Making Sense of Life and Death

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Love and Sorrow + Free Reality of our Mortality Learning Circles

Sarah attended our first of six Reality of our Mortality Learning Circles at the end of last month and gave me permission to share how exploring love and sorrow in this safe, open-hearted community was exactly what she needed.

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The impact of remembering

Sitting in the middle of my fridge, amidst summer-activity registration forms, a list of school supplies and a smattering of photos, is a new copy of an old photo. The photo is of my Dad’s dad’s family: my great grandparents and their eleven children, the Pante clan from the town of Lamon in the province…
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Healing, dying and the medicine of human relationships

Can we heal the dying? How to heal the dying was a question that weaved through many sessions at the recent BC Hospice and Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA) Conference that Michelle and I attended. The conference shined a light on the incredible work that so many people do as their vocation, as volunteers, and as…
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To serve or be served?
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To serve or be served?

While I’ve been known as someone who generously serves others, I’ve been stingy lately, resisting taking time away from my parenting and daughtering duties or the time I could be building my business. Recently I had my first solo “Sit with Don” visit at his place.  Don, as Reena wrote about in a previous blog…
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Questioning ourselves to death
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Questioning ourselves to death

When you die, how will your absence affect the people, places and things in your world? That is one of a half-dozen questions that WILLOW uses as a warm-up exercise before people dive into writing their Heart Will. For those of you who’ve perused the WILLOW website, or have first-hand experience with WILLOW services, you…
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Don Grayston - In the end, it's all about relationships
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In the end, it’s all about relationships

Don is an author, retired minister and humanities professor and founder and member of various social-justice organizations. Of all his lifetime accomplishments, however, it’s his ability to cultivate meaningful relationships that’s serving him most in his final days. Fifteen years ago, Don was diagnosed with a degenerative lung condition. Recently he sent a health update…
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