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What will they say about you?

The funeral, earlier this year, for the late President George H.W. Bush seemed to capture the essence of the man and led a newsroom colleague of mine to post this bit of advice on Twitter: Live your life as though your funeral service will be nationally televised.       I chuckled. That's…
Cathy Wurzer
December 26, 2018
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Give the gift of “I Love You”

By Christy Moe Marek This holiday season, I find myself reflecting on the ways we can do end of life better. After a doozy of an autumn that brought mortality to my doorstep, several times, both personally and professionally, I am reminded that even when we know death is imminent,…
Christy Moe-Marek
December 21, 2018
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The Healing Experience

I remember the day my friend Bruce Kramer said something that puzzled me but in the years since his death have come to appreciate. Bruce Kramer. Dec. 17, 2012  Michael Bischoff and wife Jenny. Credit: CaringBridge website We were having a conversation about the dismal efforts, over many decades, to…
Cathy Wurzer
December 19, 2018
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Grief and Gratitude

This is a blog post by our friend Christy Moe Marek. A certified death doula who asks the question: "Can we be grateful for our grief?" In this time of Thanksgiving, it is a question I'm trying to answer in the wake of my beloved grandma's recent death. She was…
Christy Moe-Marek
November 21, 2018
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Keeping the End in Mind

((This is from our good friend Michael Bischoff of the Health Story Collaborative. Michael is living with a brain tumor. He was gracious in taking the time to join us at our recent End in Mind Shakopee event)) Last week I had a brain surgery that confirmed a recurrence of…
Michael Bischoff
November 13, 2018
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Reminders of Impermanence

Reminders of Impermanence By Christy Moe Marek “I’m in an ambulance on my way to the hospital,” my husband told me as I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes. “Wait. You’re what?” was all I could think of to say. It was almost 2:00am as I lay in a…
Christy Moe-Marek
October 22, 2018
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New Name. New Look. New Beginnings.

In March of 2015, as my friend Bruce Kramer was dying, in making one final request, he asked me to look for the "ripples" in our work together.  After nearly five years of radio interviews and a book,  I couldn't see anything else to do until The Convenings was launched…
Cathy Wurzer
September 25, 2018
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Message Received

Message Received By Christy Moe-Marek “I heard my mother talking to me yesterday,” a client recently told me. “I was half asleep and I had just been talking about her, so it was probably nothing. I’m sure it was just a dream,” her tone quieted in the telling and her…
Christy Moe-Marek
August 17, 2018
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The Playfulness of the Unknown

The Playfulness of the Unknown By Christy Moe Marek The other night, while enjoying dinner with my dad and bonus mom on the deck sweetly nestled in the treetops of the woods behind our house, we chatted about our dogs and the grief of outliving them when our love together…
Christy Moe-Marek
July 23, 2018