FW: Sad News - Poul Anderson
- I thought this forwarded message might be of interest to some of you on this
list. I know Poul has been an inspiration to many of us.
--Julie Z. S.
Poul Anderson has left Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley and is in hospice care
at the Anderson home in Orinda. His daughter Astrid, his brother John and his
niece Janet are flying in today to be with him. When I spoke with Poul the
day before yesterday, he was weak but lucid; both Poul and Karen welcome
email messages. Their email is trigonier@...
Karen has supported Poul with courage and creativity during his month-long
stay at Alta Bates. She has prepared meals of many small and tasty morsels
that would tempt him when he was not inclined to eat; she has tuned her menus
to his dietary restrictions, and provided constant companionship and relief
from the discomfort and strain of hospitalization. Poul, not unexpectedly,
has shown courage in the face of what was not, at the beginning, inevitable,
but extremely difficult. Now the inevitable has arrived, and it is likely a
matter of days.
My own loss is made difficult by the fact that I cannot be with them at this
time, and that I stand to lose not just a grand father in law, but one of my
favorite writers. Both Poul and Karen have provided immense inspiration over
the decades to me and to hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of others.
Please pass this letter to others not on the list, who might wish to express
their love and appreciation.
> I thought this forwarded message might be of interest to some of you on thisJust a thought for anyone that lives near the Anderson's and wants to do
> list. I know Poul has been an inspiration to many of us.
> --Julie Z. S.
> Poul Anderson has left Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley and is in hospice care
> at the Anderson home in Orinda.
*something* useful for them. This goes on the thinking that Karen has limited
energy, and she probably doesn't really want to cook.
Make some single-serve dishes that can be kept in the freezer and heated up.
If you know them well enough to take food over to them, you probably know what
they like or can eat. Then again, when in doubt, call and ask. You wouldn't
believe how helpful this is to someone in this situation. I speak from
experience on this one.
I've worked with a couple of buddies to help provide a week's worth of dishes,
both lunch and dinner, and it spread the preparation load around.
It was also greatly appreciated by the people in the situation.
- I have just received word that Poul has passed away.
(And I wish I could figure out why stupid ads seem to attach themselves to my
messages to this list! Sorry - not my fault!)