Kathy Breitreiter (July 7, 1947 - Mar 9, 2016) was the first, sometimes only, and the last volunteer at the Beacon House over a period of 10 years. A welcoming face, a heart wide open, and listening ears greeted all those who came through the door. I remember when she accompanied a friend to Renewing Life and she was persistent in wanting to help others with what life and breath remained. Kathy is the kind of person who is able to make a difference, simply and gently. Living with COPD, transforming her past, and sharing her abundant knowledge of herbs, oils and natural remedies, she leaves a mighty legacy upon my life and represents the best of the Beacon House. I feel honored that she came and stayed me with her loving presence on the wild ride we call life. In the words of T.S. Eliot: "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
Good night my friend, into the long good night.
Oh beautiful end, for a moment,
And say your last words
I bow to you and hold up
My lamp to light you
On your way. - Rabindranath Tagore