“Frank” was pissed off when I met him. He wasn’t afraid to talk about it, either. He was upset that he felt like everyone was trying to protect him from the fact that he was dying. “I know damn well that I’m dying.” He told me that he thought the doctors and other medical professionals that he encountered were “cowards” for not being direct with him.
When I began caregiving for my mother-in-law, I came in with an agenda. Over the course of her illness, I understood that I had to put aside my idealized version of what this “good death” was going to be. She wasn’t my project to have the most prepared ending ever. This was her dying journey, not mine.
Guest Blogger Katey Houston of Return Home shares the ins and outs of an alternative to burial and cremation. Human composting, sometimes called Natural Organic Reduction, is an age-old science optimized to take human remains and gently transform them into rich, life-giving soil.
When someone dies, there's so much stuff to sort through. What to do with a half finished hand-crafted table left behind by a deceased grandpa? Guest Blogger Jerry Pahl tells the story of how he found a new purpose and home for Grandpa's table.