This website reflects what is most important to me in my life right now and includes links to the things that have helped me deal with the ups and downs that are inevitable in a life that has lasted 68 years.
I want to share my journey with you in the hope that I can pass on some of the lessons I have learned.
The greatest challenge I have encountered was the death of my daughter Elizabeth. She was 40 and in excellent health when she died suddenly. I am grateful for the fact that I was with her for the week or so prior to her death that she was in a coma and even more grateful that I was actually there when she died.
Since then I have learned a lot….. my way of dealing with challenges is often to research, to read everything written about the subject at hand and then to sort out how this applies to my situation.
In the case of dealing with my grief, I have taken part in workshops and become a certified grief educator, a process that I value and recommend. So included in this website are valuable links that helped.
I wrote a book which reflects the journey of my grief. It is beautifully illustrated by my niece Ann Christine Racette. I hope that the combination of my words and her paintings help with the grief that others who have lost loved ones experience. Click here to visit the page devoted to “Elizabeth, where are you?”
The death of my daughter resulted in my examining my beliefs about death and dying. Recently I found the Death Café movement. Jon Underwood in England founded this movement to give people an opportunity to talk about death and dying in a safe, comfortable environment and since 2006 there have been more than 900 death café events all over the world. I have launched Death Café in Montreal and Café Mortel and welcome any one interest to join in this valuable discussion. Click here to find out more about Death Café.
Finally one of the joys of my life has been to have discovered the Alexander Technique. This is the body/mind connection put into practice to lighten your load – your physical and mental load. I am a qualified teacher of Alexander Technique and I use it on myself all the time. Thank goodness, because I want to stay agile for as long as I live. As an introduction to this work there is a page where you can sign up for awareness exercises. If you are interested in learning more I include links to teachers locally.
So welcome. I hope there is something here for you. If you would like to contact me please click here.