Patty Smith–Verspoor remembered
Patty was a member of the Faculty: Chair, Department of Materia Medica. Chair, Department of animal Heilkunst.
- AUTISM, The Journey Back co-authored with Rudi Verspoor
- Homeopathy Renewed worked with author, Rudi Verspoor
- A time for Healing
- Homeopathy Re–examined: Beyond the Classical Paradigm
- Dynamic Legacy: Hahnemann from Homeopathy to Heilkunst.
- Contributed many articles to newspapers, and wholistic and homeopathic journals and magazines in the United States and Canada.
- Editor of the Heilkunst Journal, a publication of the Hahnemann Center for Heilkunst, and Resonance, the newsletter of the Hahnemann College and Clinic.
- Work in progress: A Patient’s Guide to Heilkunst and A Patient’s Guide to Vaccinations, and Homeo- and Homo-prophylaxis.
Patty Smith was interested in homeopathy since her first introduction in 1977. When her father was admitted to Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia for a triple coronary bypass, she already was suggesting alternative treatment (and reading, at that time, Dr. Robert Mendelsohn’s Confessions of a Medical Heretic and The Pritikin Program by Dr. Nathan Pritikin). Following her father’s surgery there was a medical snafu, putting him into a coma for five months before he died at Christmas, 1980.
With more determination, and after witnessing homeopathic miracles in her home (ex-husband’s finger almost being severed by a lawnmower but healing beautifully; burned hand when she put the potholder on her right hand and removed the Thanksgiving turkey with her left; food poisoning, etc.) she began her studies in earnest.
She joined the Bryn Athyn, PA study group (affiliated with the National Center for Homeopathy) and eventually turned her wholistic parenting group in Mercer County, NJ into an affiliated study group of the NCH. She served as the New Jersey representative to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Study Group Council of the NCH and helped create and revitalize homeopathic study groups in NJ. She was awarded a scholarship from Boiron, one of the world’s largest homeopathic pharmaceutical companies, to the National Center for Homeopathy’s Summer School.
In 1995 she moved from New Jersey to Ottawa, Canada after being offered a partnership in the Norsana Academy Clinic, sharing the space with Rudolf Verspoor (whom she subsequently married). She served as the Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs for the British Institute (Canada) for more than five years, working with Rudi to develop the advanced practitioner programs offered in Canada. She was a co-founder of the National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths (NUPATH), served on its Board of Directors for ten years, and currently is an Ex-Officio member. She also is founding member of the Canadian/International Heilkunst Association.
She loved and adored her two fascinating daughters, Meghan (age 24) and Kelsey (age 22); and her animals Baby Doll (a filly); Angel (a rescue pony) and Truffles (Dutch Warmblood/Throughbred cross); Truffles (a beautiful Havanese); and Timou, her African Grey Parrot. Her enjoyment of the latter group led to her (ongoing) research and development of the use of Hahnemann’s medical system with animal health and animal Heilkunst.
Photographs and memories
I met Patty about 6 months before she moved to Canada. We lived a few blocks from each other, and one day I had a bad sore throat. I told Patty, “It hurts so much, I’m afraid to swallow.” “Meet me on the corner in 10 minutes. Bring a dollar.” She gave me a dose of Lachesis, and I haven’t had a sore throat since! Condolences to all her loved ones. Heaven is brighter with her there.
I happened to have the privilege of working with Patty. My son Kyle came back from the edge of the spectrum through her careful homeopathic work. I later became a homeopath and studied under her and Rudi. Thank you for your intelligence and your care for the human family.
Patty was my student in high school, and a fine and sensitive poet. I had set her words to a choral piece over 40 years ago, and had been back in touch with her in recent years. I was stunned to learn only today from a mutual friend of her passing.
My sympathy to everyone.
Happy days on HomeoNet so long ago. May your life from now on be free of sorrow and distress, greetings from Fran.
I wish to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family.
I will treasuire the many memories with Patty either in person at the clinic or during our telephone consultations. I will remember Patty as a warm, sharing, caring, down to earth person loving lady and friend. She had an amazing gift for communication.
Abundant Blessing to you Patty.
With heartfelt condolences, Nicole
I want to extend my sincere condolenses to Rudi and the Homeopathic community on Patty’s passing last year. I met with Patty about my dog Jenny and was impressed by her energy and vitality. Rudi … My thoughts are with you as you journey through the grief of losing Patty.
Warm Wishes to everyone,
I never met Patty personally but I did speak to her on
the phone and to Rudy.
She was very hands on, full of life and very direct.
I appreciated her candid manner.
She had a wonderful spirit that I still remember
vividly and a “go for it” attitude. She was
inspirational in the way she lived her life and
she certainly had an impact on mine.
I couldn’t get myself to read Patty’s past e-mails for sometime and now I am…
Thank you, Patty, for the love and light that you gave to us all.
You taught me what it means to speak the truth with love and to be brave.
You taught me what it means to be a loving mom and wife while being good to yourself.
We all love you very much and you will always be in our hearts.
Hontouni arigato, with lots of love,
I am so sad to hear that Patty is no longer with us. I have so many happy and joyful memories of you and Patty at HCH.
I am so so sorry for that……
Dr. Ranvir Pahwa
I will miss a very joyful, happy and helping personality I have ever met.
