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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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Light a Candle of Love

On December 14th, Pleasant Hills Memorial Park in Sebastopol, California will be illuminated by the light of 4,800 candles. Volunteers begin at 8am preparing, setting-up and lighting luminaria (paper bags filled with sand and a candle). By sunset each grave … 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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The Art of the Urn

When the time comes for our spirit to leave the body the shell that remains is returned to the four elements: fire, earth, wind, and water. Many choose cremation as a way of giving the body over to fire, transforming … Continue reading

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Creating Beauty out of Sorrow

When one stands before this magnificent tomb of Taj Mahal it is not sorrow that is felt,┬áit is the deep emotional response received from seeing something of incredible beauty. It is a sense of connection to our past echoing down … Continue reading

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