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Denlow, A Graceful Journey

When I met Denlow and Melissa all I knew about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, I’d learned from the deeply moving book Tuesdays with Morrie.… read more →


A Graceful Journey: The Complete PDF

Attached is a pdf file that essentially replicates what was presented in the newsletters, including photos, graphical images and related poems. I also add at the end a final poem from Denlow titled “Terminal Velocity.” This document also includes color photos rather than the black and white photos used in the newsletter.… read more →


Denlow, Journey Continued

A year has passed since I wrote about Denlow Enlow in last year’s newsletter. Melissa Enlow contacted the Living/Dying Project in 2007 to ask for spiritual support for her husband, who had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).… read more →


Denlow, The Journey Ends

Denlow Enlow died on March 18, 2009, after four years struggling with the ravages of Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS. Those who’ve been following his journey over the last two years in the pages of the Living/Dying Project newsletter are aware that Denlow was a remarkable man who met the challenges of his disease with grace and good humor.… read more →


Denlow’s Poem

My Four Corners 8/25/08

My East

Scatter my ashes there

Where my life began

Where my seed began to germinate

That land where the three rivers meet

High up the river so that I will float down

Past all those places I played as a boy

Those precious pools of innocence

Back to my beginning, scatter me there

My South

Scatter my ashes there

Where my character developed

Where I finally took root

That valley beneath those golden bluffs

Under the cedar, where my mother spirit rests

In memory of times so happy and creative

I learned much about the world, myself as well

Back to my enlightenment, scatter me there

My West

Scatter my ashes there

Where I found my love

Where my universe blossomed

That hill with its hallowed halls of higher learning

Under the oak in the meadow, where I reveled free

A bacchanal with memories that will last lifetimes

Friendships forged, bonds unbreakable, love everlasting

Back to less troubled times, scatter me there

My North

Inter my ashes there

Where my life draws to an end

Where my life grew into fruition and went to seed

That land north of the bay where the sleeping maiden lay

In those valleys below my heart found its home

My perfect home, my beautiful wife and daughter, my love

Hopefully, I leave enough behind, my legacy of words

Take me to my ending, inter me there


Attached is a PDF file that essentially replicates what was presented in the newsletters, including photos, graphical images and related poems.… read more →


Clown & Prankster

Denlow SmilingA Clown, a Prankster, a Mensch

When I first met Denlow in early 2007, he was seated in a light-weight wheelchair that he would exit on occasion. The photo on the left was taken shortly after that meeting which came about because his loving wife Melissa had approached the Living/Dying Project seeking spiritual support for her husband.… read more →


Both Sides

Twenty years ago Joe called me as his father was dying and over the phone I helped him guide and support his father as he died. We became friends, Joe and I, and have stayed in touch even after he moved to Detroit.… read more →


My Mother

by Laurie Clarke

My eighty-nine year old mother had been battling multiple myeloma for two and a half years. This is a rather rare form of bone marrow cancer that affects the production of blood cells, ultimately deteriorating the bones.… read more →


Will Carter

Will Carter collage

Photo: Curtis Grindahl, Click to Enlarge

Will Carter’s T-cell count is zero. After nearly twenty years battling a virus Will refers to as “him,” the complex regimen of drugs that kept this unrelenting invader at bay no longer works.… read more →


Josh Carter’s Poem

Prospero’s Antiphon

“And my ending is despair,

Unless I relieved by prayer,

Which pierces so that it assaults mercy itself

and frees all faults.

Let your indulgence set me free.”

-The Tempest… read more →


Selected Poems by Sandy Scull

Facing the Wall

Her mouth opens for more morphine.

Eyes close. Index finger touches

a cross at her throat, head turning

towards the wall, where I look

at her four-year-old’s cutout art.… read more →


Ephemeral Life

by Curtis Grindahl

Client Intake Coordinator

I celebrated my seventieth birthday as Dale and I were putting the finishing touches on this newsletter, which means I’ve been incarnated in this body for seventy years and nine months.… read more →


Approaching the Unspeakable

This spring, I went to do the intake interview with Melissa Spivack, a 47-year-old woman who is almost four years into her journey with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, best known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.… read more →


Reflections of a Volunteer

In Buddhist teaching, the story is told of a mother grieving the death of her only son. She takes his body to the Buddha to find a cure. The Buddha asks her to bring a handful of mustard seeds from a family which has never lost a child, husband, parent or friend.… read more →