What is your exact association with Don Hanson?
Do you have any relationship with him?
You seem to be here as an apologist for Hanson.
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May 21 2003 12:11 AM
AN OUTGOING Australian nurse who became involved in a "self-healing" group in Ireland was found hanging in her apartment a couple of months after she joined the group.
Work colleagues of the deceased, who attended yesterday's inquest into her death, said they believed the Australian woman had been "brainwashed" by the group. They also alleged that it was the group's influence that led to a deterioration in her state of mind.
The inquest heard that the support group, which is affiliated to Don Hanson, a spiritual healer from Arizona, also facilitated a medium known as Sari who acted as a conduit for a spirit called Michael, said to possess healing powers.
The coroner's court heard that it costs ?450 to take part in Mr Hanson's group sessions.
Joanne Pace (37) of Manor Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 arrived in Ireland in 2000 to work as a nurse in Cherry Orchard Hospital in Ballyfermot.
She was found dead by her flatmate on March 27 of this year. Nurse Roselyn Borden told Tallaght Coroner's Court that during her time at the hospital, Ms Pace went from being a bubbly, happy person to someone who was introverted and non-communicative.
"At the start of last January she started to lose a lot of weight and stopped being in contact with people. I feel there may have been a connection between the Don Hanson Group and Joanne's death.
"I believe it is a cult of some sort and she was taken over by this group and she was not able to come back from it. I think she was brainwashed," she said.
The coroner's court heard that in the months leading up to the nurse's suicide her new flatmate also noticed changes in her behaviour. Patrick Murphy said that when he initially arrived to live in the flat Ms Pace liked to keep a very clean house but in the weeks leading up to her death this changed. He said that he was aware she was taking self-help courses but he didn't think too much of it until she began to deteriorate.
"When she started to act depressed I asked her what was wrong. She said: 'You can't help me. Nobody can help'."
The Dublin organiser of the Don Hanson Group sessions, Irja Karjalainen, told the court the group held workshops that helped a person to learn how to "release the trauma, pain and suffering" they were experiencing in their lives.
Coroner Kieran Geraghty asked Ms Karjalainen who Sari and Michael were in relation to the group work that was carried out.
Ms Karjalainen told him that Sari was not affiliated to Don Hanson's philosophies on life, but she attended the group sessions and acted as a conduit for the spirit Michael who was a "Supreme Being" who gives directions on how to live your life.
The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.
nquest witness says dead woman was "brainwashed"
Wed, May 21, 2003, 01:00
An Australian hospital attendant, who committed suicide two months ago, had gone to "healing workshops", Dublin County Coroners Court heard yesterday.
Ms Joanne Pace (38), Manor Road, Palmerstown, Dublin, hanged herself from a bannister on March 27th. The County Coroner, Dr Kieran Geraghty, returned a verdict of suicide with the cause of death asphyxia.
Garda Niall Sheridan told the inquest he had called to the house on that date.
Mr Patrick Murphy, a house-mate of the deceased, said Ms Pace worked nights in Cherry Orchard Hospital and had become withdrawn in the months leading up to her death. He had found her crying in the sitting-room on March 17th and she had said he couldn't help her.
On the morning of March 27th, Mr Murphy had woken up and seen a flex hanging from the bannister. He cut Ms Pace down and called the gardaí.
Ms Rosaleen Bardon, a care attendant at Cherry Orchard Hospital, said she had picked up Ms Pace from Dublin Airport three years ago when she started work in the hospital. Ms Pace had been very popular in work but had begun to withdraw into herself from January. Ms Pace went to healing workshops but they were "a cult of some sort". Ms Bardon said: "This group changed Joanne in some way. Joanne was brainwashed by this group."
Ms Irja Karjalainen said she was a sponsor with Don Hanson workshops. Ms Pace had attended three or four of their groups; suicide was not promoted by the group.
She told Dr Geraghty she had communicated with a "divine being" called Michael and she was in communication with spirits all the time. Suicide had been discussed by the group, but she said she had no strong feelings on euthanasia .
Ms Helen Hand said she had attended the last workshop with Ms Pace about a month before her death. She had never heard suicide encouraged in the group but she believed in Michael and in his messenger, Shari.
Summarising the post-mortem, Dr Geraghty said Ms Pace had a plastic flex wound around her neck. He gave the cause of death as asphyxia due to hanging with a verdict of suicide.
He extended sympathy to her family and friends.