The Power of Ritual

It's easy to dismiss rituals as just the historical trappings of ancient religions. Something very beautiful, but having little relevance to our contemporary lives. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Am I Dying? A Child’s Question

What would you say if a terminally-ill child asks the question? Should you be honest, probing, or try to convince her this is just a passing illness? The decision may be dictated by parental preferences or institutional policies. But what if there’s latitude in what you can say, or the moment is so pregnant with a child’s concern you don’t have time to consult with anyone? As with most things in hospice, there isn’t a right or wrong answer—just different ones.

A Bean Hollow Goodbye

A gray on gray Pacific coast morning begins as new yellow flowers push from beneath scarlet ice plant fingers, and a mother says goodbye to her son’s ashes.