Memories in Dragonflies: Simple Lessons for Mindful Dying

Memories in Dragonflies: Simple Lessons for Mindful Dying

by Lannette Cornell Bloom


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Life—and death—may be hard; but joy is simple.

Lannette Cornell Bloom, a typical, overworked nurse, wife, and mom of two, was forty-three when her mother was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. She quit her job and dove headlong into the familiar role of caretaking. This choice—to slow down and be present for the hardest year of her life—resulted in an awakening. In unexpected moments, as childhood memories flooded into the present, Lannette glimpsed bits of magic that existed just beyond the pain. Without knowing it, she was experiencing a mindful dying process with her mother—and it was a journey that would change the way she lived the rest of her life.

A touching and soulful memoir that gracefully uncovers the beauty that is often lost within the dying process, Memories in Dragonflies is a beautiful portrait of what it means to be human and a gentle reminder to enjoy every moment, because even the simplest ones bring lasting joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631524691
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 122
Sales rank: 1,268,794
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lannette Cornell Bloom is a registered nurse, speaker, and author. She is passionate about bringing simple joys to others. As an RN and health practitioner of more than thirty years, she has seen firsthand the need to care for others, both emotionally and physically. She brings into focus the fragility of life and the importance of enjoying the simple joys that slip through our fingers if we’re not paying attention. Bloom currently lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband and two pugs. Learn more at

Table of Contents

1) The Diagnosis 11

2) Build Your Bridge 17

3) Take a Deep Breath 21

4) Ignore the Clock 25

5) Accept Authenticity 29

6) Let Them Lead 33

7) Be a Sanctuary 37

8) Remember to Look Up 41

9) Find Your Ritual 45

10) Maybe You Can't Walk but You Can Roll 49

11) Accept the Torch 53

12) Slow Down with Fast Food 57

13) Let Your Heart Speak to Other Hearts 61

14) Handle the Things You Can 65

15) Know Your Limits 69

16) Bring the Outdoors In 73

17) Let Go of Anger 79

18) Don't Miss the Small Stuff 83

19) Be Grateful for Each Day 85

20) Create a Family Symbol 87

21) Listen to the Bells Ring 93

22) Always Celebrate 95

23) Listen Without Distraction 101

24) Keep the Precious Moments Intimate 103

25) It's Okay to Let Go 107

26) Memories in Dragonflies 111

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