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Four candles for you  / Jean (Mom)

The first candle represents out grief

The pain of losing you is entense

It reminds us of the depth of our love for you


The second candle represonts our courage

To confront our sorrow

To comfort each other

To change our lives.


This third candle we light in your memory

For the times we laughed.

The times we cried

The times we were angry with each other

The silly things you did

The caring and joy you gave us.


Thae fourth candle we light for our love

We light this candle that your light will always shine

As we enter this holiday season and share this night of remembrance

With our family and friends.

I wish I wish  / Jean (Mom)

I wish I wish upon a star that I could see just where you are to watch you sile and laugh again for that might to ease this pain. 

 Some how my broken heart would mend each day each night continues on this game of life I'm but a pawn.

I wish I wish for better days I have begged and I have prayed  this is not how life should be I need you so I miss you my son.

I wish I wish upon  star to travel up to where you are to never have to say good bye forever to be by your side.

50th months since my son's left to heaven  / Jean (Mom)
I miss you my son 50 months never forget even one day I love you more then anything you're my treasure preciouse I'll cheresh your love.
A time to grieve  / Jean (Mom)

Today makes 49 months your heavenday.  I miss you I love you forever.

A time to grieve.. A time to heal have you ever noticed the many mixed-up emorions involved in grieving?  On the one hand you feel restless.  On the other hand you feel like you don"t want to move at all.  You feel desperately alone and yet you don't want anyone around.  You feel scatterebrained forgetful and yet frantlivally  meticulous.  You feel like cying at nothing and sometimes laughing at anything.  being in a crowd of people is fine  as long as they don't talk to you.  and yet if they don't talk to you you feel as if nobody cares.  you want so desperately for someone to mention your loved one to remember the life that was and yet it can make you furious if all they want to talk about is the dead one and never mention the living ones.  Grief selles over you  like a hot balnket.  you're as cold as the winter snow.  Grief presses on you like a steam toller.  You're floating in bubble above youself.  Grief  boxes you in on four sides and introduces you to a pain no one should have to knew but then unce again you begin to feel compassion you relate to other parents who have had and experience similar to your own.  And eventually with a light as sharp as sunburst and eventually with a light as sharp as sunburs.  You hear yourself saying your love one's name with an unfamiliar smile on your face you remember some of the funny times and feel laughter building in your throat.  One mornign you notice the sun is shining the flowers are bursiting with the clolors of springer three seasons have passed unnoticed and somehow you are still here even thougn you loved one is till there.  You feel your heart swell with a love you never even knew could exist.  And you find a place in your life for something called peace.....?

And then ever so gently the memories einfold you in a warmth as soothing as a cool shower on a hot summber day so you find you want to remember.  And tender memories of love lift you to unreachable heights to the brightest of stars to the remembered times with your son.

Death of an only child  / Jean (Mom)

The death of an only child compounds bereavement.  You experience similar problems and pain as bereaved parents with surviving children.  However being childless deepens the heartache as you confront the future.

Death has stilled the music of your child's laughter.  Your world is standing still.  You feel empty and alone.  You hurt deeply.  You do not know how to pick up the pieces of your shattered life.  You may think there is no reason to exist.  These thoughts and feelings are a normal part of the grief process.

Give yourself adequate time to grieve for you have suffered the greatest injury you will ever experience.. You will heal so slowly  that you may not realize you are healing.

Your Name  / Jean (Mom)
As I sit here and write this all I have are memories.  Remembering all the good times of the way things used to be.  Never dreaming that one day death would call your name why things happened like it did and it will never be the same.  You are always on my mind now living deep inside my heart .  Because we now are apart.  Remembering my boy forever each and every single day wishing things could be different every time I kneel to pray.  Remembering you always is what I have to say.
I miss you son  / Jean (Mom)

Today makes 4 years your left to heaven.  I miss you everyday.

 I love you all my heart.  I remember good times and bad I still love you no matter what.

Tonight I light the candle in memory of you.  In glow of this candle I can almost see your beautiful face I wish you were here....

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more eath neither sorrow nor crying neither shall there be any more pain.....


I believe  / Jean (Mom)

Every now and then soft as breath upon my skin

  I feel you come back again

and it's like you haven'nt been gone a moment from my side-

 like the tears were never cried

like the hands of time are holding you and me

And with all my heart I'm sure we're closer than we ever were

I don't have to hear or see you -  I've got all the proof I need -

There are more than angels watching over me

I believe oh I believe.

Now when you die you life goes on -

It doesn't end here when you're gone

It never ends and if I'm right

our love can even reach across eternity

I believe oh I believe.

Forever you're a part of me

Forever in the heart of me

I would hold you even longer if I can

Oh the people who don't see the most

say that I believe is ghost

I f that makes me crazy then I am

cause I believe

Oh yes I believe

Diamond Rio

47 months John's anniversary  / Jean (Mom)

47 months heaven day today.  My heart is heavy with sadness I miss you every day till meet you again in another world.  I love you John my son.

