A poem for Mr Thornton, who went to Switzerland to die. Who share a vital story, as he gave his reasons why, With his darling by his side, with a love filled heart, He took control, the best he could, on how he would depart, I did not know this brave man, but his story … More Farewell Mr Thornton
A beautiful news story which inspired a poem: A life is honoured. Valued. Celebrated. A simple wish it was. A wish that became a goal. A wish that had a plan. With love, with support, a wish becomes a memory to hold
As Death stood by, The Dying was zwischen: In a place in between. They say you can’t predict your death. But it will happen. Most of us hope for a peaceful death…the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep. Every honest gambler knows…the game’s ending may not be known, the … More Death by Default
Even though time has passed, I wail to the sky mother, This weekend is hard. Time is but a veil, My moans are all consuming, The wound is still raw. Does it ever cease? Do I even want it to? As long as I grieve You stay.
Have you thought of your demise and the remains you leave behind? What will happen to your bits, will there be a bind? Will you be pull apart and your bits shared around? Will bits be stored for science, or buried in the ground? Will you be cremated, and scattered or interred? Have you written … More What would you do?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” poet and writer Maya Angelou What is Care? Is Care… love? or is care providing basic needs? Is Care a service? Can you put a price on care? Can care … More The Care Factor
They say you can’t predict your death. But it will happen. Most of us hope for a peaceful death…the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep. Every honest gambler knows…the game’s ending may not be known, the way it will play out is out of our control. But you can … More Advanced Care Directive – for Birth
(Inspired by this article) The parallels between birthing and dying I have long fascinated me. My Birth Map is to birth, as an Advanced Care Directive is to death. The thought that death must be avoided, is a last resort, is always a tragedy, and anything natural is stupid or insane, disturbs me. We do … More When death is not an option
What is the difference between Support and Assistance? Do you know if you will meet resistance? Who is on your side and on your behalf can speak? Are you prepared if you end ‘up the creek’? Assistance is great, if you need it for sure. But without Support your prognosis is poor. In birthing … More Do you need Assistance or Support?
The parallels between birthing and dying are profound. It can be an awesome experience to observe and a great honour to be present in the moment. Or it can be a stressful, awkward experience. Following are two poems. The first is a medicalised experience, full of fear and uncertainty. The second could be a natural, … More Facing Birth Facing Death