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







She stood alone at the window

Just staring out through the glass.

It was early Christmas morning.

She waiting for time to pass.

The house was quite and lonely.

Everyone else was sound to sleep.

I wondered what she was thinking

As her sad eyes began to weep.

A faint light in the distance

Shone down on the window pane

Casting a soft reflection of her

In the room where I quietly remained.

I stood back in the darkness

Hiding as I was looking on

Wanting to reach out and hold her

To let her know she wasn't alone.

She must have sensed that I was there

Because she slowly turned around.

But just as she did I stepped aside

Not making the slightest sound.

She whispered my name into the night

So I whispered into her ear.....

"Mom, I'm right here by your side,

Your angel is always near."


In Memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979-2001

2007   Christine Ross


Joey- 3 months old

Snowflakes falling on the ground, No one seems to be around, Just a lit up Christmas Tree No one here but you and me, Presents wrapped beneath the tree. Who goes first? You or me? Open that one Joey, open that, It's what you wanted, a ball and bat. But that was yesteryear my son, Things have changed, there's no more fun. You've gone away and left behind, Three broken hearts, especially mine. Christmas Day will never be, just sitting here, just you and me. Merry Christmas My Sweet Joey I Love You, Mom December 25, 2007


Joey- 2 yrs. old

It's like you never left us, It's like you've gone away, Perhaps away at college knowing you'll be back some day. I know that it's not possible, I only hope and pray, that you are safe and happy, and we'll meet again someday. You're love was very special, for you are my sweet love, but God had other plans for you, yes God, from up above. Someday we'll walk together, I know that is for sure, For you're my special angel, With my love for ever more. Merry Christmas My Angel. Love Mommy 12/24/2002 --


Joey - 3 yrs. old

Where is my little boy tonight? On Christmas Eve, with stars so bright. I miss you oh, so very much, I miss your voice, I miss your touch. It's been so long since I have seen, your face before me, not in a dream. Please don't forget that some sweet day We'll meet again, oh Lord, I pray. Merry Christmas My Joey Love, Mommy 12/24/03


Joey- 4 yrs.old

Merry Christmas Joey And only God knows why, that day that you had left us, and never said goodbye. I know that I will see you, when it's time to go, we will walk together, and then we all will know. The Christmas tree we lighted, with blue lights shining bright, we say to our Sweet Joey, Merry Christmas and Goodnight Love and Kisses, Mommy December 25, 2004


Joey- 5 yrs. old

12/25/05 Dearest Joey, Your candle's shining brightly on the grieving parents site, Your room is filled with Christmas Strings,of brightly colored lights, Our tree is filled with angels, your name on everyone, From birth to death I see you, newborn to twenty-one. This Christmas Day will be the same, as the three that have all passed, You're not here, not in the flesh, but in my heart you'll last. I miss you so much, my sweet boy, I can't imagine why, how I keep on going year to year, without your sweet goodbye, Be happy with the angels, you've met along the way, They'll be your friends forever, Forever and a Day. Sweet Dreams My Angel, Merry Christmas, Love, Mom


6 yrs. old- Joey

Only You Know � I have you in my thoughts As I always do Are you up in heaven? Will I be there too? Is it bright and beautiful? Does everything just shine? Is it just another world That I will see in time? Does your spirit soar there? Are you free at last? Was Earth some kind of schooling, That you just had to pass? Do the stars shine in the heavens, As they do on Earth? Or is it very different When you have your spiritual birth ? Do you see... and hear me, As I sit and cry? Do you feel my heartache As I once again ask why? Are there friends and family, Those that went before? Were they there to meet you When you opened heavens door? Do you come to visit? Is it you that I do feel? Do you leave me messages, To try to help me heal? When my time on Earth is over Will you come for me? Will we be together... For eternity? In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies Lyndie Sorenson �2007


