to Catherine Young
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sad to lose someone who has helped and encouraged so many of
us...............The message is still the same as to those who lost
loved ones in New York--trust God who is the great comforter and healer of
pain........Thank you for keeping the magazine going and encouraging
another generation of new mothers...As one who talks a lot, I am at a loss
for words. Please pray for comfort and realize that God is a God of
love and care, in spite of our crazy world.
I sit here with tears running down my face, I think back to when I first
discovered compleat mother magazine. Twelve years ago this past
summer I was pregnant with my third son and planning my first home birth,
my oldest was only 3 and my second son was turning 2 and still
have written letters to the magazine over the years and also enjoyed the
wonderful tea. Catherine was an inspiration and a role model and an
outspoken advocate for breastfeeding, mothers, babies and yes families
too. She will be missed by many. May she be healed of her pain
and remembered with love now that she has crossed over and journeys on
alone without the living. My thoughts are with her children.
I just heard the news of Catherine's death and am heart-broken. Catherine was a friend and an inspiration. She has forever changed the way I feel about breastfeeding and mothering as a whole. Catherine, though you've left us for now, you've impacted our lives in ways we will never truly be able to measure. The mothering philosophies which I have been exposed to through knowing you, I will pass along to my own children and I would hope that they will, in turn pass, that along to their children...for that I thank you!
Respectfully, Sylvie Wolfe, (Kincardine, Ontario)
When my son was born, I bought the very first edition of Compleat Mother. It spoke to my heart. It was truth, and I knew it with every fibre of my being. By advertising my fledgling business in Catherine's magazine, I kept food on our table during hard times. I became a lactation consultant because I KNEW that it was right. I could read the validation of this every time the magazine arrived.
It is no exaggeration to say that Catherine Young guided the path of my life to this point. She said what we all knew. I cannot believe that she is gone. My sympathy is with her family ~ believe me when I tell you that her life was not lived in vain.
I am so sorry for the loss of this amazing woman. Although her fight against cancer has been lost, may we all continue her breast feeding advocacy and boycot of Nestle.
Our thoughts and hearts are with you all.
Much Love and Great Sadness,
Lynn & Sinead, who is thankful that her mother knew of such a great woman
Death is often a tragedy in whatever form. In lieu of the World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies that I am brought to tears by Catherine's passing as well. It is a blessing that she was brought to our lives and she will be missed greatly. I breastfed my daughter until she was 18 months. I had many times where I just wanted to quit and coincidently would usually get an email from Compleat Mother at that time. It would always cheer me and keep me going. Blessings to her family for their loss.
Kelly in Texas
I have been a reader of Compleat Mother for two years. I thank Catherine for her tireless work and passionate devotion. Her massage goes far and wide. I always post my magazine off to other mothers. May her light continue to shine through all the women who live the message of attachment (natural) mothering. Sincere and heartfelt blessings go to her family. You were indeed blessed...and may it continue to be that way for you - that her love and light live within you.
And now this...what a week!
The world has suffered another great loss! My thoughts and prayers
go out to her family. Stay strong.
It was with deep sadness that I
learned that on this tragic of tragic days, dear Catherine had also gone
to be with her Lord. I wonder if God didn't plan to bring her home
when so many babes and wee ones in the World Trade Centre daycares would
need her in heaven to mother them, so many mommies and daddies would be
there missing their children and needing her nurturing, gentle love.
Dear Family of Catherine Young,
Please know that you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers a great deal these past few months, and especially these past few days. Catherine was one of the greatest women I never met. Only through email interaction and a short note in the mail with a magazine subscription, did I get very personal with her, but as I have read through her editorials of Compleat Mother these past years, I have grown to deeply love her, her attitude about life, views about right and wrong, and the power in her womanhood. She is such an example for all to follow. That legacy and spirit will never die. Women all over the world will think of her as they birth their babies with power, put their babe's to their breasts, and follow their instincts as mothers. They will remember the greatest advocate for motherhood.
