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Sharry Lachman

March 20, 1939 – June 3, 2024

Dear Sharry, Wesley, Lou and Lynde:  A friend sang this poem by Jan Richardson yesterday and it made me think of Sharry and all of you.  Sending my love and presence.

I cannot tell you how the light comes.
What I know is that it is more ancient than imagining.
That it travels across an astounding expanse to reach us.


That it loves searching out what is hidden
what is lost  –  what is forgotten
or in peril  –  or in pain.
That it has a fondness for the body
for finding its way toward flesh


for tracing the edges of form  –  for shining forth
through the eye, the hand, the heart.
I cannot tell you how the light comes, but that it does.
That it will.



That it works its way into the deepest dark
that enfolds you, though it may seem
long ages in coming or arrive in a shape you did not foresee.


And so may we this day turn ourselves toward it.
May we lift our faces to let it find us.
May we bend our bodies to follow the arc it makes.


May we open and open more and open still
to the blessed light that comes.

by Jan Richardson

This journey and your sharing of it has forever enriched me. It has allowed me to stand present to the many gifts and blessings of Sharry’s life for the past 44 years of our friendship with her and with all of you in her family. Every day there is more. That friendship has become long distance in geography, but it is close in the landscape of the heart. Thank you for recognizing the value of this tender sharing the past many weeks. Much love to each of you.

          ~~  Trish Broersma


My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. I have many fond memories of growing up with Sharry as my favorite cousin. Love to you all.

          ~~  Lucinda Darling


There will be signs of her spirit ascending. It may be a butterfly landing near you, a bird coming to your window, a bright star in the sky. She will never leave you. Rest in the light, beloved Sharry, for you will reflect it into eternity. Blessings to you, Wesley, Lyndy and all the grandchildren. Your care and love meant the world to her. You will continue to carry her in your hearts. Love and Peace,

          ~~ LiDoña Wagner


My deepest thanks for your care of your Mom and thereby your care for those of us who know and love her. Know that our love for Sharry extends to you and that when Sharry has passed, we will continue to hold you in our hearts as you process this change to your life. Blessings. Peace,

          ~~  Michael Shaw



To Lou, Wes, Lindi, and extended family and caregivers, Sending love to all who are transitioning with Sharry to her “happy place.” As painful as all of this is, she will go in her own time and in a blaze of glory. May peace take over in all of our hearts! Love,

          ~~  Molly Shaw


You have been such a blessing in my life, Sharry. Journey on, dear sister.

          ~~  Jann McGuire


Dearest Sharry, you have proven your strength to all of us, and given your family some cherished extra time to share your light and love. Be at peace and know you were so loved by so many. I am honored to have been in your circle of light and love. You have been a great teacher, friend, and surrogate mother! I will miss you, but will always carry you in my heart. I think you said I know when you are visiting by the wind? Is that right??? Big hugs and kisses and say hi to my parents… 🙂

          ~~  Kristen Cramer


Our love is flowing. I think of you every time I roll on the hemp oil. Thank you thank you thank you.

          ~~  Phyllis and Len Hockley


Lou, I so appreciate your courage to lovingly witness and support your mom’s transition process. Thank you for being there and providing a way for those of us who loved Sharry to share in her end of life experiences. A hospice nurse, who cared for my mother at a similar time, reminded those who stood close that for some dying can be work. They need quiet time and space for focus and without obligation to respond or redirect their moving on. Remember to care for yourself, Dear One.

          ~~  Leah Early


Prayers of love, light, and comfort are with us all.

          ~~  Sharon Fisher