider assisted dying? Yes, I would. It is not my plan, however. I hope to die naturally, with pain control and other … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #2: Preparing

(This “ask me anything” answer is in response to a class of young college students’ questions.) How are you preparing yourself? At first I had to “put my affairs in order,” which means writing or updating a will (which should … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything #1! Initial Reactions

Kelly McKinney, a teacher at John Abbott College in Montreal, recently asked me if I would participate in her Humanities course called Views on Death and Dying. We went with an “ask me anything” format, so the students sent me … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Oliver

My son Oliver and I recently accepted an invitation to answer some “ask me anything” questions from a class of college students in a course called Death and Dying. Here are Oliver’s answers to the questions they had for him … Continue reading

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