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2016
Bringer of Light Newsletter






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CRIES OF THE WIND

The wind blows through the cabin
Where the logs used to meet.
The tattered curtains flutter
Where a mother used to weep

Morning sunlight trickles through
Shining on the empty floor
Revealing dust of yesterday
From a life that is no more.

The old barn is barely standing.
The door flapping in the breeze.
An old tire swing is swaying
From a big old lonely tree.

A small grave in the distance
Enclosed with rusty iron
Bears the name of her lost child
That time has long forgotten

The wind begins to blow again
As I turn to leave this place
I hear the echo of her cry.....
Or is it mine that has escaped.


© 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



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



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ANNIVERSARY AND BIRTHDAY
DEDICATIONS





IN MEMORY OF
Aaron Charles Kurtz
31
3-27-76 / 3-20-08
car accident




IN MEMORY OF
Adam Jarod DeLong
18
3/10/76 - 9/2/94
auto accident



IN MEMORY OF
Alyssa Estevez
23
04/21/1982 - 03/12/2006
Single Car Accident




IN MEMORY OF
Austin James Jolliff
10 months 18 days
03/23/205-02/11/2006
shaken



IN MEMORY OF
Barry Atken
20 years
10 10 84 - 3 12 04
suicide




IN MEMORY OF
Benjamin Smith
18
March - July
Respritory Failure d/t Flu



IN MEMORY OF
Brad Alan O'Martin
27
6/7/77 - 3/10/05
Melanoma Cancer




IN MEMORY OF
Brandon Beshada
25
03 21 82 - 04 01 07



IN MEMORY OF
Bradford "Wayne" Wells, Jr.
42
6/30/63 * 11/15/05
heart attack



IN MEMORY OF
Brandon
11mos




IN MEMORY OF
Brandon Wesley Sgaggero
29
April 7, 1978 - March 6, 2008
narcotic intoxication



IN MEMORY OF
Brandon Quinn-Gomez
11mos
04 17 06 - 03 25 07




IN MEMORY OF
Brian Joseph Parker
27
4/12/73 - 3/22/01
Auto Accident





IN MEMORY OF
Brittany Brooks Guleff
24
5/7/85 - 3/26/10
Bronchopneumonia




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

For you Christopher, from your Mommy....

Precious Child
Words and music by Karen Taylor-Good

In my dreams, you are alive and well
Precious child, precious child
In my mind, I see you clear as a bell
Precious child, precious child

In my soul, there is a hole
that can never be filled
but in my heart, there is hope
cause you are with me still

In my heart, you live on always there, never gone
Precious child, you left too soon
Though it may be true that we're apart
you will live forever... in my heart

In my plans, I was the first to leave
Precious child, precious child
But in this world, I was left here to grieve
Precious child, my precious child

In my soul, there is a hole
that can never be filled
but in my heart there is hope
and you are with me still

In my heart you live on always there, never gone
Precious child, you left too soon
though it may be true that we're apart
you will live forever... in my heart

God knows I want to hold you, see you, touch you
and maybe there's a heaven
and someday I will again
Please know you are not forgotten until then

In my heart you live on always there never gone
Precious child, you left too soon
though it may be true that we're apart
you will live forever... in my heart





IN MEMORY OF
Christopher Hodge
16
03 09 77-03 03 94
Car Accident



IN MEMORY OF
Colin Rivans Stephens 22
September 2, 1976 - March 29, 1999
Suicide



IN MEMORY OF
Craig Nolan Watson
21
DOB 3/3/84 DOD 12/1/05
IED



IN MEMORY OF
Damo Carver
19
03 11 86 - 02 12 06



IN MEMORY OF
Davey Dunavant
9
03 31 92 - 06 28 01




IN MEMORY OF
Dennis Ralph Yarbrough, Jr.
20
March 11, 1976 - February 11, 1997
Suicide





IN MEMORY OF
Dustin James Ellis
16
2/21/85---3/17/2001
smoke inhailation, due to housefire




IN MEMORY OF
Ian Atchison
12
11 10 94 - 03 18 07
hanging



IN MEMORY OF
James Theodore Dewitt
34
12 23 77 - 03 27 12




IN MEMORY OF
Jason Christopher Dunn
22
6-5-1974--3-13-1997
Accidental Gun Shot




IN MEMORY OF
Jason O'Bryan
21
3/21/80 - 7/26/01



IN MEMORY OF
Jenny Robinson
31
Accidential Over Dose, Prescription Meds




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




IN MEMORY OF
Jill Marie Gregory
35 years 5 months
March 16, 1973 - August 14, 2008
Overwhelming Sepsis




