Re: Joani (Blank) update - Sad news
From: Diane (
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:13:31 -0700 (PDT)
She will be so deeply missed.  How can there be a coho conference without

On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 5:41 PM, Neil Planchon <neil [at]> wrote:

> 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)
> Neil
> (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 gates…”
> -=-=-
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Diane Margolis
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