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Introducing the Dead to New People in Our Lives

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My Grandmother is always with me. She is one of my best friends. Even though she died long before I was born, she has always been an important person in my life. My Grandmother loved the beauty of nature. I remember this every time I see a rainbow or a colorful sunset… My Grandmother is…

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Bridging the space between life and death

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Re-membered lives are moral documents and their function is salvific, inevitably implying, ‘All this has not been for nothing’. Barbara Myerhoff, 1982, p. 111 Stories we tell about ourselves and those held by others form a powerful polymer that gives life purpose. The stories form what we hold dear, how we take up causes, the…

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Weaving the Dead into Ongoing Stories of Life

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“It is true, I think, that they only seem to have gone, for that lovely store of golden years which you made together – years of life well lived, full of delightful interests shared and lovely pleasant things, is really as much with you with you now as say last month – last year –…

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