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The Healing Power of Story During Covid 19

Planning a funeral after the death of a loved one is not merely a response to religious doctrine. Having something to do after a huge loss can help you put one foot in front of the other. Making decisions about readings, speakers, flowers, and food can help cushion...

Saying Goodbye in the Time of Covid 19.

When Mourning in Community is Taken Away… Life is bizarre these days to say the least. Covid 19 has systematically stripped us of our most basic freedoms: to go about our lives as we wish, to hug our friends and family, to touch without fear of contagion, to go...

A Simple Twist of Fate

About 2 months ago when I wrote of my friend, her final days with cancer, and her thoughts about that inevitability, having a diagnosis of cancer myself was the farthest thought from my mind. But 7 days after I left her home, I was in the doctors office receiving my...

Looking Death in the Eye

This week I have been staying with my friend, whom we’ll call Katie. Katie was diagnosed with lung cancer almost 4 years ago and given approximately 18 months to live. Needless to say, she has beaten those odds again and again. She has now, however, come to that point...

The Final Farewell in VT

In 2017, Vermont was determined to be the least religious state in the nation.  While that may be the case we know we are deeply spiritual. And we have seen what that means for the many Vermont weddings we’ve attended: outdoor ceremonies, a melting pot of rituals from...