IN MEMORY OF
Jimmy Stokes
21
October 30, 1979 - March 2, 2001
Accidental Overdose of Oxycontin




IN IN MEMORY OF
Joshua Eugene Hedglin
18
9/13/78~3/16/97
MURDER




IN MEMORY OF
Joshua Jones
19
February 10, 1981 - March 29, 2010
Suicide by stabbing




IN MEMORY OF
Justin Tyler Pecco
23
March 20 1988 - July 6 2011
accidental adverse drug reaction



IN MEMORY OF
Kaylin Marie Mathews
20 years
03/01/1988 - 07/01/2008
Homicide



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




IN MEMORY OF
Michael Toth
27
4 March 1983 - 9 November 2010
suicide



IN MEMORY OF
Patricia Robinson
31
04 23 75-03 09 07




IN MEMORY OF
Patti Rawls
(in Heaven with her son Dustin)
55
Malenoma
March 2, 1956 / Dec. 10, 2010




IN MEMORY OF
Robert Dennis (Bobby) Digan
18 Yrs.
3/23/73 - 5/23/91
Special Needs & Surgery mistake



IN MEMORY OF
Ruth Edwards
54
July - March
Heart Attack



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



IN MEMORY OF
Major Sean Cedric Douglas
36 yrs.
3/16/72 - 5/31/08
Motorcycle accident




IN MEMORY OF
Sean Ernest Stenzel
27
3/13/1984 DOD 7/31/2011
Car accident



SHELLY LYNN BEAM
32
10/03/1975--03/26/2008
drug overdose




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




IN MEMORY OF
Timothy Patrick Parker
25
4/5/75 - 3/22/01
Car Accident




IN MEMORY OF
Tina Marie McQuaig
27
5/5/72 3/15/00
Homicide




IN MEMORY OF
Tom Sawdei
30
March 10, 1978 - Feb. 5, 2009



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QUOTES

MEMORIAL QUOTE


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



March brings me many memories of my Danny Boy. At his funeral, the last prayer that Fr. Martin said over his casket was The Irish Blessing

May the roads rise to meet you,
May the winds be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.



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LETTERS


IN MEMORY OF
Jason Christopher Dunn
22
June 5, 1974~March 13, 1997
accidental gunshot
SUBMITTED BY
Susie

Hard to believe that yet another year has passed. How can it be true that it’s been 19 years since you left us here. Somehow we have survived… I don’t know how…but We did. Jason you are so loved…by all that knew you. I wish you could have stayed much Longer. I wanted to watch you grow old and see you hair turn gray… but that was not to be. I know you are here with us… I know that you watched your kids grow to be great adults. I also know that you held both of your grandson’s before they got here. I just wish I could have watched all of this.

So much time has passed, but still I wait for you to come home. I still wait for your call that Doesn’t come. I still wait for you laughter to fill my heart with joy. Our lives have been empty since you left. We still find joy and happiness…but always you are missing. The ache never leaves us. We will never feel whole again…not on this side of Heaven…but I know our time Is coming. Time has always been a factor in our lives, time moves on for all of us. But it’sUnderstandable…we age each and every day, we get closer to leaving this world for the next and waiting for us will be you...with that big smile on your face and you asking… What took you so long…..and then we will hear that beautiful laughter.

And then time won’t matter anymore.....
Love forever and Always
Mom and Dad



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LIFE STORIES


NIKKI & JOE


IN MEMORY OF
Nichelle Marie Gornick (Nikki)
24 years
August 27, 1982 - September 15, 2006
Pedestrian Accident. Hit by a motorcycle
(Nikki is the photographer for all three photos in this story)
SUBMITTED BY
Nikki's Mom

This is a picture of my daughter, Nichelle Gornick, and Joseph Kretsch. She called him Joey Mango, but I don't know why. Nichelle was a photographer, and took this picture herself. They met on New Years Eve, danced and shared their first kiss at midnight. There romance bloomed fast. They enjoyed family,cooking, soap making, shopping flea markets and hosting game night with friends.

