Category Archives: Death

Ten Years

It is ten years today since my sister Joanne died suddenly and all too young.  We talk about her fondly and miss her deeply. In the time that has passed since she would have been proud of her husband and how … Continue reading

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Death Cafe

Last night my friend and I attended the Death Cafe event in Ottawa.  If someone asks, what are you doing this week and you say, I’m going to a Death Cafe, it can evoke a bit of a shudder and a … Continue reading

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Death Cafe

There is something a little chilling in the phrase “Death Cafe”.  Much of our society has difficulty in dealing with and speaking about dying and death.  I went to a seminar once where a palliative care worker asked the audience … Continue reading

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Don’t Cry Because It Is Over, Smile Because It Happened

One of our dearest friends has died He faced a relentless disease with optimism, courage and grace  In the face of a reality that could have been consumed by despair He rose above, giving and receiving love and support  The … Continue reading

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Ella’s Tree

Chance Made Us Neighbours-Hearts Made Us Friends Eight years ago today my dear friend Ella died. Over twenty years ago, in another city and another time, we had new neighbours move in next door.  Our daughter, a single child, was … Continue reading

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