The Sound Of Altruism

in Trin, Switzerland

Edi Bonorand incarnates selflessness. Be it in the past, working as a vocational adviser or in the present, working as a sound therapist or supporting and counselling dying persons: For the 66-year-old, it's always the others that should be given priority. That's fascinating, heartfelt and invigorating. A portrait for eyes, ears and soul.

Brief log


Edi Bonorand, 66 years old, a former vocational adviser, has lived in Trin all his life. Today he works as a sound therapist and supports critically ill and dying persons.


It's fascinating how Edi never gets tired of his surroundings and is pleased every day about the beauty of it. And this despite the fact that he's been living in Trin his whole life.

«I'm born and raised here – in the very same house I still live in.» - What has kept you in this village your entire life? - I don't really know. A feeling of familiarity – but also, that's just how things turned out. The only time I ever left was when I went to New Zealand for half a year. That was it. And for military training school, in Lausanne. That was quite a way to go, these times, Lausanne.»


«If I'm out there in the nature, I know that there are answers in store for me. They don't come right away, or at least not always. Why do things have to be the way they are? What can I do differently, what can I do better? And sometimes, I get home, and things just fall into place.»


«We were brought up to think that your counterpart, your vis-à-vis, should always be considered more important and that you should restrain yourself. You are here for the others. […] I've drawn my conclusions from this, and I keep coming back to it. I gain a lot of energy from this attitude, and because it's a source I can take a great amount of strength from, I consider myself to be not more than just a well, not the source itself. That suits me, I wouldn't want it any other way.»


Rita about Edi: «He really is a sensitive therapist, I can highly recommend him. He fills you with energy. And through these sounds of his, he's able to give you a lot, enabling you to deal with stories from the past and solve long-ago issues.»


My friend Céline who takes the pictures and I are invited to join their lunch, as if we hadn't just met, as if we'd known each other all along. Everything is very straightforward in the home of family Bonorand.


«Supporting dying people and caring for them never gets on top of me, because I am always able to remain myself. I don't have to pretend when I am with these people. I am open to their energies when I share time with them, and I am at the same time connected to my very own energy. I believe people can feel that somehow.»


«It has happened that I've gone shopping with the people I take care of, in the middle of the night. Well, shopping - I just took them by the hand and we walked around, out on the hospital corridor and back again. And the nurses on duty, running from one room to the next, are happy, too, because that makes one less person to take care of.»


Corina, Edi's sister, remarks after one and a half hours of sound therapy: «I feel very, very good. And light. I feel like I could just fly away. I've gained an inner peace and feel energetic at the same time. Now, I could just go to bed and read a book, cosy and comforting, peace inside me. On the other hand, I feel spirited and full of life.»


Edi about moments where he had to think of himself, despite all being selflessness and altruist: «If I want to continue doing this, in the long run, then I have to be aware, that there are boundaries, and I want to respect these boundaries. I want to still be here in a while, I want to still have strength for later situations to come. And also, I do know that there are more of my kind, others who are just as apt as I am in doing this. That's why I am not indispensable, I don't have to be there at all costs.»

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