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There are so very many little things that I loved about Luke as an adult. I always told him I loved him and he always told me he loved me, but there were so many everyday things that I loved about him that were left unspoken. Those unspoken words reveal the things that I miss most about Luke.

I decided that it was time to tell Luke all those little things that I loved about him. So I went to his garden and I sat on the bench in front of his stone and I cried as I spoke aloud to him all of those little 'unspoken words of love'.....


I love how you slurpped when you drank soda from a can.

I love how your big toe curled up on the end.

I love how you closed your eyes when you were eating something that you really liked.

I love how I had to tip-toe to kiss you on the cheek.

I love how your whiskers felt when you kissed me good morning.

I love how you moved back home unaware that you were spending your last 7 months on this earth with us before you died.

I love how you pursed your lips as you sipped from a straw.

I love how your fingertips felt because they were calloused from playing your guitar.

I love how polite you were to everyone, even when they didn't deserve it.

I love how you rattled when you walked because of the box of tic-tacks in your pants pocket.

I love how you saved the state quarters for me and would sell them to me for $1.00 each!

I love how your arms looked so strong when you carried something heavy.

I love how you yawned loud and stretched when you got up in the mornings.

I love how you looked leaving the house with your guitar strapped across your shoulder hanging upside down on your back.

I love how you had the courage to move to Telluride, Colorado with only what you could get in your car and nothing in your pockets but hope and excitement.

I love how you would tell me when you were sick or that you had a headache.

I love how you would call me from work, just to say "Hi".

I love how you would shyly ask for my help when you needed it.

I love how you loved dressing comfortable.

I love how you would make fun of my southern accent.

I love how when we went to eat at a steak house you would order fish instead and then say..."Mom, nobody can cook a steak as good as you."

I love how you would take up for me when someone did me wrong.

I love how much you loved little kids and animals.

I love how you always had a 'wisecrack' for everything.

I love how gentle your heart was.

I love how warm you were inside and out.

I love how you still got excited like a child when you opened gifts.

I love how you were not embarrassed to say..."I love you, Mom" in front of your friends.

I love how you valued my opinion.

I love how you told me your heartaches and your heartbreaks with reddened eyes full of tears.

I love how you would cry on my shoulder, but would have to stoop over to do so.

I love how you always had the most beautiful smile for everyone.

I love how you trusted me with your deepest thoughts.

I love how you would say...."Mom, could you bring me a glass of milk."

I love how you would jokingly say.... "Hey woman, bring me some milk."

I love how you were so proud to be 21.

I love how you liked going places with just me.

I love how you would say..."Mom, I quit smoking today" and then by evening you would go buy a pack of cigarettes.

I love how when I would apologize for fussing at you, you would say.... "I know you did it out of love."

I love how you always ended our phone conversations with "I love you Mom".

I love how you would ask me to cut your hair.

I love how you would look in the mirror at what you were wearing and then say.."Mom does this look okay?"

I love how you would whistle when you were happy.

I love how you would ask me to listen to a song you wrote as you played it on your guitar.

I love how you would make me laugh.

I love how you gave me one arm hugs.

I love how you gave me such wonderful memories.

I love how I finally know that you already knew all of these "unspoken words of love."

But must of all Luke..... I love how you loved me.

© 2014 Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001


Those funny little Valentines
You made when you were small.

Those heartfelt little Valentines
You gave when you got tall.

Those romantic little Valentines
Sent to a special girl.

Those "I Love You" little Valentines
That will always mean the world.

Those Heavenly little Valentines
I'm hoping you will send.

Those far away little Valentines
I wait for once again.

© 2003 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001

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"Because You Loved Me" is a song by Canadian singer Cťline Dion. Written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, it was released as a single in 1996. Its lyrics revolve around someone thanking a loved one for guiding, encouraging, and protecting them throughout their life, and making them who they are today. The song was a commercial success. It became Dion's second single to top the Billboard Hot 100, remaining at number-one for six weeks. The single is certified platinum in the US.



