In conversation with Father Michael, I was able to verbalize something which I could latch onto on this path leading to death—the idea being that I am approaching reconciliation with my heavenly Father, and can finally free myself of my dilemma of not finding reconciliation with my earthly father.  As I die, I can let go of the pain of death which I experienced with my sister’s suicide, with my mother’s death a year later, and more recently [1989] my partner John Moe.  Our Father in Heaven will lead me to that celestial riverbank where spirits celebrate the ultimate reconciliation.  This is an image of strength for me as I approach my end.

[From Peter’s journal, San Francisco, 1994]

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