It’s been 2 years since this being of light left her physical body and joined the angels.
The unspeakable void of loss is overwhelming at first. As time goes by, it does get better, but I often ask: Why? How can someone with so much vitality be suddenly taken from this existence?
Below are my words posted 2 years ago to honor my friend, Cari. Today, her memorial fund at Columbia Business School is fully funded and will serve others in their pursuit of a full life like her.
Dearest, sweet Cari,
It's taken me some time to write these words. On the eve of your memorial service, a celebration of your life and the ways you touched so many on this planet, I have grappled, along with everyone else, with the shock of losing you so suddenly, torn so quickly out of our lives. I struggled with the right words to capture you and the way you touched my life, albeit briefly, but so deeply. And what I am left with is this beautiful photo of us from a serendipitous flight from Boston to SF last June, us having sat no more than 5 feet from each other the whole way without even knowing until we landed. The joy and happiness of seeing each other on the plane, knowing a kindred spirit was there in person...captured here forever.
You were so so so much more than a friend, Cari. You were a spiritual warrior with me, a bright light guiding the way for yourself and all of your loved ones on this planet. You were fearless. Absolutely fearless. In ways you may not know, you taught me what it means to truly live this life - to not be afraid of doing the things you want to do, to love from a place of love, not a place of fear.
I miss you so much in this life, Cari. I am so sad that I won't ever get a text from you again like the one you sent earlier this June that said 'Hi, been thinking about you...how are things with you?' and that I can never text those words to you again. But I know your soul is eternal, and your teachings will forever live with me and everyone else you touched. I am so blessed to have been one of the few in this world to have graced your divine presence and love on this planet. Yours was a meaningful life, Cari. May you rest in peace. I will never forget you.