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To the Beloved Bernice N. Pink,

“Dying is nothing to fear. It can be the most wonderful experience of your life. It all depends on how you have lived.

Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is no different from taking off a suit of clothes when no longer needed. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you will continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow.

When we have passed the test we are sent to earth to learn, we are allowed to graduate. We are allowed to shed our body, which imprisons our souls.

How do these geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on? That’s with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us certainly when to go forth into the unknown.

When you learn your lessons, the pain goes away.

You have to temper the iron. Every hardship is an opportunity that you were given, and an opportunity to grow. To grow is the sole purpose of existence on this planet earth. You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden, but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose.

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose, there are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

With love, John Pink

My beautiful and stylish, fun, adventuresome and fearless, gracious and generous, mother in law Bernice Pink, passed away in her home Wed night. Bernice lived a full life and enjoyed every minute of it. As Bernice so often said, she was “one of the lucky ones”. Bernice holds a special place in my heart for many reasons, especially for being an influential and tireless, animal and social welfare advocate. Bernice, I am heartbroken and miss you terribly. But I know I will meet up with you again someday, so, my dear girl, bye for now.Karen Schmidt Pink

Bernice expressly requested to have no funeral and no memorial. In honor of her memory, we know she would love a donation to be made to either Anti-Cruelty or PAWS.

http://pawschicago.org/

http://anticruelty.org/

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In the not too distant future, we plan to have a gathering to celebrate Bernice’s life. Details will be posted on www.bernicepink.com

Bye for now.

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