How God Suffers With Us

Earlier in the summer, I promised readers a narrative on how God suffered with me during one of the toughest times of my life. After spending June and July travelling to see my kids, grandchildren, and working on my hospice manuscript, I am back to my blog. Here is an excerpt from a short story […]

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Stuck in a Wilderness: Home

I would’ve never thought that home could seem like a wilderness: A place of confinement . . . . a solitary ordeal . . . foreign and suffocating. My home was always an oasis: a place of refuge from the world and a sanctuary of refreshment and peace. It was light and airy and brimming […]

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The Winter Season of Life

“We are all weathered by the seasons of life and gain serenity from surviving them all.” ~Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr Today I address the spiritual tasks of the latest stages of life: the “winter season.” Gerontologists tell us that there are three stages of being elderly: the first stage is ages 65-74, the second stage […]

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A Sage is not Afraid to Ripen

My collaboration with the Griffon String Quartet in early January was delightful for all of us: the Seniors from Scandia Village, the staff from WriteOn Door County, and caretakers. I was in Fish Creek for an opportunity to write in solitude for seven days. A treat. It was my first Writing Residency. I loved being […]

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WRITE ON IN THE COMMUNITY PRESENTS: Maryclaire Torinus and the Griffon String Quartet at Scandia Village

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm As part of the community outreach for Write On Door County programs, Write On partners with the Griffon String Quartet’s B Double Sharp program of Midsummer’s Music and writer-in-residence Maryclaire Torinus will present a program on music and memory at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, […]

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When the Body is Dying

When the Body Is Dying: Pain Meds, Fear, and Courage My guest author for this month is Barbara Karnes, RN.  Barbara is a hospice pioneer and an award-winning, end-of-life (EOL) Educator, Author, and Speaker. She has authored six booklets on the dying experience that many end-of-life care providers rely on. Barbara received a nursing degree […]

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How To Find A Good Hospice

Is it really that difficult to find a hospice? Yes, it can be. It can be an overwhelming search for the totally uninitiated. And let’s face it, we are all uninitiated until we get that sobering life-limiting diagnosis or actual terminal prognosis. Remember what it was like sorting through all of the options available for […]

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A Chaplain’s Motto: Do No Harm.

All nursing home medical charts begin with what is called the “face page.” I flip through the binder to a photo of my newly-admitted hospice patient. It could pass for a mug shot: the stoic-looking woman stares out beyond the page, her strong jaw set in subtle defiance. Thin, white strands of hair are pulled […]

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Death In A Nonprofit Hospice

I didn’t know much about hospice until my mother was close to death. My father honored a promise that he would never put her into a nursing home (although there are lovely ones to be had). And so she lived in their home until four weeks before she died. She experienced a good death: pain-free […]

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Work of a Death Doula

You might be wondering what a Death Doula is or does.  At first glance, the term might sound a bit macabre. Or perhaps you’ve heard the word doula used in relationship to the birthing process. The term “doula” was developed in the 1960s to describe someone who is employed to provide guidance and support to […]

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