Panther and Felicia at The Enlightened One's home. Later Panther came to let me care for her.
|Medicine Wheel in The Enlightened One's back yard|
My time with her in her last year was such a blessing.
|Quan Yin in the garden|
We went out of town to a daytime women's singing concert produced by friends, and played in a river.
|Amma, the Hugging Saint|
She invited me for a Japanese tea ceremony in her garden.
We shared what we loved together, and we both took pictures.
|The Enlightened One and her daughter share LOVE!|
When I came home, I found that she needed a lot more care. Her daughter was there more of the time, though she had a job and a dear husband who also took part in all of that was happening.
|Visiting church for the last time - JOY|
|The Enlightened One on her porch|
|A picture I saw at The Enlightened One's memorial service|
She left this earth on Sept. 13. I sat with her for some of the time that day as she gradually left us. Many friends came to say goodbye in person.
Her memorial service was held a couple of weeks later, at our church. It was a great sharing of the friendships in her life, with a coming together of people who had known her, but not each other. A FaceBook page had been started for all these new connections that had developed because of her influence on our lives.
Recently I spoke with another woman who said she just found out a friend has only a few months to live. I made sure to tell her what a wonderful time I had as an "angel of transition" before The Enlightened One died, being part of the last year of her life, just doing what I could and learning so much from her. It was truly uplifting.