Birth, Death, Joy, Grief

Feb 23, 2020

Birth, Death, Joy, Grief

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future

To a known God”

  • Corrie ten Bloom

My wife of 58 years (June 10) and best friend Eileen had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the esophagus, in February 2019. This blog gives my thoughts, fears, prayers, and hopes during this challenging and difficult time.

On Friday Alisandra (our son Dan) gave birth to Maria, 9.3 lbs., by caesarian, in the DC area where they live. Eileen saw the picture of Maria at the last time we saw her eyes open on Friday. Then on Saturday, February 22, 2020, Eileen breathed her last at around 1 PM. Fitting ending, gentle and quiet, as she had wished. I will not write more at this time (Sunday) but will reflect on this process over the next weeks. It has been exactly one year since I started to write my feelings and the process, and the process of the aftermath is equally important.


Gentle one, give You give us joy mixed with sorrow, as we watch in awe the change-over in life as the natural flow of life continues, as it ever has. Thank You for this gift.

6 thoughts on “Birth, Death, Joy, Grief”

  1. Dave and Peters all,
    I have been – for many years – privileged and proud to know Eileen and you and the stories of your family as it has grown. Over the past year your service of love to Eileen has provided a way for all who know you a way to prepare for this moment which is as glorious as it is grief-stricken. There is so much love coming your way! I hope and trust that it will help to carry you forward in the days to come. May you be blessed a thousandfold as I believe Eileen is now, folded in the arms of eternity, at home at last with the (other) love of her life, her God.
    Prayers for you,

  2. How glorious it is to have been together in love and life, David and Eileen. Compassion and Peace are the Truths that I recognize for you, David. Eileen continues her soul journey and you, as well. Let the expression of God as you flourish with greater and greater expression, creativity and Love.
    Lovingly, Ethelyn

  3. Prayers as always. So glad Eileen was able to see picture of baby Maria. Passing is such sweet sorrow. Mother and I send our love to all.

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