Thomas Keneally: death is not the fly in the cosmic ointment. It is the cosmic ointment. When I was 16, I was given a wonderful anthology, Poetry of the English-Speaking World, as an English prize.
I recommend it to this day, since I have returned to it often between 1952 and now. And early in it occurs a poem which brought me up short then, at demented 16, and speaks still, at a somewhat differently demented 81. When I say “demented” I do not yet mean the aphasia which has disassembled the splendid cerebral mechanisms of some of my contemporaries. I mean just “demented” in the plain old sense of an animal whose end is not far off and who knows it. But let the poem speak! Our pleasance here is all vain glory,This fals world is but transitory,The flesh is bruckle, the Feynd is slee;Timor mortis conturbat me.
“The fear of death perturbs me” is a lame translation of this last sentence. “Now more than ever seems it rich to die,” he claimed. “To cease upon the midnight with no pain.” Life is strong in people. But will anything ever save us from the jealous lover? How to Die - The Atlantic. Updated on September 22, 2017 One morning in May, the existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom was recuperating in a sunny room on the first floor of a Palo Alto convalescent hospital.
He was dressed in white pants and a green sweater, not a hospital gown, and was quick to point out that he is not normally confined to a medical facility. “I don’t want [this article] to scare my patients,” he said, laughing. Until a knee surgery the previous month, he had been seeing two or three patients a day, some at his office in San Francisco and others in Palo Alto, where he lives. Following the procedure, however, he felt dizzy and had difficulty concentrating. Issues of The Times Literary Supplement and The New York Times Book Review sat on the bed, alongside an iPad. “I haven’t been overwhelmed by fear,” he said of his unfolding health scare. The hope that our existential fears can be diminished inspires people around the world to email Yalom daily.
The dying process: What to expect when someone is close to death - Health - ABC News. Hollywood has a lot to answer for when it comes to our ideas of what death looks like.
The majority of deaths on screen are violent, bloody, traumatic affairs, with few realistic portrayals of what a death from illness or so-called "natural causes" actually looks like. Little wonder we have such a fear of death, and especially of being in the presence of it. It's still a terrifying notion, because most of us have no idea what we will see.
My own curiosity about death led me to write a book on the topic. In bringing together medical research and personal stories from those who've undergone near-death experiences, I learned a lot. The expected There are some fairly common things that happen when someone is approaching death. They will often eat less and less, and — as things get closer — even stop drinking fluids. They will also sleep more and more, and in many cases start to slip in and out of consciousness. Breathing rhythms It can also sound like there is congestion in the dying person's lungs. BBC Taster - RemArc. Now your photos look better than ever — even those dusty old prints. Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future Google Photos is a home for all your photos and videos, but what about those old prints that are some of your most treasured memories?
Such as photos of grandma when she was young, your childhood pet, and that hairstyle you wish you could forget. We all have those old albums and boxes of photos, but we don’t take the time to digitize them because it’s just too hard to get it right. We don’t want to mail away our original copy, buying a scanner is costly and time consuming, and if you try to take a photo of a photo, you end up with crooked edges and glare. Marketwatch: How to include your digital assets in your estate plan. Eternime. Digital Heritage – What happens to your digital assets after you die? Digital Preservation - Library of Congress. Overview How to Preserve Your Own Digital Materials NDIIPP publication: "Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving" (2013) This publication contains a series of blog posts, compiled from The Signal, on the subject of personal digital archiving.
Specifically, the topics include guidance for such things as choosing file formats and adding descriptions to digital photos; first hand accounts of working with and preserving personal collections; descriptions of outreach activities and interviews with library professionals on the subject of personal digital archiving, and many others. Link to the full publication (PDF).
Personal Digital Archiving Day Kit The Library of Congress has held Personal Digital Archiving Day events to provide this basic guidance to individuals about preserving personal and family memories in digital form. Are you interested in hosting your own personal digital archiving event? Learn More Take the quiz Learn interesting facts! Got a question?