Making Sense of Life & Death

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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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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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Love, Sorrow and the Duality of Death

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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Remembering Amid the Everyday

Sitting in the middle of my fridge, amidst activity registration forms, schedules 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, “la famiglia Pante” from the town of Lamon, in province of Belluno, in the Veneto…
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Dying and the Medicine of Healing 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 and Be Served

While I’m generally 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 use to build our business. Recently I had my first solo “Sit with Don” visit at his place.  Don, as Reena wrote about in a previous…
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Questioning ourselves to death
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Death, Your Pathway to Personal Discovery

When you die, how will your absence affect the people, places and things in your world? Whether you have days or decades left to live, end-of-life planning can be a pathway to live your life to its fullest. By asking yourself some thought-provoking, juicy questions, you’ll gain heightened or fresh awareness about your core values…
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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 was an author, retired minister and humanities professor and founder and member of various social-justice organizations. Of all his lifetime accomplishments, however, it was his ability to cultivate meaningful relationships that served him most in his final days. I wrote this story during the last year of Don’s life. Fifteen or so years before…
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Imagining Your Death Will Enrich Your Life

You know that you exist, and that some day you will die.  This knowledge of your mortality can either be a terrible burden or a great opportunity to transform your life. The good news is that you get to choose! Consciously contemplating your death and mortality facilitates personal development and compassion and helps you become more self aware and in control over the choices you make in your life.