For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby
You're the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through, through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'cause you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I'm grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don't know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'cause you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
The light in the dark shining your love into my life
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'cause you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

~ WORDS AND MUSIC BY: Diane Warren & David Foster


Austin James Jolliff*10 mo 18 days*03-23-2005/2-11-2006*Homicide
bryan esposito*20*5/13/1979-2/11/2000*unknown
Christine Marie Klein*27*1/30/75 - 2/26/02*Suicide
Daniel Scott Forrester*30*2/28/70 - 1/10/01*non-hodgkins lymphoma
Denise Marie McCormick*40 years*Dec 7, 1963 to Feb 28, 2004*Murder
Dustin James Ellis*16*2/21/85---3/17/2001*smoke inhailation due to housefire
GLEN LOGIE*21*02/21/73 - 05/02/95
Joseph Luke Kretsch, 25, 2-22-81 to 9-16-06, accident as a pedestrian
Karin H Haley*29 years*2-6 -79----12-7-08*pencreatitis
Leon Jr. Jonas*29*2/17/61 10/26/90*car crash
Manny Marcopulos Lopez, III, 26, sunrise February 20, 1973 - murdered July 11, 1999
Marisa Lynn Ward*25 years*02/17/83 - 12/13/08*Cardiopulmonary Arrest
Nicole Lorraine Ramsden*12*07/10/1997-02/22/10*leukemia
timothy arnold roden*21*02-13-1989-8-18-2010*accidental
Timothy D.Stratton*29 years*2-6-79----12-7-08*pencreatitis
TYLER ALAN VANDERWALL*20 YRS*4/20/86 - 2/04/07, HOVD

IN MEMORY OF: Austin James Jolliff
AGE: 10 months 18 days
DATES: 03/23/205-02/11/2006
CAUSE: shaken
SUBMITTED BY: Lynn Jolliff

My precious baby boy was taken from me way to soon. Wish I could have traded places with him he was such a happy baby all the time. So adorable his big sisters called him their baby.

IN MEMORY OF: bryan esposito
AGE: 20
DATES: 5/13/78-2/11/00
CAUSE: unknown

It will be 14 years and it still feels as though it was just yesterday. I see you and feel you with me more and more each day. I just wish I could hug you. I often think of what you would be doing in your life. Would you have married Jen, would I be a grandmother? I often pretend that you are still with us and just away. It's comforting for me. Bryan you are missed and always will be, even your cousins who never met you, know who you are, and speak of you. we will all be together as usual for your anniversary, watch for our balloons. love you much, mom

IN MEMORY OF: Daniel Scott Forrester
AGE: 30
DATES: 2/28/70 ~ 1/10/2001
CAUSE: non-hodgkins lymphoma
SUBMITTED BY: Arlene (Dan's Mom)

February 28, 1970 Danny arrived (after two days of hard labor).... weighing 8 lbs.10 ounces. My first born was finally here. He was a CLONE of his Dad. When the nurse put him in my arms, I just cried....OH HOW I LOVED THIS PRECIOUS GIFT FROM GOD. My Danny boy !!! My emotions were overwhelming & OVERFLOWING with love.


In January, 2001, I buried my sweet Danny. He was 30 years old. Today on Feb. 28th, 2014 he would have been 43. My heart was broken then and still is now. Things change, families grow, years go by, but the memories remain. Danny was SO courageous, fighting his cancer far longer then the doctors could believe. 5 years longer then expected !!! He was a fighter !!! My Danny boy, who played the LION in his 3rd grade play of the Wizard of OZ... certainly played out his life's "ROLE" with more courage then anyone could imagine. Cancer took over his body with vengeance, but Danny's courage was apparent time & time again. I was SO proud of my son ~ in his 3rd grade play, and during his years of illness. He was more worried about me and how I would handle it, then he was of himself.

