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I am passionate about:
End of life issues, music, education, authentic living
A little known fact about me is:
I'm a drummer. (Depends how little you know me as to how little known that fact is.)
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Carrboro, NC, United States
Chief Executive (Everything) Officer
My Last Soundtrack
"To love another person is to see the face of God."
I'm a writer, educator, and serial entrepreneur whose latest project is leading a startup called My Last Soundtrack. Our ultimate goal is to be a comprehensive resource for all issues related to death and dying, but to offer them in a way that's appropriately cool and slightly edgy. Plans for the near future include the development of online legacy resources and end-of-life celebration planning. I am particularly passionate about this work as I've been affected by death and loss repeatedly over the course of my life. I wrote a book about it, and I want to help others navigate these waters.
Ken, you address a key challenge - finding the will and support to implement such a program in schools. Your idea could be a great starting point for building a supportive community among kids, particularly those who are directly affected by death and loss.
Heather, I absolutely love this idea and would be thrilled to see if I could contribute to any efforts toward developing a curriculum and exploring ways to bring this kind of work and counseling into schools. I'm a former school principal and know that we spend entirely too much time in schools focused on things of very temporary importance (if they're even important at all), and often no time on the things that are the most important. Death avoidance in our culture leads to so many ills, and if we could address this in schools, we'd make some headway on positively impacting our society. I will be following this - thanks so much for sharing!
Yoko, this is profoundly beautiful. I was encouraged to check out your post because it relates to my project, My Last Soundtrack. http://www.mylastsoundtrack.com. Sounds, music - I love thinking about what the last thing is I'd want to hear on my deathbed, especially if hearing is the last sense to go. Perhaps we can connect and find some synergy in moving our projects forward. Thanks for all the amazing work you do!