Our Life Celebrations is a blog sponsored by Hospice Care of the West about how individuals, families and communities are reinventing their roles with new rituals to celebrate rather than alienate the end of life. Denise Carson, the blog author, writes a column for the Orange County Register and is the author of the forthcoming book Parting Ways: New Rituals and Celebrations of Life’s Passing. While researching her book, she discovered that 80 percent of Americans wish to take their end-of-life journey at home surrounded by family and friends, but less than 20 percent actually do. Hospice can help us make these wishes happen for those we love while opening the door for life celebrations that gather the family to video record a legacy of life stories, reminisce at a living wake with live music or make a last wish like a last sunset sail on the Pacific happen. These kinds of memorable moments are possible with the preparations and plans explored on this blog. Life’s final frontier doesn’t have to be a journey into the unknown, if you’re prepared with the knowledge to leave a new kind of legacy that will live on generation after generation. Below are links to Carson’s Orange County Register columns.
Cleaning Out My Mother’s Closet
A Living Tribute For Bill Before He Goes
Recording Her Life Stories on Video
Students Turn Her Stories Into a Life Movie
Music Therapy: A Jam Session at the Deathbed
The Last Holiday with Mom, Passing on Traditions