23 April 1950 – 11 November 2011
My beloved husband passed on to Baba at 3.19 this afternoon [Pacific Time].
Alas, I wasn’t at his bedside at that moment, but I had spent all morning with him, and we recited the Master’s Prayer together – although he wasn’t able to get much out, but he was alert and heard me. Of course I said the prayers again when I arrived just 30 minutes after his spirit had started to leave his body.
I just can’t believe he has gone! We were coming up to our seventh wedding anniversary. Those of you who have seen the DVD of our wedding at Meherabode will know that to open the ceremony, Charles sung the Master’s Prayer (to his melody) and also the Australian Arti as well as the Blacksmith’s Song (the last two by Francis Brabazon, the man who brought my mother and me to Baba in 1952).
I will find some knowledgeable person who can put these songs up on YouTube, so you can all get to enjoy them. Watch the Love Street Breezes Facebook page for the url.
I am spending the night with my son and daughter and grandchildren. Couldn’t bear to be on my own tonight.
The cremation will be next Friday [18 November] and we are looking into having an informal remembrance ceremony at the Self-Realization Fellowship center in L.A. — perhaps next Monday — in their beautiful gardens. …
His brother (who is here now, thank God!) and his sister will be driving down from northern California for the get-together.
Please don’t call me; I find it too hard to speak, but your thoughts and prayers and emails [dinagibson(at)mac.com) are very welcome.
Avatar Meher Baba ki Jai! Charles is on his way!
In His love
PS, 11/14: The Celebration of Charles’s life takes place tomorrow, 11/15. The family are all there. –Kendra