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2016
Bringer of Light newsletter






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HERE COMES THE SUN

A new year! It is so hard to believe how time continues to pass. We have to face a new year without our child. It is difficult to leave behind each year and be further away from the year that our child lived and loved and died in. We now have to take on another year and we wonder how we are going to do that. Never will the year 2015 come again.

My son, Luke, died in 2001 and it sometimes seems like an eternity since the last time I touched him and held him and talked to him and saw him and laughed with him, and then again, sometimes it seems like he died only yesterday. But almost 15 years have passed since that day, and I used to feel like I was loosing touch with that LAST moment that we had together because it was getting so far away from me, but as the years have passed I have come to realize that I am closer to the FIRST moment that we will be together in Heaven. A new year means that we are further away from "goodbye", but closer to "hello".

January has delivered a new year, whether we wanted it to or not! Sometimes when we are in the midst of a cold, lonely winter we wish so much for the warmth of springtime. It is much the same in our grief. Oh, how we wish for the days when the world seemed so much warmer. We have suffered the loss of someone so very special that it is very difficult to break away from that long, cold winter and look for the sun. It feels so dark, and cold, and dreary in this place of grief, and we feel so alone. We find ourselves frozen in the icy shadow of death, and in the fear of grief, and in the pain of tears. The cold we feel inside is a reminder of all of these things that we now have been forced to live with.

Spring is coming.... even though it seems as if the long, cold winter will never end. The spring that is coming is very different from the spring that we used to share with our child. In those days we took for granted how wonderful a morning breeze could feel as it skimmed across our face, how beautiful the sunrise was, and how mystical the thunder and rain were. The fragrance of the blooming flowers was something that we breathed in, not knowing that one day soon, for us, the flowers would loose their beauty and fragrance.

If only we could have those days back again, but we know they are gone forever. What we can have is the knowing that our child is with us in all of these things that we long for. They are in the morning breeze, the sunrise, the thunder, the rain, the snow, and the fragrance and beauty of the flowers.

With time.... a different kind of spring will come again. It will be a springtiime that will bring our child to us spiritually. We have to open every one of our senses to the possibility that our child is close, and is here, and is saying "hello" with signs from the other side. So step out of that cold, dark, dreary room and find the wonders that await you, because.... here comes the sun.

© 2016 Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001




IN MEMORY OF
Lucas Christopher Ross "Luke"
21
October 31, 1979 - April 3, 2001
Acute Bronchopneumonia



EARLY SPRING

I feel him in the morning breeze
As it skims across my face.
I see him in the sunrise
As it brightens up this place.

I hear him in the thunder
Before the sky begins to drip.
I taste him in the raindrops
That trickle down across my lips.

I smell him in the fragrance
Of every flower that's in bloom.
But these things I just imagine
From the corners of my room.

It's winter here in my room.
There's a chill down to my bones.
It's dark, and cold, and dreary
And I feel so all alone.

The cold is a reminder
Of this frigid, frozen fear
That casts those icy shadows
Of death, and grief, and tears.

I'm hoping for the sunshine,
Fragrant breezes, thunder, rain.
But most of all I'm hoping for...
A very early spring.


© 2008 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001

Published
APRIL 2010, Volume 25 No. 4
LIVING WITH LOSS magazine
Bereavement Publications, Inc.




Find and be found to discover your.....
BRINGER OF LIGHT.
The name LUCAS means Bringer of Light



HERE COMES THE SUN

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, sun here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, sun here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, sun here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it's all right
It's all right


~ AS PERFORMED BY: James Taylor
~ WORDS AND MUSIC BY: Lennon/Harrison/McCartney






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ANNIVERSARY AND BIRTHDAY
DEDICATIONS



IN MEMORY OF
Amanda Renae Caudill
25yrs
7 25 79 - 1 28 2005
conjested heart failure


IN MEMORY OF
Amanda Alicia Maria Morrow
19
5-4-85..1-17-05
head tramma auto accident


