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Condolence / Cindy Boyer (none, I just wanted to offer some comfort )  Read >>
Condolence / Cindy Boyer (none, I just wanted to offer some comfort )

Dear Sylvia, I'm very sorry to read of the tragic loss of your beloved son Anthony, and I want to offer my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Please don’t be offended that I’m writing to you, since I don’t know you; but I’m hoping that you’ll find some comfort in these verses.

Acts 24:15 promises, “that there is going to be a resurrection.” Many tragic, unexpected deaths are due to what the Bible calls, "time and unforeseen occurrence that befall them all." - Ecclesiastes 9:11b 

Our loving God doesn’t cause sad things to happen to our loved ones, as James 1:13 helps us to understand, ‘When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.’”

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 speaks of God as “the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation.” 1 Peter 5:7 lets us know that we can “throw all our anxiety upon (God), because he cares.” And Isaiah 65:17b tells us that the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.” - Thus the heartbreak that we experience now, won’t even be remembered after Jehovah God resurrects our loved ones; thereby undoing the sad effects of death and the pain being separated from them brings.

Revelation 21:4 promises, “And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” - Just imagine -a world with no tears of sorrow, no pain, and no death! And no sickness of any kind as Isaiah 33:24 promises, “no resident will say: ‘I am sick.’”

Loved ones will be resurrected, and welcomed back to life by loving family and friends right here on the earth in the midst of peaceful, beautiful, paradise conditions, as Psalms 37:10, 11, 29 tell about, “And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; and you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” - We can have the opportunity to live together forever in perfect peace, health, and happiness with our loved ones!

Jesus gave us hope of a time when all suffering will end. He taught his followers to pray: “Our Father in the heavens, . . . Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.” - Matthew 6:9, 10 - When God’s Kingdom comes, there will be no more suffering or death on the earth, just as there is no suffering or death in heaven!

 I hope that you will find comfort in your memories, perhaps by looking at pictures. And I hope that these and other verses will bring you comfort, peace, and hope.

And will you please look at the web site, as it offers much comfort that is solidly based on God’s Word the Bible, and it shares what has helped others to cope with their grief. If you decide to look at the site, when on the web site, please click on publications at the top of the page, then under magazines on the left click on ‘magazines’ and in Display box to the right  where it says ‘latest‘; scroll to 2011 and click on search, and then please ‘scroll down 3 rows‘, and click on the 'PDF' format for "Coping With the Loss of a Loved One" found in the April Awake; and you’ll be able to open this magazine to read the article in its entirety. Three subjects are: "An Almost Unbearable Loss"  "Coming to Terms With Death" and "Help for Those Who Grieve" This is one of the most comforting magazines that I've read and I hope you will read this article and find some comfort in what has helped others to cope with their overwhelming losses. Also; Currently the article, "Why is there so much suffering? When will it end?" is on the main page of the web site. 

Take care,

                                                       Sincerely Yours,

                                                       Cindy Boyer

I Am Free  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mother)  Read >>
I Am Free  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mother)
Don't grieve for me..for now I'm free..I'm following the path God laid for me I took His hand when I heard Him call.. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day.. to laugh.. to love.. to work or play. Tasks left undone.. must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void.. then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared , a laugh , a kiss... Ah yes these things , I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full I've savored much.. Good friends , good times , a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.. Don't lengthen it now with undue Grief. Lift up your heart and share with me. God wanted me now.. He set me FREE. Close
39 years ago today  / Mama   Read >>
39 years ago today  / Mama
39 Years ago today I was in the hospital in labor .Your Aunts Polly and Patty were there with me as was your Daddy ...Nonnie ...Granny ...Duck & Doll and Billy Joe ..but the only ones I wanted there were Polly and Patty as they kept me laughing while Nonnie fussed at them ! It was a joyous time as we awaited your arrival ...and went on until the early hours of the next day when you arrived a little after 6:00 am ...we were all so filled with joy with our new baby boy . It was as it is this year are a child born on the Sabbath Day ...and you were my heart ...I love you my sweet sweet child . love Mama Close
Upcoming Angelversary Blessings  / Shaye Creamer ^i^Mack's Mom~Love U. (Angels in Heaven )  Read >>
Upcoming Angelversary Blessings  / Shaye Creamer ^i^Mack's Mom~Love U. (Angels in Heaven )


Keeping you forever in my heart thoughts and prayers. God Bless you! Love you Angel Anthony! Send your Mom some extra special signs/Blessings from Heaven this Angelversary! xo

Always Shaye Mack's Mom Forever

"Death does not end a Love/Relationship

Just how we communicate!"


