Author Archives: Ellary Allis (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

“Death is a wild night and a new road”

- Emily Dickinson
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What Is It Like To Run A Camp for Grieving Children?

An interview with Cherie Shoemake, director of Optimal Hospice Foundation, Part Two

Today SevenPonds talks to Cherie Shoemake about Kids Camp, a summer camp for grieving children ages 8 to 16 who have recently experienced the loss of someone close to them. Cherie is the director of Optimal Hospice Foundation, the organization … Continue reading

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What Is It Like To Run a Kids Camp for Grieving Children?

An interview with Cherie Shoemake, director of Optimal Hospice Foundation

Today SevenPonds talks to Cherie Shoemake about Kids Camp, a summer camp for grieving kids ages 8 to 16 who have recently experienced the loss of someone close to them. Cherie is the director of Optimal Hospice Foundation, the organization … Continue reading

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“Great Gig in the Sky,” Formerly Known as “The Mortality Sequence”

Pink Floyd's meditation on death and dying

According to Roger Waters, when vocalist Clare Torry walked into the studio to record the ethereal wailing on the epic instrumental track “Great Gig In the Sky,” she was told, “There’s no lyrics. It’s about dying – have a bit of a … Continue reading

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Memorializing The Hands of The Dying

Trish Rogers provides plaster casts of the hands of the dying as a unique memorial for families

“Some hands are worn,” says Trish Rogers. “You can tell they’ve been through many things in life. Some hands are smooth because they’re kind of young and innocent.” She’s talking about the hands of the dying. Trish Rogers has studied … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A Buddhist Grief Observed” by Guy Newland

A long term Buddhist practitioner examines his grief in the wake of his beloved partner's death

In the tradition of “A Grief Observed,” C.S. Lewis’s famous reflections on grief and loss in the wake of his wife’s death in 1960, Buddhist practitioner Guy Newland delves into an exhaustive examination of his own experience of bereavement after … Continue reading

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