Friends, I have sorrowful news. A short while ago, I had passed along sad news from Emily Hogstad, the legendary blogger from Song of the Lark. Her mother had been diagnosed with cancer, and I had asked you to consider donating to their GoFundMe page to help with medical, travel, and ancillary expenses.
You responded with extraordinary generosity, and I know the family was profoundly grateful.
Unfortunately, things have gotten worse. As Emily wrote earlier tonight, the doctors realized the cancer had spread widely, and complications developed… and, well, Dodie’s time with us is at an end. She moves into hospice to prepare for her final journey.
I only met her a few times, but she is an extraordinary woman who loved her family deeply and completely. Given her great love, and great capacity for love, she was welcomed by many people as another member of the family. All of us whose lives she touched will miss her greatly… but we are comforted by knowing that that love will endure.
As you know, over the last weekend, I performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale… and it’s themes of love, loss and mortality are fresh in my mind.
But such music feels wrong for Emily and her mom. So let me offer a musical meditation that feels much more fitting… the final movement of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem: In Paradisum.
In Paradisum In Paradise
deducant Angeli in tuo May the angles receive thee,
adventu suscipiant te Martyres at thy coming may the martyrs receive thee
et perducant te and bring thee
in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem. into the holy city Jerusalem.
Chorus Angelorum te suscipit There may the chorus of angels receive thee,
et cum Lazaro quondam pauper and with Lazarus, once a beggar,
aeternam habeas requiem. may thou have eternal rest.
The clip is performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw.
My prayers are with you Emily—and with all in your family. And always remember, you are a part of many other families, too.