December 2012 Blog Posts (45)

The Ninety-Five Percent Sister

In the fall of 2005, we were in to the second trimester of Gi’s pregnancy with Alaina; there were ultrasounds ordered at Pennsylvania Hospital.  We didn’t know if Alaina was to be a boy or a girl.  The doctor reviewed the images and asked if we wanted to know the sex.  We decided we did and we were told that we were to expect a girl.

“I can tell you that I am…


Added by Martin Connors on December 30, 2012 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

I Miss You

A short video dedicated to the life of my Mother, Patricia Guinn McKool Petton,"Pat" who passed away suddenly in her sleep November 5, 2011. I miss you so much Mom!! Until we meet again!!! …


Added by Mark Manning on December 29, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

losing family and friends

Since I first posted about my husbands death(it is now over 2 years since he died) I have been sent right back to the deepest grief because the only family I have, my sister (whom my husband and I took on holiday with us for over 16 years until his death, after her husband died) and my two nieces have deserted me and I am now losing many "friends" because I cannot come to terms with my husbands death.    We meant everything to each other and did everything together so where am I now supposed…


Added by Helen Duncan Hutchinson on December 29, 2012 at 3:14pm — 2 Comments

Lost My Mother

On Dec. 10 I lost my dear mother. She would have been 102

in Feb., but she had had a bout of pneumonia a year ago & never recovered her strength. I have had her in my life for 75

years & it's hard to let her go. I cry nearly every day & feel like a part of my own life is gone. She herself mastered the art of letting go, but I have not. I still need her in my life & I'm having difficulty functioning. I live alone, so I must! Members of my family all live in…


Added by Joyce Kinsey on December 29, 2012 at 2:42pm — No Comments

A Continuous Sentence . . .



Less than one year after Edward’s sad and tragic passing, for some reason, I decided to take a writing course and the second assignment was to “Write a continuous and cumulative sentence using a line form a poem. Write at least 250 words.” 

So, one night doing my homework, I sat down and wrote this…


Added by Linda on December 28, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments



Dear Mom & Dad,

This is the first chance I had to write to you. I'm sorry if I made you worry. I want you to know that all is well and I arrived safe and sound at Camp Heaven. Everything around me is more beautiful than I could ever have imagined.  The trip was short. I got here just after  I closed my eyes and fell asleep.  It was as if no time had past at all. I miss you so very much. I was told to tell you not to worry because I would be seeing you…


Added by Milton Lopez Delgado on December 28, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Robin, sorry for the delay i know your hell my partner just killed herself on Dec 11 and I feel like screaming and crying I pray every day and try to understand why but I never get an answer but I ke…

Robin, sorry for the delay i know your hell my partner just killed herself on Dec 11 and I feel like screaming and crying I pray every day and try to understand why but I never get an answer but I keep praying and praying because I don't know wheat else to do Continue

Added by Mel mcCoy on December 27, 2012 at 7:31pm — 3 Comments

Christmas Day 2012

Added by Martin Connors on December 26, 2012 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Christmas at your house

Added by Colleen Pasay on December 25, 2012 at 10:23am — 1 Comment

Merry Christmas Hun Missing you so very much

Added by Colleen Pasay on December 25, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments





LOVE MOM AND DAD. we only put a few things this year, please forgive us!!! and it snowed after we took a few pictures. A white Christmas for sure!!…


Added by JOYCE MASHER, 4 Amy 5158791808 on December 24, 2012 at 11:07pm — No Comments

I know you're there

I know you're there, encouraging me, loving me, comforting me. Always, right there....hands on my shoulders in reassurance.…


Added by Mark Manning on December 24, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments


Well, today is lil Mikey's 1st birthday and it will be his 1st Christmas. They dont live in PA, so we won't get to hold him and smother him in kisses. Here is a pic of him before his cake. He looks so prescious.

We have had some bad times this year, losing my dad, but he joined you and is spending Christmas in Heaven. Dad had his heart attack in Nov, but is doing well. As I said, I hope you had something to do with not letting him join you yet, lol. Also, today is my grandpa's angel…


Added by JOYCE MASHER, 4 Amy 5158791808 on December 23, 2012 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Our loved ones want us to be happy


It was all about the Barbie bathtub.

I can remember it like it was yesterday– the moment when my younger sister Denise and I found the Barbie bathtub that I was going to get for Christmas. It was in a cedar closet my dad had built in the basement. I don’t think we were…


Added by Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust) on December 20, 2012 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

A Giddy Book Release

Conversations with the Water: A Memoir of Cultivating Hope One afternoon recently, after being out for several hours, I drove up to find several packages on my front porch. One of them was the final proof of my new book,…


Added by Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust) on December 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

In the face of tragedy

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook: a small but special way to remember those who died and help the surviving students and teachers It is easy to feel helpless with the tragic and senseless loss of lives in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Whether it is a very public or personal loss, what can we do individually or collectively to honor the memory of lives lost?


A colleague donated books on horses to the local library when a friend’s young daughter died of cancer. She had loved horses and this was the way he chose to honor her memory.


When my 20-year old…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on December 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Before the Morning

A friend of mine killed herself, because of hatred, and of humiliation. I loved her so much, she was my best friend. Her name was Latisha. She's gorgeous, she's smart, she's really good at singing, and she's such a true friend. I remember that time when I was so stressed out about my friends mocking me and my parents don't even care. She gave me this verse from the bible, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). I didn't believe that. Because, if God is…


Added by Michelle Phoebe on December 19, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments

Bah Humbug!

We are at the center of possibly the hardest part of the year for most of us; the holidays.  The first holidays after I lost Barry were hard, but I had made the decision not to allow my grief to keep me in bed.  I got out of bed and I celebrated each in the ways that I wanted!  I didn't allow my family to dictate my agenda.  I went out and did the things I wanted to do.  I went to the movies, I drove around, I met with friends, etc.  I created new, happy memories.  At the same time, I kept…


Added by Christopher Ruggles on December 18, 2012 at 12:14am — No Comments

Remembering Children: Obituaries Full of Accomplishment and Optimism

Five Danbury, CT residents tie balloons to an overpass up the road from the Sandy Hook Elementary School (AP Photo/David Goldman) Obituaries for children should never have to be written. Of course they are – every day, all over, for countless reasons – but perhaps never more heartbreakingly than this week, in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in…


Added by Susan Soper on December 17, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Newtown - Why?

Friday, December 14, 2012 has ended, the sun has risen and a new day begun.  It’s now almost twenty-four hours since a gunman walked into a school in Newtown, Connecticut, and slaughtered twenty-six human beings; one being his mother, the majority children - babies!  He is identified as Adam Lanza.  Of course the media tells of his sordid past – giving him a character…


Added by Martin Connors on December 15, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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