Folklore of Death

Superstitions and Omens   As long as people have been trying to come to terms with and understand the mysteries surrounding death, there has been folklore about death. Folklore, commonly referred to as folk wisdom or folk ways, was used to help explain significant life passages such as death. It offered beliefs about life after death […]

Poems about Death

Verses About Death April is National Poetry Month. So, we did some reading to uncover some of the most popular poems written about death and loss. Here are two of the American women poets we discovered: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Critics say her poetry was influenced by seventeenth-century English metaphysical poets as well as her Puritan […]

April 2017 Picks

Welcome to April. Here is a list of things to do in Northern Sonoma County and elsewhere in the area. : Apr 6 – Tiffany Austin Quartet – Jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin will delight The Jazz Club with arrangements that vary from classic swing to contemporary R&B in the manner of Robert Glasper or Jose […]

Talking with Children about Death

What Do You Say? When Do You Say It? What do you say to children when they ask you about death? Do you wait until they bring the topic up or do you talk about it when someone they know dies? We believe that the when and where of such a conversation is a personal […]

Today’s Pre-Need

Today’s PreNeed World Times have changed. Today’s interest in pre-need options reflects that. More people are asking about preplanning choices that not only allow them to keep costs down, but also because they are thinking ahead. For example, family members whose loved ones are in hospice care are taking time now to make final arrangements.  […]

March 2017 Picks

Get Ready For March! Here’s our March 2017 Picks. March 3 – Cloverdale High School Improv Group. Discover the newest talent in the North Bay and suggest fun ideas that challenge the actors at this improv performance at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. Cloverdale. Details: https://www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com/cloverdale-high-school-improv. March 7 – Call for Literary Works – The […]

Online Mourning

Mourning Online: A New Generation Grief is an individual experience. Everyone mourns the loss of a loved one differently.  For many members of the newest generation social media and online accounts have become a way for them to express grief. In the most recent decade online interactions and social media accounts have offered ways to […]

Favorite Funeral Tunes

Top 10 Funeral Songs Funerals take on the personality of the one who has passed. In some instances the services are heartbreaking and painful. Others are a time to celebrate the long and full life that has come to an end. One of the ways to personalize the mood of a memorial service is the […]

England’s Death Doulas

The UK Approach We recently came across an article in The Guardian, a United Kingdom newspaper about England’s death doulas. Written by Karen McVeigh, it explores hospice care with a very personal touch. According to the story, Caroline Dent and her colleague, Liz Wong, are among a growing number of people in Britain trained as […]

February 2017 Picks

Ways to Greet February Our February 2017 Picks prove that this is a month of promise here in Northern Sonoma County. Take a look at what’s happening in our area: Feb 4 – Pruning Fruit Trees: Maintaining Your Backyard Orchard – Learn not only how to grow your own food, but also how to maintain it. […]