General News · 26th December 2013
Kirsten Hollier passed away Friday evening, December 20, in Campbell River General Hospital, with her daughter, Anne-Lise, by her side. Kirsten was in declining health for some time, but she was able to be at home until the (almost) end, and this was a thing of great concern to her. Our deepest thanks go out to Marie Clare Preston and Brian Cant who were, truly, angels incarnate in our time of real need, and to the staff at the Cortes Health Centre and all the medical staff in Campbell River Hospital, and to all of Kirsten's friends here on the island who cared so much for her, most especially Gunnar and Emilia Hansen and Kirsten's neighbours at the Senior's Village, Gail and Patricia. Cortes is a very small part of this planet, but it is filled with great light and huge warmth and some of Kirsten's finest, fullest days were lived here. An open house will be held on Tuesday December 31, 2013 - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. - at her place, #4-Senior's Village, Beasley Road. In the meantime, light a candle in her memory and, if you have one, go for a walk with your four-legged Molly-friend.
The following words, from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, represent what Kirsten might, we think, call the Truth: "When we are at last freed from the body that has defined and dominated our understanding of ourselves for so long,…mind stands naked, revealed startlingly for what it has always been: the architect of our reality." Something else she thought true: "Out beyond ideas of right and wrong, there is a field, and I will meet you there." (Rumi).