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On Susan’s Death

Susan Jeanne Briscoe November 13, 1966 – August 31, 2018 It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Susan on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Montreal at the McGill University Health Centre (Glen) palliative ward. Her sons, … Continue reading

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On Chemo

I have just completed my second round of palliative chemo. People keep asking me if I’m happy about that, as most patients celebrate completion of chemo as the first step to wellness, especially when they finish with no evidence of … Continue reading

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Need a Reminder?

It’s not hard to forget our mortality with all the things that keep us busy and distracted all day. If you want a reminder that you will die, there’s now an app for that! Here’s a discussion of the WeCroak app … Continue reading

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A short video on dying

Dr. Kathryn Mannix, a palliative care doctor, describes how gentle the dying process can be in this short BBC Ideas IMHO video, “Dying is not as bad as you think”.

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Audre Lorde on Dying Full of Fire!

This is extraordinary poet Audre Lorde, on how to really live while dying: I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I … Continue reading

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On Changing the World (1)

A year ago, I attended the Women’s March here in Montreal in a rousing moment of sisterhood with women in so many other cities of the world. I wasn’t feeling very well that day, as my still undiagnosed disease was … Continue reading

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December Update #2

I got through my last goodbye hug with Nathan at the open door of a taxi in the middle of a busy street in London on Monday morning. It was a hard moment. But I’m glad I didn’t put the … Continue reading

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Not Love Actually

On my last snowy night in London, with two of us tired and not feeling well, we decided to stay in and watch Christmas movies. Online searches revealed the terrible dearth of decent holiday films, and I can never recall … Continue reading

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October Update

I haven’t written here in a while, mostly because we had a long bout of fantastically sunny, summery weather, making it impossible to sit in front of my laptop, and then I had a wonderful week in the Baltic visiting … Continue reading

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Please share your vision of an afterlife!

I have been enjoying quite blissful imaginings of possible afterlifes lately, and so I thought of inviting you all to share your own personally preferred idea of a positive post-death experience. I know many of you don’t believe there is … Continue reading

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Larkin on the Fear of Death

I have been thinking for a while about the fear of death. Many people mention to me how terrified they are of death, and I know this is common. Some college students recently asked me about dying, and questions about … Continue reading

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Book Recommendation

The Bright Hour is a radiant book. Nina Riggs brings her fine sensibility and craft as a poet to her heart-wrenching yet funny memoir about facing death as a young wife and the mother of two little boys. Structuring her book … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Miriam

Miriam’s friendship is a rare and special thing, as you will see here in her guest post, Susan Time. I am very blessed. Jackie, Miriam, and Susan, 1991, from Miriam’s wedding.

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Five Star Blog

A bit of recognition for my blog by another blogger, Elan Morgan: Five Star Blog Roundup 410.

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Recommended Reading

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Steve Marier, RIP

Today I would like to share one of the last thoughts of Steve Marier (taken from the full post on his facebook page), a Sutton friend who inspired so many with his joyous embrace of life, astounding courage, and positive … Continue reading

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The New Do!

This is my transitional haircut. My hair was very long and had been pretty much since my early twenties. I thought it would be easier to have it all fall out if were shorter to begin with. Since I rarely … Continue reading

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Nathan

This silly picture of Nathan and me showed up as a ‘memory’ on facebook. It’s from three years ago when he was six months into his treatment for addiction at Venture in Barrie, Ontario and we had a weekend visit. We … Continue reading

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