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Words of Silence
|by Stephanie van den Bergh
Stephanie van den Bergh is the grandmother of Ioho, who suffered severe brain damage at birth leaving him unable to move, speak or cry. Ioho’s death, when barely three, brought her to the depths of her humanity.
How can we cope with death? The grief, pain, and feeling of abandonment? There are no rituals in our western to prepare us. We have no resources. Most of us feel over whelmed and lost.
Stephanie went to a little island off the coast of Africa. There on an isolated beach she wrote the words included in this book. After a week of staring at the ocean no more words came. She realized something had stirred. The pain of his loss had become an understanding of his loss. It gave her the peace to move on.
Ioho changed people’s lives. And not only his family but also those he came in contact with. Just being with him enabled the possibility of true soul connection, soul with soul. Teaching us that within silence there is the deepest intimacy and beauty.
In 2001 she sold the company to a communication group in order to be able to pursue her writing interests and explore the unexplored parts of her inner life and the outer word.
She is the author of Mindscaping (Thorsons, 2000), a book that tracks the cultural creatives of our society setting out the philosophy and cultural trends that will influence our lives in the future.
Currently she is working on The Other Day in Bali, (working title), a book about the past three years of her nomadic life.