I want you to know that in April of this year, my mother, as well, died from cancer. She has left behind her young family and the beginnings of her grandchildren. She, too, was raised in an era where breastfeeding was shunned and 'professionally' discouraged. She was, no doubt, a formula-fed baby. I wonder how things may have been different for our family if only her mother, and her mother's mother, and so on, had been supported in their efforts to breastfeed; to go against the grain. How grateful we are that people like Catherine lived in our era, so we could have that support as we begin to raise our families.
In such a time of sadness, know that others are thinking and praying for you, feeling a part of your pain, and are grateful for a wonderful woman named Catherine. God bless her.
What can one say about a woman who dedicated her heart, her soul, her every breathing moment, to the one true cause which could change the world so much for the better?
How can one do her justice, simply by saying she was a martyr, a warrior, a rudimentary revolutionary whose work was to progress through reversion?
What can one say about a woman who affected the lives of so many, who taught us so much, who was not afraid to shout truths even while she was being cursed by those who feared that truth, who cared more about the almighty dollar than about precious human life?
Catherine may be gone, but she will never be forgotten. She has taught us well, and now we must teach others. We must carry her voice, be guided by her vision, and continue to educate, stand on soapboxes, scream, write, boycott, and do whatever it takes to keep her work alive.
As if the events of September 11, 2001 were not jarring enough.
Peace to all the family of
My memories of Catherine.
On the premature death of Catherine: How very sad and terribly scary. I will boycott nestle. The lives of too many families are affected by their madness in continuing to promote infant formula.
Thank you so much Catherine for what
you have done to make people know that breastfeeding is the best for kids
I only "spoke" with Catherine briefly through email as i came to find the Compleat Mother magazine recently. In that short time she gave me her attention and support without ever mentioning her own needs - she offered a reaching hand into a world that i was looking for and made me feel welcome.
My thoughts are with her family, may her life be celebrated.
I am truly saddened to hear that Catherine Young has passed away. Her COMPLEAT MOTHER magazine was SO inspirational to me and to many other women. After devouring its many pages, I felt encouraged to pursue my dream of having a home birth (which by the way, was amazing.). The stories and information were always so interesting and constantly reminded us that there were others "out there" who shared many of the same ideas about birthing, mothering, and breastfeeding.
I always looked forward to my next copy, and made sure to pass along those precious and well-thumbed copies to close friends. Although I didn't personally know Catherine Young, I did receive much benefit and support from her great work. Through the website, I was able to learn of her struggles and I greatly admired her strength and determination in the most difficult times of late. The world has lost someone very important, but Heaven has gained!
To all those who knew and loved her,
I wish that I had known her better
but I did receive so much from her magazine. So many times when I
was in doubt or down in the dumps, that would be the day that my copy of
the Compleat Mother would arrive. More often than not, I would sit down
and if I could, read it cover to cover in one sitting, feeling soothed and
mothered by the positive energy and loving vibes.. Even after my daughters
were grown and I had let my
Two years ago I had my third child and as soon as I could I renewed my membership and ordered a whack of tea. Recently I ordered some more tea for myself and my now menstruating daughters and noticed that my subscription had lapsed again.
I will be sending in my renewal this
week along with my prayers for Catherine's family and closest loved ones.
This world has lost so many souls this week and people are mourning all
over the globe. Adding to our loss is this sad news. I am devastated but
know that of all people Catherine- -our Very Compleat Mother will be
dancing with Angels.
I feel as though I have lost a dear
friend. Catherine's life made an extraordinary contribution to
mothers and children. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
If there is anything at all I can do to help, please do not hesitate to
Jenna Carodiskey- Wiebe
I just wanted to say thanks for this magazine, I live in an area of the U.S. where people just bottle feed mostly. I always realized breastfeeding was better and so made up my mind to do just that. I discovered this magazine a online while I was pregnant for the second time. I have enjoyed it immensely and it gave me just the encouragement I needed to keep on, and the information to make sure I never use formula. It has been so much easier this time around and I feel like I have so much more support now.
My husband because of the information I have given him , is a supporter of breastfeeding and we tell everyone to do so. I am spreading magazines around to all my friends.
I just wanted to say how much this magazine means and that I am so sorry about Catherine, she has spread a good and important message, and she will be missed.
- Hollie Lee
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