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Re: [MOL] Thanks and goodbye



Rohit;
   Thanks so much for sharing your life and I will be looking forward to hearing
from you in August. May God's grace always be with you. Your friend,  Beav

Rohit Ramaswamy wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> Thanks so much for your messages of sympathy and support. After two hectic
> weeks, today is the first quiet day - everyone has left and I am sorting out the
> events of the past 3 months. We had a vacation planned with Patty;s family in
> South Carolina that she was very much looking forward to - Varun and i decided
> that it was still important for us to go on vacation, and represent ouselves and
> Patty. Varun has already left - his aunt from Minnesota picked him up yesterday
> and is driving down with him - I will fly tomorrow using the tickets we
> originally purchased for all of us.
>
> We are also planning a memorial service for Patty on August 27th to celebrate
> her life - we will have a lot of the music that she loved to play and a
> gathering of friends from all over the world. In passing on, Patty gave to all
> of us a gift that is more precious than we can imagine. In the last days of her
> life, I used the funds we had put aside to fly in all her friends and mine -
> those we had known individually and together, and during the vigils at the
> hospital and home, new connections were made, people who had never met each
> other before grew to know each other, to laugh and cry together, and to become
> friends. And so, through her passing, Patty helped to establish new connections
> and friendships, and this is her legacy that will thrive and grow in the years
> to come.
>
> We had a wonderful time in the 16 years we knew each other, and  I will miss her
> terribly - I still look around this quiet house in disbelief with all the day to
> day artifacts of our life still in place. But our greatest source of connection
> together is Varun, and Patty is present in every moment of  my love for him, and
> in every hug and kiss and laughter that we share. Varun said the other day that
> though he was very sad, he was also glad that he didn;t have to worry about
> Mom's illness any more, and that he could feel her love for him in his heart - i
> guess I feel the same way.
>
> And so we are ready to move on - with sadness and shock, but still with a
> conviction that we hold in our hearts the tools to survive and prosper, and with
> the knowledge that this short journey has left us more open than before to
> experience, understand the fundamental connectedness we all have as human
> beings, and in the grander scheme of things, this realization is grace bestowed
> upon us.
>
> And with that understanding, I am ready to take leave of this wonderful group -
> all of you are good, supportive, loving and courageous folks, and I wish you the
> very best in your journeys. I will remain on the list for a couple of days, and
> will unsubscribe before I leave for South Carolina. I would love to share news
> about the memorial service with you at the end of August. If its OK, I will send
> Lillian a direct message that she can then forward to the list.
>
> Love to all,
>
> Rohit
>
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