Lindy and Paul
Rudi, I am so sorry! I had no idea until just now…I just have not been able to get online much…What a great loss for us all, but for you…I just cannot imagine. I have never met Patty in person, but could definitely tell by her replies to my emails what a wonderfully caring sweet person she was. My prayers are with you.
Dear Patty; I love you and miss you and think of you often, remembering so many of your great advice, I can still hear your voice in my mind. How wonderful you are, with all of your humor and strength and wisdom. God Bless you always for being this great being. We were blessed to have you heal us and guide us during our the worst of times. We are better today for it and I am grateful to you forever. I dreamt of you the other night, there were all of these people and we were all doing stuff, just hanging out. May your spirit continue to guides us and may you feel peace and love always.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
Rudi, Meghan, Kelsey and Family:
I am shocked and deeply saddened to read passing away of Patty on the internet.It is hard to believe that Patty is no longer with us in person but she will be always with us in spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Patty was a great teacher, wife, mother, friend and Homeopath. We all students and friends loved her very much.
That big happy smile you could find in a crowd, her quirky knowledge of so much, her deep and obvious love of Rudi, her ability to make us all want to do better, her unabashed sweet tooth, that laugh, that energy…and all the homes and lives she helped.
Rudi, I can never thank you and Patty enough for how you have helped me. She is with you now and always; you are a forever-team!
To Patty & Rudi’s family, as well as all who worked with Patty, we send love and prayers. You are surrounded in love sent by all who Patty touched. God’s Blessings.
Cate Ott and family
Patty always made me laugh. She was full of energy, laughter, and quirky facts. She always made me feel like a friend, always treated me like family. I have nothing but wonderful memories of her. Thank you Patty for making life so enjoyable and exciting. I’m truly blessed to have met you.
I just heard the very, very sad news. Although I’ve been away, I always thought I would see Patty (and Rudi)again, …some day. I remember her enthusiasm and her kind-heartedness. Patty and Rudi have changed my path in life and I will always be grateful. Sincere condolences.
We are so sorry for your loss. We never knew Patty but felt connected to her through the stories that you shared. We are forever grateful for the healing that Patty has given to our family and the world.
The Hogan Family
I’m a blog friend of Patty’s and I had been missing her, so I just discovered that she is gone. And I am in tears. Even though we never met, she felt like a kindred spirit, and I was hoping to make it to Abaco this year to actually meet face to face. I will miss her art, her comments, her stories of island life, her photos, her support, and her tales of Truffles. To Rudi, Meghan, and Kelsey – my heart is with you. To Patty, my soul is with you.
Yvette CharronI am not very good with words.I sure miss you Patty. When my Turkey babies got very ill you made last sommer you made them all better. I thank you so much for caring for my Birds and my dogs. We all miss you so very much. Hugs Yvette
I’ve just finished reading the last e-mail you sent me on November 22nd. It was an article about euthanasia because I had to put my dog down the week before.
You were so encouragith with the Photography Club. I’m still in shock that I barely got to know you and you’re gone.
I read over a couple more of the e-mails and you managed to make the crazy stuff that happened to you in the last couple of months sound funny. Thank you for the very small time I knew you with the photography club and e-mails back and forth.
Thank you Patty for your help and guidance over the years. Between you and Rudi I will always treasure the rewards of your kindness and knowledge in sharing your knowledge of the world’s most magnificent healing system.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” DICKENS
God Bless You Both
Tina, Shong, Samantha, Sabrina & Maggie Chan
I am truly saddened by Patty’s death. Patty was more than just a friend; she was an amazing person. Her passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew her. Patty’s memory will always remain deep within my heart.
My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.
Hugs and Love
I can’t begin to say how much Patty meant to me. Her knowledge, her giving nature, her sense of humor, her always being there for me are just a few of the things that made her so special. She cared! The knowledge that she was just a phone call away gave me a security that is now gone. Through the years we became more than homeopath and patient; we became friends. We told jokes, sent jokes via email, and talked of marriage, dogs, Whole Foods Market, meat pies in Canada, and so many more things.
Patty changed my life; she was a healer in all senses of the word. I realize, as I sit here crying, how much I will truly miss her. The world is a poorer place without her.
To Rudi and family, and everyone else who will miss Patty dearly – so many of us; my deepest condolances and love and prayers go out to every one of you.
I did not know Patty in person, but she touched me and my life significantly nonetheless. I am so thankful that I was able to experience her teaching, love, wisdom and kindness. I will miss her and remember her always.
Thank you for the 3 amazing years of educating and helping me with my daughter, Emma, and my entire family. Thanks to you…I have continued a healthy diet for my family and Jack and Emma have thrived with their health. My thoughts and prayers are with Rudi and your entire family at this time. I will be forever grateful to you for the knowledge that you have instilled in me. Although I never got the chance to meet you in person…I will forever treasure the support and love via chats on the phone that I had with you for those many years. I was beyond blessed to have known you. Sincerely, Tricia Roberts
Patty, You were a bright light in my life most especially in my dark moments. The love and support you provided meant the world to me and it’s obvious your love and nurturing has been felt deep and wide by many. I cherish all the conversations we’ve shared and I will miss you.
Rudi, I am deeply moved by your grace, wisdom and eloquence during such a time… it is the epitome of unconditional love and exemplifies the true meaning of being whole. I have printed your Open Letter to save in my journal to read again and again whenever I need a reminder of the true purpose of my own journey on this earth.