Danny - my son, Happy Birthday in Heaven. I wonder so often if time is of any concern in Heaven. After all...life for you is now eternal....so there really is no need for "time". However, I will NEVER forget the day you were born. Memories of you will always stay alive in my heart. WE ALL MISS you SO very much. We will have birthday cake and send up balloons. Some of your nieces & nephews watch until the balloons are out of sight and they SWEAR you reach out of the clouds and grab them. Perhaps they're right !!! I LOVE YOU ~ I LOVE YOU ~ I LOVE YOU.....


Dan's forever Mom (Arlene)

IN MEMORY OF: Joseph Luke Kretsch
AGE: 25
DATES: 2-22-81 & 9-16-2006
CAUSE: hit by motorcycle as a pedestrian
SUBMITTED BY: Jo Ann Luke kretsch

Dear Joe, Happy Birthday in heaven -- celebrate with all the angels. We know Nikki will be at your side -- we miss you both everyday. We love you more than words can express. Hugs & kisses everyday. Love, Mom & Dad (Joe's fiancť, Nikki Gornick, was also killed at the same time -- both hit by the motorcycle.)

IN MEMORY OF: Denise Marie McCormick
AGE: 40 years
DATES: Dec 7, 1963 to Feb 28, 2004
CAUSE: Murder
WRITTEN BY: Sherrie, Denise's Mom

In loving memory of my beautiful daughter, Denise. You were so kind and loving and caring. You always saw the good in people. Life is so different without you here on earth. We all miss you every day and love you forever.




"When someone is in your heart, they're never truly gone. They can come back to you, even at unlikely times." ~ Mitch Albom, For One More Day


"I wish I could take away all the pain from deep in your hearts." ~ Joan Taylor 2012


IN MEMORY OF: Dylan Ross, 36 years, 11/22/73 - 08/27/2010, Pulmonary Embolism
IN MEMORY OF: Matthew Ross, 36 minutes, 06/07/72 - 06/07/72
SUBMITTED BY: Rhonda Ross, Mom of Dylan and Matthew

I'm sending a dove to Heaven
With a parcel on its wings,
Be careful when you open it
It's full of beautiful things.
Inside are a million kisses
Wrapped up in a million hugs,
To say how muych I miss you
And to send you all my love.

I hold you close within my heart
And there you will remain,
To walk with me througout my life
Until I see you again.

~ author unknown


IN MEMORY OF: Denise Marie McCormick
AGE: 40 years
DATES: Dec 7, 1963 to Feb 28, 2004
CAUSE: Murder
WRITTEN BY: Sherrie, Denise's Mom

My beautiful precious daughter, Denise,

This month it will be 10 years since that monster took you from us. Sadly, you had your 50th birthday in heaven. I miss you so much everyday. We moved to the Oregon Coast about 3 years after your murder. We have a house on 3/4 acre in a wooded area Ĺ a mile from the ocean. We have lots of birds, squirrels, cottontail bunnies and other wildlife. Thereís very little traffic in our neighborhood. Its so quiet and peaceful. You canít see the ocean from our house, but you can hear it and its very soothing. We can walk to the ocean right onto the beach. Youíd love it here!

There are so many things I want to share with you and show you and talk to you about. I love it when you come and visit and show me signs and talk to me. I just wish with all my being that you could be on earth with us again. Iíve been doing well with my photography. Although, I do wish I had my beautiful blond model back. We could be creating some wonderful fine art images together. I know youíre proud of me. Not just the photography that you were always proud of, but also my personal growth. I joined Weight Watchers again. Iíve lost over 70 pounds in the past 2 years, I quit smoking, and I only have a drink once in a great while. Iím trying to get healthy and do the things you would be proud of. I need to be healthy to keep your memory alive.

I wish I would have let you know you could call and wake me up any time you needed to. I have a hard time not feeling guilty about your need to accept a ride home from a friend of a friend of yours. It took over 4 years to go to take that monster to court. We had to get the laws changed before we took the case to trial. We needed to be sure he got a lot of prison time. Yes, he is still in prison. His sentence was 25 years to life. Colleen and Dean just moved back to Australia. If he ever does come up for parole, Colleen will come back here to testify before the Parole Board to keep him in prison. She misses you very much too.

