With sad hearts Joan’s family shares the news that Joan passed away peacefully in her home on July 22, 2017. Her obituary appears below this message.
Readers of Joan’s Pearls of Wisdom blog know that in 2016 Joan received the diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer, leading her to close her geriatric care management practice as she explored living positively with a terminal illness.
In 2017 Joan began publishing a new series of Pearls of Wisdom blogs on end-of-life issues, bravely sharing her experience with palliative care while navigating this stage of her life. All of Joan’s Pearls of Wisdom blogs are archived online at joanblumenfeld.com.
Joan W. Blumenfeld, 85, passed away on July 22, 2017. She lived in Westport for 60 years, where her children – Karen, Eric and Laurie – grew up. While raising her children, Joan was committed to improving the Westport public schools. Later, as a geriatric care manager, she made a difference professionally and personally in the lives of older adults and their families. Joan was devoted to her children; her brother Dick and sister-in-law Roberta; her children-in-law; grandchildren; and extended family. She was a friend to many and loved by all. She died at peace with herself, her family and her world. Joan was pre-deceased by her parents, Dorothy and Mark Mason, and her long-time companion, Sam Flaks. A memorial service was held on July 30. Memorial contributions may be made to Borrow My Glasses, LLC, to support Joan’s public legacy – a film about palliative care. For donation information, visit http://www.borrowmyglasses.com/living-with-palliative-care.…