Jason, your message brings tears to my eyes even as I write this. An immensely bright light has taken up residence in a place you can no longer see and the big and little things that have made your world so special each day will be missed. Let those empty spaces be filled with thoughts of the love and light Patty so brightly shined into your life and you will reflect back to her how much she is loved.
Ralph Wood Wilson_ND_Washington_DC
It’s been a week now since we received the first message about Patty entering hospice and the Heilkunst community joined our thoughts and prayers to support your transition. It is a family transition for you, Rudi and Meghan and Kelsey. I’m grateful for all that you, Rudi and Patty have given to me in your words and in your examples of loving commitment. Patty and you will always be in my heart.
Love always — Woody
PS: John Haywood send his condolences and his appreciation for your talks with him.
Thank you for sharing your dynamic mind and sweet heart!
I am so grateful that I got to see you in Abaco. Beautiful memories…
Miss you, my cherished Patty-cake friend and brilliant mentor.
Patty, you have been one of the dearest people in my life. You helped me give birth to my critical thinking faculties. You have nurtured me as practitioner, challenged me as teacher, and laughed and cried with me as a friend. My life is richer for knowing you, and I feel blessed that you truly knew me. Love, Heather xoxo miss you
Dear Rudi, how blessed you were to share the biggest part of Patty’s huge heart. I remember choosing her to be my clinical supervisor. I chose well……she accepted no excuses….pregnant on baby # 4 or not….she would say…. if you are going to do this & YOU ARE, then you are going to do it right
Mel and Naoko
Rudi, Naoko and I were deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Patty’s passing. We understand that it must have been a very difficult time for you, filled with so many emotions.
The letter you wrote to all of us is beautiful and inspiring. Your faith and understanding is wonderful and we find it reassuring and comforting. Your love and respect for Patty, your soul-mate, is very evident.
We send peace and love to you, your family and everyone at HCH.
Rudi, Meghan, and Kelsey – I’m so sorry for your loss.
Taking a cue from Patty’s blog, this is my “grateful.” I’m grateful for all the years of genuine friendship with Patty. Even though we never met in person, I consider her to have been one of my best friends ever. I’m honored to have known Patty and will miss her terribly.
My condolences to Rudi, Meghan and Kelsey. It had been many years since I last spoke to Patty. My cat Moxxi was very sick and after thousands of dollars and nearly losing him twice, I turned to Patty because conventional medicine was not working. Thankx to Patty Moxxi is healthier and happier today than he’s ever been. The week before Patty’s passing, she had been on my mind quite a bit. I thought it was the universe telling me I ought to make a follow-up appointmentfor Moxxi. I was so shocked to hear of Patty’s illness and subsequent passing and I immediately regretted not having spoken to her one last time. There definitely is one more angel looking over us. My prayers and thoughts go out to Rudi, the girls, and everyonr who knew her.
Ana Laura Trevino
Patty I always thought that one day we were going to drive all the way to Canada so that we could meet and show you all the progress that Leo has made. Now I know it is not going to be possible but it is not late to thank you for everything you did for him and my family. We will keep Rudy in our prayers so that God may give him the strength to carry out his work.
I feel honoured and privileged to have known Patty. In recent years, she made a point of visiting me and some of the other students on the west coast. Having just recently moved to Victoria from Montreal, this gesture gave me a feeling of comfort and a sense of connection to the rest of the Heilkust community. She always made every student, without exception, feel as though they had a significant part to play in the greater Heilkunst community. She will be sorely missed, but the profound impact she had on those around her will be felt for years to come.
Patty’s passing was a huge shock and a very sad occasion for me. It feels like a member of my immediate family has passed. She was a tremendous source of support and encouragement to me during my various consultations with her in recent years. I will miss her. She is in my thoughts and prayers.
My deepest condolences to Rudy and family. Patty, thank you for guiding me throughout the past years. I am sorry I never got to meet you in person but, while I miss your comforting voice, I know this is not a good bye. As you once taught me, you are probably at the rainbow bridge to re-join your beloved Truffles. One day, when my Henry and my Cheddar will invite me onto the bridge, I know I will meet you there too. So long my friend, my mentor and guide, this is only an “arrivederci”.
I was so sad to hear about Patty’s passing. I haven’t spoken to her in a few years but think of her often. She taught me many things that not only helped my son but me personally over the 2 years that I consulted with her. She will be missed greatly, a wise sage lost by children afflicted by autism and parents alike. May she be watching over and smiling down on our little angels. May your wings soar Patty.
Angels have been re-called to continue their work in another dimension. I believe this is true indeed. The day I met Patty I decided to be a Homeopath. She had a message for me. It was clear. I send loving, healing light to Rudi and the family, for those difficult times. May each ray of sunshine remind us of the joy of life that Patty has and may it warm our hearts.
I was so surprised and shocked at the news of Patty’s passing. I had not seen her for about three years but followed with the clinic e-mails. Patty helped me a great deal through the Heilkust treatments and her personal approach and also saw my daughter during Christmas when she visited from Australia. I am so sorry for your loss.
To Rudi and family, to Jason and the Heilkunst community, I am saddened to hear of Patti’s sudden passing. Patty was a bright light and a strong spirit.
She will be greatly missed, and as you said Rudi, she is a special angel and a beautiful soul. You did say it best.
