I recently lost my partner of 27 years, Margaret Hawke,. who finally
succumbed to her suite of complex chronic illnesses in July, at the Mosman Park nursing home. Prior to that she was two months at Bethesda Hospital palliative care unit, which I think were two of the best months of her life. She had lovely ambience beautiful food, good nursing care, and abundant Pastoral care.
Margaret described herself as a "Peace Baby" and always cherished her WCSF connection, and said her office at her little home altar regardless of her state of health on the day.
Margaret said “And I will go from this body into my spiritual body. That is the biggest challenge anybody will ever have. But minute by minute, moment by moment, I am letting go. I know that I am done. To take up my newborn self…”
We all of us are still in the realm where the only two things you can be sure of are death and taxes, a world which counsels caution against dinner table talk of politics and religion.
But a saying by Ghandi long treasured by Margaret shows us the way: Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Margaret 's estate generously donated two years of website fees in her memory.
Another way that she continues to "Be the Change..."
I am sad to be hearing your loss of a partner in life. It is hard to face life alone, especially now that the world has become really complicated and lonely. I hope that you would get to move on and be happy again, Anne. I have been living alone for the past decade. I also lost my partner due to a disease, but I have already gotten over it. I was really miserable during the first few years. The reason why I became happy was because of the lord.