Dear Family and Friends and Followers,
Our beautiful son, brother, friend, hero — Andy — passed away on Friday, August 30th at 7:30am.
I feel so very fortunate that Andy was able to die in a place that he loved, as close to nature as he could possibly be, under beautiful tress, overlooking a forested ridge line and a graceful river. Adjacent to the little cottage where we stayed during the last days of his life are beautiful gardens and a sacred chapel called the Crystal Hermitage. Andy had taken me on a visit to the gardens a few years ago and what I remember most is that we laid down on a grassy area surrounded by colorful flower beds and looked up at the sky. Andy always took the time to appreciate nature, and he was so happy in that moment, recognizing a of a little piece of heaven. He was delighted to share it with me as though it was his own personal discovery. It never occurred to me then that he would die just a hundred yards from this peaceful place where he found beauty and sanctuary. When I think back to that time and reflect on all the events that lead up to his death, I realize that all the pieces came together in divine right order.
On that Friday morning when Andy passed over to an infinite realm, we once again watched the sun come up together and then decided to sleep in “a little bit longer”. When he woke up again I noticed that his breathing was definitely different. We laid on either side of him in bed. We laid there for a long time holding him and crying, telling him how much we loved him, how much his life meant to us and what an inspiration he had been to so many. It was peaceful and beautiful. I could not have wished for a better ending of his human life.
I know that Andy’s spirit and our memories will live forever in my heart and in all the hearts that he loved and loved him.
There are so many people that I would like to thank for your unwavering support to me and to my family on this journey. I hesitate to name names for fear that I would leave someone out. (I’ve done my best to thank you personally, but in the midst of it all I may have overlooked some) May I say now THANK YOU . . . your love and kindness has surrounded us on this path and it is with deep gratitude and joy I thank you!
We will be honoring Andy’s life in Laguna Beach on Sunday, September 29th.