Organized by: Jo Hafford
Jo Hafford via Crowdrise
November 07, 2015
Today is November 7th, it is a bright, beautiful day, and my friend and venerable colleague has gone, and suffers no more.
Please know that the physicians and nurses at Honor Health (formerly Scottsdale Medical) provided incredible professional, compassionate, nearly heroic care, right up until the moment Jackie decided it was her time. She spoke very highly of her doctors, and the professionalism and kindness with which she was treated at every facility she went to, and let's remember her as she was, our girl Jackie was tough to impress.
Her wishes have been respected every step of the way. Jackie was a fighter, and she fought alright, but ultimately, the damage wrought by the stroke rendered her unable to participate in therapy. She was lucid, she understood the full scope and prognosis of her condition, she was very clear on how she wished to proceed, and we few she marshalled to her side have done and continue to do the absolute best we can to honor her in death as we cherished her in life.
Please know that in the event that this fund exceeds the final tally of the bills, any excess will be dedicated to memorializing Jacqueline Adams, and celebrating her dedication to a better world for us all. At present, I still am not able to provide definitive information on the total needed to cover final expenses, but your generosity has and is already going to cover expenses, pay debts as appropriate, and provide her family with some time and space to grieve.
The last time I saw her, I told her what was going on out in the world, told her we had all done what she always wanted to do. We had set aside all of our differences, come together, taken up our share and we were getting the job done - for her. I told her it looked like we just might have this one under control, and wasn't that amazing? And she relaxed for the first time in my presence since I first picked up a miniature mountain of paperwork from her. At a time when it really mattered, we came through.
If you have not yet contributed, again, Jackie struggles no more, but we do. The family will need help with transportation and burial expenses, and in the absence of hard numbers, the consensus is we're likely close, but not quite there. The emergent plan is a memorial service for her community in Phoenix as well as a funeral and burial in Los Angeles. She'll be laid to rest with her father, who we gather she took after. Same passionate spirit, same life of service, same love for one another. Details will be provided in as timely manner as possible. Mourn, but not for long, and may we always try to be the people Jackie knew we could be.