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    Remembering ChainLightning

    I wanted to close the Healing thread for Chain because I thought it would really suck to have that thread revived by some unsuspecting and well-wishing returning member or newbie that didn't read the whole way through before posting their well wishes....

    Also because I wanted to do two things here--1) offer a space for us to remember Chain and 2) coordinate our own memorial of his life. I know his family is going through the stress and complicated business of dealing with his death, and I expect Juni will be posting about helping them out with the material aspect of that later.

    In the mean time, since we are a global community, and spread out over mutiple timezones, I thought that we could coordinate a moment of rememberance that will travel around the world:

    I propose that as you are able, at 8pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of your local timezone, you take a moment or two or twenty, in whatever way that is in accordance with your beliefs and practices, to remember our friend. (I picked doing this over three days because its a good number, and it will let more folks participate, I hope...also, if we wait a few days to start it, it will give us time to contact some of our less active members)

    What every you choose to do, and whatever thoughts you have for Chain, for his family, etc, can go here. Pictures, offerings, prayers, etc... For many of us, this is nothing short of heartbreaking. I've known (and argued and agreed with and grumbled at and comisserated with) Chain for about 10 years...for Medusa and a few others, its been even longer. Some of you have known him for a shorter time, and others maybe not at all...and that's okay too.

    But it should be known that everything that this forum is and strives to be--a place where all religions are to be treated with respect (not just Pagan ones), where magic lives side by side with reason, where we debate the idea and not the person, and where we don't piss on the carpet is due in large share to this man.


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    Re: Remembering ChainLightning

    I am feeling truly bummed right at the moment,gonna need some time to process this fully. I might tend to be a bit quiet on the forum for a while..
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    Re: Remembering ChainLightning

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    I am feeling truly bummed right at the moment,gonna need some time to process this fully. I might tend to be a bit quiet on the forum for a while..
    Same for me.
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    Re: Remembering ChainLightning

    All I can think about is how many years of his friendship I wasted at the end - all the day-to-day stresses of life kept me from keeping in touch with all my friends here. I'm at least grateful that I was around for just days before he couldn't chat anymore. I wish I could have said goodbye, but I just took for granted that he would just always be around. He was part of the heart of PF before I got here, and he'll always be part of our hearts for everything he did for us. Yeah, he was a grumpy old man, but the guy cared about all of us who came here and gave everyone a chance. He's helped me in so many ways, and I'm going to miss him.

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    Re: Remembering ChainLightning

    Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Chain, I know I would have enjoyed his company here. You've all spoken so fondly of him as a dear friend and family, and I wish I could have known him as many of you did. My deepest respects.
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    Re: Remembering ChainLightning

    I just found out and rushed here, the only place I ever really 'knew' him.

    Chain is a legend. I am too useless to do much more than cry and lay in bed, but I'll post something more appropriate when it's sunk in.

    He helped without asking in return.
    He made the weak remember their strength.
    He was bold and sensitive simultaneously.

    To Chain. He lives forever in us.
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    Re: Remembering ChainLightning

    Although it's been about a year since I joined the forum, I've only recently become active. I wish I had been active since the beginning so I could have gotten a chance to know him; from what everyone has said, he's sounds like a great man and friend.

    I'm so sorry for everyone's loss...


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    Re: Remembering ChainLightning

    I had to look at my profile to see when I joined up here - it's been 4 years. I thought it was longer, somehow. I feel like I've known you guys forever (in a good way) and I'm glad I got to know Chain over that time.

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    Re: Remembering ChainLightning

    Grumpy grumpy Chain, he's being grumpier and happier somewhere else now. He will be remembered dearly. If it weren't for the community (he and others) created here, I would probably be in the streets right now. I owe this forum and this man a lot.

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    Re: Remembering ChainLightning

    I think I'm still in shock, to be honest. We sort of had an inkling what was on the horizon, and for me it's been a bitter-sweet mix. That we'll lose him, but that he'll be free of the limits of physical reality and can go and do and be what as he wishes.

    But all that's coming to mind the last day or so is how he was the one who first really reached out to me on this forum, whose humor I really understood, and whose non-BS attitude toward inappropriate behaviors on the forum made me really respect him, the forum, and the safe and community-oriented atmosphere here. Short and sweet his methods when dealing with people that even I would have handled poorly, but he always wished the best and was the first to uphold what was really important here- the individuals, and their right to express themselves freely, be themselves, and explore what was important to them unhindered.

    I keep kicking myself that I never made the effort to drive the 30 minutes out to see him back in the fall, and I really wish I had made that happen. Even the hospital he was staying in is only about a 15 minute drive from here. Somehow, I think he'd forgive me for that though.

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