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February 11, 2015
I am shocked and saddened to hear of Karen's passing. I was one of her first patients (~96-97?), when she was getting her Ph.D. at U of Memphis. Karen helped me get through a painful situation and come out a better person. Reading this guest book, it's wonderful and inspiring to see how much she accomplished and how many people she helped during her all-too-short life. Once again, she's helping me to become and do more. Karen, you'll be missed.
November 14, 2014
I am sorry to hear about Karen
October 22, 2014
This is really sad, and I just found out about it. Karen was my therapist for quite a while and I found sessions with her very insightful. She was a lovely person. She had just gotten her dog during a few of our last sessions and I loved the way he would snuggle with you on the couch. Since it was quite a while ago that I was her patient, I had lost touch and just happened to find this today. A beautiful and caring soul has passed.
September 12, 2014
I saw Karen for two years during my time as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt.

Karen changed everything for me. (She would want me to say she helped me change everything for myself.) She helped me through so much and has forever changed my life for the better.

While I only knew Karen as my therapist, I knew what an amazing person she was outside of her cozy upstairs office. I often thought about her friends and family and wondered if they knew how much she helped people. I wondered if she helped me. Watching her memorial service online helped me realize that Karen was as appreciated by others as she was, and is, by me.

Karen's words are in my head every day and I cherish them. I continue to follow her guidance and am so thankful that I was able to connect with her in this life.

Karen wrote me a note and gave it to me on our second to last session - she someone knew I wouldn't make the last one. (Too sad to say goodbye). I keep this note framed in my room and and am so thankful for her words, "Know the power you have to live the life you choose. Be patient and kind when it appears you are stuck and just keep going..."

I never had the chance to thank Karen and tell her how much she meant to me. I hope she knew. Thank you Karen, for everything. You are loved and greatly missed. Take care.
June 29, 2014
I am now just finding out about your passing. I am extremely saddened by this. You were always a wonderful customer and you were always genuinely interested in my life. I will miss our many conversations. I hope you rest peacefully in heaven
May 05, 2014
I have just learned of Karen's passing and feel stunned, shocked and saddened. We were cousins, who although had infrequent contact, had a wonderful connection when we were together over the years. Karen embodied love, warmth, compassion and kindness. She was an amazing sister and aunt, who adored her nephews. She devoted her life to helping others. I will miss her and pray that she is reunited in peace with her loving family.
September 30, 2013
Karen connected to me as a friend in a very profound and heartfelt way. We met through our mutual friend, Karen Sprintz and quickly became friends in our own right.. Her talent for compassion was astounding. Even though we only knew one another for a few years, it felt as if we were lifelong friends. I feel blessed for the time that we had together.

Two particular memories stand out for me about my time with Karen. We sat together at Karen Sprintz's funeral, a very emotional and heartbreaking experience for both of us. I found in my purse a small, purple amethyst stone heart, which I held in my hand and handed to Karen during the funeral. Amethyst is meant to have healing and protective powers and is also used to illicit positive energy and emotions. The intention was to imbue the heart shaped stone with our love for Karen Sprintz. At a particularly emotional moment, Karen took my hand, and instead of handing me the stone, she held my hand so that we held the stone together. It was a small gesture and one that has stayed with me and comforted me in this time of great sorrow and shock. It's as if she was saying, by loving one another, we're honoring and loving our friend. The love and comfort that she brought me at that moment saturated that little stone heart and the memory of that moment has saturated my heart and my spirit.

Another time was just before one of her surgeries. We sat together as she waited to go in for another operation. She had her pillow and her purple Ugg boots. She was talkative, though I knew that she must be really frightened. I brought her a few things to entertain and distract her and her favorite thing was a little aromatherapy bottle with a delicious smelling concoction inside, which was labeled JOY.

I have a distinct memory of her in her hospital bed with her gown and her cap on. Moments before they wheeled her down, she asked for one more whiff of Joy. The look on her face as she breathed it in will always be with me. Even when facing another big challenge, she stopped for a moment to smell the joy. She later told me that her first bath when she got home from the hospital was scented with that same little bottle of joy.

Karen, my sweet friend... I miss you terribly and I pray that you're saturated with the energy of love and friendship and that wherever your spirit is, you're bathed in peace and joy.
September 29, 2013
Karen- I miss you every day. I came to you for therapy as I began my graduate program in counseling 2 years ago and celebrated my graduation with you only 4 months ago. Your love, compassion, humor, insight, and encouragement have helped form me into the woman I am today. In June I got engaged and remember sending you a picture of my ring. You told me how happy you were for me and Dan. We only spoke over the phone and electronically after this, and my one regret is not being able to tell you how integral you were in this part of my life. Somehow, I think you know how important you were to me in this way. Your impact on my life truly gave me the confidence to take this step. I carry your memory and guidance with me and will forever be grateful for the two years I have grown with you by my side.
September 28, 2013
'You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are ...transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment' - Thich Nhat Hanh
Karen is bright beautiful loving light, and will shine through all of us always. Blessings to her family and friends.
September 27, 2013
Karen and I met in 1993 and we were married from 1994 - 1999. More than anyone I have met, Karen was dedicated to intorspection, personal development and learning. It was those qualities that led her to her profession. Relationships with her mother Marcia, sisters Diane and Enid and her grandmother Dorothy shaped her adult life. But it was Dorothy in particular that Karen loved and emulated. Karen may have struggled with peace later in life....but when she was with Dorothy....she was a different person. She gave Karen love, direction and a connection to her family that she deparately missed. You will be remembered.

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