We’re never guaranteed tomorrow. Make sure you take care of your arrangement while you can, so that responsibility (and stress) doesn’t fall to your loved ones once you’re gone. #mementomori #deathpositive
So honoured to have been connected with @drkathrynmannix through this wonderful #DeathPositive / #DeathLiteracy community on instagram. She is an inspiration. Her work is absolutely incredible, and if you don’t know who she is - give her a google, trust me. I will be posting one of her quick BBC IDEAS videos shortly to further share her genius and insight.
I’ve never received mail to ‘The Good Death Doula’ until this week - an inscription from Dr. Mannix to mark as I read her important book 'With the End In Mind', released last year, and taking the world by storm.
I have also included in this post some critical quotes from a piece Dr. Mannix wrote for the Dailymail, giving us a taste of what’s to come in her book.
Perhaps the most powerful quote from the article, for me, is that "In this way, it often seems that it is only the best people who die. But they are ordinary, like the rest of us, it’s just they are at an extraordinary place in their life journey. They are not ‘saints’ but they are examples of what we can all become: beacons of compassion who are able to live in the moment, look back with gratitude and forgiveness and who are able to focus on the simple things that really matter.” Like myself, Kathryn believes in a world where ‘Good Deaths’ are possible, and that as palliative care professionals, we can participate in supporting individuals and families through this process, and to this end.
#death #dying #deathanddying #deatheducation #life #living #legacy #gooddeath #qualityoflife #endoflife #deathdoula #palliative #mortality #denial #taboo #dialogue #conversation #planning #choices #happylife #books #nonfiction #doctor #resources
The latest read on what one might call my "morbid" mission to take in all the information I can about the death industry 💀 thus far I'm loving this book! Reading about the death industry in the UK (as I'm based here) is really interesting, especially as a comparison. I'm loving the tales of life as an APT and all the amazing career paths that have opened up for @carlavalentineuk ❤💀 definitely recommend this awesome read! 📖💀 #bookworm #reading2019 #deathpositive #pastmortems
Bracelets are here, and quite a few are on their way back out the door to families that are needing to express themselves subtly. For 🇨🇦 orders, see link in bio 💜. For 🇺🇸 orders, check out www.stardustmeadow.com 💜
I recently ripped through Caitlyn Doughty's first book (it barely took me a day!) It's a fantastic, visceral look at life and death, grief, awkwardness in the work place, love and heartbreak, mental health and personal growth. I was rapt within the first few pages and I saw a lot of myself in Caitlyn and her experiences as she recounted her beginnings in the death industry. Truly a gripping tale and something I will be rereading!
#smokegetsinyoureyes #caitlyndoughty #deathling #deathpositive #deathpositivemovement #askamortician #crematorytales #deathbook
Hosting our first Death Cafe today from 4-6pm with the lovely @iya_soro and @_.good_witch._ serving elixirs
✨ “At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.
Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. It is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.”
It is a free gathering (although I will be taking donations for the cakes I’m making and the space provided) dm for address 👻 .
#deathcafe #deathpositive #letstalkaboutit
Artificial leg. Reasonable working condition. Only three previous owners...whimsical snap from @ginaluicetaylor at Amsterdam flea market. What happened to the previous owner/s we asked: “several ex-owners with stories...long gone I fear” was the reply. There is a serious side to the seeming frivolity. Circulating round the earth are all the goods animate (organs) and inanimate (objects/clothes etc) of people long passed. It’s one thing walking in dead man’s shoes though but dead man’s legs!...
#deathpositive #deathmatters #death #artificialleg #artificiallegs
Wake me before you go...
From the poem ‘Elegy for Neil Armstrong’ by Heather Christle
I’m always honored when people approach me to make an urn for their deceased, but it’s extra special to be asked to make another to go with the first. This one made it all the way to Australia safely! Whew.
#honorwithbeauty #deathpositive #urn #ceramics #pottery