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Rory why?

My Love,  This is a letter to Rory, I hope you get this in heaven.

You left me in the middle of the night on May 12th.  I came home from work that night with nothing in my heart but love for you. So when we talked on the phone earlier in the day and you told me I was a good girl for getting the landlord to come out and look at our plumbing problems in our mobile home park, I knew you were very happy.  In that same phone call you told me not to wake you when I got home from…


Added by Dorothy Mees on May 26, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments

Chering Tim

It was a joke among us how Tim would be so precise all the time - if Tim was to meet you somewhere it would be at 11:32 AM, not 11:30 or 11:30-ish or Before Noon, no it was 11:32, set your watch.  I received a text a few weeks ago from one of our friends: "I'm making a recipe that I think Tim must have created.  Directions are to bake at 374 degrees for 38 minutes.  What?!?!"

Last summer Tim surprised me with tickets to a concert.  He really disliked public events - the event itself…


Added by Andrew McCullough on May 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Encourage not Discourage

 Some of us get down when people say " I know how you feel"... We need a little more compassion (1 Peter 3:8) Instead say, I am happy to see you or its good to see you today....Also its best not to say are you doing okay..." Nope I am not okay!"... Oh well, we are all imperfect and we mean well.

Added by T.C. Goodwin on May 24, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments

MacArthur Park Eat Your Heart Out

May 23rd, 2014 - Baker Lake, Mount Baker.

Tim was bound and determined to bake me a birthday cake at our campsite despite the leaky bug tent and pouring rain that didn't stop the entire trip.  He'd sneaked a box mix of carrot cake and ready-to-smear frosting into the provisions we picked up on our way.  With his Coleman camp stove and Coleman camp stove collapsible oven he pulled off the impossible. 

Tim always celebrated my birthday with gusto.  Sometimes he'd surprise me with…


Added by Andrew McCullough on May 19, 2015 at 11:34am — No Comments

Tim and his kids, Hoover and Rita.

They love their Daddy very much and they miss him. 

"Daddy" was sorta a joke between us... Tim being 'Daddy' and me being 'Other Daddy'.   We appreciated them equally but like most pet owners we liked to assign human traits to them, sorta a joke... 

But not really.   It's not a joke when you're the…


Added by Andrew McCullough on May 18, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

How To Research Someone Before Delivering His or Her Eulogy

Q. I've been asked to speak at a memorial service for an employee of my company. I barely knew him, as I only recently started working here. How can I come up with something appropriate?…


Added by Florence Isaacs on May 18, 2015 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

The Indomitable Snow Man

That's my Tim in the photo.  This was taken near our house in Seattle during one of our rare snow days.  And that's Bailey's with very little coffee in his travel cup. 

Tim was rare, illusive, a real life snow man - he never complained about snow, he loved it, and would stay up late into the night to watch it fall, hoping it'd be measured in feet, sometimes (dangerously) waking me to tell me it's "snowing to beat shit!", excited to go out and just be in it.  Even cancer couldn't keep…


Added by Andrew McCullough on May 14, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Mother's Day without you again and Forever.

They say it gets easier with time. They say the pain will subside. They say move on, "the living have to go on living" They lie.

I spent another Mother's Day with no one to send flowers to, or call, or be mad at, or be with. Only the memories that would bubble to the surface with a few tears…

Added by Mark Manning on May 13, 2015 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Mom in the Kitchen

If you ask someone to share a memory of their mom, chances are it involves food. Nothing triggers more memories of mom than her cooking. For many of us, it’s a favorite recipe or it could be the time we spent in the warm kitchen where we felt safe and sheltered.…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on May 6, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Military & Suicide

Went to a conference today and heard an interesting fact.... that a lot of soilders die by suicide
This is depressing ...I weep with those who weep today KJV--ROM 12:5

Added by T.C. Goodwin on April 29, 2015 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

Why We Need Good Listeners

Have you ever felt the need to talk and been disappointed? I know I have. One particular friend can cut a phone call short without any notice, and yet she is a wonderful listener and one of my closest confidantes. I have learned that when I need her to listen, I must ask.…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on April 28, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Bouncing back after Tragedy

The recently published book, “The Bounce!” is a semi-autobiographical novel. Much of the story depicted in the novel is mine. I decided to write a semi-autobiographical novel since this format gave me a bit of artistic liberty to stretch my imagination while basing the outline on facts as I remembered them. A few accounts, and names have been fictionalized and I rely on the dialog style that a fiction can accommodate more than a biography.