IN MEMORY OF
Andrew Baber
19
11/15/81 - 01 01 01

IN MEMORY OF
Anthony "Tony" Ryan McLemore
31
01 10 71 - 08 20 02

IN MEMORY OF
Brandon James Peterson
18 years
1/16/89-07/11/07
suicide

"When i think about Brandon n his friend Levi this makes me laugh. they were suppose to take there shoes off at the door one day they just went into the kitchen with them on. i waited til they got in there n then said did youse take your shoes off at the door. they both dropped to there knees n crawled with there feet in the air to the porch n then took their shoes off."
~ Sherry (Brandon's mom)

IN MEMORY OF
Brian Scott Davis
20
September 24, 1978 - January 22, 1999
murder, gunshot wound to head, case unsolved


IN MEMORY OF
Charles Johnson
19
September 6, 1989 - January 3, 2009
Car accident

IN MEMORY OF
Charmain Ochs
42
01 20 70 - 04 12 13

IN MEMORY OF
Christine Marie Klein
27
1/20/75 - 2/26/02
suicide
SUBMITTED BY
Brigid - Christine's Mom

A million tears. I still miss her in my bones, and will...until we meet again.

IN MEMORY OF
Christopher David Romero
19
09/27/1991-01/29/2011
Car accident

IN MEMORY OF
Christopher Morrison
19
1-23-87 to 9-23-2006


IN MEMORY OF
Corrina Jennell Parslow
18
January 15th 1987 September 29th 2005
Auto Accident
SUBMITTED BY
Michelle~Corrina's mom

To my most precious daughter Corrina

January 15th 1987 was the best and brightest day of my life for God blessed me with the best and brightest thing IN my life...YOU!

Happy Birthday my beautiful angel, your Mama loves you to the moon and back, ALWAYS.

Thank you for giving me enough love to last me till I see you again.

xoxoxoxo
Mom


IN MEMORY OF
Daniel Scott Forrester
30
2/28/70 ~ 1/10/01
lymphoma
SUBMITTED BY
Arlene (Dan's Mom)

January - the month you transcended to Heaven

Danny - this is your 15th Anniversary of going to your eternal home.

It's so hard to believe so much time has gone by. You are missed so much. Especially the months of Dec. Jan. and Feb. Your last Christmas with us is just filled with emotion. Bringing you home from the hospital so you could die here in your home. You held on to life until Jan. 10, when you took your last breath and took your journey to Heaven. Your entire family was there with you, holding you, talking to you, and praying that God would take you in His arms. And he did. No more heartache or pain. You were now FREE from all that and as broken as I was....I took comfort in knowing you were now at peace. I love you SO much. And we all miss you terribly. Time is going by so fast. We will all be together again......for eternity. I keep that thought tucked in my heart. It what keeps me going. Love you, love you, love you. (your forever Mom)


IN MEMORY OF
Daniel Joseph Quinn
21 years
1/1/87 - 12/16/08

"You are my Angel and your memory will always live on. Keep "Doin' Big Thangs" Danny. "Peace Out."
~ Love, Mom (Mary Jo Landers)


IN MEMORY OF
David Jordan Bachner
18
1/16/91 - 8/11/09
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
SUBMITTED BY
Rhonda Bachner

I am honored to be able to write a dedication to my son David on his January 16th birthday.

David, your birthday is always a special day. You LOVED Christmas so much and you knew that if Santa didn't get you what you wanted on December 25th, mom and dad would get it for you on January 16th. Even though you were 18 when you passed, all of our gifts had to be from Santa. You insisted. I know you truly believed in Santa. Always a kid at heart. You would never look at your gifts ... always wanted it to be a surprise ...

This time of year is so very hard for me. I miss you so much and nothing is the same or will it ever be. If you could see how many people still remember you. It's the strangers that didn't know you that are the most special. I never would of thought that I would be spending your birthdays without you. I miss your smile and you sense of humor. The special way I always had to wash your clothes. Watching you play baseball. You showing my your latest dance moves and your new favorite song.

