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“You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson

A musical classic reminds us that death does not have to be a lonely experience.

When a loved one dies, one of the first things many of us do is make a phone call. Whether it’s to those that were closest to our loved one or to other family and friends of our own, connecting … Continue reading

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Kifudu Funeral Dance of the Giriama People

This African dance brings communities together to send spirits of loved ones to ancestral realms

The Giriama are an agricultural and hunter-gatherer sub-group of the larger Mijikenda ethnic group who live along the coast of Kenya. One of the distinguishing features of their cultural and spiritual life — and a main reason why they were able … Continue reading

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Why is Death Midwifery Important? An Interview with Pashta MaryMoon, Part Two

A Canadian Death Midwife shares a lifetime of insight

Today in this second part of a three-part interview (read part one here), SevenPonds speaks with Pashta MaryMoon, Death Midwife at Journeys Beyond, and co-founder of CINDEA (Canadian Integrated Network of Death Education and Alternatives). Pashta lives and works in … Continue reading

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A Night for All Souls Creatively Welcomes All Generations to Remember Loved Ones

The All Souls event at a Canadian cemetery builds community through remembrance

In 2005, artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto began All Souls, an annual event in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Their website explains that, “In many cultures around the world, the days at the end of October and … Continue reading

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Kicking The Bucket: A Festival of Living and Dying

A two-week festival in Oxford contributes to the end-of-life conversation with a casual, refreshing celebration

At SevenPonds, we strive to open the conversation on death and dying—and we wholeheartedly support others who do the same. After all, we are just a part of a growing global community. This fall, Oxford-based Westmill Woodland Burial Ground is … Continue reading

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How Can We Support the Aging and Elderly? An Interview with Andrew Gaines

Executive Director Andrew Gaines shows us how Ashby Village can support independent living for the elderly through community support

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Andrew Gaines, Executive Director for Ashby Village, a community and volunteer organization for the elderly or aging in Berkeley, CA. After serving as Executive Director for Earthdance in the 1990’s, Andrew guided the development of several multi-family … Continue reading

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