On a beautiful and perfect night in August, over 1,000 gathered at the Lake Harriet Band Shell to honor a treasured friend, teacher, and colleague. She is SO LOVED by everyone at LHSC, we have such deep gratitude for the impact she made on our community, and the hearts she opened.
At the memorial, Don Damond said it best: "I want her example of how she lived to allow us to be inspired to becoming better people." FYI, Don is an amazing inspiration as well.
The event featured brilliant commentary from Don Damond, John Ruszczyk, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Music was performed by Minnesota pianist Steven C. Anderson, guitarist Christopher Keller, flutist Bevani, Didgeridoos by Steve Sklar and Johnna Morrow.
Attendees were encouraged to honor Justine by wearing blue, one of her signature colors, and took an opportunity to write a special message about how her life has touched the world.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Justine Damond Memorial Fund. Donations to this fund will be allocated to the Justine Damond Social Justice Fund which will support social justice causes that were important to Justine, including causes that promote equal treatment and opportunities for all people.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond was born in 1977 and grew up in Sydney’s North Beaches in Australia. As a spiritual healer and meditation coach, Damond focused her life on healing others. She moved to Minnesota to be with her fiancé in 2015 and the two were planning to wed in August 2017. On July 15, 2017, Damond was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after calling 911 to report a sexual assault in her neighborhood.
The Justine Damond Social Justice Fund is a donor advised fund at a national public charity. All contributions to the Justine Damond Social Justice Fund go to the public charity that sponsors the donor advised fund, and all grant recommendations from the donor advised fund are at the discretion of the Justine Damond Social Justice Fund's advisors.
Justine was a regular speaker at LHSC and gave some amazing information to our community about the science of spirituality. Enjoy these great videos of her, and welcome to what she called, "The Rabbit Hole."
Justine was a loved and a respected member of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community in Minneapolis. She was a gifted speaker, meditation leader, teacher and transformation coach. Her message is of love and peace and non-violence. She inspired us with example of how she chose to live her life.
Justine was dedicated to helping others make transformations in their lives, through teaching and coaching. She was an amazing leader for bridging the gap between science and spirituality in a way that was easy to understand and fun (please see her youtube videos on the LHSC channel). She had a great joy in spiritual growth that inspired those around her.
Much of her work is based on the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza, a national cutting edge leader of science and spirituality. Originally a veterinary surgeon, she had a deep love for animals and volunteered at Second Hand Hounds.
While this is a tragic event Justine would want us to use this opportunity to develop greater love and compassion for each other, and look to find solutions by thinking differently. We ask that you respect the Damond and Ruszczyk families while we all grieve and try to make sense of this tragic event.
We choose to remember her as the love and light that she exemplified, and will carry on her legacy of self transformation, helping each other to break through the things that hold us back.