Danielle Pieratti's 'Rubric for Burying a Hen' is a heartbreaking account of what it is to fail to sustain someone or something in our care.
Regina Dilgen – Meditation on Thomas Merton’s Hermitage
Regina Dilgen's exquisite "Meditation on Thomas Merton's Hermitage" imagines American monastic Thomas Merton worn by grief and inspired to write.
How We Live Is How We Die: Pema Chödrön on Preparing for Death Here and Now
Pema Chödrön on what the Tibetan approach to living and dying can teach us about liberation in the present moment.
Kahlil Gibran – Fear
Kahlil Gibran's poem on the fear of dissipation is a call to faith, to trust in the oceanic nature of the life-manifesting force.
Rebecca Doverspike – Choreography
In her poem "Choreography", interfaith chaplain Rebecca Doverspike dances from wind, pines, and leaves, to the mental workings of an elderly patient.
Seth Josephson – In the Future
A short poignantly simple piece, Seth Josephson's "In the Future" imagines a distant future without humanity or civilization.
Laura Johnson – To the Daughter I Never Had
Iowa poet Laura Johnson's "To the Daughter I Never Had" is a heart-rending work of what could have been, of loss, absence, and missed opportunities.
Eloise Klein Healy – Iris
Eloise Klein Healy, former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, has encapsulated so much in the two short stanzas of her poem "Iris".
Normal Days – A Tribute to the Ordinary From the Far Edge of Life
After a glioblastoma diagnosis, Tallu Schuyler Quinn wrote about what dying meant to her body, mind and heart in this series of moving essays.
BY JOANN STEVELOS - What happens when an abandoned child grows up and one day buries her estranged father