On the departure of a friend

Feeling thankful for those who are, and were, in my life

Some of these remarks were spoken at a family reunion this past summer, during a time to honor departed members of the extended family. I had thought about turning them into an essay, and now is the right time.

A friend and spiritual mentor, whom I’ve known for just over three years, passed on this week after an illness. Toni was 74.

Whenever a friend, family member, or admired celebrity makes their transition, I’m reminded of Jake…