Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday I will post something about grief. Sometimes it will be a reflection on an aspect of grief’s landscape. Now and then I will share from my own journey of grief, because in the sharing of our stories we find strength and build a community of people that support one another.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Death of an Artist: Howard Beebe

Over the weekend I went to a memorial service for Howard Beebe, a retired professor of violin at Ohio University. 

He died of pancreatic cancer ten years after diagnosis. It’s a grace that he had such a long remission for a disease that often leads quickly to death. With the gift of the extra years, he redirected his creative energies from music into poetry and painting, refusing to go quietly into the night. I knew him as a poet, sharing our work back and forth. Marcia knew him as her violin teacher.

It is right to mourn the people who have influenced the direction of our lives, who have shared their insights and artistic passions. And it is our honor to gather, remember, and celebrate people like Howard.

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