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“With your loss comes  a sense of being out of harmony with your world;

the landscape of your life has been permanently altered.

The profound distress that accompanies grief has the potential to show us

the futility of our pleasures, and the misery of our pain.”

~~  Sameet Kumar, Grieving Mindfully

This is why this book is one in my top three books on grief.  Interested, here is a link to Sameet’s book.

 

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Lois @ NAMES ProjectA Dying Man:  While I was looking at blogs, I came across this blog of a gentleman (Bill) who has been blogging through his illness and his living with dying.  Now that I found it, I will journey with him through the ups and downs and all of the lessons and experiences he will have.  I hope you will take a look as well.  And I hope Bill’s family and friends will always cherish this precious record.

 

We forget that those who are living their dying are also living with their grief. . . the loss of the sense of taste, the loss of independence, loss of health, the loss of relationships and the losses go on and on.

My friend and mentor Lois showed me a vastly different way of living with dying than I had ever seen.  But that was Lois, she was one of a kind.  When she got her final diagnosis of cancer, she was determined to help others who were dying but helping professionals understand the needs of the dying.  She set out on a crusade to teach doctors, social workers, nurses, administrators to listen to the dying and understand how to best help them live the rest of their lives.

Several months ago, I got onto google.com and tried to find any trace of Lois.  She died in 2001, about 10 days before Sept 11.  She really disliked computers and would choose traveling or being with people over trying to get her story down on paper.  I wish she had the ability to do a daily online blog instead of changing (or having her husband change) voice mail message every day.  How I wish I could hear those messages, as sad, as sweet, as heartfelt as they might have been.  But all I have today is a few pictures and achy spots on my heart.

In honor of a great mentor:  She Is

Be peace.

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One of my favorite books on grief.  Sameet Kumar has written an awesome book on grief and learning to live grief mindfully.  His book and his work has carried on in the tradition of incredible teachers like Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax, Stephen & Ondrea Levine, etc.

A must read for anyone — anyone dissatisfied with current grief theory, anyone who is grieving, or anyone who loves someone who is grieving.

http://www.amazon.com/Grieving-Mindfully-Compassionate-Spiritual-Coping/dp/1572244011/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324275171&sr=8-1

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