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 ofContinue reading “Ghost Pipe Evokes Death”

Green Burials

This morning, I participated in an online seminar concerning topics that End-of-Life Doulas may discuss with their clients, and “green burials” came up. With so many industries turning their focus to doing business without doing harm, primarily to the environment, it’s no surprise that “going green” upon death would find its way into conversations aboutContinue reading “Green Burials”

“It” is Hard to Think About, but . . .

It is necessary to meditate early, and often, on the art of dying to succeed later in doing it properly just once. Umberto Eco Imagine spending dedicated time actually meditating–both early and often–on the act of dying? That notion, on its face, seems like an exercise in fear and pessimism. Why would anyone take momentsContinue reading ““It” is Hard to Think About, but . . .”