[Father Hermann Cohen’s] friend Natalie Narischkin, writing to her sister from Paris on February 14, 1871, refers to the news of Cohen’s death in Spandau.
Oh! happy, blessed Father Hermann! We have heard of his death promptly and directly from Abbé Le Rebours. It was on January 20 that this beautiful soul took flight to heaven. May he obtain for us the grace of a fervent love for Jesus! That is everything. Oh! What an insignificant thing life is without that sacred love.
Then on March 4, 1871, Natalie wrote again:
I wished to write with all the news at this time, but letters came in from all sides and I had to show some sign of life! [by replying] I had a great desire to give you some details of the final moments of our seraphic Father Hermann. One of our sisters was privileged to look after his final needs and receive his last sigh. Sensing that the end was near, the saintly Father asked if she knew how to sing the Te Deum. “No,” she said. “And the Salve Regina?” “Oh, yes,” said the sister. “Very good, let us sing it together,” said Father, and he intoned the ancient antiphon with the sister; and as they sang it, the voice of the dying saint became more feeble before it ceased altogether in order to give rise to new life. Oh, if I ever committed the sin of envy in my life, it was not to have been that privileged sister!
Timothy Tierney, O.C.D.
A Life of Hermann Cohen: From Franz Liszt to John of the Cross
Chapter 13: Final Mission, 1870-1871 (excerpts)
Read more here about the final days in the life of the Servant of God Augustine-Mary of the Blessed Sacrament (Hermann Cohen), a remarkable Discalced Carmelite friar from the Province of Avignon-Aquitaine.
Tierney, T 2017, A Life of Hermann Cohen: From Franz Liszt to John of the Cross, Balboa Press, Bloomington, IN