Spirit of Resh Foundation: Enhancing Life by Embracing Death

WE USE STORY TO BUILD RECOGNITION THAT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DEATH INFLUENCES HOW WE CHOOSE TO LIVE

 

We envision a cultural re-alignment in which people accept that embracing death enhances life, awakening love and compassion, and inspiring legacies that matter.

We offer Legacy Story Circle Programs, locally and nationally, in partnership with your community or organization, helping people transform loss into legacy.

Resh is a letter of the sacred Hebrew alphabet, symbolizing the bridge between body and spirit.

Call us to inquire about a program for your community

510.390.1098   or   541.708.1383

 

About Us: Dedication...

Spirit of Resh Foundation is dedicated to Lois Joy Myers and David Lynn Akard. Their lives and deaths inspired these principles, by which we serve: Love is the connective tissue between all life. Life is precious. This moment is all we have. Respect for all life creates vital, healthy communities. The purpose of human life is to love, learn, grow and serve. Honesty, expressed with compassion, builds intimacy and trust. Forgiveness is a path to healing. It is up to each of us to make the most of the circumstances we are given by life. Trusting in the connection between that which is seen and unseen transforms fear into love.

Spirit of Resh Foundation is dedicated to Lois Joy Myers and David Lynn Akard.

Their lives and deaths inspired these principles, by which we serve:

Love is the connective tissue between all life.

Life is precious. This moment is all we have.

Respect for all life creates vital, healthy communities.

The purpose of human life is to love, learn, grow and serve.

Honesty, expressed with compassion, builds intimacy and trust.

Forgiveness is a path to healing.

It is up to each of us to make the most of the circumstances we are given by life.

Trusting in the connection between that which is seen and unseen transforms fear into love.

 

About Us: Spirit of Resh Directors...

Lily Myers Kaplan, Founder & Director With a Master’s degree in Culture and Spirituality, and thirty years as a an ordained non-denominational minister, Lily has made a career of guiding people to build meaning and purpose from the most challenging of life circumstances. Beyond her private practice as a soul-coach and life-cycle celebrant, Lily has been a hospice volunteer manager, the program director of a modern day mystery-school, and executive director of a non-profit family camp. She says, "I am so proud to be the director of Spirit of Resh Foundation dedicated to the memory of my sister, Lois and brother in law, Dave." Using story as force for healing in her southern Oregon community is a way Lily keeps Lois and Dave alive and ensures that her own heart is continually re-invigorated.

Lily Myers Kaplan, Founder & Director

With a Master’s degree in Culture and Spirituality, and thirty years as a an ordained non-denominational minister, Lily has made a career of guiding people to build meaning and purpose from the most challenging of life circumstances. Beyond her private practice as a soul-coach and life-cycle celebrant, Lily has been a hospice volunteer manager, the program director of a modern day mystery-school, and executive director of a non-profit family camp. She says, "I am so proud to be the director of Spirit of Resh Foundation dedicated to the memory of my sister, Lois and brother in law, Dave." Using story as force for healing in her southern Oregon community is a way Lily keeps Lois and Dave alive and ensures that her own heart is continually re-invigorated.

 
Sally Long, Co-Founder & Board Chair For Sally, the Spirit of Resh Foundation is a living memorial to the legacy of love left by Lois and David. As Lois and Lily’s elder sister, she was both distraught and inspired by Lois and Dave’s extended cancer journey and untimely deaths. Fueled by the two emotions, she imagined a world where renewed life purpose could spring from honoring death. Her knowledge as a long-time educator combined with her non-profit board experience led to co-founding Spirit of Resh with Lily. From the beginning Sally cheered from the background as the emerging Foundation took shape. Now, retired from her multi-faceted career in higher education, she continues to be a creative champion of Resh and is proud to serve as the current Board Chair.

