Grief, bardos and Hidden waterfalls

… These things death has taught me. Living and dying has become my first noble truth in that we will all die. This teaching was my first and foremost one embedded in my psyche from the repeated daily sacred drift of being with someone I loved dearly and holding the fires of presence with each minute I was gifted to be in her presence. I have since come to understand that this grace was an act of duty, a pledge to devote my life to the beloved. This her last journey was for eleven months a wondrous memory of being by her side living with her/our cancer. That’s what she called it “ living with Cancer”  not dying with cancer. She did not share my first noble truth. Her truth was love everyone , be happy. So there we were happily dying daily. Eva was my guide into Holy Love. She died on June 19th And honoring her request as her guide for her journey of living with cancer a timeless symphonic work, that sacred drift, I was called after her death to enter deeper and journeyed into reciting the Bardos from the Tibetan Book of the Dead for forty days. As with [...] continue the story

My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech passed away May 20, 2013. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and friends. We are forever touched by his story. Thank you for sharing your life and music with us, Zach. You are dearly missed and loved.

 

Published on May 3, 2013

Zach Sobiech is a 17 year old diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. With only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye. Zach turned 18 years old today (May 3rd, 2013) and continues his fight against cancer with a smile that can change the world. Happy Birthday Zach! You are in all of our prayers!

Zach’s song, ‘Clouds’ is available on iTunes and other online music stores and that proceeds benefit the Zach Sobiech Research Fund of Children’s Cancer Research Fund http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach

SoulPancake presents, in collaboration with Wayfarer Entertainment: Director/Producer: Justin Baldoni Producer: Ahmed Kolacek Producer: Sam Baldoni Associate Producer: Fouad Elgohari Editor: Olly Riley-Smith Special Thanks to Dirty Robber DP: Kieran Murphy Cam Op: Sam Rosenthal Grip/Gaffer: Erik Christensen Sound Recordist: Jordon Justice Composer: Jamey Heath Colorist: Kurt Nishimura Mixed by: Jamey Heath VFX: Abdullah Nabil Cam Op: Kraig Adams Cam Op/DIT: Emerson Boergadine

Visit: http://wayfarer-entertainment.com

Songs: Flowers in her hair – The Lumineers Clouds – A Firm Handshake For My Grace – Original song from Zach Sobiech Sandcastles – A Firm [...] continue the story

Clouds by Zach Sobiech

Published on Dec 5, 2012

“Clouds” is now available on iTunes! To download go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/clo…

All proceeds support the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

Zach’s CD – Now Available!

Zach’s family also started the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund-http://ccrf.convio.net/site/TR/Events…, to fund research for the cancer that is taking his life, in hopes that kids diagnosed tomorrow will have a better chance for a cure. For gifts $20 or higher, you will receive a copy of Zach’s album featuring the studio recording of “Clouds”, along with an acoustic version, and a selection of other songs. Click here for more information: http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach/

Look for “Clouds” in online music stores soon!

Zach’s Story

Zach Sobiech, of Lakeland, Minnesota, doesn’t go far without his guitar in tow. Facing months to live, 17-year-old Zach is turning to music – writing and performing songs as a way to say goodbye to his friends and family.

Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009. Since his diagnosis, Zach has endured several surgeries and months of chemo. In May, 2012, the cancer spread to his pelvis and lungs. There are no known effective treatments left. As Zach fights to live, he remains the same joyful soul he has always been. He still smiles as brightly as he did [...] continue the story

How Gen Y Is Changing Cancer

F*ck Cancer founder Yael Cohen is at the forefront of a fresh news movement that has multiple generations working together to begin “looking for cancer instead of just finding it.”

Following her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2009, Yael Cohen decided to use the ‘F word’ to fight the ‘C word.’ Yael is founder, president, and CFF (Chief Cancer Fucker) of FCancer, a non-profit organization that encourages and empowers Generation Y talk to their parents about early detection. It gives them a clear call to action to involve, engage, and educate their parents. Named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” in 2012, Cohen has grown FCancer into an inspirational and influential player in the charity space and has recruited a host of A-list celebrities to use their influence to garner public support.

Attitude

I’ve come to believe that seriously sick people are often subject to some very interesting comments from well-intentioned non-sick people. They are frequently inspired by #platitudes from self-help-books, Google chat rooms (heaven forbid), or beliefs that have been around for so long that they are a natural part of common discourse.

To be fair, when we are confronted with the uncomfortable task of talking to a sick person, our conversation can easily become a pre-programmed response that make us feel better for having said something uplifting, positive, sympathetic, or socially acceptable. It’s antiphonal, like the “god bless you” after someone sneezes.

And, for the record, I have probably said every single one of them myself at one time or another.

But as the recipient of them after my diagnosis and subsequent chemotherapy for metastatic primary peritoneal cancer, I felt like I was listening to some foreign language. I have even questioned if I really said some of those things that now make me feel like Charlie Brown listening to his mother’s distorted ..wah,..wah…wah…

I’ve heard excited reports from people who said they knew a person who had exactly (strong emphasis on “exactly”) what I have and “she’s been just fine for 20 years.”

There was [...] continue the story