Beautiful Endings

I recently heard of a friend’s mother’s dying process.  “It’s just awful,” my friend said, “they’ve got hospice in the house and she’s just got a few days left.”  Meanwhile, I learned that this elderly woman is surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren, all of whom have had an opportunity to share their love.

“Actually, I think it sounds beautiful,” I replied. “That’s how I would like to go – surrounded by loved ones with time to say good-bye.”  We don’t all get the gift of an intentional dying process.  So many of our endings in life come without warning:  a planned retirement lost to an unexpected pink slip, a scheduled move made sudden by foreclosure. 

And so, in the spirit of intentional change and planned transition, I want to let you know that next Friday, June 3rd, will be my last weekly blog.  But, as endings lead to new beginnings, I’m happy to let you know that I’ll begin a monthly newsletter on the second Friday of each month. 

For me, there is always poignancy in any ending, even if it is desired.  For two years, my weeks have been shaped by the ritual of looking for inspiration and sharing my thoughts via a blog.  I have been especially touched by your thoughtful comments and emails.  And so I say “thank you” — a beautiful ending.

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW is the author of

 “Transcending Loss:  Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make it Meaningful”

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5 thoughts on “Beautiful Endings

  1. Janelim

    Dear Ashley,

    Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts in your weekly blog. I have benefitted much from your wisdom. Looking forward to to your monthly newsletter. 🙂

    By the way, just want to let you know that your book “Transcending Loss” is the first book I read after having lost my baby girl when I was in my 5 months pregnancy. Your words help me to overcome my grief and save me from insanity. I’m grateful. Thanks very much. Jane (from Singapore)

  2. peter

    Blessings to you, Ashley. I have appreciated each blog– they have taken me out myself and shaped my inner conversation. I look forward to your sharing your new effort.

  3. Ashley

    Dear Jane — Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so pleased that my booked helped you. Blessings to you, Ashley

    Dear Peter, I always appreciate your support and your insightful comments. Sending you love and light, Ashley

  4. dmurgido

    Thanks so much for your encouraging words in your weekly blogs. You have touched more people than you realize with your comments and observations. I look forward to your newsletter and wish you the best in this new beginning.


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