Medicine & Compassion
New Edition to be Released on May 12th, 2015!
Andy Tyson Memorial Remarks by David R Shlim MD
On Saturday, May 2, 2015, I was asked to preside over a memorial service for Andy Tyson, a forty-six year old climbing guide and entrepreneur who died along with three others in a small plane crash on April 10, 2015. The sudden death of four members of a tight-knit community in Victor and Driggs, Idaho had a devastating impact on the community. One-by-one, each person has had a memorial service as the community tries to say goodbye to close friends and start to heal the wounds. Although I am a physician, and not a minister in any sense of the word, I had a chance to study Tibetan Buddhism while I was living and working in Nepal for fifteen years, and the remarks that I am sharing below are based on the teachings that I received during that time.
After the memorial, many people approached me to ask me for a copy of my remarks, and so I am making them available here, with Andy’s wife’s permission, so that the people who were there can review what they heard, and also share the ideas with others. I hope that whoever reads them will get a small degree of comfort if they are grieving, and for others it will help make them stronger when facing adversity in the future.
Here is a link to the full script.