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The Long And Winding Road

The Long And Winding Road

The long and winding road, that leads, to your door Will never disappear, I’ve seen that road before It always leads me here, lead me to your door The wild and windy night, that the rain, washed away Has left a pool of tears, crying for the day Why leave me standing here, let me… Continue Reading

The Old Elm Tree by the River

Shrugging in the flight of its leaves,it is dying. Death is slowly standing up in its trunk and branches like a camouflaged hunter. In the night I am wakened by one of its branches crashing down, heavy as a wall, and then lie sleepless, the world changed. That is life I know the country by.… Continue Reading

Life Well Lived

Life Well Lived

Reflection upon death typically brings one to consider their own quality of life. The more I work with Doorway Home the more I realize that my motivation is also to help myself and others have a life that is meaningful. Below is a link to such a woman. She initiated a community project after a… Continue Reading

Preparation for Death

Preparation for Death

Each week I receive the latest news on the “dying business.” That includes the topics of grief, funerals, death and dying, end of life, etc. Consistently I notice that the UK is tackling the topic fervently. Most often death and dying is considered in the medical or insurance fields. There is upward trend recently in… Continue Reading

Eco Friendli-er Cremation

Eco Friendli-er Cremation

Black smoke billowing out of cremation services is not completely unusual. Not only was it ugly, it produced environmental hazards https://www.mountainx.com/article/17909/Crematorium-smoke-triggers-complaints. Today’s news is that there is a more ecologically sound method to dispose of the body. “Our technology (..) can remove moisture at a cost-effective rate and at a suitable speed to make it… Continue Reading

Caretaker Reference

If you are in need of someone to aid your loved one, please contact Mary Lee directly. I know her as a loving, gentle friend and highly recommend her. * “I am an ordained minister, professional consouler and end of life guide, with eight years of eldercare experience and Hospice volunteer training and practice. I… Continue Reading

How We Mourn

How We Mourn

During 1969 Elizabeth Kubler-Ross was the first to create a model for how we humans experience grief. Briefly the stages are 1) Denial, 2) Anger, 3) Bargaining, 4) Depression, 5) Acceptance. Since, this model has been widely accepted and used for all types of developmental and situational changes. This model was also criticized for not… Continue Reading

Home Funeral Tips

Home Funeral Tips

This is a how-to guide to have a funeral at the home of the deceased. This can save money, and empower those who must take care of these details. 1)  Plan ahead; delegate these tasks to someone who is less involved emotionally with the deceased. 2)  Contact the city health department’s office of vital statistics… Continue Reading

Illusions about Death and Dying

Illusions about Death and Dying

It is a common observation that each person dies uniquely. From their spiritual experience, to their family relations, the experiences of the dying and of their relationships vary. Some settle scores, others seek forgiveness and salvation. Death seems to be a time when we can elevate our sense of ourselves with the obituary. Val Patterson,… Continue Reading

Funeral Home Convention Data

Funeral Home Convention Data

The funeral business has had its place in US and this story tells me why it could be better. Here are some details: NY Funeral Home Convention Data (see link below): * Funeral homes and crematories generated $11.05 billion in 2002 and $11.95 billion in 2007; that’s 900 million increase in two years. * Average cost… Continue Reading