Monthly Archives: April 2013

Life Review

Life review is an important piece of counseling that I have studied and utilized in my work as a hospice social worker and volunteer.  It’s the process of thinking back on one’s life and sharing this with another person.  As a person brings their life to a close, this process can help a person know that they have left a legacy, that their life has had meaning and is of value.

This can be done with photos, scrapbooks, audio recordings, and video recording.  It can be done entirely orally, between two people, amongst a family together, and with friends.  Creating a permanent historical record (through journals, photo albums, collages, scrapbooks, family trees…) can be very meaningful for some families.

I’ve used aspects of life review in my own life.  This past weekend I got to spend time with my Aunt Gayle, also a social worker.  Sharing childhood stories has been something I’ve loved doing with her, connecting through our histories.  Today I took the time to go to one of my childhood homes, where I lived from 6 years of age until I was 18.  So many memories of my neighborhood friends with Sabrina, Stephanie, Justin, Katie, Beckie, Rachel, Brandon, and my sister.  From learning to roller skate and riding bikes, to learning about soccer, May Day and sharing adventures in the orchards.  Even with the difficult memories that I can remember living here, I’m ever so thankful for the good times in a place I called home.  IMGP3818



With my last final turned in at approximately 2:20 PST, today marks the closing of my life as a graduate social work student.  The warmth of the sun, the inner calm, and the excitement of so many possibilities.  Which book shall I read next?  There’s so many photos to take!  Which desk and study area should I clean up first?  There are craft projects to finish up, friends to catch up with, dogs & cats to play with, and a yard full of flowers and bushes and trees to attend to!  IMGP3814 The best part of today, is that I am present for this.  A most spectacular feeling of the here and now.  IMGP3815

Powerful Place

Kendra and I have re-started our Saturday morning walks a few weeks ago; today my camera came along.  IMGP3812 No matter how long I’ve lived here, I still find myself amazed by the natural beauty that surrounds us. IMGP3811