“Peg, I want you to know what yesterday’s workshop meant to me: I came to Groton determined not to let strangers handle my husband’s body when the time comes, but with no clue about what to do and how to do it myself. You gave me the tools to further my learning, and to face the future with a fair amount of confidence. I shed a ton of fear on the way home last night, had a good talk with my husband, and watched as relief erased a dozen lines from his beautiful face. What a gift you have given us. With heartfelt thanks.”
“Without really knowing you, I didn’t know what to expect. But your presentations were rich and engaging. You offered wisdom and insight from your vast experiences that were all beautifully communicated. You created an environment where those present felt safe… safe to ask questions and be present with one another as we experienced such new ideas and skills.
“So thank you. I have a small group of women from my church who are gathering just this week so I can pass along some of what I have learned. And I am blessed that you are available as questions arise.”
“Thank you for your fabulous presentation — your humor, lightness of touch, and knowledge are a powerful combination. You are a game changer — a true social activist. Somehow, I think we will meet again. With great respect.”
“I came looking mostly for information on dealing with the body without using a funeral home. And I left thinking very positively about a home funeral! I had never considered it and I will be spending time talking it over with my family and continuing to search for how/whether this is right for me. Thank you! Your style and approach were the perfect blend of information, humor, and heartfelt commitment. I am so glad you live near me as a resource.”
“I recently witnessed Peg Lorenz giving a talk on home funerals. I received the talk as a total gift. Peg is very passionate and highly knowledgeable about the topic. Using video as well as texts she really takes your fears of death away, or nearly so, by debunking the many myths and illusions that have accrued around what it means to die in the United States today. Peg helps safeguard and restore the transformation that death can mean for family members, and for the dying person as well. She has big plans regarding the change of our culture in the direction of a less corporate and more humane way of dying and stopping the pollution that is now going on due to undertakers. I wish her the very best!”
“I am so grateful that I attended your workshop!
“I liked what I read in the paper about the workshop and was so intrigued to learn more.
“When I was younger the first wakes I went to were friends killed suddenly in a car accident. I was totally “creeped out” by the suddenness of it, the trauma of it, the sadness of it etc.
“I am a lot older now and have been to many wakes since, mostly of elderly people.
“I was with my Aunt when she died a peaceful death. She had been moved from the hospital to a nursing home to die. My Uncle could not bear to be there and watch her. My mother (her sister) and another sister were there, as well as myself and my daughter and other family members. We held her hand and talked to her. We stayed with her and prayed for her. When she died my mother called my uncle on the phone and said it was all over. He died 6 months later of a broken heart. That experience, being with my aunt and family members helped me to get over death being “creepy”
“My parents are both in their 80’s now. They frequent the doctor’s office with various ailments. I am trying to ready myself for the inevitable.
“Your workshop helped so much in taking the scariness out of death. A little bit of humor helped too. I have more information now in deciding how I want to go.
“The whole workshop was great. There was so much information. The hands on part was helpful, the bag of supplies ready ahead of time, a great idea.
“You are doing a great service to so many at such an emotional time. I am grateful for the information so that I can be prepared when the time comes. Prepared by knowing more and also knowing there is help out there, yourself and hospice.
“Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your time, it was very much appreciated.”