Nikki was a high school art teacher, and touched so many lives in her short one. It is going on 10 years since their fatal accident and I still hear from some of her students and friends. It is a great comfort to know how well loved she was.

Before the accident JoAnn (Joe's mom) and I had only met once. We became fast friends and support for each other. The last few years our visits have evolved into being able to share laughter and fun, and comfort and peace with each other . We will always wonder about how many beautiful grand children we would have shared, and what a wonderful life these two loving and intelligent kids would have built.

As you know, the heartbreak is permanent, and the loss is always carried with you. We know they would want their loved ones to have a full life, and that is what Jo Ann and I try to focus on. The blessing it was to have them in our life, and carry them with us everyday.


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

Nikki & Joe both graduated from Michigan State University. Nikki was a high school Art Teacher. Joe graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree and worked as a Chemical Engineer.

Nikki's Mom & I are very close and get together quite often ( even though we live 3 hours away from each other) and share our memories and special dates of both Joey & Nikki. We even celebrated the day that their wedding was to be -- 8/11/07 -- with all our family with a Mass at church and a lunch for the wedding party, etc. And then on their 1st Wedding Anniversary. So to us, they have a special soul-mate eternal love in heaven.

Even though their wedding plans were all set, Joe waited for the perfect time to give Nikki the perfect engagement ring on her 24th birthday. Their accident happened about 3 weeks later. They had an appointment the next morning to pick out their wedding cake.

Nikki died instantly around 9 PM. Joe went into surgery and died during surgery shortly after midnight (Sept. 16, 2006). They were pedestrians hit by a guy on a motorcycle during a heavy fog. They were buried with a lock of each other's hair and love letters and his class ring on her finger and a heart ring she made on his finger.



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POETRY


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

WE DO NOT NEED A SPECIAL DAY

We do not need a special day
To bring you to our minds.
The days we do not think of you
Are very hard to find.

Each morning when we awake,
We know that you are gone.
And no one knows the heart ache
As we try to carry on.

Our hearts still ache with sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know.

Our thoughts are always with you,
Your place no one can fill.
In life we loved you dearly;
In death we love you still.

There will always be a heartache,
And often a silent tear.
But always a precious memory
Of the days when you were here.

If tears could make a staircase,
And heartaches make a lane,
We'd walk the path to heaven
And bring you home again.

We hold you close within our hearts;
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.

Our family chain is broken now,
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

~ Written by Connie Dyer, BP/USA, Springfield, IL



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SIGNS


IN MEMORY OF
Matthew Keith Mullis
19
July 5 1987
Car Accident
SUBMITTED BY
Carol Matt's Mom

I have not gotten any signs form Matthew in a while or maybe I just haven't recognized any as being from him. But with November 11th quickly approaching (Matt's Angel Date) I had already begun to feel the dread and the sadness and that awful sting of pain of remembrance that has become a regular part of who I am. I wonder year after year how it's even possible for me to still be breathing with Matthew being here alone side me with the passing of the years. Though he is always apart of my life as not one day begins or ends without me recounting something that either he experienced or that we had shared together as mother and son. But still it isn't the same not even memories can fill the void his death has left inside of me.

I awoke this Sunday morning to a steady slow clicking noise within my bedroom without opening my eyes I laid there thinking it must be all in my mind but after several more moments I couldn't help but notice that the noise seemed to be a steady rhythm occurring over and over again. I couldn't put the sound I was hearing with anything in my room so I decided I had best get up and investigate. I sat up in bed and looked around listening as the clicking sound continued the same as when my eyes were close when I finally noticed that with every click my closet light was coming on click and off click. Immediately I smiled and with out hesitation I said to myself Matthew's home and as soon as I thought it the clicking stopped and the light remain on. I was intrigued that the light had remained on instead of going off so I got out of bed and walked to my closet to take a look the first thing I noticed was that the switch was in fact turned on when without a doubt it was off when my husband and I had gone to bed, but right there beside my switch scribbled in ink was one of Matthew's famous little "Matt was here". This one I had over looked as it appears at some point Matthew got really crazy about writing his name and what looks like an early year like maybe between 10 & 13 he went around endorsing our home with tons of little "Matt was here"!!! He does it every year and has since his death and he always finds a way to make his presence none.

My heart knew immediately he was home to lead me though the painful reminder of losing him.

Thank you son for loving me and for coming home when my heart needs you most.

