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  • Ashes

    A woman and her son say their final goodbyes to a friend who committed suicide.

  • Finding reassurance in change: a review of Wild Comfort

    Finding reassurance in change: a review of Wild Comfort

    In her new collection of essays, Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, Kathleen Dean Moore writes her way to the knowledge that "sorrow is part of the Earth's great cycles."

  • In search of greener pastures

    Laina Corazon Coit and her brother, Rick Chase, want to create Colorado’s first natural burial ground and wildlife refuge on the eastern prairie

  • Mute, riven, blessed

    All over the West, white roadside crosses and spontaneous, humble shrines mark the holy sites where the souls of human beings have left this world

  • Natural comfort

    Natural comfort

    It seems romantic to die alone in the wild, until you begin to lose the people you love

  • Resurrecting J. Thomas

    The crumbling remains of a man named J. Thomas have a story to tell about life and death in the northern Colorado in the 1870s

  • The ATV culture includes loose regulations -- and kids' funerals

    The ATV culture includes loose regulations -- and kids' funerals

    Western kids have fun -- and die -- motoring off-road, thanks to loose ATV regulations, a libertarian spirit and fun-loving parents.

  • The end is near -- the end of 2011

    The end is near -- the end of 2011

    People should be less worried about the allegedly dire predictions of the Mayan Calendar, and concentrate on making the next year better, since we’re all on earth for a limited time anyway.

  • The meeting of heaven and earth

    A park ranger talks about the increasing practice of mourners scattering the ashes of loved ones outdoors in national parks.

  • The memory of mountains

    The author remembers a long-ago hike up Pikes Pike with her mother, who later died having no memory of that hike, or of her daughter.

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