Joey- 7 yrs. old

This year I want no tinsel, no Christmas tree with lights. I want no cups of eggnog no singing Silent Night. No hassled holiday shopping no presents with pretty bows. I want no Christmas carols or Santa's Ho Ho Ho's. No snowy horse drawn sleigh rides or busy city streets. No wishful window shopping or chocolate candy treats I don't want Christmas cookies, no candy canes or cake. Not even being good just for goodness sake. No brightly colored paper no bargains,deals or sales. I don't want roasted chestnuts or even that grinch that steals. I want no Christmas plays with stories that they tell. No TV commercials and all the junk they sell. I don't want reindeer prancing or a jingling Christmas bell. I need no Christmas cards that wishes all is well. This year I wish for peace for those that I hold dear, in the spirit of the season and throughout the year. The warmth of friends and family, fond memories for all to share. Spending time together That's what I want this year. This year I wish for you, that with me you could be. My dear sweet child of mine that's what I want for me. Written by Donna Mae Scuncio


Joey- 8 yrs. old

My Dear Sweet Joey It would be nice this holiday season to see you, to spend some time together. And part of me is always with you too. Thinking of you, caring about you, and sending my love. But in a way, you are with me, every single day, in my thoughts, and in my heart. Merry Christmas My Sweet Boy, I Love You, Mom


Joey- 9 years old

Here I am in heaven Just beyond the stars Where I went on before you It truly is not far It glistens up in heaven Such a wondrous sight I'm surrounded by it's beauty Caressed by it's white light Everything just sparkles A smile everywhere Everyone is happy ... No one has a care Someday you'll come and join me Within the golden light I will be here waiting... When your spirit takes it's flight Be patient don't be hurried There is more for you to do Believe me when I tell you I know this to be true I realize it's difficult For those we leave behind A heart so badly broken Life can feel so unkind I am here to help remind you Every moment of your day That I am still around you I am not so far away In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies Lyndie Sorenson


Joey- 10 years old

With the holidays upon us Stores filled and set to sell Families sharing stories A faint twinkling bell Lights off in the distance Sparkling oh so bright Ornaments are placed just so That glisten through the night Snowflakes float around me Which remind me of the years Back to holidays so special Now they often just bring tears I remember when you opened Presents beautifully wrapped The great big smile on your face As you found your baseball cap Surrounded by the gifts That reflected our deep love For my child that I long for Who now lives in heaven above No longer is there magic Holidays will never be the same Now I light a single candle Honor you within it's flame I wonder how this happened Wish this were some big mistake That each day, not only holidays Bring such sadness and heartache I will cherish all the days When you were here, right by my side Bittersweet the memories That hurt so deep inside Everyone enjoys the hustle All the happiness and fun But for me it won't be joyous For I lost my precious son In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies Lyndie Sorenson


Joey- 11 yrs. old

Christmas is coming soon It's a dream of the year I look for But knowing you are not here I'll remember You Christmas trees and Holly leaves deck the window sills Jolly tunes from sleigh bells Snowy Christmas Nights The kiss you gave me Was like the clean crisp air It took my breath away The things I miss because you are not here I'll Remember You Santa please bring him back That's all I want from your pack I want him home for Christmas But I know deep down you won't Please Santa Bring my Baby Back No Elvis in Santa's sack As I light my candle on this Christmas Night I place my head down for a deep sleep I will keep You in my heart and my soul I'll Remember YOU Author Unknown


Joey- 12 yrs. old

2007 Is it Christmas Again? I really hate Christmas now that your gone, Those bright, colored lights, and our Christmas song. The trees in the window that I have to see, The ones we would look at each Christmas Eve. The bright festive laughter, that holiday smile, When I haven’t seen you in such a long while. The stockings all hung with love and with care, Are stark reminders that you are not there. And at Christmas dinner, when we bow to pray, I'll pray you’re in Heaven, that you found your way. On Christmas Eve when I make my holiday wish, It will be for a dream, a hug and a kiss. But this year on Christmas, when it comes time, I‘ll do my best to make your soul shine. 11/17/07 Natalie Camp Letter from my child Please keep my memories close to your heart, In your heart full of love, where I did start. I am sorry that I can not be with you, And believe me Momma, I miss you too. I know when you think of me, sometimes you get blue, These are the times, I come comfort you. When I come around every once and awhile, It makes my soul sing if I see you smile. And I understand if I see tears in your eyes, I know the pain when someone you love dies. I know when you think of me, sometimes you worry, But, I’m doing great here, so there’s no need to hurry. So live out your life and make me so proud, Until your time comes and we meet on our cloud. 11/17/07 Natalie Camp


