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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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Victorian Hair Wreaths

During the Victorian era the custom of making art from hair became a popular form of memorializing loved ones. Locks of hair were incorporated into keepsake jewelry such as brooches, bracelets or lockets. Strands of hair were gathered and hand … 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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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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