Heather Belinda Chatfield Ammen passed away on Wednesday, June 17 surrounded by family and dear friends. Witty, sharp, and full of love until the very end, when asked what she wanted in her obituary, Heather responded:
“Be authentic in your life, and if you don’t know what that means, check out YouTube.”
“In lieu of flowers, send love to the first person that annoys you. If you feel that went well, do it to the next person too.”
“Goodbye everybody. Live a full life with as much love as your heart can open to.”
Heather leaves behind a legacy of profound compassion, joy, prolific artistry and wry humor. She is deeply missed.
Heather Belinda Chatfield Ammen January 16, 1963 – June 17, 2020 Her last message to us all was, “Goodbye, everybody. Live a full life with as much love as your heart can open to,” which is exactly what she did.
Heather was extraordinary, something easily said yet rarely so true. In her humility, so many never knew the breadth of her talent and her passion for life. She was devoted to her relationships, creative endeavors, and healing work; these were part of her spirituality.
She deeply touched the lives of thousands through her gifted healing work spanning many forms of Western and Asian medicine. She was a prolific artist as a painter, potter, fiber artist and seamstress. On her last evening, she decided to complete a painting for a friend with her own footprints. Those were her last steps.
Heather was a culinary alchemist; she loved her large woodland & medicinal plant garden; she delighted in dancing.
Heather’s connection with her husband, Jonathan, was a lively collaboration, a playful meeting of two strong personalities. As a mother, friend and partner she was loving, generous, and fun. She was the kind of compassionate, insightful confidante one turns to in the best and worst of times.
Heather studied medicine in China, traveled in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.
She asked that her ashes go to the ocean at her favorite beaches in Rhode Island, and Salt Cay in the Turks and Caicos islands.
Heather passed away from cancer. In addition to her husband Jonathan Ammen and son Breylen, she leaves behind four siblings, Laura, Jennifer, Jessica and Arthur; she was predeceased by her sister Gwen.
She requested that “In lieu of flowers, send love to the first person that annoys you, and if you feel that went well, do it to the next person, too.”
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future time when we all can safely be together.