May 11, 2021 12:00 pm
The ache that permeates my body is not that of being an adult orphan. I still have the blessing of holding a warm hand and sharing a smile with each of my folks.
My biological parents, both in their 80s, are here on earth and we live in the same city. I see Mom, with Dad, every Wednesday and I also see Dad every weekend. I also talk to him—many times a day—depending on what’s up.
February 9, 2021 4:10 pm
Whether you have days or decades to live— and who’s to know?—I promise that if you take time to consider what matters to you about the end of your life, you’ll get clarity about who and what matter to you now.
December 15, 2020 1:23 am
As you may know from Reena’s recent blog post, Momento Mori and Don’t Forget to Live, my vibrant 82-year-old mother-in-law with whom we shared our home of 12.5 years, died suddenly a month ago. It was yet another reminder of the constant presence of life and death, and how unpredictable the human experience is.
October 19, 2020 9:17 pm
Do you too have life lessons that keep showing up—same message, different day? One of the recurring messages in my life is that grief is a pathway to healing. Actually, let me rephrase that. My recent experience of fall-on-my-knees grief revealed, once again, that grief is a pathway to living and loving fully.
May 12, 2020 8:09 pm
Until just weeks ago, the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the bereavement industry, or death trade as it's sometimes called, wasn’t even listed as an essential service. Despite this recent shift in designation, I suspect there’s little or no applause or acknowledgement for the essential workers like the ones named by our provincial government: coroners and workers performing mortuary services, including: funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries and workers supporting the appropriate handling, identification, storage, transportation, and certification of human remains.
February 25, 2020 6:23 pm
Identifying your core values—the second tool in Willow’s 7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death workbook—is a critical...
January 28, 2020 6:40 pm
When someone we care about is dying, family and friends are often kept in the loop via text or email...
December 3, 2019 9:15 pm
Consciously or unconsciously, we live our lives according to particular values. Knowing your core values is one thing, living them or embodying them is another. As I move through this dance called life, I’m coming to understand and accept that how we express our core values can evolve.
September 17, 2019 11:24 pm
How much value is there really in the act of self reflection? Aren’t we humans being overly self indulgent if...