Tag Archives: Perspective

Laughing About Tombstones: Living in Focus

Last week, at one of our workshops, we were asked to take a minute to think about and write down our epitaph. We were told that we could include the year we wanted to die (why not?) and were reminded … Continue reading

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An Interview with a Cancer Patient: Kori and Breast Cancer

  I’ve known Kori for a LONG time. Her story is one that can only be described as miraculous on steroids. For a long time Kori’s story was drug addiction, alcoholism, theft, and prison. Change began happening in her and … Continue reading

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“I Remember” || What to Say About 9/11 & Grief

  For a person in grief, there are almost no two sweeter words than, “I remember …” Those two words begin stories, spark memories, open old joys, and bring feelings back to us with blazing clarity. On a day like … Continue reading

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Why Thinking About Death is Actually Good for You

It seems that most people generally fall into one of these two categories when it comes to thinking about death; 1. Total Avoidance: Death freaks you out, you don’t like how it makes you feel so you choose not to … Continue reading

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What Helps When You’re on the Front Line? | A Cancer Journey

  This is Part III of my story, to read Part I, or Part II, click here. { my husband Lou was diagnosed with cancer and given months to live. this is what happened to both of us as his … Continue reading

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We all have dates that changed our lives. This is mine.

August 2, 2000 – We all have dates that changed our lives. This is mine. My mother, brother, and I were pulling in the driveway from the grocery store, when my grandmother, Aunt, and Uncle came walking up. Every one … Continue reading

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Change of Seasons and 3 Ways to Embrace Autumn

Fall is my favorite time of year because it is nature’s pause. We start to see a beautiful transformation with the trees changing from a vibrant green to a crunchy orange. The carefree attitude of the summer months shift into … Continue reading

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If Humans Had Expiration Dates, Would We Live Differently?

If you knew the exact day that you were going to die, how would you deal with that information? I think about dying everyday, it is one of the blessings and curses of my chosen profession. Being a funeral director … Continue reading

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Diversity in Death: Lessons Learned from A Giant, 2 Families, and a Hare Krishna

Diversity is a constant in life. It teaches us how to be flexible under stress, to appreciate ourselves and each other. Diversity tells us that it’s OK to be curious and ask questions, to live and let live. Diversity isn’t … Continue reading

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Bringing Memories into the Future: Inspired by Mr. Gatsby

    “Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” – The Wonder Years   I recently saw the new film, “The Great Gatsby” – it’s … Continue reading

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