The Prosecutors Office here knows who I am and about your murder case and how we fought to get the laws changed. They wanted me to go to work for them as a Victimís Advocate, but I donít feel emotionally strong enough yet. I want to do it for you, but I donít think I can. Maybe Iíll be strong enough one day. Now, Iím still so emotionally devastated that I cry when I hear or read about tragedies or animals being injured or killed.

Iím not as much of a basket case as I was. Although, I still have my moments and still have problems sleeping. I havenít been able to sleep well since your murder. At night I canít get to sleep and then I donít want to get up in the morning. It doesnít help if I try to go to bed early. Then, I just toss and turn and canít sleep anyway. The doctor will give me sleeping pills, but Iím afraid of becoming addicted. So I just donít take them. I get by as best as I can.

Love can never be taken from us. It lives in our hearts. I loved you from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I loved you from the time I felt you move and kick me and I loved you from the minute you were born. I will love you forever with all that I am and ever will be. I will miss you every day of my life until we are together again.

All my love forever and ever,



IN MEMORY OF: Daniel Scott Forrester
AGE: 30
DATES: 2/28/70 ~ 1/10/2001
CAUSE: non-hodgkins lymphoma
SUBMITTED BY: Arlene (Dan's Mom)

Danny was born February 28th, 1970 in Hackensack Hospital, New Jersey. He weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. From day one, he always liked to be the center of attention. When Dan was in 3rd grade, he played the part of the Cowardly Lion in the play "The Wizard of Oz". The symbol of the Lion stayed with him his whole life. He truly received the gift of Courage which he would rely on as an adult.

Dan was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma in December of l995. He was given 6 months to a year to live. He said he needed more time. He fought his battle for 5 long years with the courage of that roaring Lion. During the time of his illness....Danny came to realize what life is all about. It's not about fame or fortune, it's about the love of family & friends. It's about faith in God. Danny died at home, in his own room with all his family around him, loving him, touching him and watching the struggle leave his body ~ praying for his peaceful journey home.

As long as I live ~ he will live also. His name, the memories he left us, his love....will not be forgotten. Peace my son, PEACE.


IN MEMORY OF: Joey Marshall Whiteman
AGE: 21years 360 days
DATES: 09/08/80-09/03/02
CAUSE: auto accident
SUBMITTED BY: Terrie Whiteman (Joey's Mom)

My Dearest Joey,

One more day to miss you,
One more day to kiss you,
You're still my valentine,
Although I'd like a sign.
A sign to know you're here,
Beside me, know you're near,
Beside me when I cry,
Until the day I die.
My heart is yours forever,
My sweet forever son,
You'll always be my valentine,
Until my life is done.

Happy Valentine's Day
I Love You


IN MEMORY OF: Lisa Elaine Mewbourne
AGE: 25
DATES: 9/23/65 ~ 4/23/91
CAUSE: gunshot wound to head
WRITTEN BY: Faye Mewbourne Martin

When my daughter died so abruptly and unexpectedly from suicide, I think I nearly went crazy. I cried for her; longed for her; longed to see her face; to smell the sweet fragrance that was hers. I hurt so deeply inside and nothing could take away my pain. It had only been three weeks since I buried part of myself. I didn't want to keep on living, but after too many weeks away from work I knew I had to go back. It was so hard to do since nothing seemed important to me anymore.

The morning I went back to work, I stood in my dressing room putting on makeup that I hoped would hide a little of the pain inside. All of a sudden, I felt as though I were frozen in time. I stood there unable to move and I FELT Lisa's presence. It surrounded and engulfed me. She and I were one. I smelled her wonderful fragrance. It was as if she was embracing me with her love. Perhaps she was telling me that it was okay for me to go on with my life. I didn't dare move a muscle wanting to hold on to her as long as possible. I'm not sure, but I think the experience only lasted a few seconds. But, it was enough for me to know that she still lived and still loved her mom.

