7 Powerful Women We Loved & Lost In 2016

“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

~Alfred Lord Tennyson

Why do the good die young?  And, what does love have to do with it?  Despite chilling storms, February is the month of love, because it embraces Saint Valentine’s Day.  Winged Cherubs with tiny bows let loose their arrows.

Even in the face of cold death, we are struck by an affection that warms our heart, because grief is love.  We do not grieve what is not loved.  This past year, we lost many people, but they live on as marks on our hearts.

Let’s give tribute to seven women we loved and lost in 2016, each notable in their own way.

A tear is shed for a memory brought back by music or film that stirs our soul; a discovery changes the world for the better; dividing walls are torn down and doors to worldwide peace and understanding opened; and the gap between genders and generations are bridged by the power of love.

The special women in this month’s column prove the saying; “you can’t take ‘it’ with you when you die” is false.  You can take love with you, because it is imbedded in our soul which lives on, as I discussed on the Dr. OZ Show, Shocking Premonitions.

Let’s step back in time and travel the road of yesteryear with these women, one more time.

British Prime Minister Helen Joanne Jo” Cox told her colleagues to stay away.  “Let him hurt me, not you.”  She had already been shot and repeatedly stabbed, before being shot twice more in the head at point-blank range. This devoted mother, activist, and politician was only 41 years young when she died.  As reflected in her life, her moment of death was marked by more unselfish love focused on the lives of others.

Internationally renowned physicist Deborah Jin gave us a new form of matter known as fermionic condensate and became one of the world’s foremost experts on how ordinary atoms and molecules change their behavior at extraordinarily low temperatures.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded Deborah Jin a MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant,” and she was named the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Laureate for North America in 2013.  Deborah was 47 when she died at a hospice center surrounded by her loving family.

First Lady Nancy Reagan was the gentle strength behind the most powerful leader in the free world; President Ronald Reagan.  Nancy was affectionately called “Ronnie’s Mommy” in political inner-circles, because she was his invaluable counselor.  Their years together in the White House during the Christmas Holidays is shared in the Women’s Voices Magazine article interview with Chef to the Presidents, John Moeller.

So deep was their devotion that even during the president’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease, news anchor Tom Brokaw reported they slept side-by-side every night.  Who can forget Nancy crouched beside her husband’s closed casket, arms tightly hugging it, her head resting beside his while she spoke to him throughout the ceremony.  Her passing this year was the end of one love story and the beginning of another, on the other side.

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Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kat O'Keefe-Kanavoshttp://kathleenokeefekanavos.com/
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is the co-author of Dreams That Can Save Your Life and three-time cancer survivor. Her dreams diagnosed her illness as seen on Dr. Oz, Doctors, NBC News, American Express Open, in Newspapers and magazines. She’s a Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, TV/Radio Host/Producer- Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™, Kat Kanavos Show, Internationally Syndicated Columnist in BIZCATALYST 360°, Dream Columnist in New Earth Chronicles, and Positive Tribe Magazine, Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach who taught Special Ed & Psychology @US, and Lecturer who promotes patient advocacy and Spiritual guidance. Kat is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.
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Women love in a capacity sometimes misunderstood, but most importantly, many leave their mark in our lives as true to their commitment to love. Mother Teresa lived her life loving the most unloved and it is without a doubt it is better to have loved and lost than to not loved at all. She often said the greatest poverty is not in the streets but in the homes we share with our own.

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