Tai Lahans

March 27, 1944 - May 31, 2024

In loving memory of Tai Lahans, a cherished sister, aunt, teacher, and healer, who passed away on May 31, 2024, surrounded by her loved ones. Tai’s journey was marked by immense strength and resilience, and her loss leaves a void in the lives of all who knew her.

Tai’s contributions to the field of East Asian Medicine were immeasurable. As a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she touched the lives of countless patients and students with her compassionate wisdom. Tai’s teachings and writings were a testament to her deep understanding of the human body and its connection to the ancient healing practices of her Anishinaabe heritage.

Throughout her career, Tai shared her knowledge generously, teaching extensively at various colleges of Chinese medicine and serving on boards advocating for cancer patients. Her books, “Integrating Conventional and Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care” and “The Geology of the Modern Cancer Epidemic Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine,” shed light on the profound impact of integrating different medical approaches and exploring the relationship between trauma and illness.

Tai’s teachings went beyond the realm of medicine. She recognized the importance of addressing systemic oppression and its effects on our well-being. Her commitment to educating others about the connection between trauma and disease has significantly contributed to our understanding of human health.

What truly set Tai apart was her ability to connect with others from a place of genuine empathy. Her teachings were not just about healing the body but also about nurturing the soul. Tai’s integrity and unwavering dedication to putting humanity and community care first will continue to inspire all those who have had the privilege of learning from her.

As we bid farewell to Tai Lahans, let us remember her as a beacon of light in the world of medicine and a compassionate soul who touched our hearts. Her legacy will live on through the lives she has touched, and her teachings will continue to guide us towards a more holistic understanding of health and healing. May her spirit find eternal peace, and may her memory be a blessing to us all.

Tai was preceded in death by her parents, her brother David, and her son Phillip. She is survived by her sister, Janet Rowan, her nephew Adri Richards, and her niece Misha Linn.

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