Tag Archives: death in the family

“The Living Years” by Mike & The Mechanics

Song reminds us to reconcile with our parents while they're still alive

“The Living Years” by Mike & The Mechanics is as potent a reminder as any to make peace with our parents while we still have the benefit of connecting in the embodied world. The singer expresses regret at not having … Continue reading

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How Can Ceremony and Ritual Ease Loss? An Interview With Holly Pruett: Part Two

Holly Pruett helps clients tell their stories through ceremony and ritual

Today SevenPonds shares part two of our conversation with Holly Pruett, a life-cycle celebrant based out of Portland, Oregon. (Read part one here.) Holly is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant through the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. She helps her clients find a way … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Remember Your Loved One With Their Favorite Food

Connect to shared moments with a belly-and-soul-nourishing meditation

Our Tip of the Week: We often connect with our loved ones over necessary, daily things such as food. Sharing a meal together is one of the oldest and most profound ways of bonding, because it creates the space for … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Make Your Codicils Legal

Review your state laws to ensure that any amendment to your legal will is honored

Our Tip of the Week: Writing a legal will is an important act of love for anyone who wishes to make the distribution of their estate easy for their loved ones. Your legal will is effective immediately upon completion, but … Continue reading

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The Tulafale’s Role: Samoan Oratorial Traditions for Death and Funeral

Appointed family orators facilitate the process of death and funeral in Samoan culture

The Samoans, one of the largest Polynesian populations in the world, cherish the importance of storytelling and tradition by appointing a select family member as an orator chief, known as a “tulafale.” The tulafale holds the major responsibility of spreading … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Making Toast”

The beautiful, tragic story of a grandfather losing his daughter

In his 2010 memoir, Making Toast, Roger Rosenblatt paints a beautiful portrait of what it means to lose someone too soon.  After his daughter, Amy, dies suddenly of a rare heart abnormality, Rosenblatt and his wife move in with their … Continue reading

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