Caregiving and Dementia: Connection and Loss

In honor of Alzheimer's Disease Awareness, I have decided to share some of my personal experiences caring for people with dementia. Life has presented me with some irrefusable opportunities to learn new lessons lately, and I hope some might reach—and resonate with—overwhelmed caregivers. Connection is always paramount, after all. First, though, it’s important to clarify… Continue reading Caregiving and Dementia: Connection and Loss

The Talisman: Discovering Death Rituals as a Doula

Although definitions vary slightly, the term “talisman,” from telesma (Greek) and tilsam (Arabic), is often defined as a physical object imbued with powers to repel negative forces or attract positive energy. There is evidence from as far back as 25,000 BC that prehistoric peoples readily used these symbols of protection, and they were very common in ancient Egypt—especially in… Continue reading The Talisman: Discovering Death Rituals as a Doula

Special Book Giveaway Event in VT!

FOOD SHELF COLLECTION & BOOK GIVEAWAY Saturday, May 21, 202210:00 AM - 3:00 PMCarpenter Carse Library in Hinesburg, VT Map of Memory Lane, by local author Francesca Arnoldy, is a story inspired by her own early conversation with her grandparent and gently introduces the topic of loss while celebrating the simple moments we share. Francesca received… Continue reading Special Book Giveaway Event in VT!

Shape-Shifting as an End-of-Life Doula During COVID

— We're not inclined to sit idly as the world suffers (Originally published by MedPage Today on December 3, 2021) A doula is a non-medical care provider who supports people through intense times, such as birth and/or death, complementing any available healthcare services. Humans have assisted other humans through these complex thresholds since, well, always. The… Continue reading Shape-Shifting as an End-of-Life Doula During COVID

Melwin’s Memory Lane

It takes courage to lean into topics like death and grief. When a loss includes children, there are even more unknowns. What questions will they ask? Will I be able to answer any of them? How upset will they become? Will talking about it make them more sad? These worries can cause adults to shy… Continue reading Melwin’s Memory Lane