death http://wamc.org en "After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story" by Michael Hainey http://wamc.org/post/after-visiting-friends-sons-story-michael-hainey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michael </span>Hainey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was 6 years old in 1970 when his Uncle came to their home one morning, to tell Michael and his brother that their father was dead. Bob </span>Hainey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was just 35. He was the night editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. Bob </span>Hainey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had died of a heart attack on a North Side street - as one of the obits put it - while visiting friends.</span></p><p>Over the years, Michael Hainey grew up to be a journalist himself - he's now the deputy editor of GQ - and began to wonder about some of the small differences in the obits between newspapers, and about some of the obliqueness in the accounts of his father's death that he grew up hearing from his uncle and mother.</p><p>So, he set out to find the story himself. His new book is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1451676565/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1451676565&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1451676565" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 58767 at http://wamc.org "After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story" by Michael Hainey "Knocking On Heaven's Door" By Katy Butler http://wamc.org/post/knocking-heavens-door-katy-butler <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.katybutler.com/site/">Katy Butler</a> was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines.</p><p>In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1451641974/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1451641974&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1451641974" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 73053 at http://wamc.org "Knocking On Heaven's Door" By Katy Butler "When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death" by Scott Taylor Smith http://wamc.org/post/when-someone-dies-practical-guide-logistics-death-scott-taylor-smith <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scott Taylor Smith, a venture capitalist and lawyer, had plentiful resources, and yet after his mother died, he made a series of agonizing and costly mistakes in squaring away her affairs. He could find countless books that dealt with caring for the dying and the emotional fallout of death, but very few that dealt with the logistics.In the aftermath of his mother’s death, Smith decided to write the book he wished he’d had.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:44:20 +0000 Joe Donahue 62562 at http://wamc.org "When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death" by Scott Taylor Smith Andrew Coates: An adventure to make life worth living http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-adventure-make-life-worth-living <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Helen Keller famously wrote that "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."&nbsp; She continued: "To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."</span></p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 16:21:34 +0000 Andrew Coates 61547 at http://wamc.org Death of Berkshire County Canoeist Ruled "Tragic Accident" http://wamc.org/post/death-berkshire-county-canoeist-ruled-tragic-accident <p></p><p>The death of a Berkshire County man who died in a canoe accident on the Housatonic River is being ruled an accident.</p><p>The Berkshire County District’s attorney’s office has called the death of 21-year-old Rupert Norris Vonbockbrader of Alford a “tragic accident.”</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:55:01 +0000 Lucas Willard 61295 at http://wamc.org "Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses" by Bess Lovejoy http://wamc.org/post/rest-pieces-curious-fates-famous-corpses-bess-lovejoy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It has been said that in the long run, we are all dead.</span></p><p>But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer’s office.</p><p>Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln’s corpse. Einstein’s brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy—which they drank.</p><p>From Mozart to Hitler, <em>Rest in Pieces</em> is a book that connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death. Bess Lovejoy is a writer, researcher, and editor based in Seattle.</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59864 at http://wamc.org "Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses" by Bess Lovejoy Rabbi Dan Ornstein - To Speak the Truth, or not? http://wamc.org/post/rabbi-dan-ornstein-speak-truth-or-not <p>At a recent writing workshop I attended, I read a short, painful piece about the illness and death of a high school friend to my fellow writers.&nbsp;&nbsp; For some time since writing the piece, I have been struggling with the wisdom of attempting to publish it because some of my friend’s family members are still alive, and much of what I wrote might be quite distressing to them if they saw it in print.&nbsp; The group told me to stop worrying about this, specifically because they felt that the essay honors her memory, and that the main goal of personal essay and memoir is honest self- exp Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Dan Ornstein 57912 at http://wamc.org The Obits: The New York Times Annual 2012 http://wamc.org/post/obits-new-york-times-annual-2012 <p><em>New York Times</em> Obituaries Editors, William McDonald, is back again with a new collection of obituaries for the colorful figures who have died this year. Here's your chance to get a glimpse into the lives of the provocative and powerful, the saintly and the scandalous. Did you know Steve Jobs had a long-lost sister? Or that Loretta Young and Clark Gable had a love child. Or that Stalin’s daughter, Lana Peters - the “little Princess of the Kremlin”—ended up in a cabin in northern Wisconsin?</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 53685 at http://wamc.org The Obits: The New York Times Annual 2012 Vermont Police Report First "Bath Salts" Death http://wamc.org/post/vermont-police-report-first-bath-salts-death <p>The Vermont State Police say a Clarendon man is the state&#39;s first victim of bath salts.<br /><br />An autopsy determined that the June 23 death of 28-year-old Christopher Tsacoyeanes was caused by an overdose of a variety of drugs commonly known as bath salts.<br /><br />The office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the death was accidental substance abuse.<br /><br />Police say troopers investigating the death of Tsacoyeanes recovered a large amount of chemicals at his home.<br /> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 21:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 44417 at http://wamc.org Two Dead after Ten Shootings in Hartford http://wamc.org/post/two-dead-after-ten-shootings-hartford <p>Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra plans to meet with the city&#39;s acting police chief to discuss a weekend of violence in which 10 people were shot and two of them killed.</p><p>Police say a 16-year-old from Windsor and a 24-year-old Hartford man were found shot to death Saturday in separate incidents.</p><p>The Hartford Courant reports the teenager was found unresponsive in the driveway of a multifamily home on Thomaston Street at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:47:48 +0000 40776 at http://wamc.org Two Dead after Ten Shootings in Hartford