I grieve with you, and pray for your family’s peace and healing. God be with you,
My deepest sympathies,
Suzanne and family.
My condolences and sympathies to Rudi and his family.
Dear Rudi, Kelley and Meagan,
Just writing to express just how saddened and shocked I was to hear Patty leaving us all so suddenly. At least to me, it seemed so sudden because all I could visualize was the Patty with so much love and gusto for life and in good health that I could not even think of her as being ill. Even now as I type, it feels so unreal. But one thing I do know and I can truthfully say is that she is in a really good place right now, looking over her loved ones and being there to guide them. I am sure that her presence can be felt by you.
Sending lots of love to all of you,
I am sorry I did not get to meet you ..I loved your blog and I feel like I did know u.I’m sure u are in a much better place.
You and Rudy will always be in our hearts in heilkunst.
Valerie St. John
I didn’t know Patty well, but what I did know about her was that she was a very bright spirit, and very wise. She was an example of a person who enjoyed life and didn’t take one moment for granted. She never said anything to me about this, but she radiated this truth.
And she always trusted that the universe knew what was best. Again, I knew this not by what she said, but by seeing who she was. What a beautiful example of a human being Patty was.
I send my deepest sympathy to your family and warm wishes for your gentle healing.
I was greatly saddened to learn of Patty’s sudden passing. I offer you and everyone who loved her my most sincere and heartfelt condolences. I believe that she will continue to be with you in spirit and that you will join her at the alotted time.
With deepest sympathy, Sharon
Borys & Galyna Vorobyov
Our sincerest condolences and sympathies to you in your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
I send my most profound sympathy to Rudi and his family as well as all those pained by the loss of Patty. I did not know her but it’s clear that this world will not be the same. Each time I give my son, Sergio, his remedies I can’t help but think of Rudi and Patty. I smile thinking that perhaps the remedies are a little stronger now as Patty is surely sending extra healing to all of the clinic’s patients.
Much love, Margarete Gomez
Patty, you were a special light in my life. You will be greatly missed.
I am praying for you and your family to get through this time with peace that comes from the knowledge that God loves you and will take care of you and your family.
Dear Rudi, I was saddened and shocked to hear of Patty’s passing, and you both, as well as everyone from the HCH, have been in my thoughts and prayers. Patty was a great lady, she fought the good fight, and her inspiring spirit will live on in my heart always. I loved how she always saw through to the spirit of a person, to the true spirit of any issue. And of course she always made me laugh, and heartily. Godspeed light spirit Patty. XO
My family and I extend our heart-felt condolences to Rudi, Patty’s children and the staff of the HCH. Patty was such an amazing person and it was always such a pleasure to be in her presence. My family continue to benefit from her care and treatment.
Riyad & Tahira
We will miss Patty forever for contribution she did to our family and to impact she left on well being for our children. Although we only talked to her via phone that was enough to have lasting impression for her advice and kind heart. She left too soon, she had so many autistic children waiting for her treatment, this is almighty destiny. May she rest in peace. Sincere condolences to Rudi and family.
Cristina et Abdel
Nous partageons votre peine en ce moment de deuil. Nos condoléances, à vous et à votre famille.
Deepest sympathies to you and your family…Love carries on…
I just heard the news of Patty’s passing. I am so, so sorry. I thought the world felt a little quieter and had lost a bit of light….and now I know why. But I can guarantee you that right about now heaven is lit up and shining because she’s there.
Virginia Downey (NJ, USA)
My life changed because of Homeopathy and Patty you were the one who introduced my mom and I to these amazing concepts over 15 yrs ago. Your boldness, sarcasm, kindness, passion, vibrance, brilliance and love DEFINITELY had a major impact on us and still today, I am grateful.
Your essence will remain and you will be remembered, always.
I will always be grateful for our deep and loving friendship. I don’t think a day will go by that I won’t miss you.
WIth love, Mar
I am deeply touched by the distress you are presently going through. I read what you wrote, and through the words, I could feel the love there was between you and Patty as well as the pain for your loss. She meant so much to you.
Please accept my sincere condolences to you, your children, and the HCH family .
My thoughts are with you all.
Tina , franz and Timmy Metz
Dear Rudi and team of HCH,
we are patients of Rudi since many years and are from Germany. My son and I are so glad that we had the chance to meet Patty personaly and shake her hand once in 2007, when we went all the way to Canada to meet Rudi and the members of HCH. When I saw her I felt her strong energy and those sparkling vivid eyes and we had a lunch at the little restaurant ( for retired people ) close to the HCH clinic.
As you, Rudi outlined in your passionate email last week, you are very right because : yes, she was a true “Mensch “
( “human being” and “gutes Wesen “ like the Germans say) and supported me very often via email confronting “THEM”, as she called them so often in her blog: “THEM” meant politics, vaccine producers, greedy doctors and so on. I also always remember her writing in the blog, saying :” would you push nail- polish-remover into your venes ?”, when new patients were asking questions about vaccines.She was so compassionate and especialy caring for a whole generation of kids !
My love and deep sympathy goes out to Rudi , as I feel how hard it is for you to be supposed to live without her, but I feel deep in my heart that she is residing behind you and the staff of HCH like a big angel ,as she always did .
My deepest sympathy for you, from all my family, specialy Tim , Franz and me.
