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August 21, 2018

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December 30, 2017
Elaine was a friend like no other. In 2000 we were
neighbors who greeted each other in the elevator and
at the mailboxes. But in 2005. after El Niño tore a hole
in my roof, it was Elaine, in her intrinsic way, that took
me in with to her lovely, neat condo, with all my boxes
and bags and teaching materials. Elaine and I grew
closer as we shared many dinner and read to each other
our writings. Sharing intimate memoir memories built
a growing bond between us. One New Years Elaine wrote
me a greeting signed : " to a dear friend and sister..."
It is something I keep in my heart and in a frame on
my desk. Although I had four sisters, eleven to nineteen
older than I, Elaine is the sister who has left me with a
gift that will comfort me all my remaining days.
Here is why. As Elaine's final illness stopped our
evening together, I missed my friend fiercely!
In late November and early December I received two
phone calls from Elaine inviting me to come to visit
her at 4PM. I was so happy to see my friend!
The first visit Elaine was sitting in a chair in her living
room. She was in a state of half-sleep half-wake, from
the meds she was given to keep her pain free. Elaine,
, with eyes closing handed me a book of poetry. I began
reading through tears and gulps. At a pause, Elaine,
suddenly awake said, " I want you to hear this from me.
I am fading away)..." and she was asleep in her chair.
I took this scene, Elaine's words of concern to tell
what was coming, and my tears back to my home.
The second invitation to visit my friend came not very
long before Elaine's last day. When I was let in by a
young caregiver in a pink uniform I found Elaine in
her comfortable bed with the lovely handmade quilt
made by all her large, loving, supportive family in her
honor. Elaine was again in that half-sleep state.
I held her hand and wept. Suddenly awake. Elaine said
softly,"Remember when we walked on the beach?"
I replied through my tears, " We loved it!" And for a
moment, we were there with our bare feet on the low
tide tidal plain of the Pacific Ocean that flows outside
our doors. ,Through my storm of tears I had to tell
my friend, "Elaine, you've given me the gift of grief..."
She nodded gently and soon Elaine was peacefully fast asleep.
asleep. Elaine's time to say goodby to all those who loved
and honored her received her gift of grief as a way to
remember extraordinary women who spent
her last days on earth leaving those who loved and honored
her with a gift of grief to remember with love eternal.
Carole Schindler Grover. 12-30-17". 3AM !
December 30, 2017
December 14, 2017
She was my school counselor for 7 years (I graduated in 1991). She had an incredible impact on my life and was truly one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The lessons she imparted upon me still guide me through life to this day. My sincerest condolences to her family for this great loss. She will never be forgotten.
December 11, 2017
May you celebrate a life well-lived and cherish the many memories created along the way. May you find strength & comfort in God's Loyal Love. Psalms 103:8