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Poetry Corner / For Annie
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:11:52 PM »
Thank Heaven! the crisis-
The danger is past,
And the lingering illness
Is over at last-
And the fever called "Living"
Is conquered at last.

Sadly, I know
I am shorn of my strength,
And no muscle I move
As I lie at full length-
But no matter!-I feel
I am better at length.

And I rest so composedly,
Now, in my bed
That any beholder
Might fancy me dead-
Might start at beholding me,
Thinking me dead.

The moaning and groaning,
The sighing and sobbing,
Are quieted now,
With that horrible throbbing
At heart:-ah, that horrible,
Horrible throbbing!

The sickness-the nausea-
The pitiless pain-
Have ceased, with the fever
That maddened my brain-
With the fever called "Living"
That burned in my brain.

And oh! of all tortures
That torture the worst
Has abated-the terrible
Torture of thirst
For the naphthaline river
Of Passion accurst:-
I have drunk of a water
That quenches all thirst:-

Of a water that flows,
With a lullaby sound,
From a spring but a very few
Feet under ground-
From a cavern not very far
Down under ground.

And ah! let it never
Be foolishly said
That my room it is gloomy
And narrow my bed;
For man never slept
In a different bed-
And, to sleep, you must slumber
In just such a bed.

My tantalized spirit
Here blandly reposes,
Forgetting, or never
Regretting its roses-
Its old agitations
Of myrtles and roses:

For now, while so quietly
Lying, it fancies
A holier odor
About it, of pansies-
A rosemary odor,
Commingled with pansies-
With rue and the beautiful
Puritan pansies.

And so it lies happily,
Bathing in many
A dream of the truth
And the beauty of Annie-
Drowned in a bath
Of the tresses of Annie.

She tenderly kissed me,
She fondly caressed,
And then I fell gently
To sleep on her breast-
Deeply to sleep
From the heaven of her breast.

When the light was extinguished,
She covered me warm,
And she prayed to the angels
To keep me from harm-
To the queen of the angels
To shield me from harm.

And I lie so composedly,
Now, in my bed,
(Knowing her love)
That you fancy me dead-
And I rest so contentedly,
Now, in my bed,
(With her love at my breast)
That you fancy me dead-
That you shudder to look at me,
Thinking me dead.

But my heart it is brighter
Than all of the many
Stars in the sky,
For it sparkles with Annie-
It glows with the light
Of the love of my Annie-
With the thought of the light
Of the eyes of my Annie.

Poetry Corner / Re: The Undertaking
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:52:47 PM »

VIDEOS / 12 Questions About Hospice
« on: October 04, 2010, 08:35:07 PM »
This video is designed to answer 12 essential questions about hospice and palliative care.
The project was produced by and funded by The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS). They  are a not-for-profit organization representing hospice and palliative care programs, allied organizations and individuals that are interested in the development and growth of quality, comprehensive end-of-life services.
Founded in 1978 as the New York State Hospice Association, HPCANYS  changed its name to Hospice and Palliative Care Association in 2000   to better reflect its role in fostering accessible, quality end-of-life care.
The Association is headquartered in Albany, New York and serves members statewide.

VIDEOS / Friends In Deed
« on: January 05, 2010, 08:18:05 PM »
Since 1991, Friends In Deed has helped transform many thousands of lives through our programs and services. We provide emotional and spiritual support for anyone with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening physical illnesses…their family, friends, and caregivers…and anyone dealing with grief and bereavement. All of our services are free of charge.

EVENT CALENDAR / General Support Group
« on: September 22, 2009, 08:15:44 PM »
Fall 2009 Support Groups

General Support Group

Meets Tuesdays: Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 10, and  Dec 8

4:00 to 5:15pm

At: The Riverside Church (room 603t)
     91 Clairmont Ave, (Btwn 121 & 122 St.)
     New York, NY 10027

Registration Call
Elizabeth Santiago, LCSW

EVENT CALENDAR / High Holy Consultation
« on: September 22, 2009, 08:07:14 PM »
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins on Friday evening September 18th.
If you are interested in a consultation, the please contact one of our Jewish chaplains:

Rabbi Jochanin Ivry: 646-326-8054
Rabbi Stephen Shulman 917-721-6841

EVENT CALENDAR / Evening General Support Group
« on: September 22, 2009, 08:03:09 PM »
Fall 2009 Support Groups

