Bereaved Spouses

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Comment by Sara Murphy on July 1, 2018 at 3:32pm

Friends......I'm sorry, I haven't been on for a few days so I need to catch up on my reading.  Today is such a sad day....another friend lost and again so young.   I believe the count is now 4 in this friend circle.  Ken was an usher in her wedding.  I don't understand what's happening.  My parents and friends parents lived into their 70's and 80's, some even 90's but my generation can't seem to make it out of their 50's.  In fact, Ken was the oldest at 52!   Given this trend, I'm not so sure I'll make it out of my 50's.

Anyway, Dorinda was such a beautiful soul. She was absolutely stunning in physical appearance but the beauty of her soul far outshined her appearance.  My heart breaks for Todd, her husband.  He loves her with every inch of his soul.  I'll be providing him with the website info here in the hopes he'll find the connections that we all have and the support we all know he needs.  He's now left to raise 2 relatively young boys, 13 & 17, amid his deep grief.  I know if he does chose to join, my Legacy family will welcome him with open arms.

Comment by Mary. Jane on July 1, 2018 at 3:19pm

That is the most beautiful thing I have ever read. Thank you. I think it is SO WONDERFUL that his death helped med students, and now his ashes will help to grow living things. 

You did a wonderful thing, Steve.

Comment by deborah peck on July 1, 2018 at 2:38pm

SteveI love this, I had read about it and wanted to be planted in the mountains so please let us know how it goes for you, your friend Debby

Comment by Steve G. on July 1, 2018 at 2:10pm

A tribute to my Mark.  

Mark William Thomas Cava, born January 19th, 1964, passed on November 30th, 2014.  Mark wanted his earthly body donated to science and his cremains planted back into the earth under a tree.

When he passed I was able to fulfill his request and got him into Southwest UT here in Dallas.  They kept him for almost 5 months, while he was there they gained a lot of information medically and taught a lot of students.  The university was very accommodating and very respectful to me.  The day they called me to come pick up his cremains was very stressful for me and at the same time very comforting.  When I got him home I was perplexed as to what to do, he did not want a service nor anything like that just to be laid to rest within the earth under a tree.  At that time, there were few choices to be had to fulfill his request.  Finally last month I saw something on FB advertising "the Living Urn".  A way to grow a Living Memory.  It comes with everything you need and by giving them your zip code your get a list of seedlings to choose from.  The Living Urn arrived and then several days later the Crape Myrtle seedling arrived.  Today I prepared the bio degradable urn, complete with the Crape Myrtle and tomorrow I will place it in a very large tree planter that will allow the Crape Myrtle to grow substantially over the next few years.  Once the tree is big enough, then I will find the right place or larger container for transplant.

I will post a picture of the completed project once I can decide where to place the big planter....

Thank you all for hearing me out...this final step in his request has haunted me for some time now...


your brother,


Comment by deborah peck on June 29, 2018 at 11:12am

Yes Patricia, unfortunately you do have to go thru a dark place to work thru this horrible grief, I miss and think of my Greg from the time I wake up until I sleep and hope I never stop thinking of hime, its hard though, prayers for you

Comment by Diamond on June 29, 2018 at 11:09am
To all, it is ok to feel the emotions associated with death as Steve stated; each day will be different. We can go 5 or 6 months being back to ourselves and then that song, picture, friend, or movie can spark the intense memory of the time we shared with our loved one and the tears will roll. My Dad died in 2007 and sometimes that song by Abba "dancing queen" comes on and I can not stop crying. That was a song I remembered listening to with my dad and a friend. Sometimes I shut the music off and other times I allow it to play and just "cry." I cope but my love for him will always be there in my heart...wishing for just one more crying is essential to coping and moving forward in this life without them. Cry and be still and listen to what your heart is saying.....Thank you, all!!!
Comment by Steve G. on June 28, 2018 at 6:06pm


So sorry that you had to endure and happy that you are OK.

This is for you and anyone else that needs positive energy:

The other day I thought of you
And tears slid down my face
The friend I was with, looked disappointed…
“I thought youwere doing better” she said
I thought about this and replied…
When someone has died it is okay to hurt
When you hurt it is okay to cry
When you cry it is okay
Doing “well” is honestly expressing true emotions
Wherever and whenever they happen
Grief is the natural response to loss
Crying is a natural response to grief

I am grieving, I am doing well

Patricia, you are doing well dear sister.

your brother


Comment by Patricia Huett on June 28, 2018 at 5:28pm

Just to let EVERYONE. know I'M OKAY, I've been in a hard and dark place, but I'm okay, I have to go thru this pain to come out a sane person. 

Love you sister, Patty

Comment by Diamond on June 28, 2018 at 2:51pm
Thank you all for sharing; thank you Chuck for your words of encouragement. Yes, life teaches us to embrace our moments with each other; as death ends all physical relationships. Death allows us to see how truly precious life is and the need to love every aspect of it. enables all of us to support and give encouragement during our most challenging aspect in life. Yes, we may all be scattered throughout this beautiful earth; however, we come together because we all experience the inevitable....death. the losing of a precious soul. The journey, we know, differs among us. Our greatest challenge is learning to cope with such unbearable pain and grief so that we can move forward in life....while realistically realizing that our loss loved one will be forever embedded in our heart. I personally, hold onto the hope given in the Bible I. Being re-united with all of my loved ones one day. Thank you, everyone!!!!!
Comment by Stephanie Hughes on June 28, 2018 at 1:35pm

HA!!!!  I forgot the link!!!!!!!


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