As Father Fred finished his eulogy for Dharmadevi’s mom, he began to walk back to his seat in the Catholic church. Then he hesitated for a moment as if an angel whispered in his ear. “Oh, I almost forgot,” he said as he found a piece of paper within the pulpit. “This was requested by Jackie.”

Without any preamble, he began to sing a song:

All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”

At that moment, it was as if Jackie was singing through Father Fred. At the end of her physical life, she was touching us yet again. Through the language of the heart, the song, and the way Father Fred sang it, we experienced Divine Mother’s personal and transcendental love for us all.

“Deep the joy of being together in one heart,
and for me, that’s just where it is.

All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”

With all the outer trappings stripped away, what remains are Jackie’s divine qualities. When I think of her, I remember her smile, sweetness, and simplicity of heart. As the song said, her joy and our joy are now “together in one heart.”

Who are we in reality? On the spiritual path, we learn by unlearning the bundle of self-definitions we’ve borrowed from the world. We are children of God’s love, light, and joy! Or, as Father Fred sang in the next verse:

“Laughter, joy, and presence: the only gifts you are!
Have you time? I’d like to be with you.

All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”

When I’m feeling rushed, busy, or overwhelmed, I feel like I don’t have time to practice the presence of God. I’m too busy being busy. But when I remember that Divine Mother simply wants to spend time with me, as Jackie said through this song, I have all the time in the world!

At one point during her hospice treatment, Jackie said sweetly to me, “I feel like I’ve gained a son.” And I responded, “And I feel like I gained a mother.”

“Persons come into the fiber of our lives,
and then their shadow fades and disappears.
But…All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”

We remember Jackie as loving us. And remembering her loving us reminds us of Divine Mother’s unconditional love, compassion, and mercy for us all. She sings an infinite refrain:

“All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”