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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