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Living Fully Before Dying

While I cooked all familiar  traditional foods last week, the family celebration was very different and difficult this year.  Of course not having my mother at the table was primary but due to Covid we were only the immediate family. No cousins, no friends joined us this year. Such a…

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How many shall die and who by plague?

While the New Year starts in January, Jews around the world celebrate another New Year, the birth of the universe, 5781 years ago based on the Hebrew calendar. While it is the first of the High Holidays, for many who may not attend synagogue, it is recognized and celebrated with…

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Aging, Memory, Existentialism and Xenoblade Chronicles 2

“If the Architect does indeed exist, I wish I could ask him… who am I, truly? Whence did I come? Whither am I headed?” – Jin, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 While I usually tend to write about interesting hypothetical legal issues with respect to estates, trusts and family law, I wanted…

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Mementos and good memories

We will all experience loss of a loved one and while my loss may be more recent than some, it can make these occurrences feel more vivid. Over the weekend I received the many boxes that I had packed up from my mother’s apartment.  While I started to sort them…

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Orphanos, Yathom = Losing Your Guide

There are so many stories that I would like to share as I continue on this journey of losing a last parent.  This is actually quite a different experience than losing my father.  I have always said that relationships are complicated and certainly one’s relationship with a parent is even…

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Can A Broken System Be Fixed?

I don’t know about you- but I am struggling with our new normal and the mounting deaths in Long Term Care.  As you have been reading, for the last several years we have had major challenges in our Long Term Care system.  I previously wrote a 3 – part article…

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Prayer and Hope for Another Year

(reprinted) Most of us avoid talking about death, but in reality many of us think about it regularly. It may be reading the obits or consideration of the Supreme Court ruling regarding physician assisted death; none of us know what the future brings but death is a certainty. We just…

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A Lot of Plots or a Plot of Lots?

Reading my colleague Diana’s blog of a few weeks ago, ‘Whose Land Is It Anyways’ ,  reminded me of my friend’s current challenge.   She owns a lovely piece of  prime real estate in a prestigious and sought-after location in mid-town Toronto (off Yonge Street) with a great view!  Sounds…

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Remembering Audrey Parker

Does her name sound familiar? Audrey was 57 years old when she died last month, by her own choice and with medical assistance. She had been diagnosed 2 years earlier with incurable cancer and had chosen to die on her own terms- except she really didn’t. In her own words:…

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The Final Goodbye

Further to my last week’s blog on ‘getting ready for the final scene’, my lovely 94 year old client died this past Saturday. I really can’t say it was a peaceful death as it seemed to be a very long and difficult journey. She could no longer eat or drink…

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