So I've noticed a convention that using someone's name--and only their name--as the subject line in the email message means that something pretty severe has happened to them. Like, if Jane Bloggs had a healthy baby, the subject line would be something like "Jane had a baby!", but if the subject line was just "Jane" or "Jane Bloggs" or "Aunt Jane" (assuming I'm Jane's nephew) then either Jane or her baby or both would be in the (N)ICU or more likely the morgue. I'm wondering where this started. Any help?
posted by tellumo
on Jun 17, 2014 -
I wrote this question about my Aunt
. As it turned out, I just wrote back a very polite reply -- "thank you for your good wishes" ...I was polite. I felt good about this. Thank you for all the helpful answers.
My Aunt wrote me again -- long story inside. Thank you for taking the time to read it. [more inside]
posted by Lescha
on Mar 26, 2013 -
Looking for some advice as to how to handle an impending death in the family I married into and with whom I am very close. While I come from a family that talks about everything
, my husband comes from a family that talks about most things, but not at all about health issues and death. I would like to be able to support them in the days and weeks ahead but I have no idea how to navigate within their framework. [more inside]
posted by mireille
on Mar 3, 2012 -
In the wake of Whitney Houston's death, I find myself thinking about the grotesque confluence of celebrity, addiction, mental illness and (frequently but not necessarily) death. I'd like to understand it better. Who has explored this thoughtfully, whether in essay, book, film, television, whatever?
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas
on Feb 12, 2012 -
How to support and comfort a friend through the illness/loss of their pets? What helped you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 5, 2011 -
My mother-in-law's lung and lymph cancer is spreading. Outlook is not good. I would love some ideas to cheer her up or show solidarity. I would also like resources for when the inevitable comes and I have to explain to my three-year-old why he won't ever see his grandmother again. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool
on Nov 4, 2010 -
I would like to help my friends, if I can; two of them are individually dealing with incredibly stressful and sad health-related situations related to their parents. [more inside]
posted by taz
on Aug 8, 2009 -
I'm writing a story in which death and illness is a major theme, and I'd like to name my characters accordingly. [more inside]
posted by jschu
on Oct 18, 2008 -
I recently read on a website somewhere, one person's account of an elderly relative dying. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah
on Dec 11, 2007 -
I'd like more information about the practice of not informing patients of the extent of their illness in Japan. [more inside]
posted by Espy Gillespie
on Jul 13, 2007 -
What is a good book to buy for a bright, elderly man who:
a.) has probably read everything, and,
b.) is experiencing some level of despair due to his rapidly deteriorating body (he has motor neuron disease)? [more inside]
posted by mjao
on Mar 8, 2007 -
How do I expose my 2 1/2 year old son to people who have handicaps, or chronic illnesses like CP or MS?
posted by MrMulan
on Mar 2, 2007 -
My cat died. Quite suddenly. Web searches don't show up anything which matches the symptoms or suddenness. I'd like some idea of what caused it, especially if it might be contagious (as there are two more cats to worry about). [more inside]
posted by handee
on Feb 28, 2005 -
What can/should you do for a co-worker in your department who only has a few weeks left to live, and is already at the hospital?
Even if you aren't particularly close, one has the feeling one should do something
. But what?
posted by ShawnStruck
on Jan 14, 2005 -