One thing people rarely, if ever, think about is what happens when the one and only funeral home on any given island (this one happens to be located 30 miles out to sea), closes its doors and terminates its service to the island community forever. Several newspapers in December 2013 heralded the story of what would become of those who happened to die while they are either visiting, vacationing, or are permanent residents of Nantucket Island- also known as the "Grey Lady".
He's making a list, checking it twice...going to find out who's naughty and nice....Are you humming the tune in your head now?
'Tis the season of holiday shopping and planning for the family. 'Tis also the season for many, many lists.
Here is an image of what you might imagine happens on a daily basis in our elementary schools.
It is doubtful that you missed the headline news one year ago, on December 14, 2012, when a young man forever changed the lives of many families as well as an entire town in a way that still summens up strong feelings of anger and disbelief.
It is hard to get past the heartwrenching headlines and photographs to focus on life's ordinary and simple daily tasks such as laundry, cooking, cleaning and taking care of your children. Tragedies put lifes simple things forefront. I am grateful to have water coming out of the tap.Hurricane Sandy reeked havoc on homes, shorelines and unsuspecting infrastructure, with minimal, if any, loss of life. But the magnitude of the loss of lives in the Philippines is unfathomable.
A child's death is certainly one of the saddest events to occur or even to think about.
A child's death is like no other death. The natural ebb and flow and order of life and death we have come to expect in our lives is gone.
Grandparents are supposed to die before a grandchild. Parents are not supposed to outlive their children. Yet it happens. And trying to make any sense of it is, quite frankly, just not possible.
Millions of the "Boomer" generation are most likely to have step-children; many more so than in any other generation.
When your adult widowed or divorced parent remarries, it is (hopefully) a delightful celebration.
Most "children" are happy that Mom or Dad are no longer alone. They are happy that their parent has someone to share the rest of their life with.
Start humming the famous Disney tune sung by Jiminy Cricket titled "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you..."
Now start singing along with the fun loving bear Baloo in the infectious song titled "Bare Necessities" . Can you can tell that I am a big fan of Disney tunes?
Why do we spend our lives adding tangible personal property to the already large mountain of "stuff" and complexities in our lives, when ultimately we will reach a tipping point when we end up having to toss, discard, donate and downsize our objects and our lives in the end?
AARP picked up an amazing "TED talk" about planning for the end of life and immediately posted it on their website.
The word "crisis" congures up a plethora of definitions and sharp images that come to mind depending on one's life experiences, or what is headlined in our 24/7/365 stream of news reporting, or your own fruitful imagination as well as recalling your nightmare from last nights dream.