I am very sad that you didn't get to live your dream and play baseball at Seton Hall University. You worked your whole life to go to a Division 1 University. You did it. Just 2 weeks and you would be able to have lived that dream. Your dream of marrying Carolyn. You both knew what you wanted in life. Your dream of helping children in need. You would always give back.

None of it was fair. Your life ended to soon. Why? I will go to MY grave with that question. I have so many questions and no answers.

They put up a beautiful plaque on your field David. It's incredible. You would love it ... although you never liked the accolades. You could go out and throw a no hitter and still tell people you could of done better. It was never about you ... always about the team ... Such a big heart.

I want to wish you a Very, Very Happy Birthday in Heaven David and I hope that you are happy. I try to be happy and try to think that you are in good hands, but I can't help but think that the best hands for you to be in are mine ... I love you baby boy so much and I miss you more and more with each passing day. What I would give for a hug ... to see your face and just to hear you call me "Mom".

Its hard being alone in my grief, as I guess people think that I should be over it ... but know in your heart that will never happen. I will keep your memory alive every day ... Unhittable and Unforgettable #16 ... I LOVE YOU <3

IN MEMORY OF
Derek Day
19
1/14/1988 - 1/6/2008.


IN MEMORY OF
Dominic Michael Campano
17
1/29/91 - 6/10/08
GSWM
SUBMITTED BY
Susan Campano-Readel

My Dear Dominic:

I often find myself daydreaming & trying to envision what you'd look like now, what job you'd have, if you'd have a child, a wife/girlfriend, etc.

You were always my most sensitive , caring & compassionate child. I just knew whatever you'd be doing if you were still here or wherever you'd be, it would be great & the world would be a better place because you were in it.

I'm proud to have been your mom for 17 years while you were here & although you're gone from earth, I carry that pride & try to do as much in your memory as possible, as I know you'd still be doing good for others if you were still here. I love you beyond words & I miss you more than I can possibly express but I know you're at peace & I feel better just knowing that.

So when you see or hear me cry, please don't feel bad: I'm not crying for you. I'm crying for all of us left behind because the world was such a better place with you in it.

Happy Birthday,

Mom


IN MEMORY OF
Evelin Patricia Ray Meyer
4 months
January 22, 2010-May 20, 2010
SIDS
SUBMITTED BY
Grandma Meyer

Hi Evelin,

January is a cold and long month, but you brightened it, when you were born. Happy birthday in heaven. We miss you very much.

Even though we only had you 4 months, with us, you brought us much joy! You were such a good girl. We miss you very much! We hope you have a Happy Birthday in heaven! You are always on our mind and in our hearts!

Love, Grandma


IN MEMORY OF
Jeff Mudge
27
01 17 61 - 11 04 88

IN MEMORY OF
Jesse Steven Tucker
26
01/15/81-03/09/2007


IN MEMORY OF
Joey Sorenson
21
January 5 1982 - July 19th 2003
Auto accident


IN MEMORY OF
John Taylor Lomon
17
May 11, 1989 - January 21, 2007
Auto accident

IN MEMORY OF
Joseph Chretien Jr. (Joey)
25 at death
January 9, 1969 - June 29, 1994
Heroin OD

IN MEMORY OF
Joshua Envil
26
01/20/81 - 09/27/07
Suicide: shotgun to the heart.


IN MEMORY OF
Katelyn Nicole Martibello
19
1/4/90 - 2/14/09
car accident


IN MEMORY OF
Kelli Laine Lewis
forever 18
July 18, 1982 - January 21, 2001
DUI Homicide

IN MEMORY OF
Lee Harris
33
03/07/72 - 01/09/06


IN MEMORY OF
Margo Mae Elizabeth Schwartz
19 1/2
Jan 11, 1995 - June 4, 2014
Accidental Overdose
SUBMITTED BY
Dana

My baby girl Margo (Squirlenn)

Your birthday is coming up soon on the 11th , and I can't believe you aren't here and I have to get through that day without you. We always had such fun doing things you wanted to do like go to All Fired Up and paint pottery and then walk around in Carytown and go in the stores and get lunch and Sweet Frog, your favorite.

