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Amplifying Voices: Two Opportunities to Listen and Learn about Anti-Black Racism

It’s been two weeks since the murder of George Floyd, and the launch of massive demonstrations against anti-black racism around the globe. In our previous newsletter we shared that among other things, we’re committed to using our platforms to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. Below are two opportunities to listen and learn.

What’s Driving Your Physical Distancing: Death Denial or Death Phobia?

In the realm of end-of-life education, two terms come up very often: death denial and fear of death. We talk about fear of death and death denial as kind-of the same thing and we use the terms interchangeably. But are they really? I’m wondering if the varying ways that people think about and respond to the coronavirus pandemic, shed some light on the differences between the two terms.

Dig Deep and Answer the Questions You’re Avoiding

Unlike many other people, I haven’t been forced to pause and slow down. I feel like I’m busier than ever. Yet even in this business and chaos, I find myself asking—or re-asking—a lot of deep questions about the meaning of life and death. Let’s face it, the whole world is at war with death right…
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Anchor, Ground, and Stand Strong: Learning from the Trees

In this time of a global pandemic, along with all the physical preparations and precautions, such as washing your hands, sanitizing your environment, and stocking your pantry, we want to help you prepare yourselves inwardly. Peter Russell, an author and teacher focusing on consciousness and contemporary spirituality, recently wrote, “Trees provide a good lesson. If…
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How to Take Good Care in These Tender and Tumultuous Times

For the last four years our mantra has been, “whether you have days or decades to live, the best time to plan is now.” Suddenly, “now” is on people’s minds more than ever. If you’re not worried about yourself dying from Coronavirus, you may be worried about someone else you know, or vulnerable people in…
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Making Sense of Life, Death, and COVID-19

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 what’s common…
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All That Matters in the End Matters Now

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 me. The…
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The Gift of Perspective

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 lot of…
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Mary Oliver, Mortality and Meaning Making

Mary Oliver’s words speak to my yearning to make this life—my life—matter. My desire to live a life with meaning calls me to reflect, to contemplate and to get clear about who and what matter. The thing is, and maybe you relate here, I find it very hard to create time and space for this type of discernment. Believe it or not, planning for my inevitable death, helps create that time and space.