April 2012 Blog Posts (51)

Butterflies, Dried Flowers, and Candles

On June 16, 2011, Friday, Archbishop Ryan High School had its transition Mass for the Freshman becoming Sophomores when school would resume in September. I appreciated being invited to attend with Gi and the girls. It was nearly a month since Tim was killed; nearly a month since the funeral?


Was it really a month?


I didn't know where the time…


Added by Martin Connors on April 22, 2012 at 11:53am — No Comments

4 Months and still counting...

My dearest Cody, You left us four months ago today. The pain is as heavy today as it was that day.  I’m holding strong to my faith and I’m praying every day. I’ll never know why and I will never understand. I sure hope you knew mommy loved you the most. My heart will never be the same without you here. I’m trying real hard to learn how to live my new life without you in it. Some days the pain is just too much to bear.  You will forever be loved and missed not only by me but so many people. I…


Added by Carin~ Cody's Mom on April 21, 2012 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Looking for so,eone to tell me when the grief will end....

I came here because it will be 5 months in a couple of days since John died and instead of getting better it is getting worse. It is as if I died with him. I was always a happy person that saw the silver lining and had faith. Now I am never happy and have lost my faith in God completely. I have 4 great kids and if it wasn;t for them I would not have made it thru this far. But, they have their own lives and I can't live my life thru them. There isn't an hour in the day that I do not think of…


Added by Mary Godfrey on April 21, 2012 at 4:56pm — 2 Comments

messages from the child you lost

Share your story of how you felt connected with the child you lost at www.thechildwelost.com  God bless you. Susan Casadei

Added by Susan Casadei on April 20, 2012 at 9:11pm — No Comments


I created this blog in honor to a dear Friend. Remembering you with love, tears, laughter, and fun times. Know we are thinking of you and soon wishing to be there with you

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. There's nothing I can say that will ease their pain but we are thinking of you.


RIP Salvador Canchola | Friday, April 20th, 2012


Luis Gutierrez

Added by LUIS GUTIERREZ on April 20, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Living green, dying green

Green living doesn't have to end with death. For the eco-conscious, there are an increasing number of options that allow you to continue helping the environment from beyond the grave. As Earth Day 2012 approaches on April 22, we look at a few of the trends in green burial and funerals. 

PBS Newshour recently looked at the documentary "Dying Green" and…


Added by LegacyConnect on April 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments


James Preston



I recently lost my little brother on March 18 2012. Its been a month. My brother was 19. I can't stop thinking about him and I hate the fact that he is gone. I want to be able to go back home to St. Louis and see him or even call him. It is so hard to come to terms with him not being there. I have worried about him for so long now

His eldest sister, Mel

Added by melody rose on April 20, 2012 at 12:22am — 1 Comment

Being a Widow Sucks!

There it is - the thing you are not suppose to say in polite society. My brother in law who lost my sister 16 years ago called me and said, "It bites, doesn't it?"

Yeah, it bites. It bites at your heart on a daily basis and twists your insides into knots. It gnaws at you thinking of everything left undone, unsaid, if you gave enough...and feeling horribly like you didn't.



Added by BJ Menter on April 19, 2012 at 8:08pm — 8 Comments

Giving a Body to Science

Q. My father, who is frail and elderly, wants his body donated to science when he dies. Does that mean there’s no funeral or memorial service? Why do people want to do this?

A. Those who make this choice usually wish to benefit society. The decision is sometimes difficult for survivors to accept, but it’s a matter of carrying out the loved one’s wishes. We hear less about whole body donations than about donations of body parts, but cadavers play a critical role in…


Added by Florence Isaacs on April 19, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Day My Life Changed Forever

At 7:15am, we received a call from a man who was a high school acquaintance of our son. He asked me what Rocky, our sons’, last name was. I ask why? He said that Rocky could not be woken up and he had to call an ambulance and that Rocky was @ St Francis Hosp Beech Grove. I gave him Rocky's last name and told him we were on our way.

