In memoriam

A passing
I did not write a blog post last week. It was the first time since January 2021. My mother passed away last weekend. If you have read many of my posts, you would be aware that I have a complicated relationship with my mother. I put this in the present tense because even in death, my relationship with her remains complicated.

What has fallen apart?
My mother’s body finally broke down. She didn’t want to die but at age 92 it was inevitable. Over the past week I have struggled with figuring out how to pay for her burial and deal with clearing from her home the over abundance of positions. I have also tried very hard to not say or do something that I would regret later. My goal is to take a rational approach when interacting with other family members.

Gratitude for a funeral director
Although burial and funeral services amount to thousands of dollars even when on a budget, I have the utmost respect for funeral directors. They are pros at helping grieving families many of whom must also have complicated family relationships. Our funeral director got us started with writing the obituary, he gave us advice about how to proceed with services, and he even found ways for us to save money. He is helping us put the pieces back together again.

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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