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    Open Heart Surgery Changed My View of Life

    By Chris Haws for Next AvenueI was being wheeled at speed through the corridors of the MedStar Cardiovascular Surgery Center in Washington, D.C. on a stretcher bound for an operating theater. My driver, another Chris, was also to be my anesthetist — so I refrained from commenting on his apparent lack of coordination or caution as we raced through the basement labyrinth.Instead, we traded gallows-humor jokes about passengers who found themselves on the wrong airplanes or patients who were d...  Read More...

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    How Religious Belief Can Affect Health

    By Debbie Musser for Next AvenueAdhering to a well-balanced diet and incorporating exercise into your routine are two well-known ways to improve health. What about religious involvement? Can that also have a positive effect on health and well-being?There‚Äôs a growing field of study that seeks to link the physiological effects of religious and spiritual practices on the body: neurotheology.Dr.   Read More...

  • The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation for Older Adults

    By Sally Abrahms for Next AvenueI am sitting comfortably in my chair taking a course on mindfulness and meditation. Like those around me, I want to cope better with stress and feel more relaxed. But more than that, I am intrigued by my fellow “students.” After all, an assisted living facility is hardly your usual meditation venue.Walkers and canes dot the room.   Read More...

  • A Final Salute to a Military-Veteran Father

    Struggling to correct a 21-year-old error: Emma at Arlington Cemetery [Photo credit: by Cory Schuman, courtesy of the author][/caption]By Wendy Schuman for Next AvenueDay is done, gone the sun, from the lake, from the hill, from the sky. All is well. Safely rest.   Read More...

  • Why Your Funeral Director Will Likely Be Female

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