Dearly Beloved Life Blog

What do you say at a funeral? Times have changed a lot. It isn’t as common now to have a personal relationship with your Priest, Pastor or Rabbi who will speak about your life from their lived experience of you.

July 13, 2023

Planning a Heartfelt Funeral

In the past few days my family has shared one particular photo on social media and through group texts to each other. The picture is of a particular ornament we each have displayed prominently on our Christmas trees. The sharing of it feels like a big group hug although many of us live hundreds of […]

December 26, 2022

Fancy Pants

In my family, and in many families, food is an expression of love. I have many memories of big, noisy and festive family gatherings where eating was the main event. Depending on which part of the family was gathering there were Irish, German and English roasts where, let’s be honest, it was all about the […]

November 21, 2022

A New Holiday

Here we are again in election season. I feel myself being emotionally pulled into conversations and online arguments, that regardless of which side is doing the arguing, are basically saying the same thing. Our beliefs are the correct ones (see all of the facts I have to prove this) and yours are incorrect and you […]

November 19, 2022

Red or Blue?

Today my mom sent me an article from a recent Washington Post issue. It asked, “Can we choose the moment we die?”. First thing that I want to say is, as a confirmed Death Nerd, I get a lot of people reaching out to seek advice and support and to share death and dying stories […]

October 5, 2022

Time Waits for No One

Before I began my training to become an End of Life Doula, I received a reading list as a prelude to our classwork. One of the books on this list was DIE WISE, by Stephen Jenkinson. It was a heavy, heady read, but worth the 393 pages, if for nothing else, for explaining that our […]

September 15, 2019

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