Weekly Round Up: On Death And Dying

girl_with_lassoTime for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just leave a comment below.

While to some it may sound morbid, thoughts of death and dying are never far from the surface of the blogosphere, particularly considering how many deaths we have had to contend with recently.

Anna has written an exquisitely beautiful post on facing up to dying:

Lately I’ve been trying to get a hold of what it means to die.  How can I accept the unknown?How can I face my death empowered with grace and love?  In the metastatic cancer community we spend lots of time talking about patients having a good quality of life. This discussion needs to extend into the realm of death.

Eileen imagines her own death and draws some interesting conclusions about life and death and how we deal with both; and the ever eloquent Yvonne Watterson writes of cancerversaries and unspeakable losses.

Finally, a heart-felt plea from Rebecca not to look away from the reality of stage IV cancer – that reality is death, and we need, in the words of Lara, to get better at doing better for this disease.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere….

Philippa has reminded me of a challenge I once set the community to celebrate the ordinary in our lives. I had completely forgotten about this, so thanks for the reminder Philippa and I think perhaps I  will set that challenge again soon.. so watch this space.

Sally writes about losing her hair to chemo.. and regaining it again.

Catherine shares  a tender moment from the love story that is Catherine and Zsolt.

Some practical advice from Carrie on preparing a toddler for Mommy’s surgery.

A warm welcome back to the blogosphere to Jo and Yvonne Newbold – sorry to hear you have both been poorly lately, but here’s wishing you  better health and wellness in 2016.

Detrice writes of memories and chemo-brain.

Stacey Tinianov and Vickie Young Wen attended the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s Cancer Survivorship Symposium last week and reflect on their experiences.

It’s always so nice to “see” each other for the first time – check out Uzma‘s video posted on her blog this week.

Nancy is calling on your help to assist her in promoting her cancer memoir –  and Elizabeth has done a wonderful review for Nancy.

Dawn writes about cancer guilt.

Lisa deFerrari summarizes the latest cancer studies for us.

The Seasoned Sistah writes about her healthy living plans on her blog.

Caroline shares an interesting finding on her blog – that more than 40% of doctors state they have biases to certain patient groups.

Finally, this week, sending healing thoughts Audrey’s way as she recovers from her latest surgery.

Until next week,

Yours with love

Marie xxx