Tag Archives: Peace

Book Review: “Rookery” by Traci Brimhall

A collection of poetry that shows death in its most raw, beautiful form

Death can feel so ominous — so frightening — lurking in the corners of life with shadow cat’s eyes. I spent much of my younger life interpreting death as something terrible — something to be avoided and never talked about. … Continue reading

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

- Mary Oliver
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Memorial Music: “Satisfied Mind” by Jeff Buckley

A classic song that celebrates a life well-lived as opposed to material goods

Jeff Buckley’s song ‘Satisfied Mind’ offers a beautiful take on the end of life. In this classic song, Buckley comments that money can’t buy back time, and when the end of your life approaches, the most wonderful thing to have is … Continue reading

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Memorial Music: “You Can Close Your Eyes” by James Taylor

A powerful and sweet song that would be the perfect tune to remember your loved one

If you’re looking for a thoughtful, beautiful song to play at a memorial service or funeral, consider playing “You Can Close Your Eyes” by James Taylor. Taylor is a five-time Grammy Award winner, and was inducted into the Rock and … Continue reading

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How Can Music Provide Comfort in End of Life? An Interview with Kieran Schnabel, Part Two

A music thanatologist talks about providing comfort at the end of life

Today is the final installment of our two-part interview with Kieran Schnabel, a music thanatologist with SacredFlight (a not-for-profit charitable organization of certified music thanatologists). Kieran is located in Oregon, and grew up practicing and studying music. He is now a full time music thanatologist, and … Continue reading

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”Song” by Christina Rossetti

A look at the serenity and peacefulness that can accompany death

A renowned poet, Christina Rossetti has a way of enchanting readers with her beautiful words and imagery. Even in her poems about death, Rossetti crafted an enthralling and almost whimsical moment for her readers to step into. This is especially true … Continue reading

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