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“There’s something wrong with Mother,” I said to my two brothers and my sister. “It’s Alzheimer’s or dementia. She is out of her mind.”

“She just doesn’t talk much any more.”

“She never did answer a question directly.”

“She’s OK. She’s not harming anyone or setting fire to the house.”

These were the answers my two brothers and my sister gave me when I would bring up the topic of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. No one wanted to think that a family member could be, well, out of her mind.

The Zen abbot walks a live audience through this guided meditation on encountering grief. Download and share with your friends and family.

This week we feel especially privileged to do the work that we do. A brief post by our senior editor about the decision-making behind this week's show and why it matters to us.

With the tragic shootings in Connecticut, let us turn to some of our wisest elders for light, hope, and a way forward.

Kate Braestrup is a chaplain to game wardens, often on search and rescue missions, in the wilds of Maine. She works, as she puts it, at hinges of human experience when lives alter unexpectedly — where loss, disaster, decency and beauty intertwine. Hear her wise and unusual take on life and death, lost and found.

"Complicated grief" - a yearning for a lost loved one so intense that it strips a person of other desires. And dealing with it may mean retelling the details of a loved one's death and listening to it again and again.

In the room with Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of I Shall Not Hate, about repentance, forgiveness, and a new way forward in the midst of discrimination.

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