It's been a while since I sent out a newsletter. A lot has happened in my life that required my attention since June 2021 throughout this year.
My dad became very ill in June and passed away in August of pancreatic cancer. He had been the full time caregiver for my mother who had dementia. My dear mother was already in a Memory Care Facility when he passed. She was an hour and half away from me so I decided to move her back to Lakewood, Colorado where my four siblings as well as her dear friends live. Her best friend Rita came to visit her weekly before my mom passed right before Christmas. She remembered Rita. The five afternoons they spent together brought laughter, love and memories for both of them.
Through the thousands of hours of opening sacred space for animal conversations and participating in end-of-life conversations, my sister and I were able to midwife my mother through her death. It was beautiful, trying, sad and life affirming being able to witness her spirit desire to stay and her body’s desire to release. As she was getting close to crossing over we could sense my mother’s clinging and fear so I invited my sister and myself to lean back and relax into what we know about being in the web of life, the oneness with the universe. We both amplified the peace, beauty and relaxation of being in nature. My mother loved the mountains and knew this feeling well. Together, we listened to the song ‘The Rose’ and told my mother that her sister Bridghin was singing her home, after which she sighed and easily departed. I felt a mixture of joy, grief, sadness and celebration! We imagined a party going on in heaven with my dad, her sisters and dear friends and the relief to be free of the grip of dementia.
Here are my mom and dad in Ireland with my mom's sister Bridghin and this is what I imagined the welcoming party was like for my mom.
Since my parents lived the last five years close to me. I had been named the executor of their estate. So along with my grief I had a mountain of tasks ahead of me to get through probate, selling their home, packing up and shipping items to my siblings (the list goes on).
Thankfully today the to-do list is much shorter and the file is only 1 inch tall instead of 7 inches, but I feel I owe my clients an apology:
During this challenging time my on-line scheduler Genbook was sold to a company called Booksy. I did not have the bandwidth to check out Booksy in depth before I agreed to be signed over and I apologize to all of my clients! Booksy is not user friendly for both you or me.
However, I am happy to say that my new scheduler Acuity is now up and running! This awesome scheduler allows you to upload current pictures of your wonderful beloved companions, fill in forms to gather your thoughts and intentions for the conversation, pay easily. Its a win win win for you, me and the animals!
I have been so grateful for HeartSong and all of the sacred conversations I have participated in during this journey over the last 9 months. Being in conversation with the animals and their people is my happy place and a place I can show up and do what I am good at, connect with wonderful people and animals and know I am contributing to the community. Thank you for allowing me to be part of you and your animal's life...
Over the course of this journey with my parents I have realized how important it is to do the things you love to do and ask for help and support when needed. Keeping this in mind, I am reorienting back to HeartSong and I hired a support team to keep HeartSong humming while I show up to do what I am really good at, which is being in collaboration with the animals in conversations, classes, field trips, mentorships and retreats.
All which will be coming soon!
Don’t die with your music in you. Share your music with the world and join the beautiful orchestra of life where we each are playing our individual songs!