Susan Lily Lash created this collage for the altar with the following writing:
Ilene rises into the mysterious, mystical world we call the ‘other side’. Her toe touches the last time this earth.
Behind, the earth plane of existence fades, but the Divine presence does not.
Shining her love Light as she ascends to take the hand of Mother Death, to only leave the body back into innocence of a child, back into the bosom of pure Love and Compassion and in her vulnerable surrender, carrying the undeniable, untouchable Light of creation.
All the while the tiny bird is sitting on the center of the ‘earth orb’, the objective observer of all that is.
It feels as if Ilene is saying goodbye and hello together.
Guiding our way into the Mystery.
No fear. Only the excitement of Love and what is next.
I feel her presence, I miss her presence.
Thank you Ilene for your unwavering reflections back to me of only love and en-courage-ment. I have been truly blessed to have had you in my life.
I love you Ilene and miss you terribly.
You can click on the image to see it larger, but in case you cannot read the words on it, they are lyrics from Long Road, a song by Eddie Vetter and Pearl Jam.
“…We all take the long road, cannot stay.
All the precious moments, cannot stay.
I have wished for so long.
How I wish for you today.”