I miss you to my core every day. You are the last thought in my mind and tear on my face when I get in bed and the first thought in my mind when I wake and my heart is so heavy I can barely get up. I long to see your big brown eyes again and your beautiful smile and your long brown hair that you loved to make pretty and take care of. You always smelled so good and I know I would say oh gosh you are wearing so much perfume and now I'd give my life to smell that perfume again.

I am a changed person inside and out now. Nothing is the same without you in the world. I often look around and everyone going this way and that way and doing all the things that people do and I know that the world without you in it and the people who will never know your kind heart and generosity will be the greatest losers. I cry for myself and for them.

Margo, you were like a shooting star in the heavens, here so fast and then gone. I miss the way that only YOU could make me laugh. Nobody else not even your brother can make me laugh and make me feel the way you made me feel when we laughed together. If you laughed , I laughed , and we always found the same things so funny. I miss your sweetness, your laugh, your generosity and giving heart to the less fortunate . I remember when we went to Panera for lunch and we bought sandwiches and as I sat down you said I'll be right back and you went outside and across the street to the young guys who were playing their guitars and asking for money . They were obviously traveling through. You came back to Panera and I asked you where is your lunch ? You had given it to the guys playing guitars on the corner. That was Margo. One of a kind , unique heart and soul and fearless. A fighter for the little guy always. I miss you this second, the next minute and the next hour and the next day and year until I die with you on my mind and in my heart.

Rest in sweet peace Squirlenn, Jesus loves you and will wait with you until I come home.

Your Mum.

IN MEMORY OF
Michael
16
Born in April & Died in January

IN MEMORY OF
Michelle Nicole Roye
29
Jan.10, 1979 - Jan. 19, 2008


IN MEMORY OF
Randy Reed Hecox
30 Years
1/7/69 to 7/23/99
GSH
SUBMITTED BY
Ali Hecox

I love my child of love and i miss him so. I wish i could dream about him but I don't anymore. The holidays are nothing now.

I am glad and proud to have been Randy's mom/My child of Love. Ali

IN MEMORY OF
Robert Louis (Bobby) Montgomery
27
January 21, 1970 - December 13, 1997
Hanging (Massachusetts)

IN MEMORY OF
Airman 1st Class Scott M. Schroeder
20 years
Jan 5, 1974 - June 16, 1994
Military Accident

"Happy Birthday, Son! You are in our thoughts everyday and we miss you immensley. You have shown us that you are with us and it means so much to know that. Every time we see a C130 plane we know you are sending a message. We are so looking forward to seeing you in the future. We are proud of you and proud to be your parents. We Love You!!! Always in Our Hearts"
~ Mom & Dad (Tony & Nancy Schroeder)

IN MEMORY OF
Scott Andrew Shannon
21
01 09 85 - 03 12 06


IN MEMORY OF
Shannon David Burns
33
1/2/1976 to 10/30/2009
head injury
SUBMITTED BY
Christine (Mom)

To Our son Shannon,

you have brought so much joy to our lives and gave us so many wonderful memories! We are so thankful. You are always in our hearts and on our minds. We will forever love you and miss you! Happy birthday in Heaven.

Love, Mom & Dad


IN MEMORY OF
Tammy Renee Smith
21 years
3/29/1981 - 1/30/2003
murdered

She was murdered on Thursday, January 30, 2003 and found on Friday, March 28, 2003 ---- found one day before she would have turned 22 - on what was suppose to be her 22nd birthday - an autopsy was done )))) :


Tiffani Lynn Bennett
42
1/26/72 - 2/8/2014
Car accident

IN MEMORY OF
Troy Alan Mitzlaff
37 years
1/27/71-12/14/2008
suicide

"Dear Troy,
I will be spending our birthday without you today. I think of you always. I miss you and love you so much."
~ Love, Mom


IN MEMORY OF
Z. Deanne Schauer-Lawrence
29 years
1/23/1974 - 9/29/2003
Pulmonary Embolism

Our Deanne.....where do I start after missing you so deeply for 12 long...long years....it seems it's been so long since you last popped in the door saying, " what's up mom?" And yet it seems like only yesterday...