Sally Long, Co-Founder & Board Chair

For Sally, the Spirit of Resh Foundation is a living memorial to the legacy of love left by Lois and David. As Lois and Lily’s elder sister, she was both distraught and inspired by Lois and Dave’s extended cancer journey and untimely deaths. Fueled by the two emotions, she imagined a world where renewed life purpose could spring from honoring death. Her knowledge as a long-time educator combined with her non-profit board experience led to co-founding Spirit of Resh with Lily. From the beginning Sally cheered from the background as the emerging Foundation took shape. Now, retired from her multi-faceted career in higher education, she continues to be a creative champion of Resh and is proud to serve as the current Board Chair.

 
Deborah D'Ottavio, Board Secretary As with most of us humans, I have experienced loss and grief throughout my life and these experiences influence my service on the Spirit of Resh Board of Directors. Being a member of the Resh team is part of my own legacy as I bring my experiences, adding value to our programs and supporting those we serve. With approximately 30 years of experience in the technology field, and almost as many in volunteer work for various causes, I find joy in working on Resh's social media platform where I can offer inspiration for those who are our followers. I strongly believe in the Spirit of Resh principles, most specifically this one: Life is precious; this moment is all we have.  It is an honor to serve as the Secretary of the Spirit of Resh Board of Directors.

Deborah D'Ottavio, Board Secretary

As with most of us humans, I have experienced loss and grief throughout my life and these experiences influence my service on the Spirit of Resh Board of Directors. Being a member of the Resh team is part of my own legacy as I bring my experiences, adding value to our programs and supporting those we serve. With approximately 30 years of experience in the technology field, and almost as many in volunteer work for various causes, I find joy in working on Resh's social media platform where I can offer inspiration for those who are our followers. I strongly believe in the Spirit of Resh principles, most specifically this one: Life is precious; this moment is all we have.  It is an honor to serve as the Secretary of the Spirit of Resh Board of Directors.

 
Marnie Olena, Board Treasurer It is a deep privilege to serve as Treasurer of Spirit of Resh Foundation. Through my service, I know that I am supporting others as they walk the path of grief and begin to translate their loss into legacy. I know firsthand the value that our programs bring to those in the midst of grief, having experienced losses of close friends and family. I’ve worked in the financial industry for nearly 25 years, and bringing my business skills, as a source of fiscal support to the Spirit of Resh Foundation is a pleasure. Our values, in particular, honesty, love and respect, are core beliefs for me and I am honored to be part of the work that is Resh.

Marnie Olena, Board Treasurer

It is a deep privilege to serve as Treasurer of Spirit of Resh Foundation. Through my service, I know that I am supporting others as they walk the path of grief and begin to translate their loss into legacy. I know firsthand the value that our programs bring to those in the midst of grief, having experienced losses of close friends and family. I’ve worked in the financial industry for nearly 25 years, and bringing my business skills, as a source of fiscal support to the Spirit of Resh Foundation is a pleasure. Our values, in particular, honesty, love and respect, are core beliefs for me and I am honored to be part of the work that is Resh.

 

Two Rare Birds:A Legacy of Love

Two Rare Birds serves as a beacon of hope for the grieving heart. It is breathtaking to discover how much inner strength and peace can be found while facing difficulty and death. Two Rare Birds is Spirit of Resh founder Lily Myers Kaplan's story of wandering through the shadow-lands of grief toward a restored sense of purpose. Follow Lily's path in Two Rare Birds as she discovers the profound power of love and the beauty in all cycles of life.

Reviews of Two Rare Birds:

Lily Myers Kaplan's memoir, written with an unsentimental devotion to truth, is a guide through the underworld of loss and into the chamber of renewal. It is a testament to love and an enduring statement of fidelity to what matters most in life. By leading us through the great hall of sorrows Lily enables us to find the courage to discover who we really are, where we belong, and what is sacred. This book is a lantern in the dark. Read it and find heart.

