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Breaking Out

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The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy. ~ Djuna Barnes My life took a radical turn after I got up on stage last November and shared my “death story”. I fell into a deeply quiet, dark and contemplative state and stayed day after day, week after week, month after month until my […]

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Time with a Dead Body

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Death can be surprising, unexpected, and shocking. Even when death is anticipated our reaction to it can be overwhelming. I’m offering for you to consider the idea of spending some time with your loved one after they have died. Our modern culture has sterilized the entire dying process and made what used to be quite […]

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Talking About Death and Dying

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I find that two things happen when I tell people I’m a widow, those same two things happen when they find out I’m a hospice nurse. Either they come closer to share their own story about death and dying or they pull away. Really, it’s more like running away! However, for those that do stay […]

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When is it Time for Hospice?

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A four minute intro to when and why in a general voice someone might be ready for hospice. Increasing debility, failure to thrive, end stage disease, organ failure, disease process that is no longer responding to treatment. Let the patient and their body guide you and honor their unique process. Talk to your physician about […]

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I don’t want to say Goodbye!

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(Facing the impending loss of someone you can’t live without!) I have spent nearly a decade trying to help people get some sense of completion, resolution, and closure around the deathbed. It has been my mission to comfort and educate people about the process because I truly believe that if we can be more at […]

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Death Rally

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Death Rally A brief description of what can sometimes happen in the last days of someone’s life. The death rally is a surge of energy that can come on quite strongly and be completely surprising to both the dying patient and the people who are present to witness this unique phenomenon. It may last hours […]

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The Lantern

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It is not helpful to lament with someone and wrestle in their pain, in their sorrow. It is helpful to recall their light, their resources, their Spirit: So that they can choose to believe more fully in and of themselves. We cannot be on someone’s path with them But We can surely hold the lantern […]

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Open Doors

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I know there are mixed feelings about a man opening a door for a woman out there in the world ~ but in my world I want to be very clear that I love it. I really love it! I’m not going to tell you my thoughts about why it happens or doesn’t happen, when […]

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