Jane Morris
The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
June 21, 2002

When faced with a tragedy like Danielle's death, it is easy to ask, How could this happen to such a wonderful person? I think it is human nature to try to find some good in terrible things so that we can believe there is some sense in this world and keep living our lives. So, in looking for the good in the loss of Danielle, here are the things I am grateful for:

I am grateful that Danielle knew before she died how amazing she was, how many lives she touched, and how many people truly adored her. I think these were things Danielle really needed to know and never fully believed before she was diagnosed with cancer.

Given that most young people die suddenly in horrendous accidents that rip them from their lives, I am grateful that Danielle had the time she did and was able to cross the country a few times, attend weddings, concerts, ball games, travel to New Zealand, be with those who loved her and fulfill many wishes before she died.

I am grateful that even when her speech was gone, she could still hug--even if it was only with one arm--and communicate how much people meant to her. She maintained her humor, her love, and her dignity. When it came time for her to die, she was ready to go, and she died peacefully.

I am grateful that now her spirit is free to bring light and joy to another part of this universe.

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