Alison Bowles (1963-2021), RIP

I’ve revised the biographical blurb for Alison Bowles at PoT’s “About the Blog and Bloggers” page. I apologize to anyone learning belatedly of her tragic death in this fashion. I myself learned of her passing on the morning of March 10, but believe it took place a few days earlier. [I’ve since learned that it likely took place between March 2 and March 4.]

Alison in Alexandria, Virginia, February 2017

Alison Bowles (“ridiculous2017”) was, until her untimely death in March 2021, a licensed mental health counselor in private practice, with offices in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and New York City. On moving to Toronto in the summer of 2020, she became a frequent guest on Business Talk Radio, discussing various issues in the theory and practice of mental health counseling. Her first broadcast was on July 6, 2020 and her last was (I believe) on February 19, 2021. She maintained a personal blog housing some of her writing, and in her last days had created a Facebook page where her very last public thoughts may be found. Here’s an interview she did in 2019 on telemental health, and here is a brief biographical statement. (–IK, March 12, 2021).

(PS, July 22, 2021: I intend to write a proper memorial essay at some point in the near future.)

22 thoughts on “Alison Bowles (1963-2021), RIP

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  3. So sorry for your loss, I knew alison and rented a room from her back in Cabrini Blvd, i’m so sad and hurt after finding this out ( a month later) Wish i kept in contact with her but it been so long. My condolence to you and her family. I really miss my Ali 💔

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    • Thank you so much. I’m so glad you wrote. Alison always referred to you as “Yajaira,” and told many stories about you. She always spoke very warmly of you, and described the time she spent with you as a series of adventures. I feel I know you from her stories, despite never having met you.

      I wasn’t sure when or how you found out about her death. Her death certificate lists her death as taking place on March 4, 2021, but I think she may have died a day before that. The loss of her has gotten harder for me rather than easier over time. I have written many things about her, both privately and on Facebook, and eventually, I will collect them all and post them here in a special page dedicated only to her.

      Her funeral was two weeks ago, on September 30th, at Musconetcong Valley Cemetery in Hampton, New Jersey. I was not invited, and did not attend, but will visit her grave on my own. She is buried with the relatives on her mother’s side of the family, the Winters.


  4. Thank you so much Irfan, Didn’t wanna get into detail but I have so many good things to say about my Ali, please feel free to email me I will like to talk to you more about her last days. and thank you so much for replying🙏🏼

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      • Hello Diana, Thank you so much for telling me this. Alison was more than a friend to me (she was more like a mother figure).
        Been thinking about her lately, Because of her I started celebrating Holidays and she definitely made it Special.
        I miss her so much and remember all the good things she Taught me❤️ Ali will forever live in my Heart🌷


  5. My sincere condolences. I worked with Alison back in 2015 as her assistant. Lately, I’ve had her on my mind and wanted to reach out. When you have a chance please reach out to me.

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  7. My sincere condolences, just learned about this while trying to find her to reconnect with her. She was an amazing woman and I always viewed her as a “rock star” She gave me strength and courage I didn’t even know I had.

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    • Ambar,

      Thank you so much for writing. I’m glad to hear she had a positive effect on your life, and only regret that you had to hear of her passing in this way, and so much after the fact. I miss her a great deal. I think about her every day, and dream about her frequently. She was a vivid presence, and I often find it hard to believe that she’s gone.

      I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this anywhere on the blog, but she is buried at Musconetcong Valley Cemetery in Hampton, New Jersey, alongside her maternal grandparents, very close to the church where her mother married her father.


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