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Memorial Quilts: A Patchwork of Memories

A few years ago I was invited to be present at the hospital for a friend’s passing. As I sat with his family in the final hours a hospice nurse arrived with a beautiful handmade quilt. She explained to us … Continue reading

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Death on the Table: Creative Conversation about the “D” Word

I attended my first “Death Cafe” last week. These are conversational meetings which are growing in popularity internationally. The “Death Cafe” started in England in 2011 with the idea that by talking about death one can make better choices for … Continue reading

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Grieving the loss of an Animal Companion

For many of us our first experience with death and loss is as a child when we lose an animal companion. At five years old I was mystified when I discovered my pet goldfish floating at the top of her … Continue reading

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Personal Memorial Altars and Shrines

Shrines and altars have been associated with ancient religious and spiritual practices worldwide. The terms “altar” and “shrine” carry great historical and symbolic significance but we use the terms here to describe a personal memorial you create in your home. … Continue reading

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The Journal as Journey

A Journal can be a creative tool for processing feelings of grief and loss by providing a private space for expression. Studies have shown that there are health benefits to keeping a journal as it can be a source for … Continue reading

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