Caitlin's remarkable and loving life
I have been a friend of Caitlin since 1998. I met
her during NAMI-VA's drive to win passage of an insurance parity law
in Virginia. Much to everyone's surprise, the bill passed in the
first year it was introduced, thanks in part to Caitlin's marshaling
of effective speakers at the public hearings.
I was lucky that we established a friendship at
that time and kept it up until the time of her death. She was an
extraordinary person who combined rare gifts including a passion for
justice, common sense, a fantastic sense of humor, and an integrity
and dedication to everything she did and, I believe, every person
she cared for, which was a lot of people. It is a cliche, but I am
privileged to have had her as a friend, and as I told her in my last
email of a couple of weeks ago, I look forward to seeing her when we
are reincarnated, unless she is one of those lucky few whose spirits
shine so bright that they gain immortality on this go through.
I am sorry I will miss the Memorial Service. I
would like to be there to share my grief with you and her other
friends and family. I am in Ireland right now and will not be back
in Virginia until August 8. I will be thinking of you and Caitlin
especially on that date.
You have my deepest sympathy, but I hope you will
also find cause to rejoice in Caitlin's remarkable and loving life.