Photo: Kate Riley
Photo: Kate Riley
My latest book, Launching Vee’s Chariot: An End-of- Life Tale, chronicles the last nine months of my mother, Vee’s life and conscious dying process. She died at home on her own terms. My mother rocked the boat on everything I thought I knew about the dying process.
(Balboa Press/Hay House 2016)
Foreword: by Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones, award-winning author of The Art of Uncertainty: “There can be no question that the coming and going of one’s life is a topic that affects us all. One day we arrive here from the ethers of the Divine One and – likewise — one day we shall return to It. Most of us are good with the coming part—it’s the going art that we tend to avoid thinking about. This is a topic that deserves our attention because it is one that every one of us will have an opportunity to experience at some point; it is only a matter of when.”
Book Description: Dying a good death is Vee Riley’s final wish, and she believes a good death is a conscious death. In the grip of end-stage cancer, she decides how she will interact with her deteriorating physical condition, while letting go of family and friends, her home, and her independence. For most of her life, Vee pursued a daily spiritual practice that included artwork, writing, meditating, and communing in nature, and she devoted herself to compassionate service enriching the lives of hundreds. Now, at 87, Vee knows the door to life is closing, and she valiantly engages her daughter Kate as her ally. Vee’s goal is to die at home, but the process is not as straightforward as she envisioned.
Mother and daughter find themselves entering the mystery, where they apply the wisdom of mutually intelligent hearts to overcome each obstacle that threatens to derail them from fulfilling Vee’s ultimate goal. With fortitude, integrity, and compassion, Kate supports her mom every step of the way home. Vee’s death is not pretty, but it is enlightening. Her final act takes us through a labyrinth, and the supernova of Vee’s leave-taking illuminates a way for all who choose to live consciously into death.
(In The Beam Publishing House 2004)
Co-authored with my mom, Vee Riley.
Foreword: by Lucia Capacchione, PhD, author of 13 books: “The Green Velvet Journals will inspire people of all ages whose lives are touched by cancer or any other life-threatening illness. ”
Book Description: Mother and daughter navigate a brand new landscape after Vee finds a lump in her breast. Her daughter, Kate, faces her mother’s initial decision to “go within” with apprehension. Both women explore their own fears, aspirations, and love through journaling in matching green velvet journals. This book is an intimate portrayal of mother and daughter as they move through a breast cancer diagnosis.
A Note: The process mother and daughter go through individually and together in “The Green Velvet Journals” will later serve them well! The story is continued in “Launching Vee’s Chariot: An End-of-Life Tale”.
Kate Riley’s story with Compassion & Choices – compassionandchoices.org/stories/kate-riley/
“Launching Vee’s Chariot: Local woman writes on the power of the dying process” – Special Feature/Editor’s Selection – The Weekly Sun – May 25, 2016
“The Death Café Movement” – The Weekly Sun – September 16, 2015
“Miracle on Main Street” – The Weekly Sun – December 24, 2014
“Looking From the Outside In: Living in the Mystery” – The Weekly Sun – April 23, 2014
“Local Writing Groups; Writer’s Share Their POV” BOISE MAGAZINE – Spring 2010
“The Bus and Its Final Stop” – Funeral Consumers Alliance of Idaho – Spring 2009
“Conscious Dying” – Funeral Consumers Alliance of Idaho newsletter Spring 2009
— Marlene Gast, PhD, Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher
Reimagining End-of-Life Care | Kate Riley
Kate Riley believes the environment in which we enter our final days may very well orchestrate the entire experience. Kate shares her vision for a community guest house, a place where the dying are tenderly cared for on the emotional, physical and spiritual levels.
End-of-Life University – Karen Wyatt, MD interviews Kate Riley on Mothers & Daughters at the End of Life: instantteleseminar.com/Events/104232522
Kate Riley, and her son, Sean Riley Mauk, interviewed by Geoffrey Riley (no relation!) – Jefferson Public Radio: ijpr.org/post/midwife-end-life
Kate Riley is a caller on KGNU – news.kgnu.org/2016/02/end-of-life-series-coping-with-grief/
Kim Mooney interviews Kate Riley