It Hurts ~ By Lyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mama)  Read >>
It Hurts ~ By Lyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mama)
It hurts that he's not with me
It hurts that I'm not there
It hurts to know it's years now...
It's totally unfair

It hurts when I keep moving
It hurts when I deny
It hurts that I keep hiding...
Each tear that I do cry

It hurts when it's his birthday
It hurts on holidays
It hurts so deep inside me....
Nothing takes the pain away

It hurts to look at pictures
It hurts to look away
It hurts when I seem happy
This loss hurts everyday

It hurts when people notice
It hurts when they do not
It hurts when those around me...
Imagine I've forgot

It hurts to miss his smile
It hurts to miss his kiss
It hurts that I can't hug him...
This hurt can't be dismissed

It hurts because I love him
It hurts because he's gone
It hurts through every sunset...
Right through the break of dawn

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
Copyright © June 2009

A Mother's Worst Nightmare ...By Lyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mama)  Read >>
A Mother's Worst Nightmare ...By Lyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mama)
A mother's worst nightmare
A mother's worst fear
To live on without you
Each day and each year

No words can express
How my heart misses you
Unless you have lived this
You haven't a clue

Tears meet me each day
There is heartache and pain
Life is not living
I'm physically drained

It doesn't get better
Doesn't just go away
We don't just move on
As so many might say

I have heard all the answers
From those that don't know
They have said it is time
I must simply let go

I pretend that I listen
And sometimes I nod
I continue to live life
With mask and facade

No one can see it
I hide it so well
It's my little secret
I have learned not to tell

The pain in my heart
That I carry inside
Will always be with me
To never subside

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
Lyndie Sorenson
March 2007 revised © July 2008

Dearly Missed ~ Written by Lyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia (Mama)  Read >>
Dearly Missed ~ Written by Lyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia (Mama)
Dearly Missed

Holiday season is reason enough...
for more tears and heartache, it's terribly tough
Harder than ever with holiday cheer
One more day in another long year

I listen to songs that bring back memories
See all the lights lit up on the trees
It causes such sorrow when you are the one...
without your sweet daughter or handsome young son

Looking for someone to make this wrong right
Gazing at snow as it falls through the night
Watching while others await Christmas Eve...
knowing full well for your child you do grieve

No one remembers... nobody cares
Maybe it's just that they're so unaware
Pain that is present throughout all the year....
makes the holiday season harder to bear

Inside I am weeping... outside I just mask
Missing and wishing while nobody asks
Not one word is mentioned about my sweet child...
so I keep trying to live in denial

Words that have cut right down to my soul
Get over ... move on... your grief has control
I know if they lived with this loss they would be...
unfortunately able to understand me

So while I await the holiday with tears
I will try to remember the wonderful years
When the holiday had promise of sweet happiness
Instead of the child I so dearly miss

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
Copyright © December 2008

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Celebration of Joey  / Terrie Whiteman (Friend of Joey's )  Read >>
Celebration of Joey  / Terrie Whiteman (Friend of Joey's )

Dear Sylvia,

I am so proud of you, and glad you decided to make a mem book. You will find it so much easier to cope this way, just put in the good stuff, like I did, you'll always remember him in that way.

Don't hurt yourself in going into detail sweetie, the other way will bring back the best of the best.Love to you and Tony.

