The Sojourner

Soj\'s memorial service June 7, 2008 at Dreams

Today was The Sojourner’s Memorial service. I was not able to attend the entire time, but it was lovely and participants spoke from the heart about their experiences with Soj. I found that one of of the most beautiful parts was when Angel Maracas spoke:

Soj’s life was fraught with tragedy, the loss of a career, of her health, of having to face the pain and hopelessness that comes with a chronic health condition and the limitations that had taken so much from her. But Soj overcame all that by re-making her life over again, by learning to work within the constraints forced upon her by fate and, most of all, by giving of herself to others: to all of us here, to her family, and to so many more. I will never forget her or her shining example of how to live a truly meaningful life and how to leave the world a better place than you found it.

It struck me after Angel spoke that Soj was someone who “did it anyway.” The more I think about it, the more I think that Soj brought to life Martina McBride’s song, Anyway. Listen to it, if you knew her, and see if you agree. And if you didn’t know her, I hope you will take some inspiration from it anyway.
Other sources for inspiration and insight (perhaps especially for rehabilitation professionals) are found in Soj’s advice and reflections about surviving stroke:

Sojourner’s talk, Survivor Perspectives on Stroke, May 19, 2008
More on The Sojourner’s Memorial Service

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  1. […] Soj: Goodbye and Thank You We were shocked and saddened to hear of The Sojourner’s death on Sunday, May 25. This was especially unexpected, since she had just presented a […]

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