Tina, Tim and Franz Metz
Shortly after my son began treatment under your loving care, you sent me an e-mail saying simply “I’m here”. And you were. For the 13 years that followed you were our friend, our doctor and a great source of strength and support. You will never know the depths of my gratitude. I will miss your guidance, your love and your laugh. I feel so blessed to have had your influence in my life. Always, xoL.
To Rudi, Meghan, Kelsey and family, my very deepest sympathies for your loss. You are her legacy of love.
We have a phrase in India that typically translates as….when a child is born, it cries and everyone else smiles. Before you demise, do something so you smile and everyone else cries.
We didn’t had any interaction with Patty but the messages on the wall tells us that she clearly was one befitting the phrase.
Our sincere condolences with Dr. Rudi, friends, family and her colleagues.
Starting my day is the hardest part for me. I turn my computer on and expect to see the daily e-mails of things she had found while surfing the net, the food pics, the flower pics, the new tech gadgets that she wanted, the updates on Hawaii 5-0 and whether or not Alex O’Loughin would be topless that episode, the jokes. Skype is quiet, there is no bouncing blue S that tells me Patty wants something done, and it needs to be done now. Who will I turn to when I have questions about my Mac? Patty helped me to peel off the shades in my life and allow my light to shine, she was one of the pillars that held me up through the rough times and laughed with me during the good times, and I will forever be grateful to her for that. I know her journey is continuing, that she stands behind me even now, her spirit coaching me, making me strive for more, never letting me settle. I have another angel at my shoulder but this one is more likely to kick me in the behind than the others. I miss you, say hi to Steve for me and I hope the insalata caprese in heaven is up to your standards. Love you.
Rudi and family,
It is with great saddness to hear of Patty’s passing, she was so vibrant and offered so much, and gave so much to many people. Trust in the fact that all the people lives she touched are truly covering you and your family with love and prayers to give you the strength to endure this time which is so hard for any human being.
God bless you,
Jo-Anne, Delrina, Gemma-Lee, Shayla and Geanna
I am so sorry to hear what has happened.. I only had spoken to Patty once before and just started treatments for my cat Peppy.. my heart goes out to Patty’s family and everyone at the clinic.. it is so sad..
It’s just not the same without you Patty. Miss your spark, your wit, your attitude, your grumbles, your light, your laughter, your love and support, and the beautiful uniqueness that so defined you.
To a life well lived!
We are extremely saddened and shocked that Patty is no longer with us. We admired Patty so much for all that she did for our kids with autism. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rudi, and to Patty’s daughters at this very sad time. This is a great loss for all of us.
Allison, Emily and Matthew
Patty I’m glad I knew you when you were well. Love Gabriella
Words are not sufficient to express the shock and grief over Patty’s passing. May everyone in the Hielkunst community and everyone ever helped or touched by Patty’s talent, caring, support and love be comforted.
My sincerest, saddest condolences to Patty’s family on their loss. My prayers go out to you.
Rudi, my deepest sympathies for your tremendous loss. May God bless you with all that you need during this difficult time.
Patty was a supremely caring and beautiful human being. She went out of her way to help my family, on numerous occasions, and her death leaves a void beyond our comprehension. Love is the most potent form of homeopathy, and Patty, through her actions, proved that she was, in the truest sense, a healer. The Memory of the Righteous is a blessing for all Mankind.
My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Rudi, his family and the entire Heilkunst community.
As Rudi has been my practitioner, I only knew Patty a little from the brief pre/post appointment encounters we had, especially when the clinic was at their home on River Road in Ottawa. I was always warmed by her easy, engaging manner and could see how well she and Rudi fit together – oh how she will be missed and may she rest in peace.
Rudi – I hope you find some measure of solace and strength from these messages of love and support – you and Patty have meant so much to so many, it’s time for you to take a little.
Brian and Lucie Caunter
Although I did not have the chance to meet Patti, I had the opportunity to visit her blog and my first impression was of a woman who was living life to the fullest. We can say that it is better to “die living” than to live dying.
God’s blessings to her soul.
To Rudi, family & everyone at HCH,
Sending sincere condolences and wishes for peace. Patty will be greatly missed.
I hope Rudi and family will take comfort from the many friends and family who are thinking of Patty and her wonderful life.
Please accept my deepest sympathy.
My heartfelt sympathy to Rudi, Patty’s girls, and all the staff at Hahnemann Clinic. Patty will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
It has been an honour to know you. May love, light, and peace go with you, Pearl.
Sheri and Andrejs
Dear Rudi and family,
I feel so much empathy for you in the loss of Patty- your beautiful words left me in tears and I know the entire Heilkunst community will not be the same without Patty. She was a ray of light and I will miss her presence within the group. May God be with you during this time.
Sheri and Andrejs
I am saddened and shocked to hear of Patty’s death . My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the Clinic family. She will be greatly missed.
I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Patty’s passing. I didn’t know Patty well as I’m a patient of Rudi’s, and only had ocassion to chat with her briefly while I waited to meet with him at their clinic, and once to seek her sage advice with respect to my dog, Max.
But, brief as those encounters were, I was left with an impression of Patty that is reflected in the outpouring of love, and the wonderful tributes from all the people whose lives she has clearly touched.
I hope that Rudi and his children find some solace and peace in knowing how loved she was and how much joy she brought to those around her.