So much has happened since you left.....your sister got married.....you became an aunt twice.....you would love Gracie and Logan....and oh my would you love your brother in law. We feel you had some help in guiding Danielle to meet her husband....and had some help in picking out Gracie and Logan to send to us....they could not be more perfect.

And...my mom joined you in heaven just a couple months ago.....I hope you met her at the gate....we all told her to go find you.....hard to let her go....but she fought so hard her last 7 months here. Please give her a hug and kiss from me....

Deanne we miss you so much....not one day goes by that you are not on our minds...not one day goes by that your dad and I don't mention you.

You are sure loved....

From Mom....and Dad

Danielle, Graham, Gracie and Logan.and Grampa Herb

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QUOTES:

MEMORIAL QUOTE:


IN MEMORY OF
Brandon Mottern
25
11/14/79 - 08/13/05
Murder/Gunshot
SUBMITTED BY
Robin Chasteen

Grief is like a snowflake.... sometimes it comes one flake at a time; other times it comes like a blizzad. It melts away, but it always comes back. Just as each snowflake is unique, each person experiences grief in their own unique way. ~ Julia Cook



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LETTERS


IN MEMORY OF
Benjamin Smith
18
March 1, 1988 - July 21, 2006
Respiratory Failure from the flu
SUBMITTED BY
Charisse Smith-Thomasson

My darling Benjamin,

I miss you so much every day, and long to hold you in my arms and hear your voice. So many things have changed since you left this world for your eternal adventure. The best and happiest is your niece, Larkin. She is three now, and beginning to ask questions about you, which is both heartbreaking and sweet. I tell her that you love her and watch over all of us. I explain how her mommy was a different person when you were still physically here and how very much she loved her baby brother. We were all different people when you were with us, and I love when you visit me in my dreams, for a brief moment I feel like myself as I talk to or hold you. You would absolutely love your brother-in-law! He is exactly that special person you said must be for your sister and so much like you that it is funny. We are looking forward to another baby in the summer, close to the time we lost you.I don't think that is a coincidence either, to ease the pain those days bring. I tell Larkin that you live in Heaven with our dogs, music, laughter and endless happiness-no suffering, sadness or pain. She looks into my eyes, and sometimes I see you looking back at me! I tell her that you are helping prepare a wonderful mansion for us all to live in someday, and that I cannot wait to see you again. I know you are safe, and surrounded by our loved ones, but I miss seeing your beautiful face, and talking about everything! I also see the signs you leave for us.and they make my heart happy my baby. You are loved, you are missed, and you are remembered every day.

I love you my sweet boy,

Mama



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LIFE STORIES


IN MEMORY OF
Daniel Scott Forrester
30
2/28/70 ~ 1/10/01
lymphoma
SUBMITTED BY
Arlene (Dan's Mom)

January - the month you transcended to Heaven

This year for Christmas, my kids gave me a beautiful journal. This is what was written on the first page:

Mom, in the front pages of this journal, write down everything you can remember of my final journey home to Heaven. Write down the details, dates, who visited me, what I watched on TV, what I said or did. Write down even things painful to remember. Record everything about this time that you relive in detail each year. Write it down so you know you will never forget it. Remember how I was surrounded by my family in my final hours. You remember this tine, but for me, it is over, and long forgotten. I AM AT PEACE.

For every memory you record of my final journey to Heaven, write down a happy memory of me. Fill up the rest of this journal......write down the many funny things I said or did as a child. Write down the trips I took all around the world. Write down the names of my friends and of my pets and of my favorite couture.

Write down the ways in which I was dramatic ! Write down my favorite songs, favorite movies, and what kinds of cars I drove. Write down as many of my happy moments as you can recall (and there were many). Writing this down will help you create a record of my life, and you will see that my life was full of beauty, happiness, and LOVE.

I lived more in my 30 years - than people who live double my life time. I am at peace and I am with you always.

