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How to explain pet death to a young child?

Tomorrow morning we need to tell our 3.5 year old that our beloved dog has died. Please help. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Mar 27, 2010 - 25 answers

Taking Care of Pop

What's the best way to take care of my father's cremation wishes? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Mar 25, 2010 - 11 answers

How to support a grieving family.

Sadly I lost a friend to a long battle with cancer last night, her husband and teenage children are without any extended family in the area and will rely on some of us for the next while. Two things: 1 - Can you tell me of things that friends and family have done for you in similar circumstances that really helped at the time: large, small, immediately, over days, weeks, months, whatever. We'll sort out food, the pets and cleaning the house but what else can we do? 2 - Any advice on striking the right balance between giving them their space to grieve and being there to support to them?
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Mar 21, 2010 - 22 answers

how to help a grieving grandma

What can I do to help my mother deal with all her friends dying of old age? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Mar 19, 2010 - 7 answers

The [story's] for the sad man...

I'm looking for a sad story I read on the internet. A son was browsing through his father's possessions after the father's death and came across a Pokemon game. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Mar 17, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I prepare for my mother's passing?

How do I prepare for my mother's passing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 - 17 answers

How to notify ppl online that you are no longer there?

Found out recently that an online friend had passed away 6 or 7 months ago. His real life relationships did not crossover w/ his online ones. What would be a good system to put in place in case I face a situation like this? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Mar 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Tentants' rights when a landlord dies intestate

Three of us moved into a four-floor brownstone on November 1. The next month the landlady died. Since then we've been dealing with her niece, who is very kind and a good substitute landlady. But now there's some familial dispute and it turns either the landlady died intestate or the will simply hasn't been found yet. The niece's lawyer advised her to give keys to the other family members involved, which freaks us all out. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Mar 8, 2010 - 10 answers

About whom should I learn while we still share a planet?

What really awesome people should I learn about before they die? Inspired by my frustrations with this post(and others) on the blue. [more inside]
posted by The Potate on Mar 2, 2010 - 48 answers

Can marijuana smoke kill a mouse?

Can marijuana smoke kill a mouse? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Feb 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Hongza - Unlucky houses for real?

Help me verify the existence of hongza - are the "Unlucky Houses" of Hongkong for real? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Feb 18, 2010 - 2 answers

How to support friends with a dying child?

What to do for friends with a dying child? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Beautiful friend

How do I tell my family I am dying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 - 62 answers

Death and taxes II - Electric Boogaloo

Asking for friend, not that it matters, but how do she revise an existing payment plan with the IRS so that she pays more, or perhaps pay the whole thing off (preferably at lower than what she owes)? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Feb 12, 2010 - 8 answers

worried about worrying.

How can I differentiate anxiety about my health from legitimate medical concern? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 - 18 answers

Am I dead inside?

My relative is close to death and I'm mildly happy about it. Am I dead inside? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2010 - 50 answers

Death for rent.

Landlord-filter: What happens if my tenant dies? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Feb 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Nothing is certain but death, taxes, and heartless corporations

How can we get into the apartment where my mother-in-law lived? My mother-in-law, Phyllis, was found dead of a heart attack in her apartment a week ago today. We live across town. There is no known will. We do not have a key to the apartment, nor does anyone else except the apartment management. We would like to enter the apartment to see if there's a will and to start going through her belongings. The manager says she can't let us in because the "management corporation" won't let her. We've tried calling the people above her, but they won't return our calls. We hired a lawyer. He has stressed the urgency of the situation to the apartment management, but they don't seem to be in a hurry to resolve this. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Feb 4, 2010 - 33 answers

Mental Use-By Date

Is there a proper term for the superstition that one won't outlive their parents? [more inside]
posted by goshling on Feb 1, 2010 - 3 answers

The Late Thomas Jefferson?

What are the guidelines for referring to a deceased individual as "late"? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard on Jan 27, 2010 - 12 answers

All the people who taught her card tricks are dying..

The woman I am romantically interested in has had an extremely taxing couple of years. Her long term boyfriend disappeared and committed suicide last year, and now her chief support/best friend/roommate has been given only 2 months to live. Both of her pets have cancer and will die soon. And me.. well, I'm moving out of country for at least 4 months in about a week >< Her family is all living overseas until mid summer. She says she doesn't think she can handle the pain and doesn't think she can live after the impending death of her friend. She basically has no one to turn to and I want to be a support for her without trying to replace her past. The question: How can I show my care for her without coming off as a looter during a vulnerable time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 - 19 answers

Help Me Find Closure

Help me find out how my sister died. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Differential diagnosis for a dying plant, people.

PlantFilter: My plant is dying. Or diseased. What kind of plant is it and how can I save it? [more inside]
posted by dbgrady on Jan 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Is setting up a will/trust without spouse consent a bad idea?

Want to set up a will/trust without spouse consent. Is it a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Bring my cellphone back from the dead

Samsung SGH-d807 showing no signs of life. Recharging appears to do nothing. What could be wrong and what can I try to fix it? [more inside]
posted by mossicle on Jan 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Oh poop, I killed his dinosaurs.

