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 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.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 25, 2012 at 10:47pm

Happy December 25th to you as well, Sentient.  Peace, love and Bobby Sherman to you and yours.  I spent the day working. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 25, 2012 at 12:46pm

While many here, including me, have mixed feelings about the Dec 25th holiday also known as "0 days before Xmas", I'm wishing you all a great day, peace, love, community, cozy hugs and renewal of family warmth wherever you find it.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2012 at 10:46am

Yes, DOMA is soon to be history.  It's just a matter of time.  In other related news:  Illinois is often mentioned as being the next state to legalize gay marriage.  Here's an article from the Chicago Tribune about support from the religious community here in Illinois. 

Illinois clergy endorse gay marriage bill
More than 250 faith leaders, many from Chicago, back measure that could face vote in January.

On Sunday, rabbis and pastors from denominations that support gay rights in varying degrees unveiled a declaration supporting equality for same-sex couples. Fostering faith, justice and compassion is a key component of their jobs, they said.

"Standing on these beliefs, we think that it is morally just to grant equal opportunities and responsibilities to loving, committed same-sex couples," the declaration stated. "There can be no justification for the law treating people differently on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."

Catholics and pastors of predominantly African-American conservative congregations were absent from the list of clergy who signed the statement.

Earlier this month, Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Greg Harris announced they would take up the measure as the current General Assembly winds down in January and before a new set of lawmakers is sworn in Jan. 9.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2012 at 12:35am

OK Susan, let's get on the bandwagon! Down with DOMA!


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