Category Archives: Newsletter Articles

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.

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 […]

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). We’ve been meeting once a week for over a year and a half. […]

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. Written by Mitch Albom, a Detroit sportswriter, the book relates weekly meetings he had with his former […]

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, […]

Clown & Prankster

A 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 […]

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. Joe is a sculptor and while in Detroit had been working in […]

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. She had gone through successive chemo and radiation treatments which had bought her time; time […]

Will Carter

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. When I first met him he showed me a photograph of what appeared to be a robust young man, then reported that […]

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

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. A perplexed ladybug with button eyes and pipe-cleaner whiskers askew. Gold fish that look happy enough, though only one is ascending. A butterfly […]

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. From the inside, one’s journey feels compelling and significant, and as the years slip by it feels substantial. […]

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. Her caregiver, David, led me to the brightly lit bedroom at the rear of the home. A rail had been installed […]

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. When the mother […]