Meet Christy Marie
Death has been a constant companion in my life from my earliest memories. I was blessed to be raised in a family that accepted this as a normal part of life and never shied away from talking about our loved ones after they had passed.
Even though my grandfather died when I was 5, I grew up hearing his stories and cherishing his memory. Years later, when my great-grandmother Elsie died I knew it before my parents even came home to tell us. Children are intuitive and connected.
I remember large family gatherings after the funerals of loved ones and the feelings of love, grief, sadness and even joy in the sharing of memories and stories.
Unfortunately, the small town I grew up in was not an easy place to thrive as a teenager. Too many of my friends died by suicide or in drunk-driving fatalities. Part of growing up was learning that grief is the price we pay for love. By the age of 15 I knew that today is truly the only thing we can count on and embraced fully living in the moment.
My first intimate connection with the process of watching a loved one die was at the age of 19. My beloved godfather received a cancer diagnosis and swiftly passed away. It was unexpected and heartbreaking. Less than ten years later my father also died of cancer. Being with him and holding the space as he took his last breaths was a sacred and life-changing experience. I know my training as a birth doula helped prepare me for that moment.
Over the next 20 years I survived and thrived despite more heartbreak, deaths, divorce, my own cancer diagnosis and recovery, and raising my beautiful children to adulthood. I spent 10+ years as an early childhood educator and have now come full circle with a return to college to study human development and aging. I am currently the co-producer of the annual Beautiful Dying Expo & Tradeshow that takes place on the first weekend of every November in beautiful downtown San Diego.
Death is a sacred right of passage that should be approached with the peace of mind that comes from making your final wishes known. Preparing for the end allows you to live fully in the present moment and is a gift those you love."
Serving the North San Diego and South Orange County region of California
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