Cameron was just 1 1/2 months shy of 22 when he passed away. We live in California and he had gone to Denver to pick up his car the last time I saw him. I gave him a hug good-bye on Wednesday night and the next time I saw him was a week later when he was returned home to me. The weeks and months following have been a blur.

Cameron was my baby, I had him when I was 34 and I was devoted to him. He was a happy, popular guy that everyone loved. Cam loved to make people laugh and smile and there were no strangers to him. He was an extreme snow boarder, BMX bike rider, and skater.

The pain of losing him has been unbearable and no one who hasn't been thru this can possibly understand, that's why this site is so important to me. I can read the feelings of others and know that this is what I'm also experiencing. It's very sad to see new members of this group everyday. We have lost so many children in this age group.

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Comment by Terri - Autumn's Mom on February 28, 2011 at 5:19pm

Lauree,

I'm so sorry for the loss of your son.  What a great looking guy.

My 21 year old daughter passed away on December 6, 2010.  We are also going to do a memorial at our house in her memory.  She was cremated and buried next to my brother (he was 19 when he died) in a cemetery about 15 minutes from our house, but I thought it'd be nice to have a private place to go.  I really like the marker you did.  It looks really nice.  We're just waiting for the weather to get better so we can plant a tree and some flowers and put some of the plaques we received at her funeral there.

Once again, I'm really sorry for your loss and am sending hugs your way.

Comment by shannon churchill on February 24, 2011 at 4:24pm
Seeing all of these precious young men and young girls gone from us is so heart wrenching...   I can only imagine that they are in heaven in good company.   What is so strange is the likeness so many of these precious kids have to each other.... I am talking about their outlook on life, their fun loving dispositions and the zest they shared and passion for their interests....  God had a purpose for giving them to us.   We learned so much about love and life just watching them.   We will be with them again.... I just know it.
Comment by Jeff Justus on January 13, 2011 at 3:06pm
Lauree, your son looks so handsome and full of life.This is what makes it hard to fathom. How can someone with so much going their way be suddenly gone. I read in the news of lost souls that are doing nothing in society but bad and they seem to live forever. It just doesn't seem fair.
Comment by Jeff Justus on January 13, 2011 at 3:06pm
Lauree, your son looks so handsome and full of life.This is what makes it hard to fathom. How can someone with so much going their way be suddenly gone. I read in the news of lost souls that are doing nothing in society but bad and they seem to live forever. It just doesn't seem fair.
Comment by Shirley Gutierrez on January 6, 2011 at 6:55pm
Dearest Lauree, I certainly understand your feelings of having seen you son leave & what followed. My youngest daughter found out her cancer was terminal at UCI, came here to my house for a few days before she flew home to be with her husband in France. When she left we were aware we would never see each other again. Maybe that's an advantage (or maybe not.) We both managed not to cry as she left for LAX. She looked beautiful when she left & that's the memory I have of her. We are all a sad lot on this web site. Who would have ever thought these things would have happened to us. Much love, Shirley 
Comment by Carrie L on December 18, 2010 at 10:32am

Hi Lauree I do like the stuff you have done for your son. My son was creamated and there is no marker and I want one. I don't want him gone but I cannot change that. Love to you and your beautiful son. you are an inspiration. I can't believe we are here but we are. so we have to deal with it the best that we can. which is day by day hour by hour. I think of it often and cry often. The one poem i found said they existed and yes they did with all their envigoration and love of life and that power flowed through us very intensely. I love him and will never let his spirit be unforgotten. I love him so very much. Please keep in touch and we will reminisce about our beautiful children Carrie L

Comment by Phil's Mamama on October 28, 2010 at 3:49pm
I think your simple words. . .no one who hasn't been thru this can possibly understand". . .
these words touch my heart so much. . .I so understand. I want you to know that I love the pink sunglasses and all the lovely words you say about him. A friend sent a bracelet to me that has meant a great deal to me. . .simple words again. . .on the front is just the word "forever". . .and on the inside. . .it says. . .If Love could have kept You here. . .You would have lived and then forever is on the front. . .I do not get on here much but I had to tell you again how sorry I am. And how lucky that he was and always will be your son.

Philips Mamma
Comment by Tami on October 21, 2010 at 12:43pm
Lauree, I am so sorry! I know what you are feeling, I had my Son creamted, when they called and said I could come and get him I thought I would pass out! But I didnt, it was just so final... Where do you post your pictures? I would love to see your plaque. I too have a garden for my son, it is nice to look at and think of him, and how there is life all around his garden. It will be 16 months tomorrow. It is true, people that havent been through this have no clue, they expect you to just carry on as if nothing has happened, I had an EXl friend say to me "Are you better yet?" WHAT HE HE&& ! I just looked at her and asked her to think of her son, think really hard about how much she loves him, now picture him GONE! that shut her up, I say ex friend because I dont have the patience to deal with people that are so heartless! Your Son looks like he is a happy go lucky guy. I hold you in my heart along with Cameron.
Comment by Sharon Eickenroth Mitchell on September 25, 2010 at 4:14am
Love the pictures and memorial plaques you had made for your son....beautiful! My son Nickolas was an extreme boarder/biker/skiier too. Miss him to the extreme as well...:(
Comment by Sharon Eickenroth Mitchell on September 25, 2010 at 4:14am
Love the pictures and memorial plaques you had made for your son....beautiful! My son Nickolas was an extreme boarder/biker/skiier too. Miss him to the extreme as well...:(

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