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A New Zealand peregrina dies in Leon

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#1
I have just come across this article in today's New Zealand Herald newspaper, about a New Zealand pilgrim, Jill Lorch, who died last week in her sleep in Leon while on the Camino: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12059994

Jill was walking the Camino Frances with her husband Jim. Such sad news - my heart goes out to Jim and their family.

Go well, Peregrina.
 
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Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#9
I have just come across this article in today's New Zealand Herald newspaper, about a New Zealand pilgrim, Jill Lorch, who died last week in her sleep in Leon while on the Camino: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12059994

Jill was walking the Camino Frances with her husband Jim. Such sad news - my heart goes out to Jim and their family.

Go well, Peregrina.
Yes, yes, yes. Shocking. And, a sign that all of life's experiences are there on the camino. so very sad for those who mourn her.
 
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#13
My heart and prayers go out to the family …. but what a beautiful way to pass on to our greatest reward that God gave us is to be called home to be in the arms of Christ, on the Camino de Santiago's of Spain ….. That is how I hope I go as well some day <3
 
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#14
I'm with you, Camino Jim!
I would love to die while in my sleep on the camino! Unfortunatey that is very unlikely to happen, as my camino days are, of necessity, over.
However, my heart goes out to her husband Jim: I cannpt imagine life without my partner.
Blessings from the UK .... and vaya con Dios!
 
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Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#17
I'm with you, Camino Jim!
I would love to die while in my sleep on the camino! Unfortunatey that is very unlikely to happen, as my camino days are, of necessity, over.
However, my heart goes out to her husband Jim: I cannpt imagine life without my partner.
Blessings from the UK .... and vaya con Dios!
Stephen, forgive me for sidetracking. Sorry to hear that you are now on the sidelines. I am sure you have many memories to replay and keep you on the camino.!
 

Jim

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2008- Camino Frances
2009- Sanabres extension of the VDLP
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2011- Camino Potuguese
2014- Camino Frances
2017- Camino Finisterre
#18
For Jill’s Family: my sincerest sympathies! Know that your loved one has passed on to become “An Angel of the Camino.” Undoubtedly, she’ll be active in guiding others out there in so many ways that it’s almost unimaginable until you feel it, as I have, being a 7 time veteran of several Camino trails.
Rest In Peace, Jill.
 

pam287

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#20
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#23
Stephen, forgive me for sidetracking. Sorry to hear that you are now on the sidelines. I am sure you have many memories to replay and keep you on the camino.!
Hello Kirkie! I've walked on about 5 camino routes, and have over 3,000 photos to remind me of those wonderful days. But I am now in my 80th year and problems with breathing and kidney function limit walking to about 5 kms.
I wrote this poem some time ago:
O I would go
How gladly I would go
Were feet and limbs not aching with old age.

O I would go
Relive those times now past
When walking on the old, well trodden paths
Gave me such joy

O I would go
Meet up again with fellow travelers
Enjoy their company – their love – whilst on the road
Leading me onward to that golden shrine
Of Santiago.

O I would go
To walk again those quiet ways
Beside the rivers, over Roman paths
Under the welcome sun of northern Spain
To Santiago.

O I would go
But now the years have come
When pain prevents the onward path
To Santiago.

Yet even now, I bless those travelers
Still in their young or middle years
Who walk the paths pre-trodden by a million feet
To Santiago.

© Stephen Nicholls

I hope other forum members will forgive me going "off track" a bit. But let me assure you that my thoughts and prayers continue with Jim. Indeed, he will be in our church prayers next week. Blessings to all our readers - and to Ivar!
 
#24
Prayers and condolences to the Family. I believe that I met Mr. and Mrs. Lorch between Puenta de la Reina and Estella. They were enjoying the day, warm but cloudy. There was a good climb ahead to reach a small town called Maneru. They had stopped to adjust their packs.

Pilgrims make this journey for very special reasons. Anyone who leaves us while on the Camino, has a special place in Heaven.
 
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#25
Prayers and condolences to the Family. I believe that I met Mr. and Mrs. Lorch between Puenta de la Reina and Estella. They were enjoying the day, warm but cloudy. There was a good climb ahead to reach a small town called Maneru. They had stopped to adjust their packs.

Pilgrims make this journey for very special reasons. Anyone who leaves us while on the Camino, has a special place in Heaven.
Beautifully said, Michelle. So nice to think of them having a lovely day together. It's a nice memory to share.
 
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#26
Hello Kirkie! I've walked on about 5 camino routes, and have over 3,000 photos to remind me of those wonderful days. But I am now in my 80th year and problems with breathing and kidney function limit walking to about 5 kms.
I wrote this poem some time ago:
O I would go
How gladly I would go
Were feet and limbs not aching with old age.