IN MEMORY OF: Sean Ernest Stenzel
AGE: 27
DATES: 3/13/1984 - 7/31/2011
CAUSE: Car accident
SUBMITTED BY: by his mother Mary Stenzel

Sean would always get on his father for working too hard or carrying too many heavy things especially after he had a heart attack. One night my husband was in the garage lifting some very heavy pieces. One of Lili's toys out of the clear blue came on and started playing. We really feel these were signs from Sean.


written or said by our children

IN MEMORY OF: Sean Ernest Stenzel
AGE: 27
DATES: 3/13/1984 - 7/31/2011
CAUSE: Car accident
SUBMITTED BY: by his mother Mary Stenzel

Sean was employed the past two years working with Gordy Hanson Construction out of New Richland building pole sheds. He loved to work outdoors and liked his work and especially loved working with the father/son, Bill and Cody. So many times, he would come over and tell us how well the three of them worked together and how much the three could accomplish in a day. I can hear him tell us how Bill is like "an old Billy goat, the way he walks around those roofs". Sean was so proud of his steel roof which the three guys did on a weekend along with Rick helping tearing out his skylights, etc.


IN MEMORY OF: Daniel Scott Forrester
AGE: 30
DATES: 2/28/70 ~ 1/10/2001
CAUSE: non-hodgkins lymphoma
SUBMITTED BY: Danny's Mom (Arlene)


Danny's favorite "all time" teacher was his 3rd grade teacher (Miss Ryan). (Mrs. Peterson). This was his teacher when Danny played the part off the Lion in the class play "The Wizard of Oz". Every Valentine's Day, Danny asked me to buy a rose so he could give it to Miss Ryan. Every year, I did that for him. When he got to middle school, he continued his tradition.... EVERY year, getting her a rose. Once he got to high school, he did this on his own.....always remembering his very favorite teacher.

At Danny's funeral, I recognized "his all time favorite teacher" (now she was Mrs. Peterson). She cried and told me she would NEVER forget Danny. A few months after Danny's funeral, Mrs. Peterson was recognized as "Teacher of the Year". Although I wasn't at the event, I was told that she included Danny in her speech. They crossed each other's 'life path' and I know he is watching over Mrs. Peterson, and she will always remember him....especially on Valentine's Day.


IN MEMORY OF: Sean Ernest Stenzel
AGE: 27
DATES: 3/13/1984 - 7/31/2011
CAUSE: Car accident
SUBMITTED BY: by his mother Mary Stenzel

The fall before Sean's accident, he was responsible for saving our house and my life from a fire. I had one of our coolers out and was soaking a turkey in it. I had it on the stove/counter top; however, unbeknown to me, I must have accidentally knocked on the top burner buttons. Since Rick was in the fields and I was home alone, I decided to take a nap. I awoke to Sean coming in the house screaming about the house being full of smoke...the cooler had ignited on the stove from the burner being on. If Sean hadn't come home at that time, the cooler would have been in full flames and who knows about the house or how much smoke I would have inhaled.


IN MEMORY OF: Dominic Michael Campano
AGE: 17
DATES: B 1/2991 D 6/10/08
SUBMITTED BY: Susan Campano-Readel, Dominic's mom

Dominic shot himself outside in the yard at my older son's house. No one would let me go near him; I just wanted to sit & hold his hand. I kept crying and saying "He has no sox or shoes on, he killed himself in bare feet" Shortly after his death I started having this recurring dream, over & over, that Dominic would ask me to buy him sox. I was always out sock shopping for him! After a few months life for everyone else marched on & I started having flashbacks, like of what he looked like putting that gun in his mouth, what he did to himself. So, I ordered the Medical Examiner's photos. Dominic DID have sox on his feet. I never had that sock dream again!


IN MEMORY OF: Sean Ernest Stenzel
AGE: 27
DATES: 3/13/1984 - 7/31/2011
CAUSE: Car accident
SUBMITTED BY: by his mother Mary Stenzel

Everyone knew that Sean had a quick wit and such a good sense of humor. He would always come up with something so funny. So many times he found things to be funny which may not have been funny to others. One night Sean and his dad were playing catch with a baseball, but his dad lost "sight" of the ball and it ended up hitting him in the eye. It was too funny to Sean, but not so to Rick. The more Rick would complain, the funnier it was to Sean. Rick ended up with a huge black eye which Sean thought was hilarious especially since he worked at the school.


