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Letting Go with Pluto

Letting Go with Pluto

By Angela Gutzer – I wrote this story for the Swan Song festival, which was held October 26 at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre in Williams Lake, and I read it aloud at the event. It was inspired by “The Moth” podcast (themoth.org), a site that promotes the art and craft of storytelling to honour […]

The Swan Song Festival – Breathing Life into Death

The Swan Song Festival – Breathing Life into Death

Angela Gutzer and Nicola Finch are local end-of-life guides (also known as death doulas) who connected in the fall of 2017 thanks to a Green Gazette article written by Angela that alerted Nicola to their shared passion for ‘doing death differently’. The two women soon formed the Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network (CCDC) and have been […]

The Islands and The Undertaker

The Islands and The Undertaker

By Angela Gutzer – The islands of Haida Gwaii had been calling me back after seven years. A local told me that it’s a sign you will live here if, when you are leaving the island you see a whale on your way out. It happened to her and she never looked back. On the […]

Swan Song Festival: A Nation-wide Festival Celebrating Life through Death

Swan Song Festival: A Nation-wide Festival Celebrating Life through Death

By Angela Gutzer and Nicola Finch, Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network – The swan symbolizes grace, beauty, love, and transformation. She signifies beauty in the aging process—the shedding of our undesirable characteristics on the path to re-connecting to our eternal inner light. She teaches us to use courage as we hit the pitfalls of life and […]