Hannah O’Hara Thomas, February 3, 1997 – March 27, 2015

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In Memoriam

Hannah O’Hara Thomas, daughter of Eden Alternative Founders, Bill and Jude Thomas, passed early in the morning on March 27, 2015. For all of her 18 years, Hannah has helped the world-wide Eden Alternative community to grow. A master teacher in the art of BEING, Hannah has mentored us all in the truth that each of us has a special gift to offer the world, no matter who we are or what life sends our way.

Learn more about Hannah in this tribute from her big brother, Virgil.

Obituary for Hannah in the Ithaca Journal, March 31, 2015


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Our family is saddened with your loss. We share in prayer the celebration of Hannah’s life and to give strength to the Thomas family. Your thoughts are with us. Charlie and Kathryn


Thank you for writing and sharing such beautiful, pure love Virgil. Everything and more of what it means to be a brother. My heart is once again filled with emotion by your family’s amazing connection, devotion, and abiding love. I only met Hannah recently, but the joy and sense of calm just being in the same room as she and her sister, stays with me. May we pass on the treasures she gave us.
Deepest regards and sympathies….

Maribeth McCue
March 27, 2015 7:39 pm

May Jesus wrap his arms around her and hold her close until you reunite


May God’s love be near you, touch and heal your sorrow. But may you never forget the lessons of life learned from Hannah. God bless you richly.


So sorry Bill and Jude. God bless your family.

Barbara Pierce
March 28, 2015 2:03 am

Saddened to hear of your loss. What a blessing to have had her beauty for 18 years.

Marie Curcio
March 28, 2015 8:34 am

Hannah’s life has touched the lives of millions around the world. The power of being and love! Well said Virgil. My heartfelt sympathy, Bill and Jude. I met Hannah long ago on your first Tour and felt the warmth and strength of her presence. May you all take solace in celebrating the beauty of her life.

Janet Taylor
March 29, 2015 1:14 pm

Sending you peace, love and strong arms to walk with you, Jude and your family through the loss of Hannah. She was blessed by the two of you as parents as were you by her strength & courage. Love you both.

Shereen SIngh
March 29, 2015 3:43 pm

So sorry to hear the sad news. Our prayers and condolences are with your family. What a great loss for all of us.

Bronwyn Drennan
March 30, 2015 5:07 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
at this time. Gone but never forgotten


Dear Bill and Jude , these pictures of Hannah show us what an angel looks like.The Eden in Oz & NZ family send their loving thoughts to you all at this time. Hannah as did Hayleigh , leave her legacy for all of us to be wise and humble and giving. god bless you all.


Dear Bill , Jude and family,

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of deep loss, grief and sorrow. Given what we have heard and seen about your beloved Hannah we believe you will celebrate Hannah’s life, legacy and gifts to all of you for the rest of your life….
God Bless,
Cathie and John Stewart, MAgS

Susan Leeming, Massachusetts
March 31, 2015 4:32 pm

I came to the Eden Alternative website having just finished “Being Mortal,” and wanting to know more about such a wonderful concept. The news of Hannah’s passing was the first thing I saw. My heart immediately flooded with sympathy for Hannah’s parents and siblings. And so I write, not knowing any of you, but offering my sorrow for your sorrow, with the sure knowledge that your precious girl is surrounded by Divine love forever.


Dear Bill, Jude and family,
On behalf of the American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC), our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you celebrate Hannah’s remarkable life and the memories you shared.

Judy Chavis & Janice Monks

Pat Talkington
April 11, 2015 6:22 pm

The Kimberly-Clark Corporate Innovation Team Members are saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to all family and friends of Hannah. Jon Wilson, Larry Maher and Corporate Innovation Team Members


Bill and Jude, I am so sorry that Hannah had to leave you. What heartbreak. As she inspired you, you have inspired a major healing for elders worldwide. I thank you again and again for the major blessing your family has brought to the world.


So sorry for the loss of one so precious & special.


My heart is with you and Hannah is with the angels <3


Like many people, I’ve learned about your work through Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal. I’m very sad to check out your website this morning and learn of this loss. May the love and hope you’ve brought to so many others come back to you and bring you comfort.


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