Communication creates compassion creates community

Earlier this year, I, Karen van Vuuren, editor of Natural Transitions Magazine, was sitting in Patricia Kelley’s living room in her modest Victorian-era home. Kelley, a doyenne of the field of end-of-life communication, is mostly known for her first book, Final Gifts, which she co-authored with fellow hospice nurse, Maggie Callanan and published in 1992. …

Life after death: What to expect when we die

This article is from an editorial in Volume 2 Issue 4 of Natural Transitions Magazine: Life after Death. Our fear of death is foremost a fear of the unknown. By the time we reach death’s door, most of us in the Western world will have given scant thought to what lies beyond our material existence…

Caregiving and Receiving – we need to share the care

The following post an editorial by Karen van Vuuren from Vol2#3 of Natural Transitions Magazine: Caregiving and Receiving.   Suddenly, there was not enough of me to go around. Over the course of a week, I’d received pleas for help from three friends with relationship crises, two with broken limbs, and one with a life-threatening…

Natural Transitions Magazine issue on Children and Death

A frail, exhausted octogenarian dies and we muse on his consummate life. He’s made it through childhood to old age, and the finishing post is death. Grief and sadness arise, but he had a “good inning” (or that’s the hope). Not so with the demise of a child. We expect our progeny to flourish, to…

Upcoming issues

The spring issue of Natural Transitions Magazine is on hospice and palliative care – featuring hospice work in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ira Byock’s provocative new book – The Best Care Possible, and Being Pissed Off about Death by Isabel Stenzel-Byrnes.  We’re looking for story ideas and contributors for the summer issue, which will be on Children…

A Forum for News and Discussion

This is the first post for the NEW Natural Transitions BLOG. It’s our hope that it will be a forum for sharing your thoughts about old and new ideas about conscious, holistic approaches to end of life.  Please email us with anything you would like us to share.  The end of life field contains so…