Expressing gratitude is so appropriate here, as I could not have created this website without a whole team of willing supporters, friends and family, both here on earth and in the ethers around me.
This website is not the work of just one person. It is the accumulation of many years of experience. Many kinds of different experiences. (Click
to find out about some of them). It is also a collection of many people contributing of themselves to me over the course of my life.
So many words of wisdom shared. So many willing ears, hands and arms in times of need. So many gestures and words of encouragement on the path into a dark subject so full of light. Into a surprising passion for the end of life. For the journey into death. The journey into a good dying.
Let's give thanks
for unknown blessings
already on their way.
- Native American Saying -
My first words of gratitude belong to what I call Spirit. In my life Spirit has a few different ways of showing up.
The first way is in nature. I love being out in nature. Especially out on a beach by the ocean. Or a forest full of trees with sunlight shining through. Or by a creek washing my emotions clean. There is a reason this website is full of nature images.
The next way I can experience Spirit in my life is in the shape of guidance from Spirit Guides. I have had a direct link to beings who without a body do have a presence I can feel and hear. Expressing gratitude for Dr. Peebles (through
(through Peta Lynne) is especially easy, as for years now they been an integral part of my growth.
They have patiently listened to my questions, and so often surprised me with the depth of their answers. Foremost though has been their love for me, which I am feeling on a daily basis.
Those who find beauty in all of nature
will find themselves at one
with the secrets of life itself.
- L. Wolfe Gilbert -
Hospice Services of the Ashland Community Hospital
Expressing gratitude is especially easy for the staff at the
Ashland Hospice Services.
They do such important and amazing work. I have learned so much from all of them as a caregiver, a volunteer and especially as a person. I also want to thank Asante and Providence Hospice in Medford, and Lovejoy Hospice in Grants Pass.
Without all of them I would not have been able to meet all the inspiring clients I have accompanied on their journey into death, and I am deeply grateful for their trust in me.
My deepest heartfelt thank-you goes to all of my clients and their families and friends. May they have found the peace they ultimately all were looking for on their journey home.
They have been showing me the way into my own passion. They have been inspiring my poetry. They have been teaching me how to be a witness to THEIR process, instead of a director of MY script for their passage.
They have given me their stories. Their feelings. Their fears and their hopes. They have widened the path into more light for me with every dying. Expressing gratitude is the least I can do for them.
I want to express a special thank you to our team of independent caregivers in Ashland, OR, for being willing to work together as friends. We found out that working together makes us better friends, and being friends makes us better caregivers: Andre Angermann, Annie Oulette, Anya Kumara, Bonnie Davalos, Eli Dumitru, Khakira Zinkler, Monica Port, Paul Moss, Peta Lynne, Sabina Cass, Sarah Bly, Sherry Garner, Gen Windsor, and many more.
When we whisper thank you
A door opens up
A soft breeze blows through us
And there is freshness
All inside us
When we sing thank you
The birds answer our calls
The flowers brighten our days
And the grass caresses our feet
All around us
We when shout thank you
The heavens open up up and away
The earth holds us firmer
All above and below us
When we say thank you
And mean it
Then we are here
And all is well
- Ulla Mentzel -
Here are part of the lyrics for this song written by a Chilean folk singer and visual artist Violeta Parra
Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto,
así yo distingo dicha de quebranto
los dos materiales que forman mi canto
y el canto de ustedes que es el mismo canto
y el canto de todos que es mi propio canto.
TRANSLATION (source: www.williammorin.com)
Thank you to life, which has given me so much
It gave me laughter and it gave me longing
With them I distinguish happiness and pain
The two materials from which my songs are formed
And your song, as well, which is the same song
And everyone's song, which is my very song.