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A Journey of Life and Love – September 2017

February 19, 2018 by  
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If you clicked through from my February 2018 newsletter this is what I meant when I said I’m re-assimilating to life. My Mom died August 15 and this was the newsletter article I sent out in September.

Love you and miss you a ton, Mom. And miss you too, Dad.

A Journey of Life and Love – A Tribute to My Mom – Her Life and Her Love

On August 15, 2017 in the presence of my brother and I our Mom peacefully took her last breath. It was an amazingly sacred experience.

In the days that led up to her passing family and her closest friends visited. We played FullSizeRender(10)music like “Pure Imagination” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Unforgettable” and my nieces sang “Come Fly with Me” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” It was truly beautiful. Tears and love flowed.

About 8:00pm on August 15th as the sun was setting a beautiful large yellow butterfly appeared outside her window and lingered. My brother and I were told that sometimes people like to transition when no one is with them. So we decided to step outside, but first I told her “we love you so much and it’s okay to go. We are going to give you a little time to yourself.” When we came back in her breath had changed so we knew the time was approaching. My brother put on a beautiful song about hellos and goodbyes. She made her exit. It was surreal.

We feel blessed that we were there with her and grateful for the grace and the love and care we were able to collectively give to her since the moment of her diagnosis one year earlier. Our Mom loved life. She was 89 years young and would have stayed much longer if she could have. The grief comes and goes as all of you know who have lost someone close to you. The love remains.

For those of you who didn’t see my Facebook write-up here is a link to her obituary here is what we wrote about our Mom, Joan Irene Guyman, to honor her 89 years on this planet.

I’m being patient and gentle with myself as I navigate the grief and this new space. And I’m incredibly thankful for all the support I have.

And relieved to be delving more fully back into my work and teaching because in that “space” I readily connect with that part of me that feels the sacredness and peace and joy of life and I’m able to enliven IMG_8612that in myself and share that with others. In the space of Reiki and Meditation we connect to presence, to peace and to love. We illumine ourselves and the world.

In gratitude to my Mom and Dad, who are now together on the other side, for giving me this journey of life.

I will be writing the story of my Dad’s passage to the other side. There were some absolutely astonishing things that happened around his death that showed me that something larger was at work. And after his passing he has certainly continued to me a presence in my life…and has come through to me in some dramatic ways!

Giving thanks to all of you for being a part of this journey. Let’s embrace it all. Changes, difficulties, loss, the unknown and the love. As my Mom would always say “life is dynamic” “don’t worry” and “have a positive attitude.” And “believe.” Good advice from a zealous and loving soul. Know that magical possibilities known and unknown are arising. And trust in the moment and the journey.

Love to you all,



“We are travelers on a cosmic journey — stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile.” Deepak Chopra

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