O I would go
Relive those times now past
When walking on the old, well trodden paths
Gave me such joy

O I would go
Meet up again with fellow travelers
Enjoy their company – their love – whilst on the road
Leading me onward to that golden shrine
Of Santiago.

O I would go
To walk again those quiet ways
Beside the rivers, over Roman paths
Under the welcome sun of northern Spain
To Santiago.

O I would go
But now the years have come
When pain prevents the onward path
To Santiago.

Yet even now, I bless those travelers
Still in their young or middle years
Who walk the paths pre-trodden by a million feet
To Santiago.

© Stephen Nicholls

I hope other forum members will forgive me going "off track" a bit. But let me assure you that my thoughts and prayers continue with Jim. Indeed, he will be in our church prayers next week. Blessings to all our readers - and to Ivar!
Such a beautiful poem, Stephen! It brought tears to my eyes. We will all relate to your story one day, some of us sooner rather than later. I'm glad you have your many memories and photos of numerous Camino experiences.

And thank you, Kirkie, for inquiring of Stephen. I had the same question, but you were quicker on the draw to ask.
 

Angelo

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#28
Very sad.
Rest in Peace.
Condolences to the family.
 
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CF 2018
#29
Hello Kirkie! I've walked on about 5 camino routes, and have over 3,000 photos to remind me of those wonderful days. But I am now in my 80th year and problems with breathing and kidney function limit walking to about 5 kms.
I wrote this poem some time ago:
O I would go
How gladly I would go
Were feet and limbs not aching with old age.

O I would go
Relive those times now past
When walking on the old, well trodden paths
Gave me such joy

O I would go
Meet up again with fellow travelers
Enjoy their company – their love – whilst on the road
Leading me onward to that golden shrine
Of Santiago.

O I would go
To walk again those quiet ways
Beside the rivers, over Roman paths
Under the welcome sun of northern Spain
To Santiago.

O I would go
But now the years have come
When pain prevents the onward path
To Santiago.

Yet even now, I bless those travelers
Still in their young or middle years
Who walk the paths pre-trodden by a million feet
To Santiago.

© Stephen Nicholls

I hope other forum members will forgive me going "off track" a bit. But let me assure you that my thoughts and prayers continue with Jim. Indeed, he will be in our church prayers next week. Blessings to all our readers - and to Ivar!
Stephen: I start my second Camino in less than two weeks. I’ll be walking one of those kilometres for you.
 
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#31
Hello Kirkie! I've walked on about 5 camino routes, and have over 3,000 photos to remind me of those wonderful days. But I am now in my 80th year and problems with breathing and kidney function limit walking to about 5 kms.
I wrote this poem some time ago:
O I would go
How gladly I would go
Were feet and limbs not aching with old age.

O I would go
Relive those times now past
When walking on the old, well trodden paths
Gave me such joy

O I would go
Meet up again with fellow travelers
Enjoy their company – their love – whilst on the road
Leading me onward to that golden shrine
Of Santiago.

O I would go
To walk again those quiet ways
Beside the rivers, over Roman paths
Under the welcome sun of northern Spain
To Santiago.

O I would go
But now the years have come
When pain prevents the onward path
To Santiago.

Yet even now, I bless those travelers
Still in their young or middle years
Who walk the paths pre-trodden by a million feet
To Santiago.

© Stephen Nicholls

I hope other forum members will forgive me going "off track" a bit. But let me assure you that my thoughts and prayers continue with Jim. Indeed, he will be in our church prayers next week. Blessings to all our readers - and to Ivar!
Stephen, I have just re-read your poem, and printed it out. It is a testament to human striving and - finally - acceptance and there is something of Simeon there, and of the generosity that blesses without selfishness.
 

Marbe2

Active member
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2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
#32
This must have been very difficult for Jim and the rest of the Lorch family .but a beautiful way to go for Jill. Your family is I’m my thoughts and prayer.
 
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#34
You just never know in this life, i have walked the camino every year for the last 10 years, i leave England and either walk the Frances or one of the others (Camino Levante i highly recommend) any way getting back to this thread, i met a Japanese man and wife (Just before Leon) walking all of the camino From St Jean to Santiago...he was 91 and she was 86, they both had rucksacks and never took a taxi or bus and they had such big smiles on their faces, we never know what is in front of us and tomorrow could be the last day of anybody in this world..keep moving ❤️
 
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April 2018
#36
I have just come across this article in today's New Zealand Herald newspaper, about a New Zealand pilgrim, Jill Lorch, who died last week in her sleep in Leon while on the Camino: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12059994

Jill was walking the Camino Frances with her husband Jim. Such sad news - my heart goes out to Jim and their family.

