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.

You can post either as a comment on the comment wall, or in a discussion.

Discussion Forum

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 Sentient Biped on December 12, 2012 at 8:25pm

Kalliope, it's great you had that experience!
Also thanks for acknowledging Kamal.  Activists like him are examples for us all!

Thanks to all for your kindness!  I hope this group grows to encompass many in Nexus, to share our experiences of joy and sorrow and transitions and passages.  It means a lot!  If you know others who might be interested, or who have passages to mark,  please invite them!

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 12, 2012 at 6:36pm

Daniel, I'm so happy for you and Ning. What glorious news to see waiting for me when I came online. This is from George Elliott:

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are
      joined for life - to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each
      other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with
      each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting.

May you have a long and happy life and marriage together. Again, congratulations.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2012 at 5:23pm
Russell, you make life so much fun! How can she resist you, just the way you are.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2012 at 5:16pm
Daniel and Ning, I just now opened your announcement and I am so happy for you both and my great desire for you is to have a happy, healthy, joyous, interesting, loving, and long marriage together. I am drinking a glass of my Concord grape juice in honor of your celebration.
Comment by Sentient Biped on December 12, 2012 at 4:50pm

Russell, congrats and my admiration!  You are right, your wife's reaction made the Zorro getup a great present!  Thank you for posting!  33 years down, 33 years to go......  when that is up, you probably wont be up to climbing ladders, but I hope you will still be enjoying one another's company!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 12, 2012 at 11:16am

GREAT video, Russell.  No wonder you're celebrating 33 years together.  What a classy act.  Your wife is a lucky lady.  You get a gold star in my book! 

Comment by Russell Pangborn on December 12, 2012 at 9:09am

Thanks for doing this Sentient. There should be a way of sharing good times and bad times with the community.  For me I am going to Quebec City this weekend to celebrate my 33rd wedding anniversary.  (An atheist and a devout Christian made it last by being tolerant of each others views)

A few years ago I blindsided my wife with an appearance by Zorro (one of her fantasies) and recently posted this video of the event.  Her reaction is priceless.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 11, 2012 at 9:23pm

DANIEL!  CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!!  I couldn't be happier for you.  How proud, and validated, you both must feel.  I'd like to say more to express my feelings, but I actually feel a bit speechless with elation for you.  Big hug to you guys!  :)   --Carl 

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 11, 2012 at 8:44pm

Thanks all for joining the group.  All groups take a while to get off the ground.  If you are talking with anyone who wants to make note of any event or passage, please encourage them to join and post.  Sharing these events will help us build a sense of community.

There were several things that prompted me to realize this group is needed.  I am remiss if I don't include one here, my own event.  This is me and my partner, Ning, getting married today in Vancouver Washington. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 11, 2012 at 12:33pm

Thank you for inviting me to join this group.  I believe this is an important area of discussion that directly affects all of as atheists, agnostics and freethinkers, especially since so many life changing events in our lives traditionally often have religious overtones. 

I'm very saddened to see the news about Ajita Kamal.  What a horrible and unnecessary loss of a young life.  Perhaps forming this group will be just one way to celebrate his life and to honor his short life. 


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