My dear, sweet, lovable stepdaughter passed away peacefully at 1:30 AM on Wednesday, January 25th.
One of the bright spots was when Jessica brought in her Chihuahua, Victor Jose Snaggles. Dominique said that she never liked small dogs. But we know otherwise. When we smuggled Victor in, her face lit up and she said "Give him to me"! His curly little tail wagged furiously and he couldn't get enough of licking her face.
The day after Dominique made her transition, Jessica was back in Laguna Beach, one of Dominque's sacred spots. She lived in Laguna Beach for many years and always felt the creative energy of this place. It's where she wrote all her books. Jessica was taking photos of the sunset, thinking of Dominique and look at what appeared in the photo! Jessica took several pictures, thinking that her finger was in the way, or that there was something wrong with the lens, but this red, orange, pink, orb kept showing up:
What's more, the orb has shown up in numerous subsequent photographs. Dominique beleived in, and wrote about orbs and energetic entities. The way I understand it, the soul, which never ceases to exist, summons energy from power sources, in this case the sun, and makes itself present. Red and orange were her favorite colors. The orb is even in the shape of a D. How cool is that!
As for memorials: Dominque requested that her ashes be taken to one of her favorite authors ranch in Taos, New Mexico. It's the former home of D.H. Lawrence. When she visited the home several years ago, she felt a strong connection and sense of peace. We plan on making the trip as a family. You can read about it here.
Jessica and Angela will take a portion of her ashes to a special spot in Laguna Beach.
I plan on making a several day solo trip out to Joshua Tree in the next couple of weeks to spread her ashes and perform a ceremony of my own. I will be writing about it in the blog. Dominque has inspired me to keep writing.
Justice and Liam are moving to Washington to live with Dominique's Aunt and Uncle as per her wishes. All proceeds from Dominique's book royalties will go to Justice and Liam. If you would like to pay it forward, you can order her books via the link to the right. All writers (myself included) live for people to read their words. So pass this along to everyone. You will be delighted with the talent of Dominique's books.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who has shared kind words and love during this time. It's what's getting me through the days. If I haven't personally connected with you, I would like to take this time to sincerely thank you. I love each and every one of you very much.
Our dear, sweet, witty, talented, lovable Dominique is now embraced by the light, surrounded by warmth and unconditional love. To quote Dominique from one of her last blog entries relative to ghosts and life after death:
Maybe we do not die at all. If you look at a cloud, and how it produces rain, and the raindrop falls to the ground, and then evaporates and goes back up - do we say the raindrop is dead during each transference to a different element? It is all a cycle. Plants grow from seed, blossom, release many seeds, dye off and become fertilizer for other seeds to grow. So if there is life after death, I figure it is our children. They are part of us and they go on to live. That is more exciting than just an apparition bumping about forever in an old house.
Yes, my love, it's our children who carry the torch. Justice and Liam - I am proud to be your Step Grand Ma. Who knows? I may even bake you cookies one day.