Other Sites that are Offbeat Yet Compassionate

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Threshold Choir http://thresholdchoir.org/ This is a worldwide organization that has choirs in several cities, who sing to the sick and dying. You can ask them about singing in one or ask to be sung to. See my post of July 23, 2013 for a narrative account of my own experience at one of their rehearsals: https://offbeatcompassion.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/a-choir-rehearsal-that-grew-into-two/

The Living and Dying Consciously Project http://www.livinganddyingconsciouslyproject.org/  As the editors of this blog explain, “Rather than feeling trapped and fearful, the use of sacred space, ceremony and the practice of rites of passage provide a gateway to a new way of experiencing one’s life” and one’s impending death.  I find especially moving the material that they present under the tab, “rites of passage.”

Expired and Inspired http://www.jewishjournal.com/expiredandinspired/ This blog is about how the living care for the dead via Jewish ways to “midwife souls on their journey.” In particular, this will be of supreme interest to those who prepare the Jewish dead for burial and comfort the bereaved.

Best Endings http://www.bestendings.com This site is for readers who want straightforward help with “navigating personal and medical decisions as life’s end nears.”  The site has both a serious and light tone, and is practical as well as reflective. Kathy Kastner, formerly a journalist and now a businesswoman, is the editor.

Fierce with Age   http://www.fiercewithage.com  The popular baby-boomer expert  Dr. Carol Orsborn authors this digest of news about boomers, aging and spirituality. She describes the concept “fierce with age” thus:

Plummet into aging, stare mortality in the eye, surrender everything and what else is there left to fear? The way is perilous, danger on all sides. But we are no longer a generation afraid of age. We are becoming, instead, a generation fierce with age.”

Her latest of several books is called Spirituality of Age:A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older, due for release in October 2015. You will not find bromides here such as “the golden years.” For info on the book itself plus a free excerpt, see here: http://spiritualityofage.com/excerpt/

The Odd and Unmentionable http://acuriouscure.com/ This blog “considers dying and other curious things.” Dia Osborn, who has done hospice work and unexpected occupations  including trampoline coaching, “looks at subjects like death and other offbeat topics” with a sense of curiosity. Though her blog has been inactive, her fine writing is timeless.

Passare  http://blog.passare.com   One goodie from this fine blog is http://blog.passare.com/2013/08/15/baby-boomers-are-digging-deep-into-end-of-life-celebrations/

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