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Deathcare: Not just another retail transaction
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Deathcare: Not just another retail transaction

Michelle here: 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 died over the holiday season. It was a sudden death that took us by surprise though it shouldn’t…
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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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A New Age of Funeral Services

As WILLOW unfolds, Reena and I continue to learn and grow in all ways. We do our best to translate that learning into useful tools and thoughtful opportunities to inform and inspire you to make the most of your finite and precious life and to explore the mystery that is death. One of my mentors…
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What is a Good Death? | WillowEoL
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What is a Good Death?

When you think about that inevitable day when your life as you know it will come to an end, you probably hope you’ll have a good death, right? But what does that mean? In our workshops we often bring our awareness to the reality of our shared mortality by asking people to name their hopes…
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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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How to live until you die
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How to live until you die

Did you know that passing on messages to guide future generations is at least as old as the Old Testament? Jacob, one of the Torah’s patriarchs orally passed on values to his sons, reflected on some of their actions and/or traits, and made some predictions about their future. Had he written it down, we at…
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The Greenest way to "go" - the positive impact of a Green Burial
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Green Burial: the greenest way to “go”

When I was on the path to becoming a licensed funeral director, I was on fire with a sense of possibility. I imagined that I would be a hip, eco-friendly funeral-service provider appealing to people like me — someone who appreciates beauty, walks lightly on the earth and tries to make the world a better…
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Engage your core in these troubled times

Have  you ever asked yourself why the 2016 US election campaign and other divisive xenophobic movements around the world are causing you such obsessive and personal angst? Well, besides the racism, increase of violence and hate crimes and the potential for global destruction (and the list goes on), consider that everything those disturbing movements stand…
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No, I will not get rid of you.

My first and last encounter with Mrs. X was in the cooler. Mrs. X was a widow who died in hospital with her devoted son and daughter-in-law at her side. From her hospital room she was taken to the hospital morgue. With her son’s permission, she was then transferred from the morgue to the refrigeration…
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