My heart goes out to them, and I will keep them in my prayers.
Cecilia, William and Strider Monaghan
To Rudi and His Family, and Jason, Frances and all those at the Hahnemann Clinic for Hielkunst,
Peace be upon you.
With our most sincerest condolences.
Cecilia, William and Strider Monaghan
Phyllis De Ruyter-Vranckx
Dear Rudi, Meghan, Kelsey and Family,
Over the past year while following Patty’s blog I often had a very special feeling that came over me, each time I read certain posts. I never understood at that time why I had those feelings but now I know.
There was Truffles, that Patty said was her dog but who always seemed to be at Rudi’s side, keeping him company, giving him comfort, like it was meant to be a gift to him.
There were the many family visits to Patty’s Paradise: Kelsey and Meghan visiting together as well as Rudi’s children and grandchildren spending time with her and Rudi I percieved as huge highlights in Patty’s life.
The extended visits to Rudi’s parents and his family, the celebration of three family birthdays and the love she expressed to all were so touching to read.
The special Mother-Daughter moments and times spend together with both Kelsey and Meghan were gifts of Love from her to her
Being at this years graduation in August, wanting to be there, although in great pain from a broken collarbone and handing out the diplomas was a gift from Patty to all graduates, including myself.
So looking back, especially over this past year I have come to understand that Patty’s mission was to offer you gifts of Love and gifts of beautiful Memories to cherish and hold onto for when she had to leave her physical body.
I hope that Love and Memories will ease the pain in your hearts.
With my deepest sympathy,
Phyllis De Ruyter-Vranckx.~
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on the snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grains;
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there; I did not die.
Dear Rudi and Family,
I am in such a shock and saddened to learn of Patty’s departure. I am an ex-patient of Patty’s and student. I talked to her on the phone few times and met her once, she touched my soul and spirit. She was kind, loving and patient. May God give you and your family the strength and patience to bare this pain.
May you rest in Peace, Patty…You will always be in our thoughts.
Love and blessings,
I am so shocked and saddened to hear about Patti. My heart goes out to Rudi and her other family members. She will be missed.
Although my son is a patient of Rudi’s, I feel as if I knew Patty through our phone consultations. He would always speak so highly of Patty and his girls. I learned so much from Patty when she responded to people’s questions on the HCautism group. She had such humor and intelligence in her responses.
There must be a really special place in heaven for this vibrant beautiful woman. Prayers and positive thoughts go out to Rudi, the family and the school for strength during this difficult time.
Marisol Velasquez and Diego
I did not have the privilege to met Patty in person, but is’t like I did because I know you and it’s true when somebody say that behind a good men there is always a wonderful and brilliant woman. I think this really apply to you. Even that she is no longuer between us, She’s always going to be by your side.
I have no words to express how sorry I am for your lost.I can only imagine how hard is this for you and your children.
I will have you and your family in my pryers . I’m confident that god will give you the strength you need to continue your journey until the moment you will be reunited again. God bless you and your children.
Patty – goodbye friend, teacher and mentor. I am so truly grateful for your presence in my life. My love to you, Rudi and your family with the most open of hearts.
Aum Trayambakam Yajamahe,
Urva Rukamiva Bandhanaan,
Mrityor Mokshiye Maamritat.
“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”
~ Emily Dickinson
Francois & Helena Jooste
Patty’s passing had shocked us deeply. Our sincerest sympathy to Rudi and family. May the Power of the Universe, which we all so passionately believe in, be your support and source of strength for the future.
We will miss her very much.
Dear Rudi and Family:
My heart aches for you in this time of great sorrow. I did not know Patty but can see what an amazing person she was. God knows as well and you will see her again. Please know that many are praying for you at this time. May God be with you and comfort you always.
Our last conversation was about Rudolf Steiner’s “How To Know Higher Worlds.” And true to your role as a trailblazer, you had to get to the other side ahead of the rest of us…perhaps to teach us something about the grace of surrendering to the Light! May you hear our prayers and stories as tributes to your loving contribution to the curing of many bodies, souls and spirits. You will live on in the greater Heilkunst community.
Oh Patty, how sorry I am that we never met face to face, but our conversations during your treatment of my wonderful companion Khazar were a blessing. I got to get treatments from you too for which I will be forever grateful. May this next part of your journey be a beautiful one!
You are a light that will shine for eternity. Your passion and love of Heilkunst will continue to permeate the College even though your physical presence is no longer. God speed, Patty, you are in all our hearts. For Rudi & family, my love and prayers for strength of heart and soul.
With love and prayer…
Peri and Barry McQuay
Patty was beautiful, brave and strong. She never, ever gave up. I have so many treasured memories of her warmth and friendship. Her homeopathy encompassed so much, dared much and achieved much. She never gave up and neither must we, remembering her with love, always.
Tiffany and Daniela Torres
Our relationship has been one of mutual respect and support. Your huge heart, thoughtfulness and great knowledge has nurtured us during times of crises – and for that we will always remember you in a state of gratitude.
It is with immense sadness that we see your departure from the physical plane, and ecstatic enthusiasm your Grand Entrance into our non-physical Entourage … we just know our interaction does not end here!
Our hearts are open with Love and Gratitude,
We will miss you!
and to Rudi, Meghan and Kelsey,
Love and Light to support you during these trying times.