IN MEMORY OF: Joshua Eugene Hedglin
AGE: 18
DATES: 9/13/78~3/16/97
WRITTEN BY: Monika Hedglin

I am your Mom

You stole my heart
right from the start
You filled my heart with so much love
You filled my days with joy
Because of you my sweet blue-eyed boy
We read lots of books
We took long walks
We rode the bus all over town,
We shared lots of long talks
You were such a clown
You just wanted everyone
To be happy like you
It was so easy for you
You filled my life with your sunshine
You will always be my sonshine


IN MEMORY OF: Dominic Michael Campano
AGE: 17
DATES: B 1/29/91 D 6/10/08
SUBMITTED BY: Susan Campano-Readel, Dominic's mom

I have most all of Dominic's ashes in a very beautiful brass urn. It has his full name, dates, and under that on the front it says "Sadly missed but never forgotten" On the back it says "See you in the Long Run".....he wrote that as the last line of his suicide note. I have a small portion in a starfish shaped urn, because we lived on the beach in Cape Canaveral, FL & that was the best time of our lives, and we were on the beach literally every single day. Both urns are beautiful and I have his picture right along side the urns. The picture is the last picture ever taken of him, sitting on a bench at the local amusement park, Kennywood.


What is your description of Heaven?

IN MEMORY OF: Adam R. Fiock
AGE: 26
DATES: 7-1-81. 10-6-2007
CAUSE: Self inflicted wound to head

My idea of heaven is a visit with my grandpa as we used to do when Adam and Allison were young. He did not believe in working on Sundays. We 3 would visit him on that day of the week. I can see us sitting on his porch, Allison reading, Adam probably playing a game of some sort, and my grandpa and I sitting next to each other on lawn chairs.

He used to make basketball nets out of plastic twine and rope and sell them. Usually we might have one beer sitting on the floor beside us. We would have a net in progress, but no rush- just passing the time. For Christmas, I believe our loved ones stand in line, and their present for Jesus is to tell him something good that they did while on earth.


IN MEMORY OF: Jason Christopher Dunn
AGE: 22
DATES: June 5, 1974-March 13,1997
CAUSE: Accidental Gun
WRITTEN BY: Susie Dunn

Angels in my kitchen..

During Christmas break oh about 1995
I was just getting ready to start reading
An angel book I had picked up
on a school field trip.
Bud had left for work so it
was probably 6:00 a.m.
I had just taken my coffee cup
and put in next to the pot
and I was walking back to the living room
so I could sit and read...
well walking across the kitchen floor
my foot slipped out from under me
and I started to fall.
Just as this happened I said "Oh GOD"
and as I said this..
I felt someone on both sides of me.
I went to the floor.
but I didn't HIT the floor.
It was like I was gently placed
on the floor.
All I could Say was WOW..
I knew it had to be
my angels that helped me.
I couldn't get that smile off my face for weeks.



IN MEMORY OF: Adam R. Fiock
AGE: 26
DATES: 7-1-81. 10-6-2007
CAUSE: Self inflicted wound to head
SUBMITTED BY: Christine Knapp, Adam's proud mom of a soldier.

Your story about Luke's faith, taping over the fuel indicator was so inspiring. What an awesome young man he is. Definitely Way! ahead of his time. How proud you must be.

IN MEMORY OF: Robert Walton
AGE: 1 day old
DATES: Nov 10, 1963 - Nov 11, 1963
CAUSE: Premuture

My Dear Christine. Thank You so much my sweet friend for sharing with me January BringerOfLightNewsLetter. Reading {By Faith, Not By Sight}, brought tears in my eyes Christine bless you. I'm so pleased that you came across Grieving Parent's online. And to know it was your Salvation makes me feel happy indeed for you Christine. And I'm so pleased for you that Arlene came into your life Christine. And it makes me so happy knowing you became best of friends bless you both. I know in my heart that Danny would have welcome Luke with open arms in The Kingdom of Heaven GB them both for ever Christine. And I thought {Taken From Me} was lovely to read but very sad my Dear Friend. The song Danny Boy I've always loved that song so much Christine. Sending all my love and prayers to you and Robin and Emily. Wishing you all A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014. With all my love & New Year Blessings to you all.
From your friend Joan and Family. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.

