IN MEMORIAM: A Tribute to Tamara Der-Ohanian 1960 ~ 2019
On May 20, 2019, the staff at Vitality magazine were shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Registered Homeopath Tamara Der-Ohanian. After a valiant battle with breast cancer, she passed away on April 13, 2019. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family who held a private memorial service for her on April 16, 2019.
As a long-time Vitality writer, Tamara helped many of our readers with her informative articles over the years, and we will greatly miss her expertise and insight. Our staff has been touched by the outpouring of condolences from readers, friends, and patients who visited her practice, The Healing Dimension in Toronto, or were her students at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.
Special thanks to the College of Homeopaths of Ontario and colleagues, who were kind enough to share the following memorial tributes.
“Tamara Der-Ohanian was a member of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario since it was proclaimed in 2015. We would like to show our appreciation for all the good work that Tamara did for her patients and of course for the homeopathy profession itself.
She was a great role model and wrote many articles about homeopathy, which were relevant, interesting, and widely read. Tamara was a good ambassador for the College and for all homeopaths. She had a good number of followers and we have received many calls asking about her. We extend our condolences to her family, and to all who knew her.” Basil Ziv, Registrar and CEO, College of Homeopaths of Ontario
“It is with great sadness that I remember my friend and colleague in homeopathy, Tamara Der-Ohanian.
Tamara was a deeply private person who loved homeopathy. Her passion was reflected in her intuitive, deeply grounded understanding, and amazing grasp of our remedies and materia medica. She enthusiastically shared her knowledge through articles and teaching, in a way that made homeopathy understandable. She believed in spreading the word on homeopathy, and supported new graduates entering the field. She embodied what she shared with others, saying: “Just go, learn as much as you can, do as much as you can, have a lot of fun.”
Tamara delighted in each of her patients as an amazing puzzle to be solved. She was extremely generous and related to each of her clients personally, which is why she was such a beloved homeopath. Her energy, smile and legacy will linger on in the hearts of every single person she has touched.
I have personally known her for more than 15 years, literally meeting monthly to discuss homeopathy in all its extensions and ramifications, and travelling a part of this life journey with her. I can personally vouch for the deep gap she leaves, and how she will be greatly missed by our homeopathic community, along with her friends and family.” Soula Kallinis, Registered Homeopath
“I will miss Tamara sorely, as my trusted homeopath and my friend. Her wisdom, generosity and compassionate curiosity will stay with me always. The remedies she identified for me were always effective. She helped my family … including our pets … so much, not only with remedies but with her loving insight.”
“Thinking of Tamara, I recalled a conversation I had with her: She had visited Armenia recently, it was her home country, and she was greeted with such high-esteem after she explained that she was a homeopath. Tamara was a very private person but I remember she had such a great big smile when she told this story. You could see how proud she was to be a homeopath and to receive the recognition.”
Natasha Zarubin, Registered Homeopath
“In the last email exchange I had with Tamara, back in March, I had asked her to start responding to some of the many comments that readers were posting at the end of her articles on our website. For example, her article on “Homeopathy for a Racing Heart, Dizziness, and Arrythmia” had 8 comments/questions, see https://tinyurl.com/homeofordizzy
and her article on “Homeopathic Medicine for Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol” had 13 comments and questions, see https://tinyurl.com/homeoforaddiction So I was asking if she could spare some time to post a few responses to provide professional homeopathic advice to these questioning readers.
Her last words to me were: “I am actually not doing that well, fighting breast cancer. If you don’t mind waiting a couple of weeks I can post the comments then. If you want them done right away please ask someone else to help.” So I started getting worried then, and all I could do was hope for her recovery. Alas, the bad news came two months later that she had succumbed to her illness. She was a powerful writer and a shining light in the natural health community. I will miss her greatly.”
Julia Woodford, Editor, Vitality Magazine