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For Elsie

It turns out today is 11 years since my grandma, Elsie Hillier, passed away. She did so in difficult circumstances. The event opened our eyes to some of the murkier aspects of care and treatment of the elderly in Britain, although the full truth is still not known.

Anyway, Elsie had 76 years, 76 years of joys and trials. We miss her.

This body is not me. 
I am not limited by this body. 
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born, and I have never died. 

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, 
manifestations from my wondrous true mind. 

Since before time, I have been free. 
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, 
sacred thresholds on our journey. 

Birth and death are a game of hide - and seek. 
So laugh with me, hold my hand, 
let us say good-bye, say good-bye, to meet again soon. 

We meet today. 
We will meet again tomorrow.

We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life. 

 -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting and Recitations from Plum Village

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