My heart will not get over it...I am reminded every moment..that my child is not here in an instant life was different this pain won't disappear.  I'll be miss him forever.

Never dreaming that one day death would call your name why things happended like it did and it will never be the same. now living deep inside my heart.  Every time I knell to pray remembering you always is what I have to say.

Grief Grabs Us  / Jean (Mom)
Grief grabs us by the throat and shatters out world into a million pieces.  Some days it numbs us to the bone and turns us into walking zombies.  Other days it pierces our hearts and forces a scream so loud it scared us tin silence.
Dragonfly Poem  / Jean (Mom)

A thoudand tears or more these eyes have cries

and a thousand more lay to wait.

I am bathed with them

and yet my heart is stilll broken

 and all that is within me aches

with the loss of you the wanting of you

There is never a time for this that is right.

never is way that can prepare the heart

for this rift -  you have passed through

 my arms too soon like sand flowing through

I could not hold you here though

I would try.

I know that your spirit flies free

and in the quiet depths of my heart I can see you still

in the rhythm of the waves upon the shore

in the crisp fall air that flils my chest.

in the iridescent gleam of each dagonfly

skimming the surface between heaven and earth.

Love you forever  / Jean (Mom)

My longing to hear your voic smile the memories which race around in my brain and ease the pain and the pain which is ever thereat first shap but now more dull.  I am lucky to have you for 40 years.  I am richer for having shared your dreams;  I am sadder but stronger for having lost you.  I will always love you.

Todays 46 months since you left to heaven I miss you so much and love you forever my precious son.

I miss you  / Jean (Mom)

Days have turned to years now

Ive learned to hide it well

wear my mask as if it's armor...

while living with this hell

try hard to hold the tears back

in a world that thinks I'am fine

where memories are so precious

life now is refine.

I miss you son.

Happy Birthday John!  / Jean

Happy Birthday John.  You would be 44 years old You died too young I shed million tears you are in my heart forever.  I love you my son.


When you remember me it means that you have carried sometihing of who I am with you.

That I have left some mark of who I am on who you are.

I means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years or miles may stand between us.

It means that enen after I die you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart for as long as you remember me I am never entirely gone.....

Willow / Jean (Mom)

In the garden of trees stands a willow

A willow the weeps thorugh the years

Named aptly for heatache and sorrow Each leaf represents one more tear.

With the promise we'll see them someday.

It stands on the midst of the storm tossed winds

A tree with quiet beautry and grace

Like our hearts it survives through the worst of it all

And will till we see our child's face.

In the garden of trees stands a willow

A wiilow that weeps through the years

Just like our child it's in God's hands

And like us sheds countless tears.

The Dash  / Jean (Mom)

I read of a man who stood to speak

at the "sending forth" of his friend. 

He referred to the dates on his tombstone

From beginning... to end.

He noted that first came the date of his birth

And spoke of the second with tears. 

But his said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all of the time

 that he spent alive on earth

And not only those who loved him

Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own;

The cars the house the cash.

What matters now is how we live and

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what is true and real

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger

and show appreciation more

 And love the people in our lives

like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect

And more often wear a smile

Remembering that this dash

Might only last a while.

So when your "farewell' is being read

 With life's actions to rehash...

Would you be pleased with the things they have to say

About how you spent your dahs?




45 months Anniversary  / Jean (Mom)

I remeber you my son John your beautiful smile how can I forget.  I miss you every day in my life I love you in my heart forever.

When you remember me it means that you have carried something of who I am with you.  That I have left some mark of who I am on who you are.  It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years or miles may stand between us.  It means that even after I die you can still seemy face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart for as long as you rememberme I am never entirely gone......

Lord, Lift us up  / Jean (Mom)

Lord lift us up

when we are down

Give us hope and peace

we cry to you and ask for help

as all our tears release.

Send us a song a smell a voice

to bring our child near

if perhaps in just a memory

 of a time we had them here.

I know that we were chosen Lord

 to be teir moms on earth...

and they were really SPECIAL

from the moment of their birth.

From those that had them for a day

a month or many years

the time seems all too short to us

and we've shed many tears.

You gave us all our "Mother-hears'

So I know you understand

 and when we falter in our grief I pray you will take our hand.


44 months  / Jean (Mom)

44 months since you left to heaven.  I'll never forget you you curved in my heart I love you all my heart as long as I live and I'll see you again when my time comes.  I am glad to have you in my life there will be always place in my heart remember you good times and bed The memory will remain forever and eternity. 

I believe your in heaven with Jeuses thinking make me happy.

My forever love my preciouse son John.

Grieving Mothers Day  / Jean (Son)

In the rising of the sun and its going down we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter we remember them.

In the opening buds and in the rebirth of spring we remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart we remember them.

So long as we live they too shall live for they are now a part of us as we remember them.

Hebrew Union Prayer Book

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