Tiffany and Daniela Torres
Dear Rudi & family,
I’m so sorry about your loss and can only imagine how hard this must be for you. I wish you all the strength you need to carry on and keep the good memories. Patty was a very special person!
I was deeply saddened by the death of Patty. This must be very difficult for Rudi and Patty’s family. My thoughts and my prayers are there for them in this toughest time. Hope God gives them strength to bear this pain. She will be remembered forever by every family she had made a difference.
Words cannot express how saddened and shocked I am… I can’t even imagine how Rudi, the girls, and family are handling this! My heart goes out to you all <3. Sixteen years ago I met Patty in NJ, my life began to change for the better. She worked with my boys and myself using sequential therapy up until now and my life has been transformed because of Patty. Patty taught me so much, not only about healing with homeopathy, but about LOVE. I have passed on so much of what she taught me to my family and friends and will continue to. We’ve lost a therapist, a friend, a sister, a woman of courage, conviction, knowledge, beauty and mostly of HEART. I will miss talking with her, her wit, her advice, her strength and encouragement. She lives in my heart forever and I will be forever grateful for her gifts. Love and Blessing to all her family and friends. With Gratitude and Love, Denise and Family
I remember Patty full of life, a free spirit always smiling.You will be missed Patty,your happy disposition. I’m Still in shock you were taken so quickly. I send a poem I wrote and thinking of you Rudi and sending hugs and hope you are ok God Bless and may Patty’s spirit and all the good she did live on. For Patty I stand at the stairway to heaven, the stars wink at me. I have no fear. I’m going home. The light of the moon guides me up the stairway. The angels are with me lifting me up higher and higher. I find myslef in a place of rainbows and endless love. I am at peace. My soul is home. Caroline Irvine. God Bless Rudi and family. My thoughts are with you caring thoughts and hugs.
Rudi, Meghan, Kelsey and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am shocked and deeply saddened. I will treasure the happy memories of Patty.
Helen Hardinge Field and all the NUPATH board
What a shock. We extend our condolences to you and the girls. Patti will be remembered for her contributions to Homeopathy. Such a big loss. We remember Patti as a vibrant vital member of our homeopathic community.
Here’s my fave memory of Patty: entering the HCH classroom in Orleans one sunny winter’s day there was Patty wearing funky cartoon-like earrings and rocking out to the Arrogant Worms CD. She brought a smile to all the faces of her students as we filed in after lunch. :)
Thank you for bringing joy and life into everything you did, Patty.
I hope to see you again.
Even though we were never truly close, you have had such a profound and subtle impact on my life that words can’t express.
When I got the e-mail Friday morning I was in shock and started praying for you and Rudi to let go.
When I got home Friday night and read Rudi’s beautiful love message, I was so taken by this overwhelming grief on one hand but was also relieved that your suffering was over now and you had crossed over in peace.
I’ll always remember you as a very special lady, teacher and friend.
Melva N. Oseka
I was so sorry to hear of Patty’s demise. She helped me so much in the past. Her knowledge of homeopathic remedies was so outstanding. She would always include something to help my sister even though she was not a client of hers. She was always so thoughtful to help in every aspect of her consultation. I cannot believe that she left us so suddenly. Rudy has lost an angel and we have lost one too.
What a shock of sad news. I think of Patty’s sparky Phosphorus personality and ton of energy. She had a teacher’s drive to ensure learning with students. She had enthusiasm and passion for community, learning and life. I offer my condolences to Rudi, her family and friends. Patty and her contribution won’t be forgotten.
Life is eternal, love is immortal and death is only a horizon, for as we move into the light we see that the horizon is only based on the limits of our sight. Patty taught me that all animals are souls just like human beings. I am forever grateful for her assistance in broadening my mind’s horizons and helping my family to be open to the possibilities that are born of faith. Her light continues to shine in all of us that she touched.
Marla & Colin
Our thoughts and prayers have been with Rudi, Patty’s family and all who loved her. We are so sorry for your loss and will continue to keep you close to our hearts in the days and months ahead.
I always want to meet you physically, but thank you for help my autistic child to speak a words. My saddened by you loss Rudy. Orlando from Puerto Rico.
I will remember all the wonderful email responses and messages by Patty to the group. I gleaned so many wonderful lessons and received support from her messages. Although, I am a patient of Rudi’s, Patty’s energy and strength is in Rudi!
Such a shock. I just can’t believe it. She was so positive and cheerful, always. I’m thinking of you Rudi in this time of grief. Nothing can fill the void but she’ll always be remembered as a happy person.
I met Patty through the school and then on a more social level with sailing. I cannot believe she is gone and I will miss her radiant smile and vibrant personality.
I am so sorry for you loss Rudi. I met Patty on a few occasions and I remember her as a light, loving and sparkling woman. May her wings wrap around you as you grieve her loss.
Patty, although we’ve only exchanged a few posts on the yahoo group, I can still sense your passion and dedication on this high mission: heilkunst, which helps me and my family immeasurably. I’m honored to meet you in this world. I am saddened by your passing to the other world. You and Rudi are my role models to learn, to follow …
Rudi I was deeply saddened by your loss. My thoughts are with you, your family and all who knew her.
This message is for Pattis’ family and loved ones who miss her terribly. I did not personally know Patti but wanted to say i have been praying for her and her loved ones. Especially her husband and children. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
I remember Patty as a bright and happy person! I will miss you, Patty.
