Remembering Maria Fenton Galdis

Mariah was my THERAPIST. I miss her terribly.

Mariah Fenton Gladis - February 2,1948 - July 7, 2018

Mariah Fenton Gladis - February 2,1948 - July 7, 2018

I remember the day Mariah told me she was diagnosed with ALS. My brain would not process Mariah's words. Mariah was my rock, my inspiration. I needed Mariah and now Mariah was in need. My head, my heart, my life spun out of control. How would I survive if Mariah did not survive?

When Mariah was diagnosed with ALS, she knew that if she assumed the identity of a dead woman walking, she'd in effect be participating in her own downward cycle.

Mariah did survive and kept doing her work. In times of trouble, I replay the tapes of our work together - individually and in workshops. In workshops, Mariah always ended a client’s work with a song. I play the songs and they comfort me.

Music video by Simon & Garfunkel performing Bridge over Troubled Water. (C) 1982 Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment http://vevo.ly/BR5BHr #SimonandGarfunkel #BridgeOverTroubledWater #Vevo #FolkRock #Live #PaulSimon #ArtGarfunkel

The Internet added a new dimension to our relationship, allowing connection without physical presence. Mariah and I have not been in the same physical space in over 30 years, yet I feel her presence always.

Linda Ronstadt - Desperado Recorded Live: 12/6/1975 - Capitol Theatre - Passaic, NJ More Linda Ronstadt at Music Vault: http://www.musicvault.com Subscribe to Music Vault on YouTube: http://goo.gl/DUzpUF

I turned to Mariah for comfort during my recent existential crisis. And on the Gestalt Center web site I learned that Mariah passed away suddenly on July 7, 2018.

I am devastated!

I am determined!

I will survive!

Lyrics by Freddie Perren, Dino Fekaris Interpreted by Gloria Gaynor - 1978 © Polydor