Love, your son,

Daniel



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POETRY


IN MEMORY OF
Michael Schrimpscher
19
10 23 89 - 05 14 09
Submitted by
Michael's Mom

Poem for Michael

Was it only yesterday or just a few years ago
Time blends away each passing day in memories of old
Time stopped the day you left me, now everything is changed
I know that when you left this world, you finally stopped your pain
If only I would have known back then, the battles you went through
I would have given anything to bring life back to you
Now days go by, and life goes on, I do the best I can
Because my son, in my heart and soul, I know we'll meet again.
I told you that I loved you more when you said "Mom I love you"
And now you see from up above that I live to show you proof
Your still alive in my mind, in my heart and in my life
Although you left your body here, your spirit is my drive.

I LOVE YOU FOREVER

Mom



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SIGNS


IN MEMORY OF
Christopher Ronald Faller
7-1/2 years
May 7, 1990 - March 24, 1998
viral tumors after successful heart transplant
SUBMITTED BY
Maria, Christopher's mommy forever

When my friend Sabina visited (all the way from Australia!), we took several photos at Christopher's statue and also at the cemetery.

We never saw what appeared in this photo until the photo was developed.... You can see the photo at the very beginning of this web page --
http://legobeaver.com/christopher/statue/statue.html

We feel that this is a gift to the two of us from our Angels, Christopher and Julian. You can visit Sabina's web page for her son Julian here ~
http://legobeaver.com/julian/julian.html



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IN THEIR OWN WORDS

written or said by our children


IN MEMORY OF
Trenton "Trent" Alan Dove
31
07-16-1977 / 12-23-2008
snowmobile accident

I had saved the last Mother's Day card Trent had sent me 7 months before he died...I ran across it a few months after his accident.

He had written "Happy Mother's Day Mom....Love you Aways, Trent"

Wow! I had something in Trent's handwriting, something to keep and treasure. I cut out the section where he had written this greeting and had it laminated. It's about the size of a credit card, and I carry it in my wallet, and have for over 7 years. Sometimes I pull it out to look at it, and it gives me comfort. I'm so glad I had it laminated, otherwise it would be dog eared and worn by now. It's my touchstone to Trent.

Susie, Trent's mom.



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SPECIAL MEMORIES


IN MEMORY OF
Randy Reed Hecox
30 Years
1/7/69 to 7/23/99
GSH
SUBMITTED BY
Ali Hecox

I love my child of love and i miss him so. I wish i could dream about him but I don't anymore. The holidays are nothing now.

Randy was coming home on leave from the army. He had been gone for a year. When he arrived at the airport, I saw him as I ran down the walk way and hugged him so tight and cried. My Randy had never been away from home. I could not help myself. He said... "Mom if you don't stop crying you'll have me crying with you. You sure have a rad dress on. I like it". I said..." What does rad mean". Haaa he said... "Cool,sharp....you look good in it".



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DREAMS


IN MEMORY OF
Brandon Wesley Sgaggero
29
4/7/78 - 3/6/08
Narcotic Intoxication-morphine and methadone
SUBMITTED BY
Tammie-Brandon's Mom

This dream I had took place in the the dining room of our old house, as another dream did. This time, Brandon had a beer bottle, a photo album and a picture inside a frame. They were all tucked under his arm. He didn't say anything to me.



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FUNNY MEMORIES OF OUR CHILDREN


IN MEMORY OF
Daniel Scott Forrester
30
2/28/70 ~ 1/10/01
lymphoma
SUBMITTED BY
Arlene (Dan's Mom)

A fond memory of my son Danny.

He was in the hospital in N.Y. SO many times. It was like his home away from home.

One time we went to visit him and there was a "sign" on his door. "WENT HOME TO TAKE A BUBBLE BATH". AND HE DID !!! He got himself dressed, left the hospital, got a taxi, and went home to take a nice relaxing bubble bath.......then came back to the hospital to "face the music".

What a character he was......BUT his doctor got used to his "shananigans" and just let him be.

HOW I MISS MY BOY !!!



