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 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.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2013 at 10:02am

My condolences to you and your family, Brent.  Thanks for sharing an important part of your life with us here.  Fond and happy memories of those who are gone always live on through family and the many people they knew.  I wish you well.  --Carl   

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 28, 2013 at 8:57pm

Brent, you will do better as time passes, but if you are anything like me, there will be moments for a long time.  

This past weekend, I was thinking about how much I'd like to call my parents.  My mom died 2 years ago, and my dad 9 months before that.  Made me sad.  But I don't think about it as often, and I remember good things too.

Anyway, your messages show that you are a caring son.  That's the important thing to remember. 

Comment by Brent Feeney on January 28, 2013 at 9:14am

Some of you may know this, but for those who may not, my father - George Feeney - died Jan. 17 aged 79 of complications of Parkinson's disease.

Since his death, I've had a couple of fairly tough moments, but otherwise have been all right, as has my brother. The rest of my family, AFAIK, have been doing all right too.

He's going to be cremated (if he hasn't already) with a graveside service to be held at a later date (I'm guessing sometime in the spring). There was a memorial service held last Monday at a church in Edwardsville, IL (my family lives in Collinsville, IL, near St. Louis, although we're all originally from Granite City, IL, also very close to St. Louis).

From Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville, here's some information and the obit:

And from the Edwardsville Intelligencer, here's his full obit with memorial information:

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 9, 2013 at 9:27pm

RusselL, congrats to you and your daughter!  Thank you for posting your happy news!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 5:45pm
Thank you for sharing Russell, it is a very moving piece. Good for you. Sadly, I can't get the song.
Comment by Russell Pangborn on January 9, 2013 at 4:45pm

Got an uplifting phone call from my daughter today.  She'd just graduated from University of Toronto after a six year journey towards an occupational therapy degree. It was an elite program, but the graduating class was warned that government cutbacks made it harder to connect with a job. 

She told me a hospital has just hired her and the job starts on Monday.  She also told me on that same phone call that the audible book I gave her (Why Are You Atheists So Angry by Greta Christina) was a really good book and made a lot of sense.  I don't push my children to think the same way I do. She was brought up with my wife's religion and I never preached my side of things very much. Always thought the kids would figure it out on their own. So that was nice to hear.

I walked her down the aisle a couple of years ago and she had a song I composed for her played on the loudspeakers for all the guests to hear before we commenced our walk.  

Julia's Song

Thanks for letting me share this news.


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