It is with great sadness that I write these wordsâ€¦ author Bronwen Forbes died on the night of April 10th, 2011 from a heart attack. She was undergoing chemotherapy for inflammatory breast cancer and it is believed that the chemo drugs were a major contributing factor in her death. She was only 48 and left behind her husband Alex and their kindergarten-aged daughter Rose.
Alex tells me she was an extrovert and loved what she did and loved the Pagan community. These words will ring true for anyone who knew her or corresponded with her. She wrote articles for Circle Magazine and WitchVox that were warm and witty; she blogged on LiveJournal and Facebook; she made and sold witchy crafts on Etsy; she co-founded Free Spirit Alliance; she wrote a lovely book about mummersâ€™ plays and seasonal songs and dances; and most recently, she surveyed or interviewed scores of Pagans to compile her latest book about Pagans living in small towns. She even set up a Yahoo group for discussions on the topic which she will, sadly, not be around to moderate. Tributes are already coming in on that groupâ€™s list.
She touched many, many lives, and died in her husbandâ€™s arms.
Re-reading her emails and her latest manuscript, Iâ€™m reminded of how positive and kind she always was. She was a delight to work with, always on the ball. If you read her forthcoming book which was already at press when the sad news arrived, youâ€™ll feel her love for both her community and her husband and daughter on almost every page.
The family has not designated any particular charity, but suggests that if mourners feel the urge to make a donation in her memory, they seek out their own local cancer prevention and treatment program.
As Jason Pitzl-Waters of the Wild Hunt blog has said of this and other passings:
May she rest in the arms of the Goddess.
Blessed be, Bronwen.