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Near the crossroads, near Hecate

Rachel passed away at 7:45 last night.

She slept peacefully from the start of her sedation on Monday through the end. She had suffered so in the last few weeks; as soon as the medication kicked in, it was as if fifteen years had drained right out of her. We're all sad from the big Rachel-shaped hole in our lives, but she's at peace now, and it's what she wanted.

Rachel's daughter katychlorine was with her at the end; chemlabgoddess, linuxspice and I were off at the tattoo parlour, where Kathleen was having Rachel's spider tattoo put on in the same place. We had said our goodbyes to her on Monday when she was awake, but we said some more, and sang the Unitarian "Go Now In Peace" to Rachel, and I sang the ending movement to Kay Gardner's Ouroboros. We've lit a candle on her altar, and many prayers from many faiths have been said for her.

We'll be here with Kathleen through Sunday night, when Rachel's women's ritual circle will be having a ritual for her. That should get us back to Toronto on Monday, though not in time for work.

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tsjafo
Jan. 25th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss.
poeticalpanther
Jan. 25th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry for your loss...and glad you could be there.
baratron
Jan. 25th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Yes. This.
moominmuppet
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
many *hugs*

I'm very glad you were able to be there, and help make it what she needed, emotionally and spiritually. I hope the upcoming rituals are good for your heart and soul, too.
kshandra
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
...chemlabgoddess, linuxspice and I were off at the tattoo parlour, where Kathleen was having Rachel's spider tattoo put on in the same place.

I'll be smiling at spiders for the next few days now.

May the ritual bring you all peace.
danaeris
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh hon. I'm so sorry to hear that. *hugs* I'm glad that she was not in pain at the end, and was surrounded by people who love her. And I'm glad, for you, that you were able to see her again.

*many hugs, to be delivered in person when next we meet*
supergee
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
symapthy
raynaarwyn
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
solarbird
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. Snugs are good?
sistercoyote
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss.
indigodove
Jan. 26th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry for everyone's loss, but glad your friend is at peace. You'll all be in thoughts and prayers.
the_siobhan
Jan. 26th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Sympathies.
iamjw
Jan. 26th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
My condolences on your loss.
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