Go well, Peregrina.

I have just returned from my Camino France... my thoughts are with the family ... xx
 

andylm65

New Member
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this will be my first. Norte September 2018.
#37
Hello Kirkie! I've walked on about 5 camino routes, and have over 3,000 photos to remind me of those wonderful days. But I am now in my 80th year and problems with breathing and kidney function limit walking to about 5 kms.
I wrote this poem some time ago:
O I would go
How gladly I would go
Were feet and limbs not aching with old age.

O I would go
Relive those times now past
When walking on the old, well trodden paths
Gave me such joy

O I would go
Meet up again with fellow travelers
Enjoy their company – their love – whilst on the road
Leading me onward to that golden shrine
Of Santiago.

O I would go
To walk again those quiet ways
Beside the rivers, over Roman paths
Under the welcome sun of northern Spain
To Santiago.

O I would go
But now the years have come
When pain prevents the onward path
To Santiago.

Yet even now, I bless those travelers
Still in their young or middle years
Who walk the paths pre-trodden by a million feet
To Santiago.

© Stephen Nicholls

I hope other forum members will forgive me going "off track" a bit. But let me assure you that my thoughts and prayers continue with Jim. Indeed, he will be in our church prayers next week. Blessings to all our readers - and to Ivar!
How lovely!
 

andylm65

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
this will be my first. Norte September 2018.
#38
I have just come across this article in today's New Zealand Herald newspaper, about a New Zealand pilgrim, Jill Lorch, who died last week in her sleep in Leon while on the Camino: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12059994

Jill was walking the Camino Frances with her husband Jim. Such sad news - my heart goes out to Jim and their family.

Go well, Peregrina.
How sad for her family and partner. My sincerest condolences. And yet if I had to choose a way and place to pass beyond my Camino would be it. Buen Camino Peregrina!
 

Maiz

New Member
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April 2018
#39
Condolence Jim and family. Jill is at peace in God’s care. My prayers and thoughts are with you and family. Maiz
 
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#40

Cuci

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Jan (2018)
#41
Hello Kirkie! I've walked on about 5 camino routes, and have over 3,000 photos to remind me of those wonderful days. But I am now in my 80th year and problems with breathing and kidney function limit walking to about 5 kms.
I wrote this poem some time ago:
O I would go
How gladly I would go
Were feet and limbs not aching with old age.

O I would go
Relive those times now past
When walking on the old, well trodden paths
Gave me such joy

O I would go
Meet up again with fellow travelers
Enjoy their company – their love – whilst on the road
Leading me onward to that golden shrine
Of Santiago.

O I would go
To walk again those quiet ways
Beside the rivers, over Roman paths
Under the welcome sun of northern Spain
To Santiago.

O I would go
But now the years have come
When pain prevents the onward path
To Santiago.

Yet even now, I bless those travelers
Still in their young or middle years
Who walk the paths pre-trodden by a million feet
To Santiago.

© Stephen Nicholls

I hope other forum members will forgive me going "off track" a bit. But let me assure you that my thoughts and prayers continue with Jim. Indeed, he will be in our church prayers next week. Blessings to all our readers - and to Ivar!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem, Stephen. A good reminder of God's gift of precious time. You continue to inspire us all . We are starting ours in a few days from now. May we be blessed as you have been.
 
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#42
My heart goes out to her family. I hope there is comfort in the thought that she was doing something she loved and left peacefully.
Arohanui from Aotearoa
 
#43
Hello Kirkie! I've walked on about 5 camino routes, and have over 3,000 photos to remind me of those wonderful days. But I am now in my 80th year and problems with breathing and kidney function limit walking to about 5 kms.
I wrote this poem some time ago:
O I would go
How gladly I would go
Were feet and limbs not aching with old age.

O I would go
Relive those times now past
When walking on the old, well trodden paths
Gave me such joy

O I would go
Meet up again with fellow travelers
Enjoy their company – their love – whilst on the road
Leading me onward to that golden shrine
Of Santiago.

O I would go
To walk again those quiet ways
Beside the rivers, over Roman paths
Under the welcome sun of northern Spain
To Santiago.

O I would go
But now the years have come
When pain prevents the onward path
To Santiago.

Yet even now, I bless those travelers
Still in their young or middle years
Who walk the paths pre-trodden by a million feet
To Santiago.

© Stephen Nicholls

I hope other forum members will forgive me going "off track" a bit. But let me assure you that my thoughts and prayers continue with Jim. Indeed, he will be in our church prayers next week. Blessings to all our readers - and to Ivar!
What a beautiful poem. So moving.
 

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