Isn’t that what life is about when it holds its greatest meaning?
I received a message from a “newish” West Coast friend who shares my passion for bringing dying and death out into the open…. helping others to face and shape the experiences at the end of their life based on their values, their wishes and ideals.
Recently Gabrielle (Jimenez) asked if she could use an excerpt from one of my poems in the blog she was posting today, the theme of her writing being “presence.” I was honored. I invite you to visit her site and read this, and many other of her well written entries. As a hospice nurse, her perspective is rich, full of compassion and the beauty of true presence.
Thank you, Gabby, my newish friend! I look forward to other ways our lives will overlap as we are, like everyone else, walking each other home. www.thehospiceheart.net
And I must add… Tomorrow Vigil and I head to Portland, ME. I love Portland; it’s Burlington on steroids and, instead of on a large beautiful lake, it’s on the breath-taking ocean! Tuesday I’ll be reading to Northern Light Hospice’s volunteers in the morning and then, in the evening, to the public at So. Portland Library. What a swell day that will be, especially with this being National Hospice and Palliative Care Month! Wednesday I’ll be near the water again when doing a reading for Seacoast Hospice’s volunteers in Portsmouth, NH. Thank you, Vigil, for the adventures you take me on. My soul is so nourished from time spent with very special folks.