Trying to write about David’s shiva

This past Sunday night. It was a wonderful and heartfelt event with over 100 family and friends in attendance.  Rabbi David Cooper from Kehilla put it best: “community, community, community.” But I can’t get my act together to express how I feel. Perhaps I’m not ready to accept the reality of David’s death yet.  If anyone who was in attendance would like to comment, I’d appreciate it.

Note to self:  Cleaning up the mounds of David’s stuff will not make the pain of his loss go away any more quickly.

2 thoughts on “Trying to write about David’s shiva

  1. We think David’s Shiva was just the way he would have liked it. Tears, laughter, stories, songs, food and wine. What stood out was how blessed folks felt for knowing David and how significant he was in many peoples’ lives as a member of the family, as a mentor, as a financial planner, as a leader and colleague in co-housing, and as a friend.
    The speed of how quickly David’s cancer took him was both a shock and a blessing. He didn’t have to endure a long period of suffering and decline, but it didn’t leave us much time to spend with him. We are thankful for what little time we did have to say good-bye.
    David’s physical being has left this earth, but his spirit and our memories of him and what he taught us, just by being David, will always be with us.

  2. Dear Judy,

    I was so sorry to learn of David’s passing. I will treasure my recollections of his kindness, his gentleness and his smarts. And what marvelous smiling eyes accompanying that keen sense of humor. I am grateful to have had David in my life.

    Please know that I am thinking about you and can only hope that you are getting much comfort from the community, your friends and family. I am sorry I wasn’t able to join you on Sunday night in the common house or in sitting shiva this week but I am out of town for a few week–I am with you in spirit. But please notify me if there will be a memorial for David.

    The world, my life, and especially your cohousing community and the movement, along with his socially responsible investing will be greatly diminished by David’s absence.

    My warmest condolences to you and yours and your fellow/sister cohousers.

    All my best,
    Norma

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