Obituary: Marilyn ‘Lynn’ Slavin
Marilyn “Lynn” Slavin, a long-time Darien resident and Reiki master, died Wednesday, May 30, at Stamford Hospital surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Raymond Slavin.
Mrs. Slavin, originally from Easton, Pa., was the daughter of Frank and Doris Davis. She was a graduate of Adelphi University and was a speech pathologist on Long Island for several years before moving to Connecticut.
Mrs. Slavin was a Reiki master and quantum touch practitioner. She was a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals. She was awarded the board certification in integrative medicine by the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Mrs. Slavin was in private practice with her company Wellness Matters since 1996 and offered Reiki at Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital as part of its integrative medicine program. Mrs. Slavin volunteered with the VNA Hospice and Richard Rosenthal Hospice Residence of Southwestern Connecticut and served on its advisory board.
In 2010, Mrs. Slavin was awarded the Light of Fire Award for being an “outstanding health advocate’ by Moffly Media for her work in Reiki healing and her advocacy on behalf of hospice caregivers. She served in the Stephen Ministry at St. John’s Church and was an active member of St. Luke’s healing ministries. She was a member of the former Darien Council of Special Education, parent advocacy group.
An avid reader and lover of the arts, Mrs. Slavin wrote and published her own book, “Countless Gifts of Love,” recounting her own experience with her mother’s illness and death focusing on anticipatory grief. She was member of the National League of American Pen Women and a member of the St. John’s Choir.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Slavin is survived by a son, Timothy L. Slavin; a daughter, Deirdre Slavin-Mitchell and son-in-law Richard B. Mitchell of Groton, Mass. She also had two beautiful granddaughters Kelsey and Leah Mitchell whom she loved dearly.
Calling hours are Sunday, June 3, from 2-4 and 6-8, at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John’s R.C. Church in Darien on Monday, June 4, at 11.
Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford, 839-841 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105 or The Bennett Cancer Center, c/o Stamford Hospital Foundation, 1351 Washington Blvd., Suite 202, Stamford, CT 06902.