Steve Keeva: A Sad Update
Steven Keeva wrote Transforming Practices, Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life. It and the holistic lawyer columns he wrote as a senior editor at the ABA Journal were a turning point in our movement. Steve was diagnosed with early Alzheimers while barely 50 years old.
Previous Steve Keeva post: http://cuttingedgelaw.com/blog/steven-keeva
I just got off the phone with Steve Keeva's wife. So many people have asked for updates about him that I got her permission to share. It isn't good news. It actually breaks my heart to know it but I also think that those who love Steve and were impacted by his work will want to know. Send him good thoughts, healing energy, love, or prayers, whatever is in your tradition.
In December, Steve was moved into a nursing home in northern Chicago. Jan kept him at home as long as she could. The nursing home was actually shocked that she'd been able to handle all she was doing for him, much less also earning a living and caring for the kids. She made a lot of sacrifices to keep him home so long. Their son even took a semester off of college because someone needed to be home with Steve to keep him safe and cared for. He couldn't be left alone.
Steve is not able to feed or dress himself. He recognizes that he knows people but not always how he knows them. He isn't able to converse. He is easily confused.
The heart of Steve is still there - he still knows who he is. He misses his family and friends. He listens to music all day.
If you are interested in visiting Steve, let me know and I will connect you with Jan and she can give you details and an update. Jan says that visitors sometimes just sit with him and listen to the music.
Jan could use some help from an Elder Lawyer licensed in Illinois. If you think you can help, let me know and I will put you in touch.