After giving birth to 7 children, some at home and others at the hospital, it became very clear where the right place for this big moment was: at home. As Blondine's quest had always been a quality of Presence, so it became obvious that at the other birth (dying) the right place again would be at home. Around 2000, after meeting with Beth Knox, she knew that she was not alone in her desire to create a way to care for our dead at home. www.crossings.net. Crossings' Resource Guide: A step-by-step how to guide for home funeral care is available on line, (See Web site above).
So, after a hospice training in Nelson, BC, and some workshops with Beth, it was time to create a circle of strength and wisdom to prepare to support each other in these moments (especially with the young and at unexpected passings). So she gathered together such a group called Partance (Departure in English).
This Circle is open and welcomes new members : they meet bi-annually, sharing their wishes, rituals, consciousness (mostly inspired by Rudolf Steiner), knowledge of laws in Quebec, and a lot more. Their next gathering is May 24, 2015. All are welcome who want to repossess and be creative in this passage. The small leaflet Working with the Dead gives a wonderful rendering of our pondering:
"Some light is shed on the darkness and mystery surrounding death. -What happens immediately after death? -Where does our soul or etheric body go? -Is there a difference between the death of a child and that of an adult? -Is there anything we can do for those we love after they have died? These questions and others are answered on this Web Site.