Sky Photos & Greening End Of Life

Happy Friday friends and fellow bloggers,

I took a few day shots and some night shots to share with you today. The sky was nice and  mostly clear. The weather temperature has taken a noticeable downturn. I felt a bit chilled in early evening but I had taken a shawl to wear if it got too cool. 

I had a busy day attending a specialist appointment. After that I decided to get a foot reflexology session because I haven't had one in a very long while and I felt my feet needed a tune up. Once I had my feet attended to I went for a quick bite of Japanese food before heading to a downtown church for a seminar called "Greening Your Death and Aligning Your Values".  It was a fully subscribed 2 hour session which was information intensive.


The seminar was held at the St. Andrews Wesley Church in downtown Vancouver. It brought attendees up to date on alternatives to traditional burials and gave us some insight into the different disposition alternatives and their impacts on the environment.  The greening of final disposition is not very advanced in my province despite some of these issues being talked about for decades. There are however a lot more people working to try and change things;  most of them seem to be women.

I've been looking into this issue here and there for many years but I haven't actually done anything about setting out my disposition wishes. What I have done so far is purchase the burial plot and given some thought to whether I want a funeral service or not. Tonight I met a death doula, well several actually. One of them suggested we sit down and write down my disposition wishes in detail so I can leave a package for my loved ones most of whom don't want to talk about the subject. Having looked after several loved ones at the time of their passing, I know that pre-planning will be a great comfort and help to my loved ones once I am no longer here to take care of things for myself.  This will be a good project for me to work on in the new year.

Now without further ado, here are some sky photos.

The bottom 2 photos are taken at the steps to the Vancouver Art Gallery. This exhibit has been here for a few years now and commemorates the Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women in Canada as well as the recently identified unmarked graves of many, many Aboriginal children found at several sites of former residential schools. These are very sad incidents of violence and racism against Aboriginal people which the Canadian people, Canadian governments and Aboriginal people (Indian, Inuit and Métis) are working to overcome and heal. It will be a long but necessary process.

Linking up with Sky Watch this week. Thank you for stopping by!


  1. I have never seen much interest (in local newspaper articles, anyway) in green burials where I live but in a college town (Ithaca, New York) about an hour from me, there is a lot of interest and at least one "green" cemetery that I know of.

  2. Beautiful skies. Death is a tough topic and something we don't like to think about, but we really should.

  3. Our nephew is the sole heir to what we leave behind. There is a file on top of our safe that has every detail in it that he should need if something happened to both of us. He should be able to open it and be able to work his way (we hope) easily through every thing he would have to do.

    Lovely set of photos. Have a good weekend, Diane

  4. We have done some research on what to do with us when we are finished. A bigger problem is what to do with us when we are still alive.

  5. I 've instructed cremation and being dispersed somewhere. But where, mom? So they have decided to toss most somewhere, like on our parent's graves, but keep a pot of the remainder and add everyone's remainder to it and the last one standing better figure it out.

  6. Its a bit glum thinking about preparing for death but necessary. I've started a book for my daughters with details of accounts and passwords etc. We have exactly the same problem with our history of treating aborigines.

  7. In Vermont, we can have private graveyards on our land by calling up the town clerk. I may do that if my children agree to inherit the property. Bury me under a tree with my dog and cat. I'm just not certain yet.


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