My Dear Ones,
Our beloved horse Ibis, The Connector, passed away peacefully on Monday 11/11/19 around noon, age 37. (Info on Memorial Service – ONLINE below or Click Here)
I saw him Sunday night, he was bright, alert, eating and drinking well, all systems were working well, with no sign of this being his final night in his body.
He was winstrol australia favoring his left hind. I did all my usual TTouch, essential oils, ASEA, and lots of BEMER, grooming, singing and loving. He felt more comfortable. I said good night, I love you, and see you tomorrow.
At 7:30 am Monday, Lisa, barn owner, called to tell me Ibis was down, and couldn’t get up. He was quiet and peaceful however. He was not struggling she said.
I knew this was it. None of this was normal. He would never lay down and stay down.
I had a hope that this could be yet another ‘dress rehearsal,’ but knew in my heart of hearts this was it.
I said many prayers, called in all of our guides and angels.
I called on my two close online friends Barbara and Kerry who have passed away, and my father who died in January 2019 for strength and guidance before getting in the car to drive to be with Ibis.
The moment I saw Ibis I knew for certain he was actively dying.
Lisa said the moment he heard my voice when I walked in his eye softened and he let out a sigh.
We sat together. I cried. He reacted to my crying by trying to lift his head. I told him I really needed to be able to cry. He settled.
I shared favorite memories and stories out loud.
I spoke the names of all of our animal family who was waiting to greet him and carry him into the light. His best horse buddies Sunny and Oakie; Liza-Loo & Haley Boo the dogs; Jetta and Harmony dogs; Scarlet, Tigger, Mowgli and other cats…
He responded to each name very differently.
When I spoke of Oakie for instance and talked about a time when they got out of the field and RACED around the property for quite awhile he nearly leapt up feeling the Gallop with his best buddy.
When I named Haley, who was our last dog, he somehow got out a deep throated partial nicker and picked his head up slightly as if he were seeing her in front of him.
Lisa was there with us, amazed to see his responses to each individual.
Zoey, Princess Pony, Empress of One Heart, his dear buddy wanted to come see him. We lead her in and she sniffed and ate hay by his side for awhile.
I sang to him. Did TTouches. Applied Frankincense (slathered it generously actually) petted him, cried and rested together. I encouraged him to let go of his body.
I reminded him of what he has said to me, “Do not think of me as growing old, think of me as growing to the light.”
He passed peacefully around noon on Monday, 11/11/19.
After he passed, I spent the afternoon singing, petting, grooming, crying, and preparing with flowers, smudgeing, and singing with his body and soul, clearing chakras, readying his beautiful body vessel
to be taken to the creamatory that night as we began adjusting to this new reality without Ibis in his physical body.
He was cremated very early Tuesday morning.
Kisses an hour and a half before Ibis passed.
We thank you for your kindnesses.
Ibis pictured below – galloping this summer, 2019
There are SO many people to thank for the 32 years with Ibis.
More recently, there are so many who have supported us through these last months and years.
And especially on Monday, 11/11/19…
On his last day:
Lisa Morr, who owns the barn was with us with profound support. I could not have gone through this without her by our side, and for her deep love and care for the last 3 years immediately upon our arrival in California.
Melissa who gave me several jackets, blankets and a winter hat because I was SO cold all day Monday, and offered a big comforting, much needed hug;
Shannon McQuat Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice SLO assisted in putting out word to our Doula and Threshold Singers network to provice support;
Local friend Suzanne Park saw my post on Facebook and brought food and comfort;
Karen Rogers – Lead Doula from Hospice SLO came immediately and provided phenomonal support during his passage for us both and for hours afterwards.
Richard Levessor came in the afternoon and stayed with us through the late night after Ibis’ body was picked up providing hot tea, comfort, sage, ritual and deep support.
Natalie Miske, one of our Threshold Singers came to sing sweet songs with us with her gentle angel voice and presence;
Linda Lee, Spiritual Advisor and Angel incarnate held high watch prayer – for the last 2 years, and throughout his last day;
Bunny Spirits-in-Transition Helper Extraordinaire who valiantly assisted getting me in contact with Ella Bittel, DVM, Founder of Spirits-in-Transition while Ella is in Costa Rica!!!