Mom



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SPECIAL MEMORIES


IN MEMORY OF
Daniel Scott Forrester
30
2/28/70 ~ 1/10/01
non-hodgkins lymphoma
SUBMITTED BY
Arlene (Dans Forever Mom)

Easter was always a special Holyday for our family. When the kids were little, we taught them what Easter was all about (not just bunnies and candy). On Good Friday, we would stop whatever we were doing at 3pm and sometimes we'd go to church, other times we would pray at home, in memory of Jesus Christ's dying on the cross for our sins. Then we would gather around the table and color Easter Eggs. I remember Danny always drawing a CROSS with crayon on one of his eggs. On Easter Sunday we would go to Sunrise Service, and it was SO spiritual and special. Remembering that Jesus rose from the dead and went to Heaven. When we came home, the kids would have their Easter egg hunt, and check out their Easter Baskets. Then we would have Easter Breakfast. Polish Tradition, Ham, our Easter eggs, and Polish Babca bread. We'd watch whatever Easter movie was on TV, and just have a fun "family day". What memories I hold in my heart.

Arlene (Danny's forever Mom)



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FUNNY MEMORIES OF OUR CHILDREN


IN MEMORY OF
Seth Bowden Tidball
19
October 4 1989, February 24, 2009
Suicide
SUBMITTED BY
Seth Bowden Tidball

If my son was alive he would not be happy with me for sharing this story but it is just too darn cute. We were at the movies and Seth had to go to the bathroom. I believe he was 5 or so but he was getting to the age where he did not want to go into the women's bathroom with me so he asked if he could go into the Men's bathroom. After carefully sizing up that the bathroom was empty and monitored who went in after him I was patiently standing by the door and all of the sudden I heard, "Mom, come wipe my butt"! I kept telling him that I could not come into the men's room to help him that he was just going to have to do it himself. Which he did not. He kept pleading so a gentleman was nice enough to keep guard at the door while I went in to help my son with his. From that point on he went to the woman's restroom. I would give anything to have that moment back!



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


IN MEMORY OF
Christopher Michael Hodge
16
March 9, 1977 - March 3, 1994
Car Accident
SUBMITTED BY
Liz Hodge

I was most proud of how he treated people. The day of his accident, he was going to take my dad to the doctor’s. Later that day, he was going to help one of his aunt move, because she couldn’t get her own son to help her. After Chris passed, I heard story after story on how he helped out his friends. One of his friends was shot, but Chris managed to go visit him every day at the hospital. Chris volunteered once a week at Focus Hope. None of the other kids would shake hands with the homeless, but Chris did. Another time a friend of his didn’t have a suit to where to a school dance, so Chris let him use his brand new suit. I could go on & on. He also had a very good sense of humor & was very quick witted. He even laughed like I did at his age. I miss him so much! Going on 22 years this March…

With love,

Liz Hodge, mother of Christopher Michael Hodge, 3.9.77-3.3.94



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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
Trenton "Trent" Alan Dove
AGE: 31
DATES: 07-16-77 12-23-2008
CAUSE: snowmobile accident
SUBMITTED BY
Susie, Trent's mom

We have a brick memorial to Trent. It was placed at the library in LaGrange, IN It was donated by Trent's grandparents...Charles & Edith Swager.



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

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

There is a decoration at the cemetery where my son is buried and it seems that no one visits but my daughter and myself and it breaks my heart. I just cannot understand why someone cannot take a few minutes of their life to pay respects to someone who when living, was so loved. You try so hard to keep their memory alive. I place a memorial in the paper twice a year to make sure people remember him.



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READER COMMENTS


COMMENTS SINCE LAST MONTH'S NEWSLETTER


IN MEMORY OF
Christine E Knapp
26
July 1, 1981 October 6, 2007
Self inflicted wound
SUBMITTED BY
Christine Adam's proud M♡M

((((CHRISTINE))))

THANK YOU.🌹 for the beautiful newsletter. I am thinking of you and your precious Terrie, and Luke.


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 - As usual, i sit here reading most of your newsletter through tears. The song on here has always gotten to me. You'll Be In My Heart. It is from the soundtrack to the Disney animated version of Tarzan. I cry every time I hear it, and I can't even really say why. Seeing all the young faces and knowing that they are all gone from us, just tears me apart. Although I love seeing the photos too.

thank you so much,

maria

Christopher's mommy forever



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

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






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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"