|Joani Blank has passed||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Grace Kim (Graceschemataworkshop.com)|
|Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:54:50 -0700 (PDT)|
I'm so sad to hear how quick she went. Her daughter's account of her passing is so beautiful. grace h. kim schemata workshop (sent via mobile messaging) > ing) > > ------------------------------ > > Message: 2 > Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:41:37 -0700 > From: Neil Planchon <neil [at] swansway.com> > To: coho-l <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Subject: [C-L]_ Joani (Blank) update - Sad news > Message-ID: <EB0BBF3E-25EF-47C0-8449-0DB5BD13A96B [at] swansway.com> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 > > 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 - http://www.swansway.com <http://www.swansway.com/>) > > -=-=- > > > 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 does...got 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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