Ella Bittel – my End-of-Life, Spirits-in-Transition with Animals Mentor, friend, TTouch Practitioner and one of Ibis’s Holistic Vets, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbal Wiz who spent HOURS on the phone with me on Monday from Costa Rica holding the most profound space for us while coaching me through every detail & question possible;
Dr. D. from the Equine Vet Clinic who came immediately to assist us in Ibis’ passage with his compassionate care;
My neighbor Roger who loves and cares for Cassia on days of need, like Monday, and brings me kindness, compassion and food on a day like today;
Dear Friend Teresa Hermann for her sweet prayers, phone support, holding space and song on Monday;
Maritza Parra, my dear, sweet, loving, creative coach who held us through the day, and who deeply encourages my Multi-Dimensional Communications and expression with all of you;
Christine Marie, Jennifer, and Eric from Eden Memorial Pet Care for their compassionate contacts and understanding of the challenges unique to a horse’s end of life and their cremation services;
My Jewel TTouch Sisters Elinor Silverstein, Sage Lewis and Linda Tellington-Jones who were by our sides from afar;
And, my deep gratitude to Linda Tellington-Jones for her extraordinary body of work known as Tellington TTouch – as Ibis brought me to this work 30 years ago and with sacred TTouches to his last breaths;
To my Mom whom I love with all my heart, my Dad who sent me one of the most important messages of the day from the Spirit realms; and to my brothers, niece and family who just love me;
And, to all of you who have loved us from near and far – SO many were connecting via Facebook on Monday as I put out word of his being down and dying, showering us with your love and compassion throughout the day, since – and through the last years.
And, there are so many others who have lovingly supported us throughout our 32 years together.
As you can see, it took a big village to assist Ibis in such a beautiful passage on Monday.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to:
Hospice SLO – Click here
and to Spirits In Transition – Options in End-of-Life Care with Animals – Click Here
There will be an online Memorial & Life Celebration on 11/17/19.
This is an Honoring and Healing Event – ONLINE so you can join us from wherever you live.
Everyone is invited to join us. Please CLICK HERE to register – and a replay recording will also be sent to you. Even if you are reading this after 11/17/19, please register so we can send you the recording of this healing event with Ibis.
May peace abide in your hearts.
Wow! This is beautiful!!! I can’t help but feel led by both Ibis & you. I know your heart is broken & my heart breaks for your pain & longing. I’m also completely amazed by your example & the whole community of compassionate souls your light has drawn. I’m deeply grateful for the very brief time I had to meet Ibis. He had a whole life before that moment & has even spent more time in his body than I have in mine. Even in that short time shared, through your loving expression he’s had a profound impact on my heart. May we all shine so bright into transcendence & may our light be surrounded with eternal Love. Thank you Ibis. Thank you Sandy. My grateful heart will remember you always.
Sandy Rakowitz says
You are so sweet and kind, compassionate. Thank you so much for singing with us and being such a comforting healing presence. You are truly a gift to all who get to be with you. Thank you.
Lisa Morr says
I am so thankful for the time you and Ibis have been part of my life. You both have expanded my perception and opened my mind and heart to truely loving myself and others. To see your connection together at a most trying time and see how your comfort and love for each other gave peace in a time of grief. You both showed my the meaning of Grace. I will miss him so much he was the wise one around the barn he always knew when I needed him. When I was little my Dad taped a poem to my mirror I think it was called “The Wise old Bird”. Ibis reminded me of that poem their kind way of saying zip it Lisa!!! Thank you for sharing your special horse with me. He was always trying to get me to quiet my thoughts and lead with an open heart. I’ll try for him. Good boy enjoy your gallops!!?? Hugs and love to you Sandy
Dear Lisa, I don’t know what we would have done without you. From the moment the horses walked off the van when they traveled from VA to CA you’ve made sure all is well in their world. On his final day, you helped us through, there is no greater gift Lisa. With all our hearts we thank you.
Melissa Gibson says
Your connection with Ibis is inspirational! You have opened my eyes to a deeper level of connection and communication and I am truly honored to have met both of you. I am so grateful that you allowed me to see a glimpse of the possibilities. That sacred connection you share and the fact that energy can not be destroyed makes me certain without a doubt that he is still with us at the barn and always will be! My hugs to you continue 🙂
Oh Melissa, this is so very beautiful. I’m so grateful for your experiences in these ways. Please join us online Sunday November 17, 2019 for his honoring:
Maritza Parra says
Sandy & Ibis,
You have touched so many lives and I’m confident you will both continue to do so. Thank you for sharing this incredibly moving way through this difficult transitions. It’s an inspiration to us all.
Thank you Maritza.
Please join us online Sunday for his honoring:
Thank you Maritza for your love, compassion and all you have done in support with Ibis, myself. Thank you for assisting us in bringing these messages out into the world with deeper and fuller expression. Thank you for loving us.