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A Love Story that Never Ends

A Love Story that Never Ends

Sweet Lorraine Fred Stobaugh’s wife Lorraine passed away in early 2013. The 96-year-old sat down to say a beautiful and unique goodbye by writing “Sweet Lorraine.” Much as he wanted to sing it for her, his lack of musical talent, he felt, stood between him and a poignant eulogy. Green Shoe Studio, an Illinois-based music… Continue Reading

Being A Soul Midwife

Being A Soul Midwife

I am a Soul Midwife. I just didn’t know it until I read Felicity Warner’s The Soul Midwives’ Handbook: The Holistic & Spiritual Care of the Dying. Anyone who is a companion to the dying and helps them transition is actually helping birth their entry into a new realm. As the Founder of the Soul… Continue Reading

Midwife to the Dying: Part 1

Midwife to the Dying: Part 1

Judith Redwing Keyssar is so much more than her impressive credentials. She is someone who is comfortable with death and dying, and assists people through this significant transition. Director of the Palliative and End-of-Life Care at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the San Francisco Bay Area, Keyssar’s book Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for… Continue Reading

An angel reminds us

An angel reminds us

This book sounds to me like a love letter to humanity. A very timely one at that. Margaret is Gerry Garvin’s guardian angel, the loving entity who has been helping him unravel life for over 20 years. The book is designed to help us understand three things: 1) who we are 2) where we came from… Continue Reading

The Questions We Ask about Death

The Questions We Ask about Death

When someone you love dies, your world goes black. It happened to me when my mother died. My senses went numb. My brain buzzed with a single question: Why?? And soon a flood of questions poured in. What is death, I asked myself, really and truly for the first time. What is the point of… Continue Reading

Why…?

Why…?

It’s the question on everyone’s mind today as we grapple with the Connecticut school shootings. Why innocent kids? This follows on the heels of the first. When the mind is confronted with a tragedy of this magnitude, there are more questions than answers. And yet “Why?” seldom brings closure. It rarely helps us tie up all… Continue Reading

Wishes for the Grieving Heart

Wishes for the Grieving Heart

Wishes for the Grieving and Healing Heart opens with a heartwarming story of the water bug that turns into a dragonfly–a perfect metaphor for the transformation from physical form to spirit. It heralds a significant truth: When you lose someone you love, life will never be the same; you will never be the same. But… Continue Reading

We’re all part of the same story

We’re all part of the same story

This book is about a dog named Kona that died. It’s about a singer-songwriter’s jaded, faded dreams. It’s about heartbreak and loss and grief. It’s about the power of a letter. It’s all this and so much more. It’s a slim book that’s heavy with emotion. But to me, the words that contain its core… Continue Reading

Anticipatory Grief: Waiting for Death

Anticipatory Grief: Waiting for Death

When you know a loved one’s death is approaching, you experience anticipatory grief. In other words, death hasn’t occurred yet, but it is coming. Anticipatory grief can be easy or hard, depending on the kind of person you are. Some people like the time to prepare, to say goodbye, to take care of unfinished business.… Continue Reading

What Grief Does to You (Part 1)

What Grief Does to You (Part 1)

Our individual experience of grief is as unique as our DNA or fingerprint. While our shared humanity does trigger certain standard responses to the loss of a loved one, not all of us experience every one of them, or in the same order. The Shock of Loss: “This is not happening to me.” Call it… Continue Reading