Love, Terrie (Joey's Mom)


Waiting Wondering and Wishing... ByLyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia (Mama)  Read >>
Waiting Wondering and Wishing... ByLyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia (Mama)

I would like to find an answer...or maybe just a clue

As to why you left for heaven...and I'm left missing you

 Is there some big secret...that's hidden till I die

Why you went on to heaven...and I'm left here to cry

 I'm sure you are quite happy...That heaven is the best

But here on earth there's sorrow...Where once I felt so blessed

I keep it all quite hidden...knowing all full well

No one wants to listen...some days are just pure hell

I miss you every second...Your smile and your charm

Special times I hugged you...Or held you in my arms

 It's hard to just imagine...I'll have to wait and see

If someday I will join you...Where we will both be free

So with the hope I've mentioned...I'll try to make it through

Wishing every moment...For the day I'll be with you

 In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies

Lyndie© copyright December 2008

Baby Boy ~ By Christine Ross  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mama)  Read >>
Baby Boy ~ By Christine Ross  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mama)

My Sweet Tony , this poem brings back some wonderful memories of rocking you as a baby . How I wish I could rock you in my arms today . I love you !! Mama


~ by Christine Ross in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001

Baby boy come to me,
Come to me upon the wind.
Baby boy touch my heart,
Touch my heart and soul again.

Fly from where the angels dwell
And fly into my dreams.
Take me back to yesterday
Before the morning gleams.

Let me rock you in my arms
And sing to you a lullaby.
Let me hold you baby boy
Before you say goodbye.

Baby boy come to me,
Come to me upon the wind.
Baby boy touch my heart,
Touch my heart and soul again.

© 2005 - Christine Ross

Storms of Grief .....By Lyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mother)  Read >>
Storms of Grief .....By Lyndie Sorenson  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mother)
Winds are blowing fiercely
Rain is pouring down
Expect for it to happen
Within me... not around

Thunderous emotions
Waves slashing deep inside
It is not the weather...
Nor is it outside

Grief has taken me by storm
A captive so to speak
Tossed me all about
Left me very weak

Strong winds will now prevail
As the storm does pass on by
With intermittent showers
Till the day that I do die

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
Lyndie Sorenson
April 2007
The Presence Of His Absence Is Everywhere  / Louise &. Diana's Grief Blog (friend)  Read >>
The Presence Of His Absence Is Everywhere  / Louise &. Diana's Grief Blog (friend)

The Presence of His Absence is Everywhere

I want you to try to imagine the worst thing in the world, that your beloved child died.. let me explain to you the reality…try to imagine, if you can, never seeing your child again, never hearing his laugh, never hearing the sound of their voice, never smelling the scent you have come to recognize as your child.. never hearing them say “I love you”…nothing - just silence, emptiness.. now imagine never seeing your child’s smile, never seeing him upset or happy, never watching him sleep…missing them so much that you are twisted up inside and the pain stays with you 24/7, you smell their pillow, their clothes, you look at his pictures and can only cry - what happened, why!?.. you have never felt longing like this in your life! longing to hear his voice, to see his face again,…and to know deep in your soul you cannot fix it. now imagine every single thing that used to give you joy and pleasure turns into hurt and despair overnight. not a gradual thing, but going from pleasure to hurt, from happiness to sadness, from peace to no peace, changing overnight. every thing you loved now hurts like hell…

For example: music, i used to love music, it gave me pleasure, i did’t realize how much music was a part of my life and how it is everywhere, now I cannot listen to it, it sears me like a red hot knife with the pain of losing my child, it cuts me wide open.. like the old song, the day the music died, that’s me, and believe it or not, almost every song reminds me of the void in my life without my child, i am not unique in that pain - if you lost a child you would know. .that is just one little example of how your life is affected by the loss of your child. Just ONE example! you feel the loss with every thought, every emotion, The loss bleeds into every aspect of your life. even with your other children, you still love your other children just as much as always, but as hard as it is, even they hurt you now, because when you see them you feel the LOSS, the loss of the child that died not being with their siblings. it doesn’t fit, there is a piece missing, your whole life doesn’t fit anymore. everything that felt right, now feels wrong. and of course there is always the missing, the horrible gut wrenching, out of your control missing…

