Our community lost a much beloved member to leukemia after six months of treatment. We were stunned at the suddenness of the loss. A celebration ceremony of this life was quickly arranged, and Cathy was chosen to lead family and friends in grief and remembrance. The hall was full of heavy hearts. Cathy created a service rich with wisdom from many spiritual sources, with music and chanting from friends and with the expression of much love. Through her example and encouragement for openness and the acceptance of emotions, many were able to share their memories so that all present gained a fuller understanding of our friend. Cathy helped us to embrace our sadness together and move through it to a truly joyous gathering. I left feeling much uplifted and grateful for the opportunity to celebrate a special life with others who loved her, too.