I discovered a wonderful book by Peter McWIlliams, "You can't afford the luxury of a negative thought: A book for people with any life-threatening illness- Including life". In one section he gives a a How to Die list It's a list of good advice to do NOW whether you are healthy or sick . Here is an excerpt:
1. Get things in order. (pay debts, give things away you don't want or need)
2. Make a will. (including a living will)
3. Say goodbye. (tell people you love them)
4. Don't spend time with people you don't want to spend time with.
5. Spend time alone. (reflect on your life, make peace with it, mourn the loss of your life.
6. Enjoy yourself. (make a list of things you want to do /see and do them!)
7. Relax. (Do nothing)
8. Pray. (Listen)
9. Enjoy each moment. (appreciate what is here and now)
10. When it is time to go, go. (let go)
Peter Mc Williams was an amazing man and prolific self-published author. Check out his website and his books
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I have been daydreaming about having a craft where I can incorporate my love and respect for nature while using my hands to create a piece that is beautiful and useful. Yesterday, I stumbled upon the beautiful work of Mary Lauren Frazier, a basket weaver on the East Coast. I love her story of traveling with her fiddle and finding her mentor. She has inspired me to search out local basket weaving classes here in Arkansas and give it a whirl.
A writer talks about her experience at a home funeral for a young man who was tragically killed in a car accident. "This is the first time I am so close. There is a body bag on the table, waiting to be opened. Our best friends’ 22-year-old son’s body is inside. His mother and father are across from me, brothers beside, with several women gathered to form the circle around the table. These women will become my sisters in the next five hours, as we prepare the body together. ...
When my granny died in 2008, we skyped her funeral to my sister in Brazil from Harmony Grove, AR. The connection was terrible but sister was able to hear some of the eulogy and it was nice. Check this article out:
Any interest in participating in a Death Cafe in Little Rock? Drop me a line if you are. I'll bring cookies, chai, and a conversation starter...
Legal information is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer. I am still in the early stages of navigating the obstacles facing Arkansas families wishing to care for their own dead. I have done my best to provide the most accurate answers to the most common questions. As I begin work with Arkansas families and encounter new situations, I will update /modify answers as needed. If you encounter information that you believe to be incorrect, please notify me so I may research the issue. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!