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What’s Your Story?

I recently had the honor of attending the 10th anniversary of the storytelling project A Peace of My Mind by the photographer John Noltner; a project that began simply by asking the question, “What does peace mean to you?” Ten years, two books, hundreds of interviews and thousands of miles later, voices all…
Christy Moe-Marek
April 29, 2019
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The Death You Want

“Have you given any thought to how you want your end of life to go?” I gently asked my nearly-94-year-old grandma that question one afternoon as we talked about her younger brother who had died two years earlier. “I don’t want a stranger to find me.” “OK,” I said, wondering the odds…
Christy Moe-Marek
February 12, 2019
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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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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