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Finally June 29, 2007

Posted by Richard Ward in Musings.
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Well, after a lot of back and forth about the location of my blog I’ve finally figured out that it needs to be on my website at blog.ricward.com.

I woke up this morning and I was above ground May 28, 2007

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I woke up this morning and I was above ground.

Not sure where I first read or heard this expression but it has taken on new meaning again for me over the past week, and I suppose on reflection over the past months.

I was asked to tell my story and I haven’t been doing that and more importantly I haven’t been writing my story, so it is time to begin doing that.

If You Go Real Slow, You’ll Get There Fast March 18, 2007

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Astrologer Dana Gerhardt in the ‘Getting Started’ pages to her wonderful Twelve Moons Workshop that I just received tells the following story as part of her advice on how to succeed with the workshop:

A friend of mine once got lost on her way to a workshop in New Mexico. She stopped to ask a desert-weathered native for directions. He knew the roads well and described in careful detail how far they needed to go, which turns they needed to take.

He ended by saying, “If you go real slow, you’ll get there fast.”

My friend hurried away. She missed the cactus markingt heir turn and to double-back. Twice she got stck in the mud. Then, speeding over ruts in the dirt road, she got a flat tire. By the end of he journey, she understood the real wisdom of going slow. Working with the Sun and the Moon is a lot like that.

Home Hospice March 18, 2007

Posted by Richard Ward in Death & Dying.
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I finished my training last week to work as a hospice volunteer.

For those of of you who don’t know about hospice, hospice provides the opportunity for people who are terminally ill to die at home in the care of their loved ones and friends.

The staff and trained volunteers of the organization that I volunteer with here in Toronto provides and facilitates access to compassionate care for people with life threatening illnesses, offering them support options, honouring their choices and supporting their families and friends.

The Hospice works on a care team model, with the belief that teams of caregivers from different walks of life can best meet the needs of someone who chooses to die at home. A care team often includes spouses or partners, families, friends, neighbours, colleagues, doctors, nurses, personal support workers and volunteers.

The Hospice can help set up the team, provide team members with training and support, and supplement the team with skilled volunteers if required.

Hospice volunteers may do the following:

-care-giving such as helping a person move around, mouth care, bed and personal care
– respite care (giving caregivers a break)
– assist with meal preparation
– provide emotional and spiritual support

The training was 30 hours over a 2 week period and it was very intense in terms of absorbing a lot of information and emotionally.

I’m now waiting to be assigned to my first client and of course I am very nervous. From what I have been told by the other volunteers my life will probably never be the same. This is quite a blessing in my life.

I’m moving my blog March 10, 2007

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I’m moving my blog from an installation on my website to wordpress.com so that I can focus on writing rather than having to deal with updates and all that entails.

Richard (Ric) Ward