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OUR CHILDREN'S ACHIEVEMENTS, TALENTS, HONORS, AWARDS, AND UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS


ENCORE PRESENTATION FROM 2012


IN MEMORY OF
Joey Whiteman
21 yrs. 360 days
September 8, 1980 - September 3, 2002
Auto Accident
SUBMITTED BY
TERRIE WHITEMAN, JOEY'S MOM
(now in Heaven with Joey)

We are an all sports family and all the teams in the Hatfield & Harleysville, Pennsylvania area got a notice if their child was picked to come to a baseball clinic, sponsored by Tug McGraw (one of the biggest and well known baseball players for the Phillies). My boys couldn’t wait to go. Both Jon-Michael (Joey's brother) and Joey were shown the right and wrong way to bat, manners used in playing, how to pitch, and had the best time of their lives being with REAL SUPERSTARS. We of course took pictures. The boys got shirts, balls, all kinds of souvenirs and some really hard lessons on becoming a real baseball player.

A happier day couldn’t be bought.

The letter below was sent to Joey from a real celebrity twenty three years ago, inviting him to his baseball clinic:

June 30, 1989

Dear Joey:

Welcome to the line-up!

You're all registered for the tug McGraw/Rohm and Haas on Saturday, July 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It's great to have you on the team.

Bring your glove and be ready for a full day of tips on pitching, hitting and fielding from me and my coaching staff, and a ballgame later in the afternoon. We'll supply bats, balls and other equipment, and luch, t-shirts and a full line-up of prizes will be given away.

The playing field is located adjacent to the Rohm and Haas Research Laboratories in Spring House at 727 Norristown Road, just east of Route 309. to get there, take Norristown road to the intersection of McKean Road. turn down McKean Road, and the field will be on the left.

So get read to play, rain or shine! Should you have any questions on game day, please call the Rohm and Haas Gatehouse at 641-7909 for information, and ask for Paul Ciotta.

See you on the field!

Tug McGraw



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MEMORIALS

ROAD SIDE, HEADSTONE, URN, GARDEN, DISPLAY, PUBLICATION, BENCH, STATUE, PLAQUE, BRICK, SIGN, STONE, ROOM, SPORT, PLACE, WEB SITE, POEM, STORY, BALLOON, CAKE, ITEM .....


IN MEMORY OF
Briittany Brooks Guleff
05/07/1985-03/26/2010
Accidental Overdose
SUBMITTED BY
Pam Brooks

This is a link to my daughter's page....

Http//:www.legobeaver.org/brittanyg/brittany1/html



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IN MEMORY OF
Suzan Beth Brunelle
24 years
March 4, 1964 - April 22, 1988
auto accident
SUBMITTED BY
Marsha Brunelle-Milbauer

How has the death of your child changed you?

My purpose here and now is to commend Christine Ross and her beloved son, Lucas Christopher Ross, for the extremely beautiful newsletter, photos, and inspiration for people who are living with the greatest of all tragedies, the loss of our beautiful children.

When I first joined The Compassionate Friends more than two decades ago... I realized there are many "lifelines" including Christine's phenomenal newsletter. Sure, we can't help changing when going through a life altering situation. It is not the natural order of life. Our children should NOT predecease us. But, life happens. My daughter, Suzan Beth Brunelle, was born almost 52 years ago on her EXACT due date, March 4, 1964. Shortly after her death, April 22, 1988, I wrote a note to her saying, "you arrived at the time you were supposed to, 13 hours hard labor, extreme pain, and you died 24 years later with a most unbelievable pain that no one should ever have to endure. I would not have given up those 24 years in spite of the pain I went through." But, we, of course, do go on to honor their memory. I invite anyone who needs to talk to call me at 754-222-6461 (in Coconut Creek, Florida). This April will be 28 years that Suzy is in Heaven. The raw edge of my heart has smoothed over somewhat, and the pain has subsided a little, but I miss her still every day of the rest of my life.

Marsha Brunelle-Milbauer
(originally Staten Island, NY)



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(See list of questions in the NEWS section and/or the SUBMISSIONS page.





















