Take a lesson from peonies. Be beautiful, bold and showy. Bring joy to everyone around you, because we’re not here for long. Isnt’ that what makes us, and life, beautiful?
This quote from Poe goes right along with our thoughts from yesterday. What is death? What is life? What does it mean to be alive?
This quote made me think of an interview I saw this week with documentary film maker, Ken Burns, about the death of his mother when he was a child and the connection of that grief to his work. “The half-life of grief is endless. But it has also been hugely productive. … I didn’t wantContinue reading “Wise Words Wednesday”
We are stardust. Something of everything remains.
“Our society has tried to make death invisible, thinking that if we ignore it long enough it will go away. Often we as family and loved ones are so afraid of death that even mentioning the word to terminal patients is taboo. We think the dying are oblivious to what is happening to them. Sadly,Continue reading “Wise Words Wednesday: Anderson”
Early in my journey toward becoming a death doula, I came across the book Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty. Doughty is a founder of Order of the Good Death and a tireless advocate for death positivity and education. This book talks about her time as a brand new employee in a crematoryContinue reading “Wise Words Wednesday: Doughty”
Kalanithi beautifully encapsulates the duty of end of life doulas and others in death care in this quote, which is one of my favorites. I highly recommend this book for anyone, but especially for those who know and love someone who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. It is such a beautiful look insideContinue reading “Wise Words Wednesday: Kalanithi”