Maya Angelou, an excerpt from “A Brave and Startling Truth”

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet Whose hands can strike with such abandon That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness That the haughty neck is happy to bow And the proud back is glad to bend Out ofContinue reading “Maya Angelou, an excerpt from “A Brave and Startling Truth””

Season Survival

What and who is most important to you during this holiday season? Plan accordingly even if it means saying No to some things. What are you feeling? Don’t smother it. Talk or journal instead. Don’t try to eat or drink your feelings away because you feel you need to be “up” all the time. ScheduleContinue reading “Season Survival”

Holiday Grief

Anybody who has experienced loss, especially family loss, may find their loss triggered over the holidays, by good memories and not so good, and experience sadness, regret, and even depression. Anybody working with the dying carries a certain amount of grief because of the work you do. So holidays can be a double emotional whammy.Continue reading “Holiday Grief”

Profound words on a tough subject. It’s worth a read.

Wisdom from a death doula. Expected Death ~ When someone dies, the first thing to do is nothing. Don’t run out and call the nurse. Don’t pick up the phone. Take a deep breath and be present to the magnitude of the moment. There’s a grace to being at the bedside of someone you loveContinue reading “Profound words on a tough subject. It’s worth a read.”

Covid Care Burnout?

Barbara Karnes writes booklets for Healthcare Workers, Hospices, and Deathcare workers. I have used many of her resources on death and dying as a chaplain. If the following quote resonates with you, then check out the full article on healthcare worker burnout and maybe look into her booklets as well. Dear Barbara, I work asContinue reading “Covid Care Burnout?”

Music as Spirituality

Music has always been a major spiritual resource for me. I learned piano, I taught myself guitar, I sang with my sister at family gatherings, and once with my aunt in a pub in Ireland, and I have always been in a choir, that is until covid. I loved all the different kinds of music,Continue reading “Music as Spirituality”