Obituary for Veerumati Jagjiwan
If you’re ever short on pantry items, stop and think. Consider: Veeru Jagjiwan who left for her heavenly abode on February 6, 2018. Her spirit is carried on by her two children, five grandchildren, two surviving siblings in “Raincouver,” and an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Veeru during her 66 years, among them: Always keep your pantry full enough to feed and supply your entire apartment complex and also the building next to you.
We also learned that there’s no wrong place to suddenly break out in nostril yoga breathing (prana). Yes, you should do it while sitting in crowded doctor’s office, surrounded by confused patients. Yes, right when the waitress is serving you your food. And of course, when you’re in the passenger seat on a 7-hour car drive next to someone who doesn’t like noise.
Another lesson: Never smile in photographs. Well, unless your family reminds you to. Then you should smile and then burst into uncontrollable laughter.
And when you’re ready to get down to serious business? Have on your game-face, realize that you’re the smartest person in the room, and that you always have upper hand, along with the greatest power: G-d.
Always phone your kids, no matter how old they are. Call them 2-3 times a day. Call them when they’re traveling. If they’re in Rome and you don’t call them, how would they know how to protect themselves from a SARS outbreak? In Hong Kong.
Veeru’s life was raised to a higher power with multiple system atrophy (MSA). She was a seeker who took the path of religious insight. She loved to laugh. She always put an honest days work. She always inspired her children to do more and to do good. She was a food magician, Super Chef or simply Mom. Every dish made ultimately better by the love she put into every forkful.
She is survived by her children and grandchildren: Snehel (husband Bhu, children Anissa, and Anikha); Kal (wife Maria, children Serena, Karolina, and Bella); and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list, but always close to our hearts.
Veeru is reunited with her husband, Girdharlal Jagjiwan, to continue the perfect vacation they’d planned together.
My family wishes that any gifts be in the form of a donation to the Schlegel Villages Charitable Foundation. Veeru was a resident at The Village of Erin Meadows. Check out the Giving Back by visiting http://www.schlegelvillages.com/givingback