IN MEMORY OF: Daniel Scott Forrester
AGE: 30
DATES: 2/28/70 ~ 1/10/2001
CAUSE: non-hodgkins lymphoma
SUBMITTED BY: Arlene (Dan's Mom)

I want to thank Christine for being my dearest friend, and for mentioning Danny and the special relationship we have in the forward of last months newsletter. SO MANY SIGNS from our boys made it VERY apparent to us that they are as "brothers" in Heaven. How blessed we are to have the comfort that they are together and they no longer have the "problems" of this world. Thank you Christine and Robin for the special friends you are to us. Thanking Luke for being such a great friend to Danny. The day will come that we will ALL be together again. Love you Christine ~ (((HUGS)))


A new section has been added to the Bringer of Light Newsletter. We now have a section where you can share ANGEL STORIES. If you have had an encounter with and angel before or after your child's death we would love to hear all about it.


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


If you have ever made a submission to the Bringer of Light Newsletter, your child's name should appear at the top of the Dedications Section when it is their anniversary or birthday. You may also write a dedication to be included below the section names for your child's special dates.

Special thanks for Bringer of Light Newsletter submissions this month:

Lynn Jolliff
Mom of Bryan Esposito
Arlene (Dan's Mom)
Jo Ann Luke Kretsch
Jerry Jonas Mudge
Terrie Whiteman (Joey's Mom)
Faye Mewbourne Martin
Sean's mother, Mary Stenzel
Susan Campano-Readel, Dominic's mom
Monika Hedglin
Christine Knapp, Adam's proud mom of a soldier.
Susie Dunn
Joan Taylor
Rhonda Ross

Thanks also for all of the wonderful submissions that will be featured in an upcoming Bringer of Light newsletter. Those who submitted will be notified when their submission will be included in the newsletter and also which month it will be featured in. Everyone is encouraged to make submissions for ANY of the catagories. You may do so by clicking on the 'submit button' below:

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If your submission has appeared in a past Bringer of Light Newsletter, it may also appear again as an Encore Presentation.

Submissions are needed for many of the Bringer of Light Newsletter sections. Submissions are placed in the order that they are received and/or for a relevant month. Your submissions are the essence of the newsletter. So start typing and send in those submissions ASAP! Please go to the link below the section list to see a chart of available sections.

DEDICATIONS: Reserved for those children that will have their anniversary or birthday next month.

QUOTES: Share a quote or saying of your child's or a quote that you like that for your child.

LETTERS TO HEAVEN: A letter written by you to your child in Heaven.

LIFE STORY: A story written by you about your child's life.

POETRY: A poem written by you about your grief or your child.

SIGNS FROM THE OTHER SIDE: A story written by you about a sign that you received from your child.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: A story, poem, quote, or anything written or said by your child.

MEMORIES: A story written by you about a special memory that you have of your child.

DREAMS: A story written by you about a dream that you had of your child after the death of your child.

HUMOR: A story written by you about a funny memory you have of your child at any age.

PRIDE: A story written by you about an achievement, talent, or unique characteristic of your child at any age.

MEMORIALS: A story written by you about a memorial that you have for your child.

QUESTION: Your answer to the current question about grief. (see submission site for current question)

ANGEL STORIES: Stories of encounters with angels that you or your child had at anytime

COMMENTS: A comment that you may have for any of the sections in the Bringer of Light newsletter. CHART FOR AVAILABLE SECTIONS:

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We would love to hear all about your child, or your grief, or your comments. You can participate in the BRINGER OF LIGHT NEWSLETTER by submitting to the above sections.


Last Entry in Luke's Journal:

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