Thursday, January 7, 2010

(Reminder: please read the previous post for information about the memorial service two Saturdays from now, on January 16.)



Unknown said...

what a beautiful photo of a beautiful woman. my heart goes out to all of you.

Kevin Kim said...

Thanks, Katie.

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

A wonderful image for remembering how your mother faced this with courage and grace.

Jeffery Hodges

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Ashley said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. I am so sorry for your loss and for what your mother has endured. I do relate to you, my father has GBM but is currently ok. I will pray for your family Kevin.

Hyon Gak Sunim said...

Dear Kevin--

I heard about your Mom's passing from this body. Having sometimes seen your accounts over the years, I know what a powerful influence she was on you. When the mother of one of my American brother monks passed away several years ago after a long illness, the monk was surprised how hard it struck him in the gut, despite years of intense meditation and spiritual practice. When he told Zen Master Seung Sahn, our Teacher replied, "Right now your Mother is teaching you the true meaning of the Diamond Sutra! Open your eyes! Open your ears!" So, I hope that you are open to what your Mother is teaching YOU, right NOW, in this moment -- don't miss this opportunity to receive her wonderful Dharma speech of life and death, OK? Spend time with this teaching, absorb it, not intellectually, but in finding time to settle down alone and be with your breathing and just ASK and LOOK.

I will chant for her and for you and your family from the tiny Zen center I have started here in Bavaria. Tonight, I will ask our members to join me in doing Special Chanting for her as part of our regular Friday night practice, and every practice time for the 49 days.

In the Dharma,

Hyon Gak Sunim (Ven.) -- formerly of Hwa Gye Sah Temple, Seoul International Zen Center

Anonymous said...

I have been following yr blog since long and have admired your writings.

The way you cared for yr mother and kept at it is a lesson for many to care for our parents.

May God grant your mothers soul eternal peace. What a wonderful son she has...

Kevin Kim said...

Thank you all so much.

Anonymous said...

Ned, Kevin,David, and Sean,

Our prayers and love surround you as you journey down a road different from that of Suk. Even as you so distinctly feel her physical absence, know also that the great love that she poured into each of you still envelops each one. Each of you is the person you are because of her love, care, nurturing, and encouragement. Each of you has been able to return that love through these past months and will continue spreading the love you have received for the rest of your lives. That is the legacy your wife/mom would be most proud of. She always was happiest when she was doing something to support and encourage one of her "guys"!

We arrived back from Illinois just as these moments all unfolded, but we've been with you from afar.

If there's anything we can do, let me know. Kevin, I've presumed that the rest of the family sees these messages because I didn't know another way to reach all of you.

Mary W.

Kevin Kim said...

Mrs. Wilde,

I'm not sure how often my dad and brothers delve into the blog comments, but they're aware of the comments feature, and can view the appended messages at their leisure.

The blog itself will go dormant soon; its "repurposed" purpose has been fulfilled, and there isn't much left to say. But it will remain online for a long time; I'll be collecting material from it to write a book that salutes Mom and her life.


Glenn Mark Cassel said...

Deepest Condolences from my family to yours in this difficult time. Lost my Dad to cancer and had a go around with it myself.

kushibo said...

I'm sorry for your loss.