Introduction

 

The Hummingbird is the symbol for joy-in-life that pervades throughout the book. The why of Before Forever After is about containing suffering and optimizing joy. Most of us suffer when someone we love dies. Many of us suffer even more when certain conversations weren’t had and suddenly we find ourselves in a family dispute that we never imagined could happen.
Before Forever After offers you a kaleidoscope of stories, from birth to death and life in between. Each story is chosen for its power as a kind of Aesop’s Fable, an Anansi tale – there’s a nugget of a question embedded in it: What relevance does this have in my life – and the choices I’m making in regard to how I shape the way I live and how I’d prefer to die? - Helena Dolny