Evening General Support

Meets Fridays: Oct 2 - Dec 11

6:00 to 7:15pm

At: Continuum Bereavement Center
     39 Broadway, Suite 200
     New York, NY 10006

Registration Call
Elizabeth Arnone, LMSW
Pamela Spitz-Guzman, MSW


EVENT CALENDAR / Grieving Spouses/Partners
« on: September 22, 2009, 07:58:43 PM »
Fall 2009 Support Groups

Grieving Spouses/Partners

Meets Fridays: Oct 2 - Dec 4

2:00 to 3:00pm

At: Continuum Bereavement Center
     39 Broadway, Suite 200
     New York, NY 10006

Registration Call
Frank Attanasia, LCSW

« on: September 22, 2009, 07:53:40 PM »
Fall 2009 Support Groups

Loss of a Parent

Meets Thursdays: Oct 1 - Nov 19

2:00 to 3:15 pm

At: Continuum Bereavement Center
     39 Broadway, Suite 200
     New York, NY 10006

Registration Call
Julie Lerner, PsyD

EVENT CALENDAR / The Recently Bereaved - A Listening Ear
« on: September 22, 2009, 07:45:05 PM »
Fall 2009 Support Groups

The Recently Bereaved - A Listening Ear

Meets Mondays Sept 14, Oct 12th, Nov 9th and Dec 14th

12:00pm or 6:00pm

At: Continuum Bereavement Center
     39 Broadway, Suite 200
     New York, NY 10006

Registration Call 212-844-5724

VIDEOS / Departures - Video Trailer
« on: May 29, 2009, 05:22:02 PM »
Academy Award? Winner for Best Foreign Language Film of the year, "Departures" is a delightful and sensitive journey into the heartland of Japan and an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of Japan's cultural heritage.

A premiere symphony orchestra in Tokyo disbands, leaving Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) suddenly unemployed.  Suffering from an innate sense that he is a mediocre musician, he faces up to the fact that not everyone who has devoted their life to music can become a top artist. With wife Mika (Ryoko Hirosue) in tow, he moves back to his home town in the northeastern prefecture of Yamagata.  They move into the crumbling remains of his mother?s house, which doubled as the local pub. 

Spotting a Help Wanted ad featuring the word ?departures,? he is excited about the prospect of trying a new career in the travel industry.  He arrives for the interview, curiously eyeing the coffins lining the back wall of the office.  The company owner, Sasaki (Tsutomu Yamazaki), hires him on the spot, with only a cursory glance at his resume. Daigo finally ventures to ask what is involved, exactly, and is stunned to learn what he has gotten himself into: the ceremonial ?encoffination? of corpses prior to cremation.  Sasaki urges him to take the job, proffering large amounts of cash.  He?s getting older, and needs someone to carry on the tradition.

In desperate straits, Daigo overcomes his initial trepidation and begins to travel around Hirano with Sasaki. Sasaki is comically matter-of-fact but firm in his directives and the contention that they are providing an important service to their community.   Some cases are markedly traditional, featuring beatific family members in time-honored transition.  Others highlight family dramas fraught with inevitable collisions, eased into unexpected conclusion.  True to Sasaki?s expectations, Daigo develops a deep respect for life in all its variations, and a profound empathy for people trying to make peace with the finality of death.

Too embarrassed to tell his wife about his conversation-stopping profession and admit that he has fallen in love with the townsfolk, Daigo vainly tries to keep his new life secret. As their relationship hangs in the balance, the big question is how he?s going to react to surprising news she brings, as an encoffineer, as a husband, as a son and as a human being.   It is Daigo?s turn to deal with life and death among the people who are dearest to him.

A story of love, of discovery, of revelation and of the transcending human spirit, "Departures" will linger in your heart and mind long after viewing.


« on: May 08, 2009, 06:27:10 PM »
NO Parental Loss

EVENT CALENDAR / Parental Loss
« on: May 08, 2009, 06:24:12 PM »
Parental Loss
Thursdays: 3:00 ? 4:15 p.m.
May 14 ? July 2
(excluding June 4th)
Continuum Bereavement Center
39 Broadway, Suite 200
Registration: Julie Lerner, PsyD

EVENT CALENDAR / Drawing Closer
« on: May 08, 2009, 06:21:22 PM »
Drawing Closer:
 6 guided supportive art therapy sessions
Wednesdays: 10:00 ? 12:00 p.m.
May 27 ? July 1
Continuum Bereavement Center
39 Broadway, Suite 200
Registration:  Elizabeth Gronke, MPS

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