“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.