Dying with Grace

Deathing exercises Thinking about death as a verb becomes a way to empower mindfulness and action for this final transitional passage. It is no longer a passive approach or a resignation. Hospice workers speak about the ‘deathing spectrum’. Anna Foos-Graber coined the term in the early part of the 20th century when she wrote her book, Deathing. Some define this as starting at birth; others when a significant event, trauma or diagnosis appears in the biography. Meditative exercises and visualizations help you prepare for your final passage with mindfulness and courage. Breaking through the myth that thinking about and practicing death will bring it on can represent an important step in addressing and, ultimately, overcoming one’s fears surrounding this issue. Peace will be present with the following philosophy: Everyday is a good one to live and a good one to die… prepare and meet your fears. This calls for an adventurous spirit!

 *Photo 1 Credit:
Undertaken with Love
Donna Belk

Home Funeral Support
Pennsylvania families may choose to keep their loved ones at home during and after death, performing those responsibilities and honors they are comfortable with, including professionals as desired, such as musicians, clergy, and others. Involving family and friends, especially children, provides ways to participate and help one another with grief and loss.

A home funeral guide can walk you through the planning process and educate your family about the age-old ways of
caring for their own while being assured that all the legal requirements have been met. Empowering families to care for and memorialize their loved ones is the primary focus of home funeral guides.

Make your last gift one of peace, assurance, and the familiarity of home.

End-of-Life Planning
Gentle Passages can also advise and support you and your family regarding end-of-life planning in a process that provides emotional and spiritual clarity while addressing practical and legal concerns.

Usually 1-2 hours are required to complete advanced directives and funeral planning. Documenting your choices also brings clarity to your power of attorney, next of kin, hospice and hospital caregivers, and those who seek and need your guidance. 

Discussing end-of-life options helps develop a comfort level and relationship to death that allows for straightforward dialog and reveals our most important questions. It also opens the topic of consumer rights and how to negotiate a reasonably priced, family-centered funeral experience.

 “Meeting with Zalene has given us tremendous peace of mind about what will happen when either one of us is ill or near death.  The best part of the experience was being with Zalene herself.  She has a lovely, calm and warm spirit, as well as great clarity about living and dying.  She inspires us both to want to live and die in the best way possible.”

- Dr.(s) Dennis and Ruth L.

*Photo 2 Credit:
Zalene C. Corey