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GSnow comments on My friend just died. I don't know what to do.
As for grief, you'll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you're drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it's some physical thing. Maybe it's a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it's a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.

In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don't even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you'll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what's going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything...and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.

Somewhere down the line, and it's different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O'Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you'll come out.
death  via:ramitsethi 
14 hours ago by remrks
Fukuoka police: Man whose corpse found after blast committed suicide
FUKUOKA (TR) – A man whose corpse was found after an explosion at Kyushu University earlier this month caused the blast while committing suicide, police said over the weekend, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Sept. 15).

At around 6:40 a.m. on September 7, the blast ripped through the first floor of a three-story building at the university, located in Fukuoka City. A subsequent fire burned about 110 square meters of space before it was extinguished.

According to the Higashi Police Station, the results of a DNA analysis conducted on a body pulled from the debris revealed that it belongs to a 46-year-old man who was using a laboratory where the blast originated.

The cause of death was death by fire. Through an unspecified means, the man set off the blast in taking his life. Police have sent papers on the man on suspicion of arson in an inhabited building to prosecutors.
Japan  laboratory  explosion  death  suicide 
yesterday by dchas
One killed in explosion, 2 injured- The New Indian Express
ROURKELA:  A massive explosion in a house, where explosive substances were stored illegally, claimed one life and critically injured two others including a child at Telugupara of Madhusudanpali slum under Plant Site police limits here on Monday afternoon.Several houses were also damaged in the explosion. It is suspected the explosives were meant for manufacturing fire crackers. The explosion took place on the first floor of a two-storey house owned by Jawahar Srivastav at 12.15 pm. Under its impact, the concrete roof of the building was ripped apart and the flying debris severely damaged asbestos roofs of at least 30 adjoining houses.
India  industrial  explosion  death  asbestos  explosives 
yesterday by dchas
Opinion | A Dress Rehearsal for Our Deaths - The New York Times
Yom Kippur asks us to look our mortality in the face. Can we sustain the stare?
nytimes  judaism  yomkippur  death 
2 days ago by pborenstein
Boat Maintenance Crew Supervisor Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning while Using Gas-Powered Pressure Washer
A boat maintenance crew supervisor died from carbon monoxide poisoning while using a gasoline-powered pressure washer to strip paint from a boat. At the start of the day, the gasoline-powered pressure washer was positioned on the dock. Later, employees of another contractor moved the pressure washer onto the boat to clear the way for supply deliveries. Shortly before the end of the work day, the victim moved the pressure washer onto a side deck passageway that was fully enclosed by plastic tarps. Working alone, he used the pressure washer for about 20 minutes. A co-worker went to look for the victim and found him unconscious on top of the pressure washer. Emergency responders arrived and determined that the victim was deceased.
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us_WA  industrial  release  death  carbon_monoxide  gasoline 
2 days ago by dchas
Charges Dismissed Against Professor Over Lab Fire
WESTWOOD— On Tuesday, September 11, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that criminal charges against UCLA professor Patrick Harran were dismissed in the death of a laboratory assistant during a fire. On December 29, 2008, a lab accident led to the death of 23-year-old Sheri Sangji, who died as a result of a plastic syringe breaking down in her hands while she was transferring t-butyl lithium. The syringe discharged a chemical compound that ignites when exposed to oxygen which caused her synthetic sweater to catch fire. Complications from the second and third degree burns led to her death two weeks later.

UCLA took responsibility for the state of the laboratory where the accident occurred, Harran, her chemistry professor, was charged along with the regents on three counts of willfully breaching occupational health and safety requirements. In 2014,  in a statement to the court, Harran said that he was “ultimately responsible for the safety of personnel in my laboratory.”

Signaling their support for Harran, UCLA stated that it was Sangji’s choice not to wear the lab coat that could have protected her from.

UCLA and Harran’s lawyer, Thomas O’Brien said, “While we all wish this terrible tragedy had not occurred, there is simply no reasonable explanation for this criminal prosecution-and it’s been flawed from the start.” His lawyers stated that he did not break any laws because it was UCLA that was Sangji’s employer, not Harran.

The felony charges were dropped in 2012 after University of California regents promised to increase safety training and create an environmental law scholarship in the victim’s name. A deferred-prosecution agreement was reached in 2014, requiring Harran to volunteer for 800 hours, pay $10,000 to the Grossman Burn Center, and develop and teach a course for organic chemistry to prepare high school students for organic chemistry at the collegiate level. He spoke with incoming students about the importance of laboratory safety.

The agreement was due to end next June, but Judge George Lomeli of the Los Angeles Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, September 13 that Harran fulfilled the terms and dismissed the case against him nine months earlier. While Sangji’s family disapproves of the early dismissal, Harran continues to teach at UCLA.
us_CA  laboratory  follow-up  death  butyllithium  illegal 
2 days ago by dchas
Three including owner fall into pickle factory tank, die
Incident happened while the tank was being cleaned
A man, his son and a worker at a pickle factory died after they fell into a tank filled with preservatives at the unit in Ghaziabad’s Loni, the police said on Sunday.
Illegal factory
The deceased have been identified as Luvkush (60), Praveen (35) and Ram Dubey (46). The police said that Luvkush was running the factory in Tronica City illegally. All of them were residents of Delhi. The incident happened when the tank was being cleaned.
A senior police officer said that the police reached the spot after they received an information on Sunday morning that several persons had died in a factory after they fell into a tank filled with preservative chemicals.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force and Uttar Pradesh Fire Department reached the spot.
There was a tank-like structure at the unit where they used to process vegetables and chemicals to make pickles, the police said. The unit was running in the basement of Luvkush’s house. He had created it to dilute pickles in it. There was chemical poured inside the tank.
India  industrial  release  death  other_chemical  illegal 
2 days ago by dchas
Everyday Sociology Blog: A Sociology of My Death
I’m dying. I don’t mean this figuratively—like I’m dying of thirst or dying to visit Hawaii. I mean it quite literally. I have incurable, stage IV lung cancer.
healthcare  sociology  death 
3 days ago by PieroRivizzigno

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