In Memoriam: Dr Eugene Gendlin
I received the sad news that Gene Gendlin, who developed Focusing, died yesterday.
I was very fortunate to have spent a day with him about 10 years ago in New York. I was touched by his humility, humanity and kindness; as well as a fluidity of spirit, genuineness and humour. His lightness and depth of being made a great impression on me. I am sure that his legacy will live on in each of us who have been touched by Focusing and his philosophy.
Here is what Catherine, the Director of The International Focusing Institute (TIFI) wrote:
Eugene T. Gendlin
December 25, 1926 – May 1, 2017
Dearest Focusing community,
We are deeply saddened to bring you the news that our Founder and friend, Gene Gendlin, passed away today. He died peacefully at home. His attendant and two dear friends were at home with him at the time. Gene’s children will hold a memorial service and burial in the coming days, for family only. At a future time, The International Focusing Institute will hold a public celebration of his life, to which you will all be invited.
A web page has been created where you can post thoughts about Gene, www.eugenegendlin.com. There we will post his obituary, photos and information about the public memorial service when we have details. At a time like this, we are especially aware of the impossibility of words to convey the wholeness of our experience. Sadness at his passing, joy for the life he lived so well, admiration for his rigorous academic achievement, gratitude for his having developed Focusing and the philosophy from which it springs, and, of course, love.
Please hold in your thoughts and prayers his three children, Judy, Gerry and Elissa, and their families, as well as the friends who have been so caring and loyal to Gene over many years.