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Except for the Memories,We Fade Away

26 May

It has  been a year since we unveiled my uncle’s monument.  I am certain that both his life and his death following a four year struggle with Lewy Body disease have made me a better person. This is a look back at the time shortly after his passing in December, 2012.

My uncle before Lewy Body got to him.

My uncle before Lewy Body got to him.

Earlier today I got really emotional when I saw my uncle’s hand-writing on a document I had just been given. Why I could get so choked up over a set of initials in blue ink got me thinking about how quickly an ordinary person’s mark on this earth fades away after death. No matter how extraordinary that individual might be to us, the signs of their presence within the context of the greater world will inevitably become fainter and fainter with each passing day. So much so, that even the smallest reminders of a time before my uncle’s descent into dementia are reason to rejoice. Or in my case, tear up.

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About that Talk

13 Mar

Earlier this week, I wrote about the importance of talking to aging loved ones about uncomfortable issues. There aren`t many people who like to speak about death — especially their own — but for each and every one of us it’s inevitable. So if I did not convince you earlier, watch this. And then, if you haven’t had the conversation already, go bite the bullet and discuss.

This video was produced for a public awareness campaign to draw attention to the importance of advance care planning. I think the issues deserves more attention which is why I was pleased to find it on the web site of the Canadian Home Care Association. It is associated with a Canadian study(Accept)  relating to improving advance care planning initiatives across Canada.

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