Thank you so much to those of you who attended my Reimagine Workshop on Sunday, “Love Never Dies.” ♥️ We missed those of you who couldn’t be there!
I feel so fortunate any time I am able to connect with you and to SEE your faces. It means so much to me.
I had such a beautiful time getting to know the loved ones whom you brought to the workshop by way of their photos or the stories about them.
I’m still smiling as I think of “his cute butt” and the “toys she saves for visiting children” and “the way he knows the history of food” and her saying, “at least it isn’t raining.”
I’m also still thinking of each of your faces as you shared photos and memories of people you love — whom you will always love.
Being human is such a strange and wonderful thing, isn’t it? We have this capacity to love so deeply — and thus, to grieve so hard. We have the capacity to laugh, even as we miss someone desperately.
I don’t know if you ever saw the animated film, “Inside Out,” but — [spoiler alert] — my favorite part is the message that often when we are sad, people show up for us with love. We get to connect on a whole different level with others.
That’s how I felt about being with you Sunday morning. I wouldn’t have chosen for us to come together because people in our lives have died. But being with you was such a gift.
I treasure getting to know you and the people you love.
We need to share in the love. We need to share in the grief. We need to connect. We need one another.
For those of you who were unable to be with us during the actual workshop, I hope you will create a Love List by following along with the replay. (Link below!)
After you do so, please email me if you feel moved to do so. I’d love to see a photo of your beloved and/or to hear some of the things that dropped in during the workshop.
Here’s the replay Link
Click here to watch the workshop + follow along
P.S. The actual workshop starts around minute 17. However, I left all of the beginning conversation as participants were joining in, because the discussion was so rich and important. I think you’ll want to listen from the very start.
After you watch the replay; do these!
Keep adding to your Love List
If you haven’t already done so, you can download the free printable I created for you and write your Love List items on it. Then, you can keep that sheet someplace handy and add to it anytime something drops in. You can also use the extra prompts on this page.
Share your Love List
Do you know someone who also is missing the person you made your list as a tribute for? Consider calling someone and reading your list aloud. Sharing stories about what we love is a way to stay connected to the joy of the relationship. It is also a way to share the grief with someone who understands.
Invite others to add to the Love List
On the call, we talked about how wonderful it can be to invite others to add their own Love List items to the tribute you’ve started. You could call someone on the phone, read them your list, and then ask if they want to share their own thoughts. Or, you could invite their participation via a letter, text, or email.
Check out Jane’s “Before I Go” Work
I hope you enjoyed meeting my friend, Jane. If you’d like to find out more about the powerful and compassionate work she offers, here is a link to her book, “Before I Go: The Essential Guide to Creating a Good End of Life Plan.” Her course and website by the same name. And her Tedx Talk.
Check out Reimagine Resources
This workshop was offered in collaboration with the wonderful nonprofit, Reimagine. Reimagine is helping us explore death and celebration of life through conversation and creativity. I love this organization and encourage you to stay connected to them.
Add your tribute to my Million Love List Campaign
My mission is to inspire 1,000,000 Love Lists during my lifetime. Please take a quick moment to add yours to the count. If you would like to snap a photo and attach it, that would be wonderful. Otherwise, all you need to do is let us know the first name of the person you created it for. It would mean so much to me!
Don’t forget to “Say it Now.”
Expressing love is such a healing act. Not just for the person who receives it, but for those of us giving it. Taking time to appreciate the people who are around you — right here and now —is another way to keep love alive. If you want some creative ideas for expressing your love, check out my book.
Ask any questions/stay in touch
If you have any questions at all about creating Love Lists or celebrating life, email me. I’m here for you.