Wednesday, January 06, 2010


Sad news this morning from Kevin Kim, whose mother has just lost a nine-month-long battle with brain cancer... a battle that Kevin has painstakingly (and painfully) documented at Kevin’s Walk.

The Kim family’s loss echoes, in so many small ways, the loss our own family suffered in the spring of 1988.

Kevin and I have never met face-to-face, but we have been reading each other’s online writings for several years. Kevin’s Walk, a site that had originally been created to document Kevin’s planned walk across America, was repurposed to serve as a living record of his mother’s struggle once her diagnosis was known. At times touching, harrowing, heartbreaking, and at times completely mundane, it is now a son’s valedictory.

Exalted, compassionate God, grant perfect peace in Your sheltering Presence, among the holy and the pure, to the soul of Kevin Kim’s mother. May her memory endure, inspiring truth and loyalty in the lives of those who knew and loved her. May her soul thus be bound up in the bond of life. May she rest in peace. And let us say: Amen.

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