A blogsite by Shelley Whizin, Founder of the Soul Diving Institute

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You have found your way to LoveLifeandBeyond.com, because somehow the subject of life and living, death and dying have come up in your thoughts or experiences. You could be that occasional thinker who is just curious, or maybe you’d like to know how to be with someone who is dying in a way that brings a sense of calm and peace. You might be someone who just found out that you have a life limiting illness yourself, and need some guidance on what to do now, how to approach your life, how to create a medical and personal support team, or how to create a funeral, memorial or celebration of life service. Whatever the reason, whomever it is for, I am glad you decided to visit. I thank you for taking time to look through the site. I sincerely hope you walk away with something that eases your way with a sense of grace by your side.  Feel free to contact me for any questions or concerns you may have.

My life’s passion and mandate is to gently, lovingly teach, support and guide individuals and their families through the living and dying experience of a loved one. My mission is to help you navigate through the fears, the sadness, the grief, the overwhelm, and the heartbreak of losing a loved one, or yourself, and all the emotions involved in the life to dying process to find a sense of solace within.”

– Shelley Whizin Founder, Soul Diving Institute, Professional Life and Death Teacher and Guide, Certified Death Midwife, Ordained Minister, Certified National Trainer for The Twilight Brigade, Speaker

Shelley Whizin


A Perspective on Understanding Disenfranchised Grief

"It takes a special and rare courage to acknowledge and adequately mourn when the grief is not socially recognized." -Kenneth Doka   Introduction When we lose someone, it is natural to grieve and mourn, but it's important to understand what grief means.  People...

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Seven Stages Of Grief: What Are the 7 Stages of Grief?

The grieving process is one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. It’s intense, confusing, and frustrating. Grief can be experienced after any loss, whether it is the loss of a home due to a natural disaster or foreclosure, or the loss of a job....

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The Meaning of Happiness Over 50

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..." - United States Declaration of Independence. 1776 Is...

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Benefits of Playfulness in Older Adults

  "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." -George Bernard Shaw Growing older is an interesting journey.  You're wiser, more experienced, more mature, and you grow in many different ways. Hopefully, you’ve taken the best...

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The Bucket List: Personal Priorities, Mission & Visions

"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years." – Abraham Lincoln “…. It’s the life in your years … “These words hold a poignant reminder to live life by doing all the things you love freely and with the joy of spontaneity....

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“If we wish to die well, we must learn how to live well: Hoping for a peaceful death we must cultivate peace in our mind, and in our way of life.” — The Dalai Lama