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O, Death :: May 2022

O, Death :: May 2022

Hello fellow soul-catchers,

Yes, I’m running a funeral home. Yet, there is sound in this email, if you choose to follow it. The thing is, I know death is about life and grief isn’t contained to the funeral itself. (I still cry over a loss I had almost 30 years ago. Not on a daily basis, but sometimes.) Yet the common way we are expected to handle death is: you have this little time where everyone pays attention, you grieve, and poof! you are on your way. The funeral happens. The funeral is done. You are now alone. Grief can be an isolating process made up of tiny moments that circle back and loom large. At Sparrow, we invite people in at all times and in many different ways to transform moments of grief in tiny ways that reverberate.

A few days ago, we hosted Kate Davis to support the amazing work Sounds of Saving does to fuel hope to counter increasing suicide rates by celebrating the power of human connection to music. It was an intimate evening of music and conversation about mortality and loss. Listen to her perform Did You Love Somebody, a favorite of mine.

Things I discovered this week? One Last Thing After I Go tells the story of a man who accidentally ended up reading letters from the deceased— at their own funeral.  “Sometimes the right moment is the last one, one final thing to shout over your shoulder into the party, as you're walking out the door.”

With that, I THANK YOU ALL, for your support in making tiny moments better,

Erica

PS: If you are new to this newsletter and wondering what on earth I’m doing, view my intro newsletter here.

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