Religion and Spirituality

Backyard Funeral

A rabbi describes an intimate backyard burial service among family.

He Was Still There

A woman describes the moment of her partner’s death, then the palpable sense that ‘he was still there’ in the house, in the hours after his death.

Soul Transformation

One woman’s thoughts about what happens to the soul after death.

Life Hereafter

A woman describes her Christian belief in the Hereafter and how it impacts her feelings about death.


A story about the Jewish tradition of Tahara, the ritual purification of a body before burial.

A Wedding for Dad

Sometimes people who are near death have something they need done or said before they can let go. Maybe it’s a shed that needs cleaning out. Or a few words that need saying. In this story, a former hospice worker tells the story of one family’s unfinished business.

A New Spirituality

A woman talks about a spirituality, or faith, that she found while she was grieving her lost husband…and it has stayed with her.

A Hospital Baptism

When it became clear the baby would not survive, his family organized a baptism in the hospital…

Acts of Kindness

In this story, a man talks about how a life threatening diagnosis made him rethink his spiritual life.


A description of an ancient Jewish tradition…sitting shiva.

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