The Haiti Earthquake

I wrote a blog entry for my new website A Good Dying because I wanted to make sense of fifty thousand people being dead. Overnight. Gone. Only dead bodies left.

I wanted to be able to hold that piece of news inside my heart. I wanted to find a way to wrap myself around such a staggering number. I wanted to know myself connected.

In these times of nearly instant communication through TV and the Internet, we can be deeply involved in catastrophes anywhere on the world. Through stories, images and video we know so much. We are right there. Even though physically we are thousands of miles away.

At the same time it can be just a story. Not connected to me in my safe home far away.

Here is the link to my blog page on A Good Dying:

The Haiti Earthquake 2010: So many questions

After writing that piece I felt more connected to that part of the world, our world. To the humans suffering  from a devastating loss. I feel, that is the least I can do.

As long as I can
I will look at this world
for both of us.

As long as I can
I will laugh with the birds,
I will sing with the flowers,
I will pray to the stars,
for both of us.

– Sascha, as posted on motivateus.com –

Intimacy With Death and Dying Video

What if there is a BIGGER picture even around death and dying?

What if we could add a different perspective into the already existing ones? One that would allow us to feel good even about death and dying, not as the exclusive emotion, but as a silver lining on a normally very dismal and dark subject.

Here is a video that explores that possibility:

This video is a presentation that I put together using poems I have written while someone was actively dying, mandala art pieces I created during my Hospice volunteer training, and photographs of friends and clients either close to dying or shortly after their death.

Thanks for Ed Keller at Edify Productions for shooting and editing this video.

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Poem: Mumurs of the Seasons

Murmurs of the Seasons

For Paul who died on Dec 27, 2008 at 2:22 PM

The easter lilies told me so
long long ago and far away
that dying is a blessing in disguise
revealing lasting treasures finally

The summer berries told me so
a while ago and yet so close
that dying calls for loving more
in all these times of changes

The autumn walnuts told so
long long ago and yet so close
that dying is a journey home
forever deeper into light

The winter grasses told me so
a while ago and far away
that dying calls for celebration
amidst all loss and grief and pain

I listen with my heart
and hear the murmurs
of the seasons

I listen with my eyes
and see the bounty
of the journey

I listen with my soul
And know that all is well
And know that all is well

By Ulla!

Ulla's Death & Dying Mandala

Death & Dying Mandala by Ulla!

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