Dear NiaMoves friends,
With great sadness I share sad news about a super cool member of our community.
SPACE ARCHITECT CONSTANCE Adams, known for her projects supporting human exploration of space and the solar system, AND FABULOUS NIA MOVER, died on June 24 after a battle with cancer. Constance was 53 years old.
There was a wonderful memorial service Saturday, 7 July, at the Live Oak Friends’ Meetinghouse. From the wise words of Brené Brown. "Funerals matter, showing up to them matter"... so glad I went and deeply appreciate all the Nia folks who also showed up.
We have a JAM at NiaMoves at 4:30pm this Sunday. This is a reunion of teachers and friends of old and new to celebrate the life of Constance with some of her favorite tunes. We have a fantastic line-up of teachers to lead the fun.
Please bring donation if you would like to support Constance's children.
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Constance Adams I love you , I miss you, I'm asking Angels surround your girls, wrapping them with abundant love. I look forward to when we dance together again in a very different time and space. Until then I appreciate every time you visit me in my imagination in class, I'm sure it will often be at the beginning of the 3rd song (when you most often would beautifully step into class LOL).
Constance was a regular participant at NiaMoves for years. She brought a most unique sparkle to class, a shining star like no other. She is dearly missed.
These photos were taken during the "one Billion Rising" event we hosted at a Houston Rockets (Basketball) Game.
As ever, Constance was upfront and center, as an ambassador of NiaMoves supporting a very worthy cause, bringing her daughter (who "stole the show" with fashion, flare and cuteness) with her.
God Bless MaryScott Hagle for her guardianship of Constance's daughters. Please lift MaryScott up in prayers.
Here's more from Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown
"Funerals, in fact, are one of the most powerful examples of collective pain. They feature in a surprising finding from my research on trust. When I asked participants to identify three to five specific behaviors that their friends, family, and colleagues do that raise their level of trust with them, funerals always emerged in the top three responses. Funerals matter. Showing up to them matters. And funerals matter not just to the people grieving, but to everyone who is there. The collective pain (and sometimes joy) we experience when gathering in any way to celebrate the end of a life is perhaps one of the most powerful experiences of inextricable connection. Death, loss, and grief are the great equalizers."