I am shocked and so very deeply saddened to hear of your mother, Rachel Bolaji Asagba's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of Rachel at our World Congress in Dallas! Your mother always brought gifts for us from Nigeria. Often they were simple necklaces or handmade leather fans. My fan has my first name, Ann-Marie embroidered on it. One year she gave us tunics handmade by women in the local village. I gifted it to my oldest daughter who decided to hang it on her wall as a lovely tapestry.
I missed her at our last World Congress in 2019 in Dallas, Texas. I was so hoping to see Rachel at our virtual conference in October. Your mom so loved our Logotherapy community of colleagues and friends & we loved her! She will be missed by so many of us.
Your mother was a beautiful example of Logotherapy lived. She gave freely of herself to others & the world. A true embodiment of self-transcendence. She mom truly embodied Viktor Frankl's message that we are here to share our gifts, our creative talents with the world, & to love each other & honor their presence in our lives.
Every birthday I send my Facebook friends a quote from another favorite philosopher of mine, Winnie-the-Pooh. Your mother loved my birthday posts! I am so very very glad I sent her one this year. I had no idea it would be my last time to reach out to this beautiful caring & amazing woman.
If we love each other we feel sadness when they leave this world. But I know your mom is with you in spirit as you & all her family & friends celebrate her wonderful & meaningful life. My heartfelt sympathy to you, your family & all who knew & loved your mother. May your beautiful memories of your dear mother always bring you peace & comfort. I shall miss her!
Dr. Ann-Marie Neale