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Memorial created 01-26-2005 by
Terrie Whiteman
Joey Marshall Whiteman
September 8 1980 - September 3 2002

Some survivors try to think their way through grief. That doesn't work. Grief is a releasing process, a discovery process, a healing process. We cannot release or discover or heal by the use of our minds alone. The brain must follow the heart at a respectful distance. It is our hearts that ache when a loved one dies. It is our emotions that are most drastically affected. Certainly the mind suffers, the mind recalls, the mind may plot and plan and wish, but it is the heart that will blaze the trail through the thicket of grief. Written by Carol Staudacher


Today I looked up in the sky, Took a picture, of clouds on high, I looked to see if one was you, And hoped you would be looking too. I miss you oh so very much, Your face, your eyes, your tender touch, I saw a butterfly go by, As if to say, I'm here don't cry. I watch you everyday because, I need to be near you, I am not lost. Just pretend I'm sitting here, Looking at you, in your chair. I'm sorry you have so much time said he, To sit and cry, and think of me. I'm fine, I promise you always. I'm with you every single day. With All My Love Always and Forever, Mom Peace Fire Letter 2007


Like a River
Grief is Like a River by By Cinthia G. Kelley
My grief is like a river,
I have to let it flow,
but I myself determine
the banks that it 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 some blessed swimmers
who know exactly what I need
some loving hands to hold me
when the waters are too swift,
and someone kind to listen
when I just seem to go adrift.
Grief's river is a process
of relinquishing the past.
By swimming in Hope's channels,
I'll reach the shore at last.


Many moments... many tears...
Many thoughts won't disappear

Many memories bittersweet
Many years left incomplete

Many days spent in denial
Many wishes for your smile

Many hopes and dreams are gone
Many days are spent withdrawn

Many years have passed me by
Many times I still ask why

Many people think I'm fine
Many times I've begged for signs

Many sleepless nights are spent
Many hours with torment

Many moments... many tears
Many more in future years

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



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