Saturday, October 17, 2009


A few months back, I was approached by a woman who I had met on Twitter, Debbie Wilker. She had been suddenly diagnosed with cancer and wanted to learn Reiki. I chatted with her about it, and although she didn't have the money to pay for attunements, I attuned her to Kundalini Reiki through master level. I also put her in touch with my friend Bridget, who had healed her own cancer with energy healing and diet, and works with people diagnosed with cancer. Debbie had high hopes for beating this disease and was determined to stay positive and do all she could.

Debbie had a rare and aggressive form of cancer. I wanted to help her and had high hopes for her recovery because she was so driven to live. Debbie was 52 when she was diagnosed. She was an artist, author, mom, wife, and coach. Yes, I am speaking in the past tense. Debbie died three days ago. I found out today.

She had been in touch with me many times, each time telling me about her energy experiences with self healing, dreams, and asking questions about Reiki. I sent her Reiki healing many times. She was receiving help from many energy healers, and following lots of advice. She was also receiving conventional medical treatment. She was in and out of the hospital, and then hospice care.

I'm blogging about this today because Debbie's passing is in my thoughts. I know she wanted to live longer, that she didn't feel finished with her life's work. Being connected to a higher source of energy through Reiki is helpful, but it can't change the inevitability of an aggressive cancer, I guess. I'm sad over this, and it's a cold reminder that there are things we don't understand about life and death, no matter how strong our intentions to help ourselves or each other. I'm sure Debbie is at peace now, but her passing is hard for her family and friends. We know that she wanted to live longer, free of pain and disease, and able to continue with her plans. We miss her.

When people die before they have had their full lives, such as children, young mothers, or people in their prime, it can seem to be senseless. Why did this happen? It feels unfair and wrong. Some people try to explain it, but there are no explanations that satisfy those of us who feel no sense of understanding behind it. "God's ways are mysterious." "God has her reasons." Yada yada yada. Meanwhile, there is a great loss for those left behind, and leaves the nagging feeling that a life was cut short. It's sobering, and a reminder that we are all vulnerable in our own way too. Life is unpredictable and death is inevitable. It may not be the end, because our spirits are eternal, but each lifetime is precious and has something to accomplish and experiences to live. When it feels like one didn't get the full measure of this lifetime, it is confusing and hurts. I know I'm not the one to judge whether someone had their full lifetime or not, for what do I know anyway? But I know that Debbie didn't feel finished, and that is hard. I know she made peace with her dying at the end, and was more concerned for her family, because she emailed me about that. But the question of "why now" remains unanswered.

People in Debbie's life may still feel her presence, and she may still be around in spirit. Perhaps she will visit her husband and son in their dreams or visions. I hope that she can, and it will bring them comfort.

The medical profession has a long way to go with curing cancer, and the current treatment is painful and difficult for those who have it. One day I hope there will be better answers.

I wish I could have done more to make a difference.



Fred said...

I am very sorry to read of Debbie's passing. Death is a very natural part of life, and that fact makes so important to savor every moment of life's sacred sensuousness.

Alice Langholt said...


Thank you for your comment. Your view of life is an important one.


Anonymous said...

It is very sad that Debbie has passed. Having cancer is not a sudden passing and the family usually has time to prepare. Cancer is a big big business and it is my belief that there is no desire to cure this disease. There are far too many economic reasons not to cure it. It is sad that Debbie did not feel that her life work was finished but it is very good that she came to peace regarding her passing. It is wonderful that you were able to attune Debbie even though she could not afford to pay for her attunements. I am sure that this meant a lot to her. Her family misses her very much I am sure and so does her little doggie Ralph who is now motherless.

Alice Langholt said...

Thank you for your comment. I know that Debbie's passing is a loss to her family, friends, and her pet. I am blessed to have been able to help her in any way that I could, and I do believe that it made a difference to her. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts here.


Bridget said...

Thanks Alice for giving us the opportunity to express our
thoughts on Debbie's passing.
She will forever remain with me
in spirit. Her passing for me is a reminder that as a RMT I am only a facilitator helping others to find
their path. For whatever reason
Debbie's path was switched on her, she did her best to accept what happened.I believe that the warmth of Reiki comforted her during the transition.

Alice Langholt said...

Thank you, Bridget,

Thank you for all you did for Debbie, and all the ways you help others with your energy work, guidance and love. You are a true inspiration. I am glad to have shared Reiki with Debbie, and to have introduced her to you.

Much love,

Frank Dickinson said...

Thank you Alice for sharing Debbie's story - and your own.

I didn't know Debbie, but I am blessed to have heard her story.

Go to the Angels Debbie.


Alice Langholt said...


Thank you for your comment, it is much appreciated, as always.

Love and light,

Chrissiedm said...

Alice, your intent was compassionate. If only we could appease Debbie's family's grief but we know we can only give comfort. Now your story is generating an outpouring of compassion from so many strangers -I think Debbie's work is just beginning. Well done Alice in helping Debbie in this life work.

Alice Langholt said...


Thank you for your comment. I am grateful for whatever I could do to help Debbie deal with her illness, and ultimately transition. It's good to share the story with my readers and I wish comfort to her family knowing she is at peace.

Love and light,