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Finding One’s Voice through Singing: A Story of Love

Advent: Love During worship at United Church Homes' Fairhaven Community, we light a candle each week in Advent as we travel the four Sundays to Christmas Eve. Each candle represents a different theme during the Advent journey. While the first three Sundays reflect hope, peace and joy, the fourth Sunday this year, Dec. 23, represents the theme of love. Mary’s Song...
 

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Where is Peace?

How can I write a blog about peace in these troubling times? Everywhere I look, I find unrest, conflict and violence. Everywhere I listen, I hear angry name-calling, truth denied and lies uplifted. God’s got it right when he chastises the prophets and priests in Jeremiah’s time, saying, “Peace, peace they say, when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). But...
 

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Hope Begins Advent Journey

As the days grow shorter, it is an ancient practice to ground the journey toward the divine in hope. The Christian church marks the beginning of the church year with the first Sunday in the season of Advent. Christians mark the four-week journey that begins this coming Sunday by lighting a weekly candle. Additional candles will be lit each Sunday...
 

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Landmarks and Taskwork for End of Life

This blog is the fourth in a series of reflections from the 3rd annual Symposium with Dr. Ira Byock on October 12, 2018, Abundant Aging Through the End of Life. For many, the thought that someone may be developing as a person at the end of life might seem preposterous. Too often, we think about a slow decline and winding down...
 

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Whole-Person Care at the End of Life

I recently went to the doctor for an initial consultation. After the doctor entered the room and shook my hand, she did something which, to me, was amazing. She sat down, looked me in the eye and compassionately said, “Tell me your story.” This doctor had my chart. She knew my medical history. I knew from a few things she...
 

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Reflections on Love at the End of Life

This blog is the third in a series of reflections from the 3rd annual Symposium with Dr. Ira Byock on October 12, 2018, Abundant Aging Through the End of Life. Julia’s husband had been a Presbyterian minister, who she met at seminary. When I met Julia, I was an undergraduate, and she was in her 90s, aging with faith and clarity...
 

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Learning Life Lessons at the Knees of the Dying

This blog is the second in a series of reflections from the 3rd annual Symposium with Dr. Ira Byock on October 12, 2018, Abundant Aging Through the End of Life. After coming home from United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging’s 2018 Annual Symposium, featuring keynote Dr. Ira Byock, my husband and I went to Ann Arbor to...
 

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Compassionately Embracing Abundant Life

Today's blog is the first of several in a series of reflections on the 2018 Annual Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging. Dr. Ira Byock was the keynote speaker. He is the founder and chief medical officer of the Providence Institute for Human Caring. Ira has developed an enhanced “new normal” in whole-person compassionate care. Beginning with Social...
 

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Coco, Death and Memory

Disney/Pixar released Coco in theaters in 2017. While the vibrant colors and vivid images on the screen and beautiful and typical of Disney/Pixar works, the film’s important lessons and perspectives around death and memory work to highlight familiar and unfamiliar understandings of death and family. Disney/Pixar’s Coco follows Miguel, a boy around 12, who has a forbidden passion for music, based on...
 

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Say What? Palliative Care and Hospice

Over the past several weeks, we have shared observations around palliative care. This topic is in anticipation for the Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging later this week. Dr. Ira Byock is the keynote speaker and one of our country’s foremost experts on the subject. If you are familiar with hospice, then you have a little...
 

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