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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...

Food for Thought… and Solace

As we face the loss of a loved one, more and more of us are choosing to create a Celebration of Life rather than the funeral or memorial service of the past. We make that choice to acknowledge that there is so much more to loss than tears. There are the funny stories,...