Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Delhi has passed on

In the early morning of Tuesday, March 11, Delhi, the oldest elephant at The Elephant Sanctuary, peacefully passed on. I'll post the last few diary entries and photos, all courtesy of The Elephant Sanctuary


February 28, 2008

Misty spent a long time with Delhi today and Delhi seemed to enjoy her company. Misty is a big girl who often has difficulty being gentle but when it comes to Delhi, Misty makes sure that she is soft, gentle, and extra careful about where she puts her feet.

February 29, 2008

Delhi, pictured here with her dear friend Misty standing protectively over her, is savoring her multi-species hospice care. Pampered by caregivers and elephant sisters alike, Delhi continues to be calm and comfortable. In the past two days we have noticed that she is slowing down, eating slower and sleeping for longer stretches of time. She especially favors her long baths, free choice produce banquets and cushy pillows provided by ITW Shippers of Mt. Pleasant, TN.

March 9, 2008

Delhi has been soaking in the loving kindness of her caregivers and sisters. She remains in her stall which has taken on the feel of a sacred space. Soft music flows from the front of her stall. This has become her focal point so that is where her gifts have been placed; burning candles, vases of fresh cut flowers, and figurines—all loving arranged with her Tibetan prayer flag suspended above. Delhi continues to eat but with less vigor than before. She is also drinking but her intake is greatly reduced. She savors her daily bath which has become a sweetly anticipated ritual, a deepening of connectedness for Delhi and her caregivers. It is the greatest gift to experience her calmness.

The past three days we have noticed a shift; Delhi is sometimes less present, she is somewhere else while still being here. Her less present state does not feel bad, it just feels different—like she is somewhere else. When she is with us she is incredibly soft and relaxed, light as a feather, floating and filled with joy. As we recognize that it is possible that Delhi’s time is nearing we are thankful for the guidence we have received; helping us to understand how to support Delhi’s transition without burdening her with our fears. Reciting Delhi’s prayer brings us peace and reassurance.

Delhi’s prayer: Delhi, I pray for your safe journey; unencumbered, light-footed and protected. I pray for your safe journey to where your spirit needs to go to.

March 11, 2008

In the early hours of the morning while her sisters and caregivers slept, Delhi made her transition. Her passing was silent and peaceful, she passed without waking. We are all spending the day honoring our last precious hours with her; caregivers are still fussing around her, whispering quiet goodbyes. Misty carefully touched all over Delhi’s body and then gently stepped over her, sheltering her dearly departed friend. We are honored to have been Delhi’s caregivers, thankful to be loved by such a kind and wise being. The gifts that Delhi has bestowed upon all of us have been immeasurable. We are ever grateful.

Namaste, dearest Delhi


nina at Nature Remains. said...

I'm so glad you've shared this with us through your site.
It's good to know there are caring compassionate people to care for these wonderful animals to the final breath of their lives.
It's a very touching example of how kind care should be given.

I'm glad Butterball has had some sunny days.

Mary said...

Oh, I'm all teary eyed over an elephant I've only met through your blog.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hello! Again I agree with Mary. Thank you for sharing Delhi's story. She truly was a beautiful and majestic soul who will be missed by her caregivers and friends. Lisa

KGMom said...

So sad to read about Delhi's gentle passing.
We humans have SO much to learn from elephants--their care for each other, their mourning. So much to learn.

Dorothy said...

What a sad week you've had...two losses...Butterball and Delhi.
My heart is heavy for you tonight.

Anonymous said...

You have done a great honor to her soul by respecting her life & her death.
This is a wonderful tidbit to run across online, especially in a day & age of such shallowness.

Thank you.