My husband and I have just returned from a trip to Florida to attend Christine's funeral, and the Celebration of her life held the following day. Christine leaves her daughter and her sister, as well as many friends. At the funeral, her sister read from the numerous notes you kindly sent in to the various lists/forums. Those thoughts and messages were greatly appreciated, and contributed a facet of Christine's life probably not previously fully understood by her family and friends. Our relationships in this OM community often co-exist with our "real-life" family and friends as a separate part of our lives. Sometimes it is hard for those "real-life" folks to realize and understand its importance. I know these relationships were an important part of Christine's life; she enjoyed and was gratified by the give and take in which she participated, both on the lists/forums, as well as directly with many of you. You were a tremendous support and help to her.
Christine's sister runs a wildlife rescue oganization. In honor of Christine she arranged for Christine's daughter to release a recovered eagle back into the wild. Christine's spirit soared, along with ours, as the eagle rose and disappeared.