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In Lieu of Flowers

Fall 2004

Our members have found many thoughtful ways to send their support to Compassion. Some methods we have anticipated and some have taken us nicely by surprise.

Andrew Turner was Pat Kistler Turner's beloved husband for fifty-two years. They met as children and fell in love forever. Andrew was also father to Andy, Lise, Amelia, and grandfather to five. He spent a career in the door and hardware business, and was a leader in professional associations. He loved to play music, and acted in community theatre. He played tennis and was a founding member of his local racquet club. He taught adult Sunday school.

When Pat wrote Andrew's obituary for the Charlotte Observer, she remembered Compassion In Dying as the organization which gave them information and support about aid-in-dying.

Pat wrote at the bottom of Andrew's obituary, "In lieu of flowers, the Turner family suggests a donation to the charity of one's choice or a donation to Compassion In Dying. We urge you to write your state legislators to pass an assisted dying bill in North Carolina and ultimately the nation."

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Over the next two weeks, Compassion received forty-one donations from the friends and family of Pat and Andrew.

Thank you, Pat and Andrew, for thinking of Compassion in the midst of your grief and loss.

Thank you, to all our members and supporters, for innumerable gifts, prayers and kind words.

Reverend Shakti Kali Myokan Khan
Reverend Shakti Kali Myokan Khan
The Reverend Shakti Kali Myokan Khan is a Buddhist monk and a steadfast volunteer for Compassion In Dying of Oregon. Her peaceful presence and beneficence has helped many people.

As a Buddhist monk, Shakti took a vow of poverty to live simply and humbly. When her mother passed away earlier in the year, she was left a sizable inheritance.

Buddhist teachings tell that the greatest achievement is selflessness. Shakti made a decision to give her inheritance to causes which are important to her.

Shakti made two important gifts to Compassion. First, she insured the future of Compassion In Dying of Oregon with a large charitable gift annuity. With the second gift, she made a significant personal contribution to the national work of Compassion In Dying Federation.

Thank you, Shakti, for your foresight and generosity.

And now, let's move on together into the future.




  
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This article was provided by Compassion in Dying. It is a part of the publication Connections.
 

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