A THOUGHTFUL SPOT...
I realize I haven't added anything here lately, so it is about time to do an update. What a lot of change the past two years has brought all of us. Personally I have married my best friend and been involved in building our new home (moving in before this year ends!), opening my new office in a fabulous location in Smiths Falls, only to have to close due to covid-19 altogether too soon, seen my youngest son graduate high school and am grateful all of my kids finding their way in the world and employed during these trying times.
I have cared for many individuals as they have transitioned through end of life, including sharing final moments with my dear father and two beloved friends. I have endured many, many moments of pure joy, as well as suffering bouts of extreme sadness over these past two years.
COVID-19 has changed the way we live. Forced isolation, face masks, increased stress levels, fear of human contact has changed our perspective regarding daily living. It has also changed how we deal with death. When a loved one becomes ill and requires hospitalization they are often forced to be alone. Visitation is done by scheduling small amounts of time with restricted access. Often people who become hospitalized at end of life are experiencing death alone, no longer able to be surrounded by loved ones. This is not only stressful and traumatic for the individual who is hospitalized, but also for their loved ones left worrying at home - isolated and alone. Funerals and memorials have changed their face as well, either allowing a very small number of people present (social distancing required - six feet apart) or being presented in a rather cold and distant Zoom or Facetime format. The lack of physical human contact during this time of grief and sorrow is resulting in trauma being added into the mix. I know this will have a negative impact on many individuals over years to come, simply because of lack of ability to "say goodbye" in a manner deemed "normal" within our culture. Dealing with trauma and grief (and anger, and sorrow) is a challenge in everyone's experience.
So as the end of 2020 looms closer many of us will be grateful to say adieu to this year and welcome new beginnings in 2021. The year ahead will see the opening of my new office space and healing gardens, hopefully more workshops and seminars and community involvement as COVID restrictions relax. I will be uploading videos on a more regular basis so keep an eye out for Thanadoula Debbie - Let's Make a Die of It! on YouTube. I also have a few other online plans in the works - notices will be put on the "Events" page of my website, as well as posted on Brigid's Balm Facebook page.
As always, I thank you for your support, questions, comments and kindnesses. We are all in this together, please continue to be kind - and be safe. Blessed be your journey xo