For those of you who don’t know – I have several mental illnesses I’ve been diagnosed with over my years of living. I’ve also been in therapy since I was a young child. I am taking a moment to remember that while I’ve had various therapists over the years, and some good, some bad – there was one from the past few years who made the most impression on me – and she was my most recent one I had been seeing. Her name is Sheri.
The reason I am remembering her today is I was told this morning she has passed away.
I was as well as am feeling really depressed about this – and crying too – not just for losing a good therapist, but for losing a comrade. She was an wonderfully silly and outspoken person, a self- proclaimed grammar nerd, a Star trek and other wonderful fantasy fan, an avid reader, and as well an awesome, wonderful person. She was funny and an active pagan as well as druid, a member of ADF, and she was so inspirational and encouraging to me. Both when I saw her in therapy and out. It’s so sad to lose such a warm soul, and one of the few local folks I could openly talk to about my practice.
I wanted to share the loss and explain a bit that I feel strangely up in spirits, despite the depression I know is lingering there.
Today I’m taking solace by reading up on posts in the community, here, and giving myself time for it to sink in.
This is as much a post to remember as it is to revel in the sense of connection that talking about being pagan and witch had for the two of us.
Thank you, Sheri.
– For all the laughter, the encouragement, the tears, and the joy – for allowing my husband to share in the sessions and for the times we talked alone as well. I appreciate all the affirmations of when I did well and even when I wasn’t – that I could still improve. You were such a positive influence and you reminded me it’s okay to be myself and to allow it to be free, because if I am me and want to be with anyone, it’s my choice to make. And for reminding us both how we were good together, because we know it, even when others can’t see that.
I will miss our talks.