I want to share about my lovely sister, Jacqui - Jacqueline Rose - who passed away last Sunday, 7/11/21. Jacqui was a tremendously brave person. In 2016 she had a fall which led to a dramatic change in her life. The fall led to a 3 day coma, but after two weeks in hospital, it was revealed that the underlying cause was viral encephalitis. The virus literally damaged Jacqui's brain, impacting her cognition and skills and she woke up in another life, as it were. I became her 'guardian', helping her negotiate and manage the complexities of life. We did this journey together for 5 years.
2020 was challenging when at the beginning of the great pause, a stage 3 Melanoma was discovered and after surgery she began monthly immunotherapy infusions. But 2021 just over came her, with 5 hospitalizations since January, the last being for Covid 19. In the end, she just gently slipped away, into the stars.
Jacqui was a gifted astrologer and part of the professional astrological world. She was a hairstylist extraordinaire, as well as a cosmetology teacher and a leader in her beloved Pebble Hill Church, an interfaith community who welcomes all.
This is my favorite photo of Jacqui, fully vibrant, full of promise. I took it for her website about a year before her illnesses began.
Orion gently reminds us, in grief and loss, to be with the all of it - to just let the feelings flow and have their say, to listen and be present. To dance with the music of passing. And for me, she is dancing in the sky; she's in the stars.