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Career to Carer

My priorities and identity shifted from career in my twenties to carer in my thirties. It was a significant and challenging adjustment. Career to carer. From two decades studying then achieving and progressing in the corporate world, to a decade of caring. Caring for my young children and caring for Mick with terminal brain cancer.... Continue Reading →

Forty Five

Last week the kids and I stopped by McDonald's for an extremely unhealthy lunch of french fries dipped in a caramel sundae. Yeurk! I shudder now thinking of all the sickening sugar, salt and fat. Yet at the time it was just the thing. The kids smiled with glee at the decadence and complete abandon of... Continue Reading →

Quietly acknowledging six years

The June long weekend marked six years since Mick died. Six years. Two thirds of our daughter's life. About the same percentage for our son. We didn't celebrate the anniversary but we did acknowledge it. Through conversations and quiet gatherings, we paused with family and friends to remember Mick, acknowledge our loss and that challenging... Continue Reading →

Doing death a little bit differently

The way that our community and culture plans and conducts funerals is beginning to change across Australia and globally.  There are exciting and interesting alternatives being offered. Instead of a traditional ceremony at a church or a crematorium, people are choosing to hold ceremonies and memorials in places such as parks, community halls, surf clubs,... Continue Reading →

Consolidation

I have been immersed in yet another period of transition and reflection hence it has been almost two months since my last post. Invigorated following a delightful summer, autumn has provided a fitting backdrop to consolidate and explore what next. It has been a grounding and uplifting time. I have nourished my roots and extended... Continue Reading →

A welcome rainbow

Early this evening I noticed that the conditions looked good for a rainbow. My kids were immersed in games so I told them I was just popping out to the street to see if I could spot one. They leapt to their feet to join me. We were excited to spy a skerrick. Was it... Continue Reading →

Dying at Home

Everyone turned to me. It was ultimately my decision. Would my husband die in a hospital or at home? My in-laws, my brother, a couple of friends and the social worker all looked at me expectantly. We were standing on the back deck where only weeks before we had gathered with many friends and family... Continue Reading →

Laughter and the love of friends

A thank you letter to all my friends, old and new, near and far, who laugh with me and love me as I am. Dear friends Here I am. On the other side of great change. Each one of you has been a pillar of support. Steadfast. Offering unconditional, inspiring, heartening love. You've watched me or... Continue Reading →

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