Susan Snyder Jorgensen
Susan Snyder Jorgensen died peacefully at home on 29 December 2014. She was cherished and blessed by her loving family: Robert O'Neil Jorgensen, her best friend and husband of more than forty-two years, and her three children.
Her primary desire—to be the presence of love, compassion, and sacred connection in the world—shaped and guided her twenty-five year ministry and service in spiritual direction. Susan had a passion for writing which led to the publication of several books. Her many loves included nature, reading, eating, calligraphy, gardening, knitting, hiking, deep soul exploration, and, above all, laughter and play.
Susan was the founding editor of Presence journal. Spiritual Directors International is grateful for her life, vision, dedication, and service.
Tributes from the Community
As the founding editor of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction journal, Susan played an essential role in validating the ministry and service of spiritual direction around the world and across traditions. Starting the journal from scratch drew upon her many gifts: lover of words, creativity, and beauty. Twenty years later, Presence journal continues to thrive. SDI is grateful for Susan's care for the spark of an idea for a publication that has become a vehicle for spiritual directors all over the world to share ideas, stories and kinship. We extend prayers and comfort to Susan's family, friends, spiritual seekers she has accompanied, and especially to the editorial team with whom she worked to bring the first issues of Presence to life. Thank you for your years and years of service, Susan.
—Liz Budd Ellmann
I was blessed to walk with Susan along the path into the next stage of life. Through this last year, as she wrote her last book on death as the second bookend of life, she shared the stories from her life that in-formed her perception of how life and death cohabit our life experiences. In a very real sense she openned my eyes to the wonder of death and the ways each of us is "initiated " into the dying process. We laughed, cried, and marveled at the endless ways God seemed to reveal the "more" of both life and death all through life. She died living every moment with curiosity and openness. Family and listening deeply were her passions, and her creativity seemed boundless. She was clear that when she died her life would be "complete" as each of us will also experience. But I shall miss that amazing energy and wonderful laugh.