Joani (Blank) update - Sad news
From: Neil Planchon (
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:41:41 -0700 (PDT)
Hello everyone in Cohousing-l land…

I am attaching two recent messages about Joani - my longtime personal friend, 
neighbor and Cohousing ambassadress. One of mine and the other Amika’s (Joani’s 
daughter) are below….

Hello neighbors

I am saddened as I share with you that Joani passed away Saturday (8/6) around 
5:30PM.  She had loving family by her side who shepherded her through the last 
stage of this life.

Rest in peace, Joani (my sweet)

(Swan's Market Cohousing - <>)


And here is the message which Amika posted on Facebook on August 7th…

"My mama passed yesterday, at home, Blossom and me and Bapu by her side...My 
family was blessed to have spent this sacred time with this lovely woman who 
raised me as her own.

"She was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in June, took the news like a champ 
and did like she always down to business and handled logistics and 
preparations. She chose to have a Celebration of Life rather than a funeral, 
and at celebration last week, she was able to say her goodbyes and feel the 
love of her community. 
"She opened her celebration addressing police brutality and honoring the Black 
Lives Matter movement. Her life was based on advancing social justice issues, 
and the bigger picture always took precedence over her personal struggles. The 
celebration was another platform for her to acknowledge what was really 
important to her. She had a rapid decline after the celebration, and I think 
she felt she had completed what she needed to. 

"This fierce revolutionary woman has taught us all so much. She has done so 
many things in her full days here on earth and I know you all have 
stories...share them if you feel like it. If I made this post about all she's 
done it would take days.

"Instead, we are honoring the graceful way she passed. She relaxed into the 
process and let go of trying to control anything...she was able to receive love 
and care, and transformed into this gentle and vulnerable Queen. She spoke with 
each one of my kids and my Papa in the last days of her consciousness. She 
passed me the "boss torch", and gave her blessings to my incarcerated other 
half as he led us in family prayer on the phone. We laid with her and watched 
her take her last breath. She had a sweet smile on her face and was 
comfortable. Milo joined us and we covered her body in henna tattoos, flowers 
from the garden, frankincense and lavender oils, and filled her space with 
candlelight, sage, copal, and Palos Santos. Bapu stayed curled up with her in 
bed...we played music and looked at pictures and laughed and cried. It was 
exactly what she wanted, and it was beautiful to hold space for her at the 


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