Lisa's Travel + Funeral Expenses

$55,484 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 587 people in 27 months
Our dear friend Lisa Masters passed away tragically and unexpectedly in Lima, Peru on November 15, 2016. Lisa's genuine warmth, generosity and tenacious strength will be deeply missed.

Lisa's beloved husband William is shocked and grieving her sudden loss. In the midst of his mourning, William faces daunting financial challenges, including the substantial funeral and transport expenses for Lisa in and between Peru and the United States.

William is a healing arts practitioner and a long-time Brooklyn resident. Lisa and William lived modestly and both contributed to the expenses of their household. Without Lisa's income, William faces an immediate challenge to covering the rent on his apartment among other things.

There is no way for William to get through this kind of crisis on his own. As friends of  William and Lisa, we are organizing to raise money to cover:

- Preparation and freight charges for shipment of Lisa's remains from Lima to the US
- Funeral services in Lisa's childhood home of Asheville, North Carolina
- Airfare between NYC and Asheville
- A month of lost wages for William 
- Lisa's share of the rent for their home. Although William will ultimately have to leave his home, we would like him to be able to stay there without worry for the next year, as he recovers from this loss.
- Moving expenses, as William will ultimately not be able to stay in his home long-term.

Any donation you can make to ease this difficult time would be so appreciated and would make a big difference.

Our hearts go out to our dear friend William. We will miss Lisa very, very much.
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Hello Dear Hearts,

The 2nd Anniversary of Lisa's passing is coming up and I just wanted to remind you, I will never forget your kindness.
Thank you,
William
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Lisa cracked me open like a book with her life and her death; and what good is a book if it is not opened?

Asking me to describe Lisa is like asking a fish to describe water. She was everything, she sustained me, she was my atmosphere, my environment and my gravity.

We shared our dreams, our secrets, our silliness, our deepest convictions, our insights about what we had learned from the world and what we could not forget.

We helped each other. We took turns being the wind and the kite. Sometimes climbing, sometimes plummeting, sometimes soaring, but always together, always in tandem.

Lisa had a brave fragility. She was a china shoppe, that purposely opened for business in the middle of a herd of large bulls eager to come in and browse.

Lisa welcomed emotional risk, she sought it out, she invited it, always demanded it from herself, in me, and anyone fortunate enough to be close to her.

She was the first to look over the edge of the abyss and toss in a torch; or to bring a pillow and blanket into the dark night of the soul. She was willing to feel everything.

Today marks one year since her passing.

And despite her contradicting, bewildering choice of departure, which flew in the face of everything she believed, my wife is still the most courageous person I ever met, have known or loved. I love you still.
Today is one year since Lisa's passing.
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I awoke this morning to a complete surprise by another donation. Thank you Cathy! I'm so grateful, six months later for all the support, kind words and loving generosity I have received here at GoFundMe.com.

I have gifted most of Lisa's belongings to close friends, family and The Plymouth Church Underground Thrift Shop.

The church became the foremost center of anti-slavery sentiment in the mid-19th century and even served as a station on the escape route. Even President Lincoln attended a service there.

Still fighting the good fight, much of it's proceeds benefit organizations that fight modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Lisa cared greatly and her favorite charities were in this arena.

Lisa's headstone was recently set and I'll be traveling to Asheville in October to visit her resting place again and our family there.

I've begun my apartment search and hope to stay in here Brooklyn, while I continue to navigate this new life.

My employer has treated me like a son, my friends like family and my family like...well like family. Love, kindness and inexhaustible compassion from all these gentle souls have saved my life along with a great caring therapist, Lauren Martin.

As many of you know, I placed myself in a wonderful community of healers in Arizona called "The Meadows" for six weeks after Lisa's funeral. It also saved my life and taught me much about self compassion, self love and honoring that "quiet inner voice".

I miss my wife madly, grieve her constantly and as faultingly as I am....I'm am aiming to look up, not down. I seek to stand in the light, not the dark. I wish to be here now, not later or back then, to be only in this moment. There are still miracles around here and I am looking.
Lisa Masters
Wife and Man
In Prospect Park with my Sweetie
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I awoke this morning to a complete surprise by another donation. Thank you Cathy! I'm so grateful, six months later for all the support, kind words and loving generosity I have received here at GoFundMe.com.

I have gifted most of Lisa's belongings to close friends, family and The Plymouth Church Underground Thrift Shop.

The church became the foremost center of anti-slavery sentiment in the mid-19th century and even served as a station on the escape route. Even President Lincoln attended a service there.

Still fighting the good fight, much of it's proceeds benefit organizations that fight modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Lisa cared greatly and her favorite charities were in this arena.

Lisa's headstone was recently set and I'll be traveling to Asheville in October to visit her resting place again and our family there.

I've begun my apartment search and hope to stay in here Brooklyn, while I continue to navigate this new life.

My employer has treated me like a son, my friends like family and my family like...well like family. Love, kindness and inexhaustible compassion from all these gentle souls have saved my life along with my great caring therapist, Lauren Martin.

As many of you know, I placed myself in a wonderful community of healers in Arizona called "The Meadows" for six weeks after Lisa's funeral. It also saved my life and taught me much about self compassion, self love and honoring that "quiet inner voice".

I miss my wife madly, grieve her constantly and as faultingly as I am....I'm am aiming to look up, not down. I seek to stand in the light, not the dark. I wish to be here now, not later or back then, to be only in this moment. There are still miracles around here and I am looking.
by Maxfield Parrish
Daphnis and Chloe by Harold Speed
Wife and Husband
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Raised by 587 people in 27 months
Created November 16, 2016
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SB
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Sherry Boone
20 months ago

Prayers and warmth and grace to you and your family

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Anonymous
21 months ago
MF
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michael frietsch
23 months ago

I feel so bad about what happened to this man. I do hope that Lisa Masters is in a better place now. No one knows what pain someone can and does goes through.

JF
$50
Jean Ferlesch
23 months ago

Love to you William

KN
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Kristian N
23 months ago
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Hi William. I knew Lisa from around Park Slope and really thought so highly of her and her sensitive nature. Was so sad to hear and my heart goes out to you and her memory.

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