Tag Archives: #Death&Dying

Praying for the Dying

I do not know if I have photos from Lourdes.  On today’s Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, we also celebrate the World Day of the Sick. I post this blurry photo from another Marian Shrine, taken by a … Continue reading

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Baby Steps

Some days the steps we take are so tiny that we do not see our own progress. Today though I was pleased at what I could recognize as the baby steps I am making to return to walking.  I have … Continue reading

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Gift of the Long Goodbye

A death can occur suddenly or be drawn out.  Since my own diagnosis, a number of people I know have died before I have. The unexpected deaths can shake others to the core. If the person has not prepared for … Continue reading

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Not Dying to Die

The question usually comes with curiosity and quietness.  The inquiry takes various forms.  For those who know my faith, the answer is still not evident which may say more about them than me.  Will I opt to use the new … Continue reading

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Great Courage

The word of the day was courage.  Twenty-five years ago my sister passed away suddenly of meningitis.  She died less than 24 hours after diagnosis. This is also the Feast Day of the North American Jesuit martyrs and their two … Continue reading

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Grief Erupts

The one thing I know about grief is you never know when the tsunami will wash over you, making it hard to breathe and find solid ground. There can be these serene, still waters around you and then bam! An … Continue reading

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The Business of Dying

Death is big business these days.  When my sister died almost 25 years ago, I remember an exchange with the woman at the cemetery.  We were standing outside, she in her black and white fur coat, with a short dyed … Continue reading

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