Celebrating Life & Death in 2012
By posting entries to this blog, my primary hope is to share and build resources. I will offer meaningful ways of acknowledging living into dying – and ultimately, death – with creative rituals and ceremony.
While reading last night, I came across this passage by Ronald Grimes in his book ‘Deeply into the Bone‘:
Social, economic and political forces only partly account for shifts in death ways. Rites also emerge or decline when a people’s way of imagining a passage changes. How death is imagined in America depends on who is doing the imagining.
Mr. Grimes got me thinking: how we celebrate life and death is truly up to our Great Imaginations! (When we give ourselves the permission, of course.) It is the choice of: an individual; a family; or a collection of friends to put their imaginations to use.
So where is my imagination headed for blogging here this year? I will bring you:
- Stories and Interviews ~ from clients I’ve served in Tucson, who charted their own celebrations and reconfigured death rites into what has meaning based on their stories, beliefs and values.
- Resources in North America ~ highlights about people and grassroots organizations providing natural and family centered death care or memorial services and products.
- Inspirations for music and prose ~ expressly for celebrating a life, from artists around the world!
- Simple and real-life ideas ~ for honoring losses of varied kinds, including animal companions. (Sorry – no drippy, lofty language full of grandeur and promises of afterlife!)
Anything else you are interested in on these topics? Please comment and let me know. I look forward to building a conversation!