Cycle of Life

Commemorating life changing events for members of Nexus.  Births, Graduations, Marriage, Divorce, Moving in and Moving out.  Diagnoses and Cures.  Deaths, and Remembrances.  If it affects you and you want to share or announce, feel welcome.

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Commemorating Events of our Lives

Please join if you wish to commemorate the events that shape your life.

 Whether it's a new baby, adoption, triumph over adversity, a medical diagnosis, a success, or a loss.  Celebrate, or grieve, the loss of a loved one, respected mentor, role model.  If it moves you, or you think it will move others, this is a good place to share the experience.

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A tribute to my father

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 12. 1 Reply

So, I guess most of you here know that my dad died back in January of complications of Parkinson's disease. There have been times that have been rough since then, but I'd think it's all part of the…Continue

Green Burial

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 30, 2013. 1 Reply

When I go, this is what I want. White Eagle Memorial Park. From their website:  20 beautiful acres set within…Continue

Tags: heritage, death, life cycles, natural burial, green burial

How do you commemorate a major life event?

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Dec 11, 2012. 5 Replies

My family planted trees for births and deaths.  Of course, there were official events too, like weddings, chili suppers at church, barbecues if weather permitted, dinners, wakes and funerals.I used…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2013 at 8:16pm

Russell, learning of your mother's experience is a real positive bit of news. You obviously come from strong stock. I don't hike at 77. Does she like to laugh? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2013 at 8:15pm

Thinking about you Daniel. Hope you feel well and strong. 

Comment by Russell Pangborn on April 18, 2013 at 1:40pm

Glad to hear you are doing well Joan.  There are positive outcomes after cancer surgery. My mom had a lump removed from under her arm and was told to put her affairs in order because she was too far gone. That was almost 20 years ago and she is still enjoying life and even hiking at 89 years of age.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 17, 2013 at 12:40pm

Wonderful news, Joan.  I'm glad to hear that all went well.  Sounds like you had the best of care in the hospital and are also getting the best of care at home from your family.  Each of our individual lives is a wonderful event, and it's quite special to be able to share both our high and low points with others along the way.  My best to you and for continued good health.  Let us know when you've been able to progress up to that beef steak dinner with Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2013 at 12:17pm
Thank you Daniel and Spud. It is comforting to know friends stand in support of me as I tackle a challenge. I am not alone!
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 17, 2013 at 12:08pm

Sounds like it's going well for you Joan.  Glad of that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2013 at 12:05pm

April 17, 2013, A slight bit of pain, lungs feel healthy, a little weary, and the sky is blue, temperature 27 degrees F, I look forward to some of the take-home soup from yesterday with a wee bit of fish. Early detection and expert doctors and technicians and a lovely family makes breast cancer a manageable disease for me. 

Be sure to get your regular mammogram, ladies. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 17, 2013 at 12:03pm


Thank you for the update!  I was concerned for you.  So glad it went well!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2013 at 11:55am

April 16, 2013, All went well in pre-surgery, with lots of jokes and funny preparation processes. I had not one moment of pain, only slight bits of discomfort. Laura and Laurie shared the experiences with me; we found so many funny things, we laughed through it all. Even had the doctors and nurses laughing with my stupid ophthorectumy* joke. 

I woke up to a smiling attendant telling me to breath in deeply through my nose and exhale through my mouth. Laura and Laurie joined me in the recovery room, a nurse brought in the most delicious four saltine crackers and cup of water that tasted better than a beef steak dinner with Cabernet Sauvignon.  Again we found some really strange and funny things to laugh at; an audience of nurses peeped in to see a vaudeville show, only to find Grandma, Daughter and Granddaughter enjoying each others' company. 

We stopped on our way home to get an Rx from my local pharmacist and had to wait; to kill time we went to our favorite mom and pop Asian restaurant and I had a cup of the most delicious salt-free broth with a spoonful of rice. Cary had a thermos of coffee ready for Laura and Laurie when we got home. 

Weary, but so grateful for all the skilled doctors, nurses, technical staff and the people who cleaned up the messes such procedures make, as well as grateful for the inventors of all the many machines used to check progress and the engineers who built them. I live a privileged life that all people should have available for them. 

I'll work for universal health care, as well as work to stop destroying cultures of those who have resources we want. 

Now, to bed. Good night!

*ophthorectumy: sever the nerve going between the eyes and rectum to stop a shitty outlook on life. 

Comment by Brent Feeney on January 30, 2013 at 7:12pm

Thanks to you both Senient and Carl. =) Life with dad wasn't always the easiest - I think in part because of the times he grew up in (born at the tail-end of the Depression and having a tough family background) - but I think he did the best he could with what he had. I didn't always think so, but I knew he loved us; he just had a hard time of showing it.

Both my twin brother and I are going well, as is the rest of my family (I talked to my mom yesterday to see how she was going). I don't doubt there may be a few more difficult moments ahead - we're going to have a graveside service for him Feb. 18, I learned yesterday - but we'll find a way through it and remember the happy times.

Hope both of you are doing well too.


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