When we arrived they immediately took us in a Family Consult room and said the Dr would be right in to speak with us. My husband (Rocky’s father), I and…


Added by Lisa - Rocky's Mom on April 19, 2012 at 4:04am — 1 Comment

I Feel So Alone! Does anyone have any help for me?

It Has been 1 yr. & 5 month's, I still cannot seem, To get it together! Everyone's life's go on, & Mine is still standing still! There are so many health Problem's within my own Family! I am  trying to step up to the plate & Help But There is still apart of me That is Being selfish? I Hate being alone, I hate not having anyone to talk to! I Have so many health Problem's Myself, But My Brother's & Sister's are worse! But @ Least They all have some to talk to! Some one to tell…


Added by debra l. johnson on April 17, 2012 at 10:50pm — No Comments

My Angel Ava

On August 8,2011 our family of 5 became 4. Ava Korrin Niere went to heaven peacefully in her sleep and took a part of us with her. My name is Christy and I am her mother, this was the one and only night I didn't sleep in bed with her. I am so lost every day and don't know what to do with out her. The other day I was at her grave reading and changing out her fresh flowers and I fell asleep, when I woke up it was very bittersweet bitter because of where I was but sweet because I woke up next to… Continue

Added by Christy niere on April 17, 2012 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Gertrude… Going on 102!

Turkish ruins (Flickr Creative Commons/Ken and Nyetta) Gertrude Murrell DuPont Howland doesn’t want to leave anything to chance. Especially not at this stage of her life. She’ll be 102 in July.


The Richmond native was a dutiful wife and mother until she divorced and became an archaeologist in her 60s, traveling to digs all over the world: from Afghanistan and Turkey to Italy, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. She traversed the Khyber Pass and went to Hong Kong.


Her second husband, now deceased, was happy to…


Added by Susan Soper on April 17, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Virginia Tech tragedy, five years later

It seems like just yesterday that we heard the news of a terrible mass shooting at Virginia Tech. The recent, unrelated shooting of a security officer on campus served as yet another reminder of the earlier shootings. The tragedy remains fresh in our minds. 

Incredibly, it's been five years. On this anniversary, …


Added by LegacyConnect on April 16, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Is it really a new normal?

I spent the summer after my sister’s suicide doing my journalism internship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While it was a difficult summer, I wasn’t about to give up on my dream to spend time there. The internship offer came three weeks after Denise’s death and was a bright spot in an otherwise difficult time. I literally jumped up and down on the couch in my apartment after that phone call.


In the few months I was in Colorado, I…


Added by Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust) on April 12, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Tim's Grave Easter Sunday April 8, 2012

Added by Martin Connors on April 10, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Grief at the Holidays

Living without a loved one can be heartbreaking any day of the year. But this is especially true on special occasions and holidays. When the ones we love are no longer with us, we may not feel much like celebrating. 

"We [grieve] for our beloved dead every single day," Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, board certified in bereavement trauma told…


Added by LegacyConnect on April 10, 2012 at 9:30am — 6 Comments


Hi Amy,


I just wanted to post a few pics of your newest nephew. We did get to see him sunday. Mike was not a happy camper due to…


Added by JOYCE MASHER, 4 Amy 5158791808 on April 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Funeral home bridges the racial divide

In some ways, society has become a lot more integrated over the past few decades, with blacks and whites, Asians and Latinos, Jews and Muslims mingling more in school, at work, and in social settings. But when it comes to death, we tend to remain segregated, according to an article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The way it plays out, white…


Added by LegacyConnect on April 9, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

The Merging of Birthdays

Sunday, April 1, I was asked to bring my fiction books to sell at a St. Baldrick’s Event to benefit children with cancer. A fellow high school classmate lost his daughter Brianna almost three years ago to a rare brain cancer when she was thirteen. April 1 would have been Brianna’s 16th birthday. Another high school classmate – the owner of a local pub – offered her location for the benefit. The turnout was incredible. For three hours, people had their heads shaved, enjoyed a meal…


Added by Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust) on April 9, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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