Ask Alison FAQ: What Happens to My Digital Data When I Die?
Ask Alisonby Alison Arden Besunder, Esq.  Q: I have all these digital online accounts, between my Apple ID and music, e-books, my Facebook account, and Picasa. What happens to all of that data when I am disabled or die? Digitally Yours, Tribeca  A: Digitally Yours:  This is a great question, one that... »
Why We Take Celebrity Deaths Personally
In these times of terror, violence, and the rebellion of our planet, it is certainly understandable why we, as a society, are taking these tragedies personally. They threaten our feeling of safety and security for ourselves and our loved ones, breeding empathy for the families who have experienced direct... »
Channeling Grief: Here's What the Dead Are Saying
New York's own Theresa Caputo claims to communicate with the dead, and on her reality TV show Long Island Medium, she has performed private and group readings to channel the words of the deceased to those grieving their loss. The recurring theme? They want us to learn to heal and carry... »
The Quandary of Inherited Heirlooms: Start the Discussion Now
Back in our parents' days, picking out your set of good china was a foregone conclusion. Many of our generation took a pass, and millennials may not even own plates; forget the china. It's a struggle as aging people downsize to get rid of the things they hold as... »
Always Go to the Funeral--What it Means in Everyday Life
NPR's All Things Considered recently addressed a topic that can be a struggle for many--going to a funeral. Deirdre Sullivan's father taught her that you always attend a funeral, even if you don't want to, for the sake of the family. While it may be an uncomfortable hour of your... »
How Nearly Dying Taught This Woman How to Live--And What We Can Learn from Her
What will be said about you when you're gone? Are you kind? Are you gentle? Are you giving? Are you loving? These are the questions Heather Anne Naples asked herself after a brain aneurysm that brought her all to close to death--and the realization that her young daughter may... »
90-Year-Old Woman "Hits the Road" for the Last Year of Her Life
Norma Jean Bauerschmidt's story went viral, so perhaps this is not the first time you've heard of her--the remarkable woman who told her doctor after receiving the news that she had uterine cancer, "I'm 90 years old, I'm hitting the road." Her Facebook page, Driving Miss Norma, gained more than... »
Last Living Person Born in the 1800s Dies in Italy at the Age of 117
Yesterday, the world's oldest person--Emma Morano of Piedmont, Italy, died at the age of 117. Born on November 29, 1899, Ms. Morano lived during 3 centuries, through 2 world wars, and witnessed more than 90 Italian governments. To what did she attribute her old age? 3 eggs a day, 2 of... »
Top 10 Considerations for Retirement: Sage Advice From Retirees To Millennials
Hindsight being 20/20 is not all that helpful, but you can glean insight from people whose eyesight hasn't been 20/20 for at least 20 years. The New York Times asked Journalism Students around the country to interview retirees and find out what tips they have for the millennial generation. It's probably no surprise that... »
Reclaiming the End of Life
After a freak accident where 11,000 volts of electricity arced from the outside of a passenger train through his wristwatch to his body, B.J. Miller became a triple amputee. As the doctors removed first one leg, then the next, and then his arm, Miller wondered about life after the... »
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