As good parents we were always able to fix things or make things better for our children.. this we cannot fix, cannot make it better. so on top of everything else you are feeling, you also feel helpless..out of control and hopeless…and this is universal, every parent that truly loves their child will feel this. are you starting to imagine now how it feels? and you are doing this exercise for 10 minutes, imagine, really imagine, feeling this way 24/7 - day after day, month after month, and no matter what you are doing or who you are talking to, a tape of your child plays over and over in your mind. your child when he was a baby, a laughing happy little boy, a cute young teen, a wonderful young man or women and it always plays in your head and you do not want to forget even a single second of your beautiful child’s life…but that is a fear you have, that as time passes you will start to forget…so now, please add FEAR to the list of emotions. this is what it really feels like. a part of you has died, don’t just read the words, FEEL them - died, gone forever… a real, beautiful, living part of you has died… and you are still living, left behind to try to pick up the pieces of your shattered life and not having a clue where to even begin. No wonder a high percentage of marriages break up, parents have breakdowns, turn to alcohol, drugs or a destructive way of life. NO WONDER!!!!!

A part of you does not exist anymore and it is scary as hell.. that is why they say the loss of a child is like no other loss.. you cannot compare it to another loss, with other losses you grieve and you are of course sad, but when your child dies, a part of you ceases to exist, gone just like that, gone no warning, just gone. And the life that you knew, the things you always felt, the things in your life that made sense, that you held on to, that makes up who you are - are Gone!!!That is why when parents who have lost children hear “I want the old you back”, “it’s been a year (a month, 6 month-whatever), don’t you feel better yet?” “You are doing this to yourself, you’re making it harder on yourself”, “grief can become a selfish thing you know”, we can only shake our heads and feel sadness and hopelessness, because there is no way our lives will ever be like it was when our child was alive. No wonder bereaved parents isolate themselves, we are just trying to hold on. So were you able to imagine for 10 minutes what it must feel like? even 2 minutes is too long to imagine the unimaginable, to feel the pain, i would not wish it any anyone, but did you get a sense of how life-changing it is?

Imagine you feel this 24/7, not even getting a moments relief from it! now go on and put on your favorite CD to listen to, enjoy the music..go home and hug your child, listen to them laugh, watch her smile, smell the scent that you know is them and please do not tell me how I should feel or that i am holding onto this, or that my friends/family must be tired of watching me go through this, because if you haven’t lost a beloved child of yours, you haven’t got a clue. Now when you hear these words “the presence of his absence is everywhere”, will you finally understand?

written by Louise and Diana

Keep It Hidden  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mother)  Read >>
Keep It Hidden  / Sylvia Vaughn (Mother)
Keep it Hidden

Shh, if I am quiet, they may not see,
What sadness lives inside of me.
They go through life and never know,
How it feels to let you go.

The heavy guilt, the anger too,
Panic comes when I think of you.
It's underneath, but it is there,
I carry it with me everywhere.

The pain that comes with memories,
It often brings me to my knees.
Fear is what I often feel,
If I have to cope, have to deal.

The tears I cry since you are gone,
Are only shed when I'm alone.
I bury it all when I go out,
When I really want to scream and shout.

I keep it in for others sake,
Because my pain, they can't take.
So I'll keep it buried deep inside,
My pain and sorrow I will hide.

Written by Natalie Camp in memory of Anthony Paul Wodzinski on January 18, 2008

Words are not enough  / Tammie Sgaggero Mother Of Brandon (mother of angel friend )  Read >>
Words are not enough  / Tammie Sgaggero Mother Of Brandon (mother of angel friend )


Words are not even thought up yet to describe the horror you have gone through in the event that happened to your son.  The pain that you and your family will face in the future will be ongoing, I am sure. May God with his mercy soften the blow to your heart and your pain. May God inflict the justice so deserved by your son's killer while he is still alive to feel it.  It's not enough, but it's a start.  

I am so terribly sorry.  Your angel is loved and not forgotten, ever.

Prayers and peace,

Tammie Sgaggero

My Grief is Like a River  / Mama   Read >>
My Grief is Like a River  / Mama


My grief is like a river--
I have to let it flow,
But I myself determine
Just where the banks will go.

