Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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The lost art of condolence

Grief & Suffering | New Yorkers take a condolence letter writing class with a funeral director
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/06/18, 03:37 pm

A New York moment:

At the New York Public Library branch on East 63rd Street, a roomful gathered to hear from funeral director Amy Cunningham about how to help those grieving a recent death, and specifically how to write a condolence letter. The event was part of Reimagine End of Life, a citywide festival on death that I’ll be writing about more fully in the future.

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Bad medicine

Death | A church in New York City hosts a lightly attended event on legalizing physician-assisted suicide
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/31/18, 01:45 pm

A New York moment:

I popped into a Compassion and Choices “community listening session” about the bill in New York to legalize physician-assisted suicide (or as the group terms it, “medical aid in dying”). That bill would allow physicians to prescribe fatal drugs that terminal patients would self-administer. Disability groups chiefly oppose the practice on the grounds that it would put economic and emotional pressure on the vulnerable or “less valuable" to end their lives. 

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Beyond opioids

Drug Abuse | America’s drug crisis now includes benzodiazepines, commonly prescribed for anxiety, and as the death toll grows, the underlying problems remain unaddressed
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/25/18, 12:10 pm

A campus doctor first introduced Kristen Gunn to the drug Klonopin during her final semester of college at the University of Virginia.

She had a paper to write, about some Reformers’ views of Scripture, which sparked a personal crisis. She wanted to do well in it, but she had questions about her Christian faith. Once an aspiring missionary, now she didn’t know what she would do with her religion major after graduation.

“My views were becoming undone,” she recalled. “Personal, spiritual, emotional, professional, everything you can imagine was on unstable ground.”

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