Ghost Pipe Evokes Death

I’ve always been fascinated by things that grow in places where it seems nothing can sustain life. This is especially so in the woods behind my house, where, in damp and shady places, plants and fungi make their appearances by sprouting up through the previous autumn’s rotting, fallen leaves.

Ghost pipe fungi are one of the more beautiful and ethereal sights to see in the woods of New England, and serve as an almost otherworldly reminder of the power of something to lay dormant until an opportune moment.

Many people who seek the services of an End-of-Life Doula do so after learning that something that has been dormant in their bodies has appeared. And along with the appearance of disease, there is often a prediction made about “remaining time.”

I work with my clients to optimize the time remaining through developing End-of-Life Wishlists, End-of-Life Inventories, Vigil Planning, and Legacy Projects, in addition to facilitating those conversations that will provide a sense of peace in the heart of the dying person and the people who love this person.

If exploring end-of-life, “remaining time” is important to you or to someone you love, please reach out.

Published by Jenna Brownson

Early morning writer, mother to four, wife to one, recovering lawyer, End-of-Life Doula.

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