Epistles from the Epidemic: Sacrament of the Final Breath

Grace and peace to you all. May this find you enjoying good health and abundant hope. This offering was actually written this past December. I did not publish it then because I had been dealing with and writing a good bit about death and dying—it seemed that something lighter was more in order. That, of … Continue reading Epistles from the Epidemic: Sacrament of the Final Breath

Fitting Memorials

“Just follow the yellow line—it will take you right to it.” This was a common thing to hear at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. People had asked so many times that the cemetery finally just painted a line on the road to take you to there. The place in question was the grave of … Continue reading Fitting Memorials

Plotting a Resting Place

Rest in Peace. It’s a common expression. We see it in cemeteries; we say it in ceremonies. And at least part of what it means to us is to rest in place. We have an idea that our dearly departed need to have a place in which they find their repose. For generations, the resting … Continue reading Plotting a Resting Place

Non-Standard Mail

“We can send them to you via FedEx. Could you please notify us of your wishes?” There are all kinds of things that can be sent FedEx. They specialize in getting items from here to there. And apart from that movie “Castaway,” they seem pretty good at delivering. But this was different. This was not … Continue reading Non-Standard Mail

Hester the Great

Thursday afternoon she was lucid. She was tired, but that has been the norm for quite some time now. She was aching some all over. But she knew who she was and where she was and who was with her. She understood that we were talking with a social worker from hospice. She did not … Continue reading Hester the Great