Oh poop! I killed my son's science experiment "dinosaurs" by changing the water in the tank. If you were a 7 year old boy, what would make you feel better about this tragedy? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jan 2, 2010 - 36 answers

Anniversary of friend's toddler's death coming up

My friend's two year old daughter passed away suddenly last January. I am planning to send flowers on the anniversary of her passing. But before doing so, I wanted to make sure this is an appropriate gesture to mark the day. If yes- should the flowers be lilies? What kind of lilies? If not lilies, what other flowers are appropriate? If it matters, they live in another state, and I sent a donation to their designated charity on the child's birthday, along with a note. thank you
posted by mrmarley on Dec 27, 2009 - 47 answers

How do you overcome fear of death when you have faced major medical problems?

I had a large non-cancerous tumor removed a few years ago. The tumor and the two surgeries required to remove it left me unable to work for a year and $50,000 in debt. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2009 - 5 answers

How to tell children about death book suggestions for a single dad

A friend's father passed away suddenly and he is having difficulty formulating a way to tell his daughter. What books would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by spec80 on Dec 16, 2009 - 11 answers

What do zoos do with large animals that die

What do zoos do with large animals that die? I heard about a giraffe at the Santa Barbara zoo that died and it got me to wondering about what they'd do with the body. I'm guessing they wouldn't just feed it to predator animals (even though that seems kind of efficient and circle of lifeish) so do they bury them, burn them, stuff them?
posted by willnot on Dec 15, 2009 - 12 answers

the best underground/extreme Metal albums you know of

looking for recommendations on thrash/death metal albums. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Dec 3, 2009 - 28 answers

Do we pay our whole vet bill?

Our dog died at the vets office after surgery, is it reasonable for us to ask for a refund? [more inside]
posted by missanissa on Nov 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Devastating deathbed declarations

How common is it for someone to make a devastating deathbed declaration, like "I never really loved you," or "I'm not really your father?"
posted by quidividi on Nov 28, 2009 - 24 answers

Showing appreciation for a classmate who has passed away?

A classmate of mine has passed away following a horrifying accident, leaving behind a wife and infant daughter. What sort of gesture would it be appropriate for my classmates and I to make, if any, to show our appreciation for this person and to let his family know that we're thinking of them during this difficult time?
posted by killdevil on Nov 27, 2009 - 19 answers

Probably-needlessly-complicated-family-drama-filter.

So my grandfather is really sick and I haven't seen him in four years. Up until I turned eleven or twelve, our relationship was great. After that, not so much. Long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card on Nov 23, 2009 - 25 answers

Fuck death

Both of my wife's parents died. Her dad first in January, now her mom in September. My wife is the oldest child. No will was left. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Nov 18, 2009 - 24 answers

Is there a friendlier phrase for "disposing of the estate?"

I'm helping a friend dispose of a relative's estate. She left a lot of stuff to move out of the house. We're not sure how best to do this. [more inside]
posted by Pronoiac on Nov 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Can I have your tips about entering into the holiday season right after my dad's death?

Death, mourning, family, and holidays: How to prepare for the holidays in a post-Dad world? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Nov 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Can I forgive myself for leaving my dying mother's side?

My mother is dying. How can I forgive myself for the guilt of leaving her bedside? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2009 - 35 answers

Help me understand war criminals!

Which books help me get into the psyche of war criminals, suicide bombers, etc? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Nov 3, 2009 - 21 answers

Make me deathly pale!

DeathFilter: How can I make my arms, chest, and neck look paler without getting white stuff everywhere? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Oct 27, 2009 - 10 answers

I don't know how to deal with this

There is a half-dead mouse in my room. Instruct me on what to do as if I were a little child. [more inside]
posted by granted on Oct 20, 2009 - 35 answers

How is 'predeceased' evaluated in a will when 2 deaths occur very close together

If person A leaves something of value to person B in their will, with the stipulation that it be left to person C if B should predecease A, what happens if A & B die semi-simultaneously [say both are in the same car accident] and it can't be determined who died first? [more inside]
posted by HiroProtagonist on Oct 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Everybody dies. How do they look?

I'm toying with an idea for a short story or maybe a long story or maybe no story, but the idea has led me to a point where I have a question for those of you who have some knowledge about science and biology. Read on, brave adventurer! [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Oct 12, 2009 - 19 answers

How to write to someone who's dying?

How do I write a thank-you card to a sister-in-law who is dying? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Oct 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Get in mah belly, belly

Safe to eat raw refrozen meats that've been defrosted several times? [more inside]
posted by chalbe on Sep 28, 2009 - 5 answers

A ladder left behind

[FearFilter]: 15 years ago I experienced an imminent death/serious injury moment that turned out ok. However, I still feel physical chills and tingly feelings even thinking about it. Am I the only one or is this common? Thoughts and stories appreciated. The science is a huge bonus. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 28, 2009 - 19 answers

How to express condolences with estranged neighbor?

Our somewhat estranged neighbors just lost their 19 y/o son in a tragic accident. How do we communicate our sympathies? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Sep 12, 2009 - 28 answers

Facing Death: Breaking the News

Facing death: I have received a medical estimate of dying within a year, but this is known only to me (within my circle of family and friends, including my wife). I am so lost as to how to break the news in a caring, non-stressful way. [more inside]
posted by potato on Sep 7, 2009 - 37 answers

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