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How Creating my Own Rituals Helped me Grieve for my Mother

Reading Time: 9 minutes I’m a skeleton collector. I have a large sea-washed radius from a sperm whale beached on the sands in Orkney. Part of its flipper, its hand. One of my most treasured possessions is an early Victorian piece of scrimshaw, engraved with portraits of two women – maybe the whaler’s wife and daughter or maybe his […]

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Talking about Death – would you take your child to a funeral?

Reading Time: 4 minutes I watched my friend’s five-year-old son peer down into the tiny grave. Surrounded by a group of somber people in the small churchyard, the cold wind whipping around their ankles, the sound of sobbing and noses being blown, he was just curious to see what was in the bottom of this hole in the ground. […]