Tuesday, June 28, 2011


From James at Three Legged Stool by way of Grandmere Mimi at Wounded Bird:

Our very beloved brother, Göran, has been on hospice for a week. He has an aggressive form of prostate cancer. According to his niece, the does not have a lot of time before he joins the Communion of Saints. Please keep him in your prayers as he graduates from mortality. And remember his blood family and his adopted family one of whom I am privileged to be.

Growing up in the shadow of a Swedish Lutheran Church, I learned Children of the Heavenly Father at a very young age. It was always sung in times of distress and for funerals. The last verse of the English translation says:

Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord, His children sever.
His the loving purpose solely,
To preserve them, pure and holy.

I remember a great and devoted friend of this blog and of my work, and even though we never met in person, I consider him a dear friend. Please remember Göran Koch-Swahne as he comes to the end of his life.


motheramelia said...

Be was always generous in his comments. I wish I had been able to meet him as well.

it's margaret said...

And today is his birthday.

Paul said...

A very good and gracious friend and, as Mother Amelia said, generous in his comments. May angels watch over him until they take him home. I have so missed his presence.

We love you, Göran!

Leonard said...

I feel the same way, Doug...although we never met him I´ve also always felt the deepest friendship with Göran...it´s amazing when that happens online.

We love you Göran, a whole group of us,


JCF said...

For {{{Goran}}}, prayers ascend.

Effing cancer. Effing, effing cancer! >:-(

Fran said...

Prayers for his journey, what a great man.

Ellie Finlay said...

I have truly missed his presence as well.

And, yes, JCF... I completely agree.

My heart is very sore right now.

JimB said...

So much love lifts you up. We all pray for your journey.


JimB said...

So much love lifts you up. We all pray for your journey.