Minding Mortality

March 24, 2013
(was 05.20.2012)

Are you deadline driven?  Most focused, most productive as “zero hour” approaches?  Well, what about the ultimate end, the true end of the time frame. 

Deadline, indeed. 

How does knowing that you’re going to die affect your life?  In this hour we’re minding mortality.

  1. At the Hour of Our Death

    Photographer Sarah Sudhoff has been intrigued by mortality for almost as long as she can remember. She's made art out of out of disease, hospitals, funeral homes. In her series, At The Hour of Our Death, she's taking an close look at death.

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  2. William Irvine, Stoic for Life

    How do we mind our mortality without being overwhelmed with morbid thoughts?

    Stoically, says philosopher William Irvine. But he says Stoicism doesn't require us to be unemotional about death and loss. Irvine says the Stoics used thoughts about mortality to make our lives more joyful.

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  3. Death, Experienced

    And what of those of us who have died, and come back to life?

    Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander had a near death experience in 2008. 

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  4. How Dying Changes Us

    Although people have long been curious about the experience of death, the science of the question is still relatively young.

    Dutch cardiologist Pim van Lommel is one of the leading near death experience researchers. He says all this time studying death has got him curious about his own end. 

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  5. Life in Death, Death in Life

    Every spring in Japan, people crowd under blooming cherry trees. They're signs of spring, and remembrances of life's transience.

    Master gardener Sadafumi Uchiyama says the blossoms are the quintessential representation of the Japanese principle of mono no aware... beauty in the intertwining of life and death.

     

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  6. Writing Life and Death

    "There is nothing romantic about death," Christian Wiman says.

    The poet and editor of Poetry Magazine has been battling blood cancer for years. In his most recent book of poems he breathes life into writing about mortality.

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