Some days the current takes me
In waves of guilt and pain,
But there are always quiet pools
Where I can rest again.

I crash on rocks of anger--
My faith seems faint indeed,
But there are other swimmers
Who know that what I need

Are loving hands to hold me
When the waters are too swift,
And someone kind to listen
When I just seem to drift.

Grief's river is a process 
Of relinquishing the past.
By swimming in Hope's channels
I'll reach the shore at last.

Happy Mothers Day!!  / Terry-Faiths Mom (friend of moms )  Read >>
Happy Mothers Day!!  / Terry-Faiths Mom (friend of moms )
Have a blesed Easter Angel Tony!!  / Terry-Faiths Mom (friend of moms )  Read >>
Have a blesed Easter Angel Tony!!  / Terry-Faiths Mom (friend of moms )

Ask My Mom How She Is  / Sylvia (Mother)  Read >>
Ask My Mom How She Is  / Sylvia (Mother)
Ask My Mom How She Is

My Mom, she tells a lot of lies
she never did before.
From now until she dies,
she'll tell a whole lot more.
Ask my Mom how she is
and because she can't explain,
She will tell a little lie
because she can't describe the pain.
Ask my Mom how is she,
She'll say "I'm alright."
If that's the truth, then tell me,
why does she cry each night?
Ask my Mom how is she,
she seems to cope so well.
She didn't have a choice you see
nor the strength to yell.
Ask my Mom how she is,
"I'm fine, I'm well, I'm coping."
For Gods sake Mom, just tell the truth
just say your heart is broken.
She'll love me all her life,
I loved her all of mine.
But if you ask her how is she
she'll lie and say she's fine.
I am here in Heaven.
I cannot hug from here.
If she lies to you don't listen,
Hug her and hold her near.
On the day we meet again,
we'll smile and I'll be bold.
I'll say, "You're lucky to get in here, Mom
with all the lies you told!"
Five More Minutes From Compassionate Friends  / Sylvia (Mother)  Read >>
Five More Minutes From Compassionate Friends  / Sylvia (Mother)
Five More Minutes

If I was given just five more minutes with you
I would be sure that you always knew
How much I really really loved you
And I'd find out that you loved me too.

I would tell you I was always proud of everything you did
We'd remises the fun times we shared
The times you made me laugh
We'd completely toss aside those times you made me mad.

I'd wrap my arms around you till our last second was up
And although I would cry when you vanish from my sight
I would be able to be happy for a little while
Cause I would have finally got to say goodbye.

If I could just have five more minutes with you
I would wish that five minutes could be a lifetime
I'd watch you marry, have children, get old
Instead, your beautiful life was just ended, ceased, cut short.

How can I tell you how much I miss you?
How can I live without you voice, your love, your touch?
How can we spend the rest of our lives missing what we lost?
How can we breathe, exist, go on, without our only son?

Please someone, I really need just five more minutes with my son!

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Loss of A Child  / Sylvia (Mama)  Read >>
Loss of A Child  / Sylvia (Mama)
Loss of a Child (author unknown)

The moment that I knew you had died,
My heart split in two,
The one side filled with memories,
The other died with you.

I often lay awake at night,
When the world is fast asleep,
And take a walk down memory lane,
With tears upon my cheek.

Remembering you is easy,
I do it every day,
But missing you is a heartache,
That never goes away.

I hold you tightly within my heart,
And there you will remain,
Life has gone on without you,
But it never will be the same.

For those who still have their children,
Treat them with tender care,
You will never know the emptiness,
As when you turn and they are not there.

Don't tell me that you understand,
don't tell me that you know.
Don't tell me that I will survive,
How I will surely grow.

Don't tell me this is just a test,
That I am truly blessed.
That I am chosen for the task,
Apart from all the rest.

Don't come at me with answers
That can only come from me,
Don't tell me how my grief will pass,
That I will soon be free.

Don't stand in pious judgment
Of the bonds I must untie,
Don't tell me how to grieve,
Don't tell me when to cry.

Accept me in my ups and downs,
I need someone to share,
Just hold my hand and let me cry,
And say, "My friend, I care."

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