Rachel Zibula ~ November 7, 1917 – January 4, 2018
I was diligently working on my post for this week when we learned that my beloved mother, Rachel Zibula, had passed away earlier this evening at age 100. So instead of focusing on completing my post Simon, Otto, and I are frantically preparing to get on the road early Friday morning heading for Montreal to lay her to rest.
The crazy thing is mom had always said that she would wait until at least springtime before she left us so that we would not have to travel in the cold. Instead we were blasted by at least 3 inches of snow on Wednesday night with the wind creating drifts of 1 to 2 feet. Underlying the snow is ice created by the freezing rain that had preceded the snow. Where ever she is, I’m sure she’s totally pissed about it, but grief and remembrance know no seasons.
I am not sure how long we will be in Montreal or whether I will be able to post next week. But I can assure you that I will be hard at it again once we return home and before we leave on our next set of adventures.
Hello Penny & Simon,
Just learned about Penny’s mother after finding and perusing your excellent summary of Diverbo at La Alberca which I just experienced as part of Program #1279 with Beth as Programme Director. Reading about Rachel Zibula the following comes to mind:
And so, if the classic image of dying with dignity must be modified or even discarded, what is to be salvaged of our hope for the final memories we leave to those who love us? The dignity that we seek in dying must be found in the dignity with which we have lived our lives. Ars moriendi is ars vivendi: The art of dying is the art of living. The honesty and grace of the years of life that are ending is the real measure of how we die. It is not in in the last weeks or days that we compose the message that will be remembered, but in all the decades that preceded them. Who has lived in dignity, dies in dignity.
From Sherwin B. Nuland’s book “How We Die – Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter” 1993
Penny and Simon, This is Sally. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, Rachel. But wow, she made it to 100 and what a blessing and treasure! I am sorry that I never got to meet her, but Simon did tell me about her when we were at work. My condolences to you both. I hope to cross paths with you again soon. Best regards, Sally
Thank you, Sally. My mother was a very special person, and I too am sorry you didn’t have a chance to meet her. I know she would have liked you.
I cherish the times dancing with your mom, particularly during the Marines visit. She had a hearty laugh and smiles. Perhaps it was difficult to tell, but
I’m sure she was very very proud of you Penny!
Much love to Simon, Otto, the boys and the Grand-dogs,
Mal, Jerry, and Spirit
Thank you, friend. Those were good times and I remember what a good time she had. My mother loved to dance, and she was damned good at it! We appreciate the love and support you’ve all given us. Give my love to everyone, and we’ll see you soon.
I am so sorry to hear you have lost your beloved mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel to Montreal and as you retain loving memories of her in the days and months and years to come.
Thank you, Tonya. I appreciate your kind words. Although not unexpected, the loss of my mother is painful for all of us. She was a very special person, and we will always remember her with love.
Sending love to you and your family at this time.
Thank you, Jane and Duncan. we appreciate your kind thoughts.
Penny, Simon and Otto,
We are so sorry to hear about this wonderful lady passing.
Thank you, Dona, for your thoughtfulness.
Beautifully written message. Sooo sorry for your loss. I remember your Mom so fondly!!!
Thank you, Evelyne. We’ve known each other since we were two, and my mother absolutely adored you. You are such a special person and like me, she appreciated the kind soul that you are.
So sorry for your lost, Penny!
Thank you, Rachel. You are so thoughtful, and I appreciate your kindness.