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Life’s Journey

The Journey

Life’s Moments & Milestones

Join me as I share stories, tips, and insights about creating authentic ceremonies and transformational moments to honour your journey through life.

Champagne Annie

Linda StuartCelebrating Families, Life's Journey1 Comment

Our lives are made up of stories. I would like to share with you one of my mother’s. Her name is Anne, but at the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, they call her Champagne Annie. You see, my mother loves to dance and she loves the sound of music that makes her want to dance but my mother’s most favourite sound in … Read More

Goals And The Heart’s Intentions

Linda StuartLife's Journey4 Comments

  The New Year is often a time for setting goals and making resolutions. While I agree this practice can be useful, it can also be disheartening, leading to feelings of failure and disappointment. The year 2017 was a bit like that for me. Beginning enthusiastically with my lofty list of goals ready to fulfil, I was overflowing with gusto … Read More

Celebration of Life or Denial of Death?

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying, Life's Journey, Marking Milestones13 Comments

  People are often surprised when they learn of my love-hate relationship with the term “Celebration of Life.” “But you’re a Celebrant!” they say. “Doesn’t that mean you like to celebrate?” Well, yes…and no. It depends. Let’s take a look at Google’s definition of the word: Call me a killjoy, but I’m not a huge fan of the “happy funeral” … Read More

Born on the Fourth of July

Linda StuartLife's Journey1 Comment

“How will I teach him to tie his shoelaces?” During those initial chaotic moments in the delivery room, that was my first coherent thought. His due date was July 1—Canada Day—but, fittingly, he arrived instead on the Fourth of July. Independence Day. “He will be fitted with a prosthesis and that will help him manage,” the doctor told me. My … Read More

Dear Dementia

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying, Life's Journey9 Comments

Dear Dementia

I have heard that writing a letter to someone who has died is helpful to the grief process and, while my mother is still very much alive, with every passing day, I mourn her loss. Over and over again, I am reminded, “It’s not her, it’s the disease.” And so, Dementia, I write this letter to you, for you have … Read More