Smooth Transitions – Clearings To Support Loved Ones Through Their Dying Process.

When I was twelve, my brother had a bike accident and fell into a coma that lasted a whole week. His life was suspended by a thin thread and the family stood by, barely breathing ourselves. He fortunately survived. But that intense period as a youngster sitting in the general ward of a government hospital … Continue reading Smooth Transitions – Clearings To Support Loved Ones Through Their Dying Process.

What If Acknowledging Death Makes One Come Alive?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d27gTrPPAyk Isn't it interesting how we avoid talking about someone's impending death when they are alive, and then feel even more uncomfortable or emotional mentioning them once they are dead? The fundamental, incontrovertible fact of death is one we have pushed into the closet, neither discussing it enough, nor embracing it enough.  Ironically, in it's … Continue reading What If Acknowledging Death Makes One Come Alive?

Milestones… Smilestones.

Birth and death anniversaries are landmarks in the timelines of our life.  Marking beginnings and ends when we adhere to linear time.  Having had a natural gift for remembering dates, I have given them due recognition in the past.   But as loved ones departed, one after the other, somewhere I began to question the … Continue reading Milestones… Smilestones.

Really Short Stories: Answered Prayers

“I always knew it.  This has confirmed what I have felt all along.  My son is special.  He is here for a reason.  God will not let him leave his work incomplete.”  The elegantly dressed lady epitomized poise and courage. I listened in silence.  There is little one can say in such a situation.  Her … Continue reading Really Short Stories: Answered Prayers

Light House

I find the 'Light House' to be a versatile metaphor.  Today,  I feel able to share a personal anecdote about how it's symbolism grew in significance for me. Six years ago, I was consoling my sister. Sameer had just passed away and the amazing and loving person that he was, he left many of us … Continue reading Light House