Dr E Memorial Fund
The world lost a beloved Elder and teacher yesterday; Eddy Gutierrez, an incredibly well known and respected Santero, Conjure man, and educator, passed into his next journey in a massive cardiac event. While we know that Eddy himself is not suffering, he leaves behind his beloved mother, sister, and partner.
Eddy did so much for so many communities; Lukumi, hoodoo/conjure, the Minoan Brotherhood, the Unnamed Path, and served as a pillar of knowledge and strength.
It now falls to our communities to aid Eddy's family in their time of need; final costs and rituals are an expense nobody is ever truly prepared for, and Eddy's family needs our support. Please give what you can; all proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to Eddy's mom and partner to help them in this time.
Eddy's family has put out a call for memorial statements and essays that may be used as a part of his service. If you've been touched by Eddy or have stories about him you would like to share, please leave them in the comments on this blog post http://vodoublog.kcconjure.com/?p=226 (so we have a single archive to reference from as opposed to individual emails and messages).
Total funeral costs look to be about 13k; anything extra we can do will help Clayton stay protected through this time (probate and final estate assessments have a lot of their money tied up in the legal process, which is a huge burden the family just doesnt need right now)
To me, right now, each and every one of you are living Gods; Im truly humbled and amazed at the breathtaking support the community has been able to raise for Eddy's loved ones.
Eddy's name in Lukumi (from his Santeria priesthood) translated roughly to "Sorrow contains/brings Joy" (Ekun Dayo)... and it's true; for me at the moment all I can see is a spectacular community rallying to support Eddy's family in a show of such powerful love... Thank you; even the words "thank you" feel too small to contain these emotions.
Take a moment, in Eddy's name, to hug your loved ones and spend time with them. We never know what tomorrow will bring.
We're really only beginning; every bit helps and adds up to a stunning gift of help in a dire time. We've at least reached the cost of a burial plot, but add to that the cost of a funeral (which, in Los Angeles, average in the 7-10k range) and the hospital costs and you see what kind of work we have yet to accomplish. PLEASE continue sharing the link to this fundraiser to the people whose lives Eddy touched. Your amazing support and love mean so much to me, and to Eddy's family.
Thank you, each and every one of you, for your amazing service and love.
To all of Dr. Eddy's family, friends & soul-mate Clayton James- I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I just found out & have been in shock for the last couple of days. I didn't know Dr. Eddy, I was a customer in his business & followed his blog....never had the privilege, luck nor honor to meet him or even speak to him through a reading. I never got the chance to book a reading with him & feel absolutely sick to my stomach with regret knowing I will never have that privilege!!! I'm so envious of those who got a chance...consider yourselves very, very lucky to say the least. I just want to know how can someone who's never met him or talked to him be in tears for him??? It's not just sympathy but something more. If I feel this way without even knowing him I can't even begin to imagine the one's closest to him. Truly unique & special being !!! He can radiate this much love even to those who hardly knew him... I'm speechless & angry that he was taken away this early on, especially when there isn't anyone out there like him! You are all in my prayers....please accept my condolences. May peace & comfort find you during this difficult time. Lots of love & light Mantigo.
I'm absolutely astonished at the level of support that's come from the community in support of my Eddy. I always knew that he was a loved member of the community but now I can truly see how very special he was to a great many people. 'Thank you" is just simply not enough of a reply to such generosity from so many people.