Making Sense of Life and Death

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Productivity, Procrastination and End-of-Life Planning

This holiday season I devoured the The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey. His message reinforces why so many people tend to put off end-of-life planning for “some day.” We can flip our procrastination triggers and get into action with anything, including end-of-life planning.

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Later is a Lie

The heart of Willow’s work is inquiries around death and dying. We often begin with the simple question, “What are your fears around your death and dying?” The answers are as diverse as they are universal. While I’ve written and said aloud a variety of answers on many occasions, my common response is that I…
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‘Tis the season to remember our dead
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‘Tis the Season to Remember Our Dead

I yearn for more remembering and honouring the dead in my life. I feel enlivened and inspired when I reflect on the relationship, lineage and opportunity that I’ve been gifted by those who’ve come before and died before me.

What's Love Got To Do With It?
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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

In the Jewish tradition the mourners are a distinct group. They are the parents, children, siblings and spouse of the deceased. At the funerals I went to while growing up in Montreal, the mourners sat in a special section upfront near the closed casket and the rabbi. I remember feeling envious of them in a…
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Life after Life
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What Happens After We Die?

“When we understand about death, we understand a lot more about life.” This was the key message I heard from Barbara Bartolome when she shared the story of her near-death experience1)1. In 1975, Dr. Raymond Moody’s best-selling book Life After Life focused public attention on the near-death experience. Dr. Moody is internationally-acclaimed for his groundbreaking…
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Learning From Death | WillowEOL.com
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Learning From Death: A Mother’s Greatest Teacher

Twenty-five years ago, Akasha learned about life from her dying eleven-year-old daughter, Sarah. In a recent conversation Akasha described Sarah’s death as a “beautiful experience that profoundly changed who I am and the way I live my life.” I can’t imagine losing my daughter nor seeing the gifts that might bring. And, truth be told,…
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Fears, courage and promise | WillowEoL
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Fears, courage and promise: How exploring our traditions impacts our lives

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 WILLOW’s Reality of our Mortality Learning Circle last month at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery. 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. I’m so privileged and…
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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?