More from a mutual friend who attended our friend, Cynthia Toth, as she died last week. Thank you, Candy, for your heartfelt service and sharing. You are both inspirations to us all.
I sat on a bench outside her house, staring at the liquid gray sea that was tightly framed by heavy, dark clouds. It looked cold and lonely. Gulls flew overhead, their plaintive cries echoing the sorrow in my heart. My friend had passed away the day before. It all felt wrong and it also felt perfect. I began to sob. Emotions that had been carefully tucked away for a week now demanded expression. I felt the ripping pain of loss and grief because I love her and will miss her, as will so many others whose lives she so lovingly touched. I also rejoiced because I was deeply moved and inspired by how graciously she lived and how auspiciously she died. I thought… she has shown us how to do this. Pay heed.
She embodied the compassionate teachings of the Buddha throughout her life—in her work and in her relationships. Even as…
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