How do we measure the value of a life?

by Kristie West April 23, 2014
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 How do we measure the value of a life? I’m sitting here tonight writing a short funeral speech.  Last week one of my last living great-aunts died, and because it’s kinda become customary for me to speak at family funerals (I love doing it. You know how rare that is!) my mum said “you’ll speak [...]

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“Why would you even want to get over grief?”

by Kristie West April 15, 2014
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“Why would you even want to get over grief?”   I have been asked this question a lot.  I remember the first time anyone asked me.  I was on a course a few years back and I had recently just stepped from general coaching into focusing on where my heart lay – working exclusively with [...]

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Thoughts from my nana’s hospital bedside: The word no-one wants to say

by Kristie West April 11, 2014
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Thoughts from my nana’s hospital bedside: The word no-one wants to say   A couple of weeks ago my 96 year old nana fell over in her rest home and broke her hip.  It was a bad break and the doctors said that though they were very unhappy putting her under and operating because of [...]

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Should you pray for the dying?

by Kristie West March 14, 2014
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Should you pray for the dying?   Earlier this week I received a message from someone who has a young friend who has been diagnosed with a type and degree of cancer that gives them a very short life expectancy, according to the doctors.  They told me they were overwhelmed by compassion but also feeling [...]

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‘About Time’ – full of life (and death) lessons

by Kristie West March 2, 2014
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  Last week I was on a plane on my journey from the UK to New Zealand to visit ‘home’ for the first time in years. One thing I like about flying is that I am ‘forced’ to just sit and watch movie after movie.  That’s pretty much it.  On long-haul flights I find the [...]

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Goodbye 2013…and good bloody riddance!

by Kristie West January 7, 2014
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  Ok so I’m a little late jumping on the ‘happy new year’ bandwagon of inspirational posts and goal-setting messages. Probably because it’s not really my thing and, especially coming into this year, I’ve felt the desire to take the time to be grateful for the year that has past and to set themes for [...]

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Your life is so much shorter than you think….

by Kristie West December 5, 2013

   ”To learn to die is to learn how to live. And the way you do that is by living each moment–this one, now this one–just being here now.” – Ram Dass   I’m around death quite a lot – working with it, contemplating it, making sure I’m aware of it….but it has been quite [...]

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Listen to my talk from the Good Funeral Awards: Your grief beliefs – freeing you from the myths that will keep you stuck in pain

by Kristie West September 16, 2013

 Listen to my talk from the Good Funeral Awards:  ”Your grief beliefs – freeing you from the myths that will keep you stuck in pain” Me, Melissa, Poppy  Last weekend I attended the Good Funeral Awards. What a weekend that was!!!  It brought together some of the best, brightest (and most fun) people in the [...]

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An invitation to return to yourself

by Kristie West September 3, 2013
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An invitation to return to yourself   I have received a lot of emails recently from people asking for my help and a lot of these emails have something in common.  Responding to these people has prompted me to  share my thoughts here…because maybe you need to hear this too. These people have been specifically [...]

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‘But it’s just a dog……’

by Kristie West July 11, 2013
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I saw a stunning post today on Facebook.  This is a beautiful letter from Fiona Apple explaining to her fans why she must postpone a concert date. It’s 6pm on Friday, and I’m writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet. I’m writing to ask them to change our plans and meet [...]

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