Drawing 294 ~ of my father breathing slower and slower as his 88 year long life came to an end tonight.  He was surrounded by us 4 girls, 3 daughters and his daughter-in-law as we talked, told stories, laughed and cried with grand-children phoning and speaking into his ear.  It was a beautiful transition from life to death, all as it should be.  Drawing every fold, every wrinkle of skin and hair lock had me be profoundly connected to loving my father with my heart and soul.  To get a sense of his life I attached his obituary below.

Erwin Hartel
    Peacefully and gently, surrounded by family, on the 23rd of October, 2015. Erwin died at age 88, after having completed a life rich in love and purpose.
He was a member of the large wave of post-war immigration from Europe, arriving in Canada essentially penniless, although blessed with an abundance of talent, motivation, and courage.
    Together with his late wife Jensine he used these gifts to build a wonderful life for his family. He was a master blacksmith, a gifted artisan, and had a profound work ethic. He was as strong as an ox and as gentle as a kitten
    Predeceased by his wife Jensine, and son Peter(Janet), survived by daughters Katherine (Rae),Christine (Steve) and Ena (Michael). He also leaves many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    The family extends its gratitude to the staff at Fairfield Manor East, and Carveth Care Centre. We are also thankful for the superb care provided by Dr Andy Ross during Erwin’s latter years