MY BEST FRIEND and ex-nomad, Lou Brochetti, had been struggling with cancer, heart problems, stomach issues and arthritis for two years. I spent the past ten months with him, helping out in any way necessary. His body was falling apart and he could no longer do any of the things that brought him joy and gave meaning to his life. His condition would only get worse.
So he got all his affairs in order and, on Thursday, among friends, he availed himself of New Mexico’s End-of-Life Options Act. Now he’s free of pain, depression, and anger.
And I’m in mourning. A good, honorable man, a true brother, is gone. I miss him so much.
As you can guess, I’m in no mood right now to write for this website. So I’m taking some time away — a couple of weeks or so. There are a handful of things to deal with here, then I’ll retreat to the healing arms of nature to resume something resembling my former nomadic life — only with a huge hole in it.
See you down the road.
Thinking about you during this incredibly tough time. It’s hard for me to understand or like death but yes we do all go sometime. Healing thoughts sent your way.
Lou, his home-built vardo, and some philosophy:
Al, I’m sending you tons of love. Be well.
Again, examples (from our coach) of how to care for our spirit: no regrets, alone time to feel and optimism of return…here and to Mother Nature’s changing landscapes. Be well, indeed!
I ache for you.
Al, sorry for your loss 😰. RIP Lou ! 🌺
Hi Al. I ache for you. I look forward to hearing from you when you are able.
So sorry for your loss and a personal withdrawal is appropriate. We, as fellow nomads, understand. Bless you for all you did for your friend. .
Sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort.
We are all praying for you and for your loss. His spirit is with all who knew him.
Sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Not sure if the link I posted will show up. It’s for a song called “Hold On To Memories.” Peace be with Al.
Such a wonderful man. Such a profound and poignant loss.
My heart goes out to you.
KJH in the PNW
Take all the time you need for healing. We’ll be here when you are ready again.
Al, I am sorry for your painful loss of a very close and dear friend.
I must be honest here and admit thinking that in my later years there may be great value in residing in a state with a freedoms such as this…