I lost my son May 9, 2008 at age 18. I have shared my story of grief and healing with many, I thought it would be a great idea if we all shared a story of a happy time with our child or loved one, something that will make us smile.

Light a Candle in Memory of a Loved One
Heartfelt Gifts in Memory of Our Loved Ones

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Comment by NurseNan on April 20, 2010 at 7:14pm
I lost my Dad to suicide 4 years ago. One of the things that I miss most about him is when he would visit and he would have lunch with me and then we would sit on my front porch in the rocking chairs and talk. He enjoyed all the vegetables from my garden and he would sample the salsa I would make and we just had a good time talking. There are so many good things that I remember about him. After he died I thought of how much I would miss him. Though I am married to a wonderful man and have 2 wonderful boys, my Daddy was a piece of security to me. He would fight hell with a water gun for his children. He will always be missed and I will cherish my memories and hold them close to my heart.
Comment by richard mom on April 20, 2010 at 2:03pm
Happy memories are so easy.He was easy going ,a gentle giant,a smile that would light up a room.Loved children within a spilt second he could become the age of the child he was with.He made me laugh when no one could even touch the mood I was in.And until he left I had no ideal how many life he touched..One memory that I was given by some of his friends always make me laugh.Him and 3 other boys went swimming in the creek and suddenly out of a near by tree they saw a snake drop into the water.They all looked at each other and scambled for the bank.All except Richard he froze and started smacking the top of the water in hopes of scareing the snake away.Then If you look on my page you will see the fish he caught,his head was so big he barely could fit threw the door.He said finally I don't have to make up anymore fish stories.......
Comment by Macky Smith on April 20, 2010 at 1:20pm
My son passed away December 29, 2008, he was 44, but still my little boy. We talked often either on the phone or to-way each other. The first time he said"SEE YA, LUV YA BUD,BYE"--MY COMMENT WAS "I am not your BUD, MIKE, i AM YOUR MOM. HE SAID--BUT YOU ARE MY BEST BUD!!" His stone says "SEE YA, LUV YA BUD" IT DOESN'T SAY "BYE". None of us wanted that on there. I still smile (as hard as it is) when i remember that. He didn't do what he did to hurt me, a cousin was stealing his pain meds--couldn't get a refill for a week--he is no longer suffering, and smiling down on his BEST BUD.
Comment by TXMOM on April 20, 2010 at 12:38pm
It's so easy to get down and depressed with what we are going through and forget the good times we had with our loved ones. My son was 16 years old when he committed suicide in September of 2009, he didn't leave a note but we assumed it was problems in his relationship with his girlfriend.
I remember I was so upset when I found out that his girlfriend was pregnant, him being so young and not prepared for fatherhood. Now I thank God that he left me that little piece of my son, which by the way looks just like him. The day my grandson was born, my son was so proud and he cried tears of joy and that is something I will never forget. We don't know why things happen the way that they do, and being a parent losing a child is by far the worst tragedy that i can think of but I have to believe that there is a plan and that my son is with the Lord and his life was planned before he was born. I struggle with my loss daily but I go on hoping to see him again one day.
Comment by Cathy on April 20, 2010 at 12:22pm
My 28 year old daughter Lori still liked to do cart wheels across my front lawn when ever she came over with her three little girls.
She loved dancing ballet and tap and had many trophies. Lori always hed a ready smile for all she met. It is rare to find a photo of her without her lovely smile. she lit up my world! I miss my Lori--it has been 9 months now since I have seen her smile.
Comment by Rachel on April 20, 2010 at 12:16pm
My Carleigh Gracelee was only here for 1 month and 1 day but she touched the life of many. For about 6 months after she passed I received calls,letters,cards,visitors,ect. that could not explain why but felt that Carleigh had touched there life and they just needed to tell me that. Some of these people had only spent 10 mins with her. It would be amazing to know what she would have accomplished on Earth having this great power to put such a positive influence on peoples' lives, but she got a better job in Heaven. I miss and love her so much, as do my other 5 children, so Carleigh just lives on in them. Thanks to all this really helps
Comment by Tamara Daniels on April 20, 2010 at 12:08pm
I lost my 23 year old son, Chris, June 21, 2008. When you were feeling down, he would smile at you with those big dimples and make everything better. He was such a loving son, brother, grandson, and uncle. My 4 year old grandson blows bubbles and says he sending them to Uncle Chris. You can ask him, where is Uncle Chris, and he will say, He is in heaven with Jesus. I miss my son so much. He was my ray of sunshine and always will be. I love you Chris!!
Comment by Teresa on April 20, 2010 at 11:19am
I just lost my 35 year old son, Harold, March 28, 2010. He was a good man, loved kids. He wasn't married and had no kids but his niece's and nephews all loved him. One of my good memories is of my 6 year old grandson (he lives with me) rough housing with him every time he came up here. Shawn said Harold was his "best buddy". Harold always took time for Shawn. I miss him so much and so does Shawn.
Comment by Stewart on March 30, 2010 at 10:32am
Now he would have been great a business man in his later years.When things like this happen it makes you think and takes a lot of will power to keep you from thinking about the sad event. But yes you are right having a happy memory that you can think of when the days are not so good and you can't seem to pull yourself together, Those happy memorys and ocasional thoughts of the good times will go through your mind constantly.I know that I think about my mum & dad daily, I only just lost my mum so this is a difficult time, and my dad bless his soul has passed four years in july. I have been lost ever since.
Comment by KHunk on March 30, 2010 at 9:28am
When my son was a freshman in high school, I still packed his lunch. He started asking for an extra sandwich or 2, extra snacks like chips and cookies. I just thought he was growing and eating a lot more. Later on, after he passed, I found out he was selling the extra stuff to his classmates at lunch!

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