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Virtual Funeral, Really?

Virtual Funeral, Really?

Last year I made a special effort to attend a dear relative’s funeral. I was ill but medicated myself just enough to hold the cold at bay. It was important to me to be there with the family, to honor my beloved relative in this time honored ritual. I also thought that it was meaningful… Continue Reading

Unity~Pablo Neruda

Unity~Pablo Neruda

There is something dense, united, settled in the depths, repeating its number, its identical sign. How it is noted that stones have touched time, in their refined matter there is an odor of age, of water brought by the sea, from salt and sleep. I’m encircled by a single thing, a single movement: a mineral… Continue Reading

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