BLESSINGS


IN MEMORY OF
Corrina Jennell Parslow
18
January 15th 1987 September 29th 2005
Auto Accident
SUBMITTED BY
Michelle~Corrina's mom

I was very blessed to have Corrina. I was told by more than one doctor that chances were I wouldn't get pregnant or carry a child full term. Very sad for a 19 year old girl to find out, when all I really wanted was to be a mom. I wasn't really interested in a career. I just really wanted a house filled with kids.

Much to my surprise and happiness, I found myself pregnant with my RinaBean. That child filled all my hopes and dreams above and beyond ALL my expectations. And I might add, not from lack of trying, but I never got pregnant again. Corrina was my ONE AND ONLY, and was as close to perfect as God makes them. I miss and love her every single second of every single day.

So, as you can see, I was blessed, blessed, BLESSED!!!



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READER COMMENTS


COMMENTS SINCE LAST MONTH'S NEWSLETTER


IN MEMORY OF
Adam R. Fiock
26
July1 1981- October 6, 2009
Self inflicted GSWH
SUBMITTED BY
Christine, Adam's m<3m

Dear Christine,
Thank you again for a beautiful newsletter. I hope Santa puts the charmed Memories Star Wars bracelet in your stocking.

love, Christine May the Force Be With You


IN MEMORY OF: Brian Selhorst
22
6/13/86 - 5/1/09
leukemia (ALL)
SUBMITTED BY
Mary Ann

Dear Chris Yours notes in the news letter about your son and angel Luke are beautiful. I don't remember how I found your web site, but I am so glad I did. We all are in this "special club" that I know none of us what to be. I miss my son and angel Brian (my only child), more and more each day, but with all the help I get from you and your members does help me so much. Thank You I hope everyone had a good (as good as can be) holiday. I hope the new year for every one will be a little easier for all.


IN MEMORY OF
Daniel Scott Forrester
30
2/28/70 ~ 1/10/01
lymphoma
SUBMITTED BY
Arlene (Dan's Mom)

Thank you for yet another BEAUTIFUL newsletter. How do you do it? Reading all the names of the children that have passed on.........it just rips my heart opened ..... once again. Thank you for including Danny...... even though I never seem to do my submissions in time. Always seems to be so much on my plate. (but no excuse). Must go..............Roger Lee is going to Minnesota for a seminar for his job......leaving at 5am for the airport. I pray he has a safe trip. (it's a crazy world right now). (((HUGS))) to all. Arlene


IN MEMORY OF
Christopher Ronald Faller
7-1/2 years
May 7, 1990 - March 24, 1998
viral tumors after successful heart transplant
SUBMITTED BY
Maria, Christopher's mommy forever

Dear Christine - again, such a beautiful newsletter. of course i cried all the way through it. that Christmas song by Elvis is one I have never heard either, but it sure did bring on the tears. Now i have to go look for that movie The Majestic, as i can have a good cry while watching that too. thank you for including the poem that i submitted for Christopher. I appreciate that very much. I hope that you and your family somehow have a nice Christmas. it is so hard this time of the year though. sigh. thank you so very much, maria Christopher's mommy forever



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CHOOSE A QUESTION FROM THE LIST BELOW TO ANSWER:

1. What do you think Heaven is like?

2. Based on your personal experience what would you say to someone that has just lost their child and what hope could you give them?

3. How long has your child been gone physically and how long does it seem like your child has been gone? Explain

4. Do you feel as if your child has been forgotten by some family members and friends? Explain

5. Do you think our children that have died miss us? Explain

6. How has the death of your child changed you?

7. If you could choose to relive any day that you spent with your child, what day would you choose and why?

8. How would you define the grief that is felt with the loss of a child?

9. How has your life changed between the day your child died and now?

10. Does your child communicate with you from the other side? Explain

11. Did you have a premonition of your child's death? Explain






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PRIDE: Share an achievement, talent, unique characteristic, or anything that makes you proud of your child.

MEMORIALS: Share any way that you have memorialized your child.

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"When there is love in my heart and a smile on my face,
I need nothing else." ~ Luke Ross

"MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU"