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lying is a sin, but it'll probably make them happy

My father unexpectedly passed away last weekend from a heart attack. I am not religious. Part of my family, and most of our community of friends & extended family, are. Help me navigate the religious talk without either going on the defensive, or being complacent. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Sandman story where Death closes up shop?

Is there a Sandman story depicting the end of the universe? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Jul 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Father's Day without a father?

How can I help my wife cope with the death of her father during this Father's Day? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on Jun 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Eek, a mouse!

I am terrified of all manner of bugs, rodents, and other creepy tiny things. I just found mouse droppings in my kitchen. What are the steps I should take right away that my panic is keeping me from thinking of? What steps are totally delusional and unnecessary? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Jun 10, 2011 - 10 answers

How to find a birth/death record

I'm looking for a NJ birth/death record for a baby who only lived a short time during the 50's. [more inside]
posted by runnergirl on Jun 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Of Death And Medicare Recovery

My father passed away a few weeks ago - I'm the sole heir and designated executor of his will and it has been not too difficult a process even with my depression (partly because he prepared for it very well but also because he had almost nothing to leave me), but I still have worries... [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Contracts with Death, German style?

Help me find this relatively recent German film about an old man who tricks his way out of a contract with Death. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on May 19, 2011 - 3 answers

How to make a fair offer on my deceased father's sport car?

A close family member passed away recently and I would like to purchase his car. How do I propose a fair value for this while being sensitive to siblings and the memory of the deceased? [more inside]
posted by dgran on May 9, 2011 - 25 answers

dying at the cemetary

How many people die while visiting a cemetery each year? In the US. Of any causes. Are there any statistics for this kind of thing?
posted by GernBlandston on May 9, 2011 - 3 answers

remembering, supporting, celebrating?

commemorating the 10-year anniversary of a parent's death? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on May 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Supporting a friend who may lose a pet

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 - 19 answers

Till We Meet Again

Help me find this story (or poem) regarding the death of a pet. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on May 3, 2011 - 6 answers

You gave me life but it belongs to me now

How do I stop feeling responsible to my family for keeping myself safe and guitly for taking risks? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Apr 26, 2011 - 19 answers

How should I respond to "how was your trip?"

How should I respond to "how was your trip?" [more inside]
posted by palegirl on Apr 22, 2011 - 18 answers

My Dad Needs a Better Son or Daughter

There will soon be a death in my family. I'm worried this one's going to be especially hard and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Apr 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Which deaths cause angel lust?

Which circumstances lead to an erection after death? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Apr 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Writers or artists who have killed.

Who are artists or writers who have committed murder? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Apr 14, 2011 - 43 answers

Help me find a career working with the dying

Help me find a career working with the dying and/or those close to them. [more inside]
posted by Waldo Jeffers on Apr 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Helpful loss mantra?

Quotations to help with the loss of loved ones? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Apr 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Euthanize now or wait for the next crisis and piss off our nanny?

We're most likely euthanizing our dog this week. I've read previous posts, but want some reassurance. Much much much more inside because I want you to know the whole story. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Apr 3, 2011 - 65 answers

Short Modern Poem To Comfort Grieving Family?

Could you help my friend find a poem to comfort the family of a friend who has just died? The young man had gone through some bumps in his life and was just starting to turn it around, and then, tragically, he died an accidental death. She’s looking for something fairly short (under 10 lines), modern, nothing too literary, and something that celebrates the immortality of family love. I’ve looked on previous Ask MeFi posts, but most of the poems I see there are unsuitable for various reasons. She doesn’t want anything tailored to a funeral; she would like to send this poem directly to the family for them to reread in the coming months (perhaps put on a fridge to turn to for comfort).
posted by Amy NM on Mar 24, 2011 - 19 answers

How I Learn To Stop Worrying and Love the Dog?

First time dog owner here: How do I deal with the fact that my dog will die (eventually)? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Mar 22, 2011 - 24 answers

What do you do at a funeral?

Funeral Question: So my grandmother died. The wake is on Thursday and the funeral is on Friday. I've never been to a funeral before and not any Catholic services before. What's expected of me? What can do to help? Or at least not make things worse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 32 answers

How to explain dog death to a 2 year old?

Explaining near future pet death to a 2-year-old. Help please. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 21, 2011 - 25 answers

deaths in 11th century

we feel sad for people who died a decade before, or maybe even a century ago, but we do not feel anything for the people who died in ten centuries ago? is there any specific term for it?
posted by azar on Mar 20, 2011 - 20 answers

I hit a dog with my car and feel really bad about it.

I hit a dog with my car and I feel terrible. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by treeshar on Mar 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Incorporating the Rosary into a funeral service? Some guidance?

Calling all Roman Catholics, Nuns, and Priests! Help me incorporate the Rosary into a Funeral Service for my best friend! (kinda long) [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Mar 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Collection for coworker

Coworker's relative passed away. Our small office would like to start a collection for coworker. What are the rules here? What's appropriate as far as amounts? Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ttyn on Mar 8, 2011 - 20 answers

"Angel of Death" does seem a bit too convenient

Is the "angel of death" hallucination a real medical phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Mar 4, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I ask my uncle to hurry up dividing up inheritance?

My maternal grandmother passed away 5 months ago and my uncle has taken charge of handling her inheritance with her lawyer. He hasn't given any updates or information on how the process is going since his initial email 5 months ago, in which he told me that my grandmother had passed and that I would receive inheritance. How can I ask him to hurry up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Three's Company Too

Need financial/legal info about buying a house with someone else. I know YANML and YANMA but wanted starting points, advice, and any stories from people who have been through this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 - 5 answers

So now what do we do?

So we are in an icky situation involving a friend dying of AIDS. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 - 35 answers

What to say to a parent who suddenly loses their child?

I just found out that a coworker lost her daughter today in an accident. What on earth do I say to her when I see her later this week? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Feb 21, 2011 - 33 answers

Dealing with death...as an atheist.

How can I help my wife deal with the death of a loved one? I am an atheist and I find it hard. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 - 28 answers

How can I survive my mother's death?

How can I survive my mother's death? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Feb 13, 2011 - 36 answers

How to cope with a fear of death? I

I'm terrified at the thought of dying and don't know what to do. I am not actually dying or sick in any way but sometimes I can't stop worrying about it. How can I stop, or feel better about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2011 - 40 answers

Which out of copyright children's books have death scenes?

What are some out of copyright children's books with touching death scenes? [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Feb 7, 2011 - 19 answers

Can you help me find the title of this novel?

Can you help me find the title of a novel (probably Young Adult) I read sometime between 1979 and 1981? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Feb 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Odd after-death arrangement: how to?

Two questions. How do I write a last will and testament when it involves those I know across the internet? And, how do I ensure that certain...eccentric requests involving my funeral and/or body be carried out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2011 - 25 answers

Help me recall the title of this book with an egregrious contemplation of death in the middle

Help me recall the name of this book: it's some kind of old textbook-type book, I think, maybe it's about stratigraphy or biology or something. At any rate, there is a famous chapter that is a near-total diversion: a contemplation of death, right in the middle. Ring any bells?
posted by johnnybeggs on Jan 27, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I show my boyfriend my love/support on our 5th anniversary - only a couple days after his father's death?

How can I show my boyfriend my love/support on our 5th anniversary - only a couple days after his father's death? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me kill someone in a story by CDI.

ForAStoryFilter: how to best kill someone by CDI! [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Jan 16, 2011 - 27 answers

What happens if owner of vacation rental home passes away?

I rented a lake house vacation home for my family this summer, and found out a few weeks ago that the owner of the house has died. What should I expect to happen? Details below. [more inside]
posted by djaevle on Jan 14, 2011 - 12 answers

My friend's mom died - I want to have pre-made meals delivered to his house TODAY. How?

My friend's mom died - I want to have pre-made meals delivered to his house TODAY. How? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Jan 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Stories of Vagina Dentata with and agenda?

I'm looking for myths, stories, or actual histories of female seductresses who sexually lure men (or women) to them for malevolent purposes. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jan 12, 2011 - 66 answers

How to console someone in a new relationship

How do you console someone without being to pushy or at the other extreme too aloof? Especially with a new partner that you don't know too well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Emails of the Dead

Is there a way to find out the percentage of emails that are to dead people? [more inside]
posted by drethelin on Jan 4, 2011 - 6 answers

How do police and other first responders identify next of kin or other contacts during a death or emergency?

How do police and other first responders identify next of kin or other contacts during a death or emergency? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 3, 2011 - 25 answers

Grief vs Sexuality

How do I reconcile my interests and passions with creativity and human sexuality, in the face of death, grief, and tragedy? Are there any thoughtful heartfelt resources from those who have talked about the two? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 3, 2011 - 10 answers

My friend's dad just passed away. How can I help him?

My friend's dad just passed away. How can I help him? What can I do? I live couple thousand miles away from where he is. Can you give me some suggestions? Is it bad if I start compiling list of government agencies or funeral homes for them to call? What else I can do?
posted by Carius on Jan 2, 2011 - 16 answers

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