Fears, courage and promise | WillowEoL
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Fear, Courage and Promise: The Impact of Our Spiritual Heritage

A while back I bought a book that I’m afraid to start reading. Even though the book was described by author and women’s wellness advocate Dr. Christiane Northrup as “A masterpiece of women’s wisdom,” I hadn’t been moved enough to crack it open. The book is The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey…
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Remembering and Being Remembered

Remembering and being remembered was the focus of a recent gathering we facilitated. Our collective exploring revealed rich insights about why we remember, what we remember and how it makes us feel. It was a transformative evening for me on many levels. What we remember and how it makes us feel Remembering people and experiences…
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Taking Care of Death is Taking Care of Life

Creating your Departure Directions, Willow’s term for your written instructions or guidelines—determined by your values, beliefs and priorities—for how you wish to be cared for after you die will illuminate who and what matter to you, now. How does that work you ask? Here’s how. Heart-centred and holistic end-of-life-planning begins with taking time to make…
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Deathcare: Not just another retail transaction
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Deathcare is Not Just a Retail Transaction

When someone dies, there are choices to be made. What do we lose when we approach those deathcare choices like just another retail transaction? Let’s look at two deaths I was involved with recently. Coco’s recent death was sudden and took us by surprise though it shouldn’t have because she was in her elder years….
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Have your best year yet by planning for the inevitable | WillowEoL
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Have Your Best Year Yet by Planning for the Inevitable

If January is your time to plan for your best year yet, we invite you to include planning for your inevitable, unpredictable death. Say what?

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Cracked Wide Open | WillowEoL
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Cracked Wide Open

We recently wrapped up a Legacy, Love Letters + Heart Wills workshop series. At the end of the evening we each shared a word or three to capture our sense of the impact of participating. My closing words were, “cracked wide open” and that, my friends, is a precious, luscious way of being. Some folks…
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A New Age of Funeral Services

I believe in the possibility of responsive, respectful funeral services. I believe in the power of useful tools and thoughtful opportunities to inform and inspire people to make the most of our finite and precious lives. I believe in the value and beauty of exploring the mystery that is death. One of my mentors along…
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The Essence of A Good Funeral

In honour of Donald Edward Grayston, 1939 – 2017. About the only thing worse than experiencing the death of someone you care about, is doing it without the the kind of good-bye rituals that truly reflect their essence. Fortunately, I knew this would not be the case when our dear friend Don Grayston died last month.

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Saying Yes to Who and What Matter Most

There are many ways Catherine’s life has changed by working through WILLOW’s curriculum for writing Love Letters and a Heart Will. The exploration brought her and some friends together to delve into the scope of their personal feelings about the fact that someday and they don’t know when, they are each going to die and whether they are intentional about it or not, they each will leave a legacy. They soon discovered or confirmed who and what matter most in their lives.

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