Francis Weller; Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow & Rituals of Renewal

Two Rare Birds is an enchanting story of love, grief and wisdom that deeply moves the heart in unexpected ways. The spirtual transformation that is potential in the journey with cancer and the encounter with death is illuminated in these pages. Let Lily Myers Kaplan's words inspire you to realize the compassion that you are.

Dale Borglum; Executive Director of The Living/Dying Project

"...a refreshingly honest examination of death and of our culture's treatment of it...when the memoir narrows its focus to the interwoven forces of love and death, it offers readers a powerfully hopeful perspective."

Kirkus Reviews
 

The Book Of Life & Legacy: Honoring The Ancestors

Since ancient times people have gathered around a central hearth to listen as stories are told, revealing where we come from and how we are bound to one another. Every culture or community and every family or group of friends has its unique stories, told over and over with laughter and tears. These stories form the very foundation of our being, helping us discover, ever more deeply who we are.

Dedicated to stories of loved ones, The Books of Life and Legacy are virtual memorials filled with stories and images that honor ancestors of all shapes, sizes, cultures and histories, connecting us in a shared experience of love and loss. They remind us that by every choice we make, and every action we take, we are passing on what matters to us, thus creating our own story and our own legacy every day of our lives. May each story help you to remember the oneness that underlies our shared humanity. We invite you to open the book as if gathered around a virtual hearth.

 

Add your loved one to a book of life and legacy today.

It's easy to do; just call us to schedule a story interview.

510.390.1098 or 541.708.1383

The Tree Of Living & Dying: Gatherings For Sacred Story

These are ceremonial evenings exploring the powerful relationships between life, death and beyond. Authors read from published works and works in progress, which are then woven into a shared experience of embodied story. Participants have a chance to speak stories, too, and to feed the mystery by placing on an altar the names of ancestors and photos or mementos to honor loved ones who have died.

All who are contemplating what it means to be born, live a life, and die into the mystery of whatever lies beyond will find a space where inquiry, story, and witnessing lead toward a deepened acceptance of death as part of life. Loss, grief, wonder, questioning, or all-out confusion are welcome entry points for joining the gathering.

Tree of Living & Dying Gatherings are designed to Honor The Ancestors and are held each fall in Ashland, Oregon.

The next one is:

November 1, 2017: 6:30-8:30pm

Held at Hidden Springs Wellness Center: 635 Lit Way, Ashland, Oregon

Registration Fee: $10 in advance / $15 at the door

Registration Opens In Mid-September

Call to schedule a Tree of Living & Dying Gathering for your community.

510.390.1098 or 541.708.1383

Transforming Loss To Legacy Story Programs

Sharing experiences within Loss to Legacy Story Circles is a safe space for exploring ever-evolving stories of loss and redefining legacy. They are an exploration into how to build meaning out of the challenging journey of loss and grief. Using stories and reflection, participants uncover the lessons learned through the deaths of loved ones, leading toward life renewal centered upon whatever matters most.

Story Circles are offered locally and nationally wherever people want to transform loss to legacy.

The next Transforming Loss to Legacy program will be held in early 2018.

Contact us for more information: 510.390.1098 or 541.708.1383

 

Funerals and Memorials

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Creating a meaningful celebration of the life of your loved one is an honor Spirit of Resh takes very seriously. Whether you lean toward the traditional or the alternative, in-the-home or in-a-chapel, at the cemetery or in the great outdoors, Lily will accommodate your wishes. 

Having officiated as a non-denominational minister at all manner of memorials and life-cycle celebrations for the past thirty years, Lily gives her full attention to eliciting stories which most truly honor your loved one. Understanding that each human being is unique, Lily creates services which honors that individuality and helps you find meaning and healing in the process.

CALL TO INQUIRE ABOUT HOW WE CAN SUPPORT YOU

510.390.1098 or 541.708.1383

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COMING THIS FALL: Funeral & Memorial Ceremonies 101

Offered in a partnership with Litwiller-Simonsen Mortuary, in Ashland, Oregon

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Spirit of Resh Foundation: Enhancing Life by Embracing Death

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