Julie Nack writes…
My father in law died at the end of October in the care center at Westminster Thurber in Columbus, Ohio. (An Eden Alternative facility.) My husband and mother in law were greatly comforted by a ritual they perform there. I had not heard of this before, and would love for it to be known (and perhaps followed) widely.
When the individual dies, the facility staff drape the body in a memorial quilt and lead it out through the hallways, led by the chaplain and family, ringing a chime as they go. Staff stop what they are doing to pay their respects, as do any residents who are in the area. It was described by my family as very comforting. I was out of town and did not witness this, but they still are talking about it almost a month later. How much more respectful this is than spiriting the body out the back door to a waiting hearse. And the individuals who live there are fully aware that someone has died. I would think that this is much less frightening for them too.
Would love to see this on your blog, but couldn’t figure out how to get it there. Also want to thank you again for the wonderful keynote at the NGA Conference. Participant evaluations rated you highly, of course.
Thank you for all you do.