"PATIENCE," but no patients.
Josh, you've done it again: brought me to tears when I read your post. Thank you.
Tender beautiful writing. I especially appreciated that death is a part of life, and even before one's termination here, it is possible to understand that there are worse things than death. In this sense, letting go can be a blessing.
Having Q show up at such a ceremony to get three chimes from a metal bowl would be truly impressive....
Beautiful story. I remember well the feeling of being disconnected from the ceremony around our father's death, but hadn't connected it to the healing you got from the Zen Hospice volunteer experience.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful ceremony.
As for me, I want my body to be composted. Definitely not embalmed nor cremated. At age 53, I need to write that up in a will sooner rather than later...