There has been a great outpouring of love and support this past week for Nora Cedarwind Young on Facebook and elsewhere, and for me, as I share my experience of her journey.
There has also been a surge of interest in the work of the death midwife. This is Nora’s life work, and I can think of no better place to send people for resources than to her own site: Ceremonies for Life’s Thresholds.
As of this writing, Nora is comfortable at home with her beloved husband. We don’t know how long she’ll be with us; we are hoping for weeks, maybe months. And when we wake each morning, we wonder what the day will bring.
Last Wednesday, on Spring Equinox (and again on Friday), some of Nora’s friends gathered to decorate the box that will eventually hold her for cremation. Nora herself taught us in her workshops how to do this, so while it may seem strange and unusual to some, it is a great act of love. I finally started weeping uncontrollably as I painted the mermaid on the lid, so now salt water tears are in the mix.
I am in no hurry to finish the mermaid painting.
Each day is a gift of grace.