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The Name as Subject Line==Severe Stuff convention: how did it start?

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 - 18 answers

My brother died four days ago. My father is coping by being abusive.

My brother passed away on Monday. My father is coping by lashing out. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Mar 7, 2014 - 22 answers

Family Drama -- Aunt revisited

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 - 26 answers

Elderly grandparents and young children

How do I best manage a visit to my elderly/dying grandparents with my young children? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Jun 13, 2012 - 12 answers

What is it like to have/witness the decline of/lose a dearly loved grandparent?

What is it like to have/witness the decline of/lose a dearly loved grandparent? [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Apr 10, 2012 - 19 answers

How can I best support my in-laws given very different communication styles?

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 - 6 answers

Celebrity culture and tragedy.

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 - 17 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

How do I cheer up my MIL? And how do I prepare my son for the worst?

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 - 10 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

I have two friends; their parents are (separately) dying. How to help? Neither are in U.S./U.K./CAN.

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 - 7 answers

Billy Birdflu & Sally Sepulcher

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 - 19 answers

Who Whacked Cheeseburger Brown?

Appropriate steps to take in light of a credible death threat? [more inside]
posted by CheeseburgerBrown on Jan 9, 2008 - 25 answers

They see dead people...

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 - 3 answers

Keeping patients in the dark in Japan?

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 - 18 answers

How to soothe a man in the twilight of his life, with literature?

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 - 31 answers

How to make a child comfortable around those that are different from them

How do I expose my 2 1/2 year old son to people who have handicaps, or chronic illnesses like CP or MS? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Mar 2, 2007 - 32 answers

what killed my cat?

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 - 18 answers

What can we do for a dying co-worker?

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 - 15 answers

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