I had been reflecting on an incident,…


Added by Mohan on April 27, 2015 at 4:04pm — No Comments

trying to cope

I just lost my big brothet on the 14 of april he was 36 years old was but was also useing and drinking and he hung him self. he did write notes that he was going to do it on his bday which was the 18. and ever since i saw tje note i would come to my paremts house everyday and tell my brother that i love him and i would even take all the ropes from tje house. we even made plans for his bday for me to make him spagetti with extra chesse amd drink. i know he not suffering anymore but why i just… Continue

Added by saie on April 26, 2015 at 6:58pm — 2 Comments

Good Medicine

When I am feeling down and I need a pick me up, I watch a good comedy....a few minutes later I am Iaughing and I feel good again...

I love watching Back to The Future...It helps me everytime..

I wish we could go Back in change the bad things that happen to us..

Laughter is good medicine for us when we get down- NWT Prov 17:22

Added by T.C. Goodwin on April 24, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Family Arguments When a Loved One Dies: The Mediation Option

Q. My aunt, who had no children, died and left everything (including a condo in Miami) to my cousins and myself. My cousins have almost come to blows over whether to sell the place or use it for vacations and share expenses. How can people resolve such issues?

Unless there is a later memorial service, a death in the family usually requires quick decisions about everything from the location of the funeral to the…


Added by Florence Isaacs on April 22, 2015 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment




Added by dream moon on April 21, 2015 at 2:34pm — 3 Comments

Personal Reflection: Depression Leave Me Alone

Leave me alone depression

Dont you see I am trying to get rid of you

Leave me alone depression

Dont you see I am trying to excercise

Dont you see I am trying to cope

Dont you see I am trying to eat properly

Dont you see I am with my friends

Leave me alone depression

 Come quickly the God of comfort and tender mercies

Can I throw my burdens on you ?

Yes....I will

Added by T.C. Goodwin on April 21, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Has anyone else had other people hijack their siblings funeral?

My Brother died last Saturday in a tragic car accident.  He has two ex wives, one he divorced over 20 years ago, but they have two kids together.  The other, he just divorced a few months ago and still practically lived with, and still loved.

When he died, the first wife just totally hijacked the funeral and shut out everyone else including the most recent ex, his siblings and absolutely everyone else.

She browbeat their sons into planning the cheapest funeral even only three…


Added by Carol Pemrich Hauser on April 19, 2015 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Anxieties - Death , Danger & Family

All of us suffer from anxiety. It may be good anxiety or bad anxiety.When we dwell on things that are true....rightous..chaste and lovable.... You get that peace of God....if our anxieties get so bad that it interferes with our personal life.,we may need to seek professional help and its definitely nothing wrong with that.  I know with some of us its a trust issue. However, I know we can find that right someone wecan talk to to help deal with our unwanted anxieties.

Added by T.C. Goodwin on April 17, 2015 at 6:16am — No Comments

Pushing the Friend Button

My sweetie and I loved each other very much. We were together for 5 years and we tried strived to love unconditionally. We didn't want to be traditional with marriage, we didn't want to be bound by legalities. We wanted to be free to love each other from our own free will. Now, I find that the obituary that his mother will issue will refer to me as "friend" - no describing beloved, sweetheart, long-time, loving, soulmate, special; just friend. I release my attachment to this by repeatedly… Continue

Added by Darcy on April 13, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

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