Margaret Birkenfeld

Obituary of Margaret Birkenfeld




Crossed over peacefully, after many years of unshakeable bravery in the face of an incurable pain condition, and numerous other physical difficulties, in the Palliative Care Unit of Bridgepoint Active Health Care on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.  Margaret, in her 86th year, loving mother of Karen Crawford (Gary), Andrea Adams (Jeff), and Pamela (now Kalina).  Loving grandmother of Neal.  Predeceased by her husband, Gordon Birkenfeld.  Margaret will be greatly missed by all family members and many friends.  Arrangements entrusted to the Humphrey Funeral Home, 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.  A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at a later date, and friends are encouraged to keep in touch with the Humphrey Funeral Home at for details in the coming months.  The family’s apologies for the non-specificity of the timing of this Celebration.  Special and heartfelt thanks for his incredible compassion, kindness and caring to Dr. Jeff Myers, Palliative Care Physician in the Palliative Care Unit at Bridgepoint Active Health Care.  Dr. Myers made our mother’s last days on this Earth pain-free.  We are eternally grateful.  Also, many heartfelt thanks to all the nurses who were especially kind and caring with our dear mother.  Your kindness and compassion were noted and appreciated more than words can express.  As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations could be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Bridgepoint, with our heartfelt thanks.


I am fully convinced that the soul is indestructible,

and that its activity will continue through eternity.

It is like the sun, which to our eyes seems to

set in night; but it has in reality only

gone to diffuse its light elsewhere.

- Goethe


Do not stand by my grave and weep

I am not there. I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am a diamond glint on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn rain.


When you awake in the morning hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight

I am the soft starshine at night

Do not stand by my grave and cry

I am not there…I did not die.

- Anonymous

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