Disa Van Orman and her family were devastated by the sudden loss of her 6 year old grandson, Dylan Skye Goedeker. What happened? Why? How could he just be gone? Why not me? Thoughts swirled as she intended to write his eulogy. Alone, at 4:00 am, she couldn't imagine how she would be able to portray the loving and effervescent boy that he was. All of a sudden, words came to her and she typed them as quickly as possible. In total amazement, she became aware that her grandson was sending her a beautiful poem about how he was not gone. 'Oh, you are wrong if you think I'm gone.' were his first words. In his typical goofy humor, he ends the book with, 'Hey, don't forget that part about blossom, because I want this to end with, 'Man that would be awesome!!' He was sending a message to let her and the family know that he was with them. He also let her know that he wanted it to become a book to spread the word that our loved ones shine on! Eventually, Disa's magnificent photographs of animals and nature came to life once again as they were woven together with her grandson Dylan's words to create
Disa Van Orman was born in Denver as a 6th generation Coloradan. An entrepreneur, she and her husband renovated houses for 40 years, founded Poop Van Scoop, the first dog cleaning business in the country, and created lifecastings of people and animals in cold cast bronze.
She is a Healing Touch for Animals Practitioner, Reiki master/teacher, a Certified Aromatherapist, Shamanic Practitioner and expert in creating sacred passings for loved ones. Taking photographs, traveling and playing with her family, scuba diving and Krav Maga were all her passions until the sudden death of her 6 year old grandson, Dylan Skye.
Ready to write his eulogy, he gave her a beautiful poem telling her that he was not gone and he is here with her, sending her signs. She wove her spectacular photographs of animals and nature with his inspirational words.
She became a photographer, an author, a certified Intuitive Grief Coach, and speaker on recognizing signs from the afterlife. This book re-ignited a flame of joy and love and reacquaint her with her laughter, hope and passion. Together, they encourage others who are grieving to understand the many ways our loved ones are still near us, sending their love.
Not the end, but an evolution of our relationship.
It was just 5 days since the death of my amazing six-year-old grandson. At 4:30 a.m., I sat down to write his eulogy. We recently lost many elderly relatives but it was expected after a long life. My grandson's passing made no sense. The suddenness, the helplessness, the shock, the pain, the year 2012 was the end of the world for me.
All the adventures we had pack into his short life. How I could convey how amazing, fearless, funny, talented, delightful and animated Dylan Skye was? How could he be gone just like that? How could I go on without my little love? Why not me?
All of the sudden, words swirled into my head. For 20-30 minutes I typed quickly, fearing I would miss a word. "Oh, you are wrong if you think I'm gone." Everything changed. A beautiful poem had been given to me by my incredible grandson. He wanted me to share this with his grieving family to let them know he was still here, sending unbelievable signs and his love.
A spark of hope entered my heart. Turning into a flame as I wove his words with my beautiful photographs of animals and nature to become an inspiring book that reacquainted me to my joy, laughter and passion.