Love, Mary Ann
I still find hard to believe that Patty passed away. I did not know her in person but I was such a fan of the photokunstler.com, her pictures, her art, her amazing love for food, sweets, colors…It gave me a little window into her and Rudi’s life since I live so far away…
I will miss her sharp tongue, her sense of humor and her teaching. Most of all, I am very sad I will never get to meet this great woman.
My heart goes to Patty’s family.
With warmth and love,
when you were born,
everyone stood by in amazement
you were crying and everyone else was smiling
now with you passing, everyone again is standing in amazement
but this time
everyone is crying
and you are
that’s true for someone that without a doubt in my mind, turned every stumbling block on their path into a stepping stone
thank you for all the stepping stones you left for us, so we might stumble less, trying to find a way where there was no way before
love and light
I was deeply saddened by your loss Rudi and all . . We are with you during this time of grief may her memories be eternal.
Lori-Ann and Mario
I met Patty and Rudi many years ago when I was still an employee of the company I now own along with my husband and partner. I was shocked and saddened and I’ll miss our e-mail conversations and working on the Hahnemann Journal together. Thinking of you Rudi and Family.
Lori-Ann and Mario at Elm Printing
Amazing how many lives you’ve touched… all for the best.
Thank you for everything Patty.
I am grateful that our paths crossed.
Alice Martineaui am devastated to hear of Patty’s passing away. She was a light in my life. I was being treated by Rudi and she welcomed me in their home and treated me like family. I became a friend of Meghan and Kelsy, and, of course, their many animals. They were a family i never had. I will always be grateful for their love and kindness. Patty was so special. She always made me feel special. I just loved her sense of humour.
I always thank God that Patty, Rudi and the girls came into my life when i really needed love and security.
Thank you Patty and I know you have a special place in heaven.
I love you
Thank you Patt
Although I didn’t know Patty well, the few times I did meet her, she was always gracious, friendly and smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace and keep smiling!
Ode to Patty
The British Homeopathic Institute was our introduction,
A tutor of animal medicine was her instruction.
For all four legged critters she had a real flare,
Giving advice and recommendations for their care.
Patty was engaging, enthusiastic and smart,
Her knowledge of the Materia Medica was an art.
Her lectures were an inspiration to all students,
A lifeline when trying to learn the key rudiments!
With women and kids her genius shone,
Her understanding of gynecology never out done.
Along with birthing remedies and vaccination isodes,
She made sure our timelines had all the correct nosodes.
Heilkunst and Rudi were her primary desire functions,
Photography, food and flowers her welcome seductions.
Whatever her endeavor she mastered with talent,
She was feisty and challenging but always gallant.
We loved her ‘Meandering Minds’ blog-tales,
Of life in the Bahamas, Victoria and Rudi a sail.
Her list of daily ‘gratefuls’ a constant reminder,
To celebrate each moment of life and to be a little kinder.
We will miss her smiling face and shining heart,
Her wit, her sharp humor and her beautiful art.
We give her thanks for sharing her soul,
And know that her spirit is yet en roll.
We wish her joyful peace in the realm of Devachan,
Which according to Steiner is very similar to heaven.
As she prepares her future form for her next earthly life,
We celebrate knowing she cleared a lot of strife!
With loving memory
Patty, you clearly have touched many with life and love that goes beyond what words can express. I only had experienced a brief breeze of that existence. What I want you to know is that your gift of life shines bright and is felt so deeply within my heart, I can hear your words of wisdom, and for that I am truly grateful. My heart goes out to all that had the blessing of being your family or friend.
Christele and Lazaro
Patty’s death was such a shock to me, Patty you will be so missed. Thank you for your teaching, your guidance. My heart goes to Rudi and his family, please know than my thoughts, love and prayers are with you these days, I truly feel for you. We are all grieving Patty with you. Love you.
Christele and Lazaro
Words fail to express all that you were, all that you still are. A huge thank you for being, and for being a part of my life.
In this great time of sorrow, my heart and prayers are with you, Rudi, Kelsey and Megan.
I hope that very very soon, after all the tears have flown for the absence of Patty here with you on this physical plane, your hearts will no longer feel sorrow, but only the joy that Patty possessed so well, and wished for all of us to feel every day of our lives. She was a powerful presence in the lives of all that have known her, and she will be greatly missed.
May the memories of her bring smiles, big smiles, only smiles…. like the ones she shared with the world so often.
I am standing on the sea shore,
A ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her
Till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says:
“She is gone.”
Gone from my sight – that is all.
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me,
not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
“She is gone”,
There are others who are watching her coming, and other voices take up a glad shout:
“There she comes” – and that is dying. An horizon and just the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, Oh Lord, that we may see further.
1862 – 1926
Love to all
My heart goes out to Rudi and all of you at the school.
I was so shocked and saddened to hear the sudden news of Patty’s passing.
I still cannot really believe it.
I loved working with Patty, she was always a bright spark in my INbox.
My love, respect and thoughts are with Patty’s family.
I am so sad to hear the news. Patty was such a special lady who I am so honored to have had the opportunity to know.
She will be missed by all who she has touched their hearts and lives.
Please give our love and sympathy to Rudi and everyone there at HCH.
Many blessings, Scott Tennant