Death. It's a natural part of the life cycle, and something about which we all have a morbid curiosity. For some, it goes beyond curiosity — it's a facet of their daily life. Telegram reporter Tara Bradbury introduces you to a group of people who, by choice or by chance, deal with death every day. This is her four-part series "Living With Death," running in the Telegram Oct. 9 to 12.


On this page, find the stories from the series, videos to complement them, and suggested resources for further reading.

Part 2, Oct. 10

There's one thing we need more than anything else when someone close to us has died, say Father Jonathan Rowe of the Anglican Cathedral and Dr. Rick Singleton, regional director of pastoral care and ethics with Eastern Health. Rowe and Singleton share stories and knowledge from their chosen career in Thursday's Telegram.

Part 3, Oct 11

Meet Geoff Carnell. An engineer by trade, he never signed up to join the family business and become a funeral director, but has been doing just that since the age of 34. Since then, he's helped more than 10,000 local families with their loved ones' final arrangements, and admits he still cries every time he does a funeral. 

Part 4, Oct. 12

Someone, somewhere wants Gambo native Dan Norman alive. Having narrowly cheating death as a teenager, Norman, now 63, died of a heart attack in 2006, and was dead for 15 minutes. Today, he's very much alive, and what he experienced during those 15 minutes is an incredible story. Norman share his tale in the Weekend Telegram.

Extra reading:

PART 1 (Wednesday, Oct. 9) — The Caregivers

- National Palliative Care Association website:

- Canadian virtual hospice:

- Advance Care Planning:


PART 2 (Thursday, Oct. 10) — The Counsellors

- "Good Grief," Granger Westberg, Fortress Press, 2010 (50th anniversary rep edition)


PART 3 (Friday, Oct. 11) — The Funeral

When the Sun Sets: A Guide to Funeral Planning, Geoffrey C. Carnell, Breakwater Books, 1998.


PART 4 (Saturday, Oct. 12) — The Miracle

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeons Journey Into the Afterlife, Eben Alexander, M.D., Simon and Schuster, 2012.




Part 1, Oct. 9
What is it like to be with a person at the moment of their last breath? Meet some people who can answer that question, including Laurie Anne O'Brien, a palliative care nurse in St. John's for more than 30 years. What do dying people often ask their caregivers? O'Brien shares some of her experiences in Wednesday's Telegram. Related: Gaining insight about life, death and true love
Stories, video by Tara Bradbury