Loss of Our Beloved Coalition Member



This morning, Sept 13th, 2015, June Waldmam our dear & true friend was laid to rest. Here's the prophetic poem June had chosen, to be read at this evening's New Year celebration.

The Summer Day
—Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down - who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

My answer, dear June, is to love life as you did, so gently and "value-driven", while tending to heal along the way....

Missing you, with love - Peggy

— with June Waldman.


Jenn Smith ~ September 14 at 11:51pm

I've only just read about her passing, and thank you so much, Peggy, and to all the others who are sharing such remembrances. June's legacy, her capacity for helping others, her enthusiasm and zeal for life, and incomparable talent and kindness shall be long lasting in our hearts. As one of her former students, as someone who had sought to interview her as an expert in her field, and as a fellow patron of all things cultural in Berkshire County, I will greatly miss her shining presence and exemplary humaneness.


Donations in Memory of June:

We have had several people request information on providing a memorial donation in June's memory to the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. If you are interested in making a donation:

All donations can be mailed directly to BCSP, PO Box 472, Pittsfield MA 01202-472
Please make checks payable to
NAMI Berkshire County (In check memo write BCSP In Memory of June Waldman)
NOTE: All funds go directly towards BCSP events/projects.

Your donation allows us to connect people, create partnerships
and provide suicide prevention events and training throughout Berkshire County.