Saturday, February 28, 2009

Honoring a Life's Work

One of my dear friends, the Rev. Juliet Nightingale, crossed over today. She was a multiple NDEr and dedicated her life to helping folks understand multi-dimensional living, the near-death experience, and a little bit about what The Other Side is like.

She was a very frail person, just a wisp of a thing really. She was also legally blind and her only source of income was from intuitive counseling sessions. Needless to say, she lived well below the poverty line for most of her life and was homeless for a time. Even with these limitations she ran several Web sites and a weekly radio program to educate folks and bring groups together from all over the world.

She sat on the board of IANDS, the International Association of Near Death Studies, and regularly spoke with PhDs and researchers from the standpoint of an actual experiencer.

I sit in awe at how one person, with such limited resources, both physically and financially, could wield her passion into helping so many people overcome their fear of dying or help them through the grieving process of losing a loved one. Even while she was briefly in hospice, she took the opportunity to educate her caregivers on the conscious dying process. They were amazed at her ability to remain steadfastly focused despite any medication she was offered.

I am grateful to have known Juliet and even more grateful for the wisdom that she anchored in this place for the benefit of everyone, whether she personally came into contact with them or not.

Her work will continue here because she was a beautiful light that took the time to pass that on to hundreds of candles in the souls of others and illuminate our awareness by the doing of it. May we all learn something from this one gentle soul who believed she could make a difference; and did.