Making Sense of Life and Death

Anchor, Ground, and Stand Strong

Dear Reader, In our last blog post we outlined the many ways we hope to be useful to you (and the world) as we navigate this new reality. You can find all our tools and learning opportunities on our website. Today we want to explain why we think these tools can help you anchor, ground, and stand…
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We’re Holding You Close and We’re Here to Be of Service

Dear Reader, We’re writing to you to let you know that we can’t stop thinking about you. While we’re taking care of ourselves and our families we’re also figuring out how best to be useful during these tender and tumultuous times. For the last four years our mantra has been, “whether you have days or…
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Making Sense of Life, Death, and COVID-19

Dear reader, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the Coronavirus informs my experience of making sense of life and death. Here’s what I’ve come up with.  While we’re in denial about our own mortality, we’re obsessed with stories about death and dying.  The way COVID-19 is affecting us varies from region to region but…
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How Identifying Your Core Values Will Help You Live and Die the Way You Want

Dear reader,  Identifying your core values—the second tool in Willow’s 7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death workbook—is a critical part of the foundational work of end-of-life planning. Seeing your values reflected in your end-of-life plans also keeps you accountable to living the life you want. Let me share how this works for…
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Why Naming Your Hopes and Fears Around Your Inevitable Death is Essential to End-of-Life Planning

Dear reader,  “I was so relieved when I named and declared my fear around my death and dying. I’ve been carrying it around for so long, and thought I was the only one.” This was shared by one of the participants at Willow’s Legacy, Love Letters + Heart Wills workshop this past weekend in Vancouver,…
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How Ram Dass Inspired Me to Co-Create Willow

Dear Reader, Ram Dass (Of Blessed Memory), an American spiritual teacher, psychologist, author and one of my sources of inspiration, died on December 22nd, 2019. His teachings inspired me to co-create Willow. During my 2016 training in community deathcaring, I listened to a Ram Dass lecture on YouTube (Facing Death, Ram Dass Full Lecture 1992)….
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5 FREE Tools to Help You Connect Inward and Outward

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.

Perspective is Knowing Life is Precarious and Precious

Dear reader, This past week I was a victim of fraud and it cost Willow a chunk of money. For several days I couldn’t shake how stupid and violated I felt. I had a sick feeling in my gut and lost my appetite for both food and work.  At the same time, there was a…
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Self Indulgence, Action, Attention, and 2-for-1 Workbooks

Dear reader,  How much value is there really in the act of self reflection? Aren’t we humans being overly self indulgent if we’re continuously noticing how we’re impacted by whatever it is we’re up to?  These thoughtful questions were posed to us recently by a workshop participant.   If we’re talking about self reflection in isolation,…
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