Joey- 13 yrs. old

Things I wish I'd said Lying here in this bed, I think of things I wish I'd said. There's also things I wish I'd done, Told more stories, had more fun. Thinking back on my life with you, There were many things we got to do. Hang with family, hang with friends, Oh, the great things that could have been. Chasing lightening bugs from afar, Bringing them home in a jar. You never did sleep til noon, Up every morning to watch cartoons. Hugs & kisses for everyone, Now that's over, now that's done. There will be no more since you went away, You can't come home with me to stay. Now the lights you chase are falling stars, Because an Angel in Heaven is what you are. So lying here in this bed, I'm glad of all the things I said. That you are great, and special too, All the hugs and I love you's. Happy Thanksgiving to my precious son. Natalie Camp November, 2007


Joey- 14 yrs. old

I wish I wish upon a star That I could see just where you are To watch you smile and laugh again For that might help to ease this pain I wish I wish that this would end Somehow my broken heart would mend Each day each night continues on This game of life I'm but a pawn I wish I wish this were untrue That I would wake and be with you To hug you close to me once more To have you race right through the door I wish I wish for no more tears For I have cried for all these years I'm tired and so full of grief I just would like a bit of peace I wish I wish upon a star To travel up to where you are To never have to say good bye Forever to be by your side In loving memory of Joey Sorenson and his heavenly buddies January 5 1982-July 19 2003 Lyndie Sorenson


Joey- 15 yrs. old

TWAS THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS FOR BEREAVED PARENTS Twas the month before Christmas and I dreaded the days, That I knew I was facing with the holiday craze. The stores were all filled with holiday lights, The dark was filled with sleepless nights. As others were making their holiday plan, My heart was breaking - I couldn¢t understand. You see, we lost Crystal, over 4 years ago. Now pain is my companion, even in snow. When out of nowhere, there arose such a sound, I sprang to my feet and was looking around. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the curtains in one mad dash. The sight that I saw took my breath away, And my tears turned to smiles in the light of the day. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a flock of birds, just fluttering near. With beauty and grace, they flew as in a dance, I knew in a moment this was not by chance. The hope that they gave me was a sign from above, That my child was still near me and that I was loved. The message they brought was my holiday gift, And I cried when I saw them, yet it still was a lift.. As I looked closer to get a better view, I thought them beautiful, and felt that they knew, I had wanted a hug from their fragile wings, To help me get through what the holiday brings. In the days that followed I carried the thought, Of the message the birds had left in my heart. That no matter what happens or what lies ahead, Our children live on, they are not really dead. Yes, the message of the birds still ring in my ear, A message of hope - a message so dear. And I imagined they sang as they flew out of sight, "To all bereaved parents -- We love you tonight." By: Celine Hartery Mother of Carlton and Angel Crystal


Joey- 16 yrs. old

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. I Love you So Much My Joey. Love, Mom In Memory of Joey 2007


Joey- 17 yrs. old

ANOTHER LONELY DECEMBER ..by Christine Ross in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001 Another lonely December, Waiting for Christmas to pass, Staring out through the window, At the cold beyond the glass. Dreaming of the years gone by, And things I love to remember, Knowing this life will always bring, Another lonely December. Copyrite- 2004


Joey-18 yrs, old

Blue Christmas - I'll have a blue Christmas without you I'll be so blue just thinkin' about you Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree Won't be the same dear if you're not here with me And when the blue snowflakes start fallin' That's when the blue memories start callin' You'll be doin' alright with your Christmas of white And I'll have a blue, blue Christmas You'll be doin' alright with your Christmas of white And I'll have a blue, blue Christmas And I'll have a blue, blue Christmas And I'll have a blue, blue Christmas Merry Christmas My Sweet Joey "2007"



WHERE IS CHRISTMAS? ..by Christine Ross in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001 Where is Christmas? Where did it go? Where is the music? Where is the snow? Where is Santa? Where is the cheer? Where is the laughter? Why aren't you here? Copyrite- 2003


Joey- 20 yrs. old

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care But one special stocking was no longer there All that was left were the memories bittersweet Of a life that had ended so incomplete The family had pictures all gathered around That sometimes made all of them tear up and frown For the sorrow and sadness without their sweet child Made it difficult for the whole family to smile Although there were times when they felt him (her) so close As if they were feeling some kind of a ghost The signs that were sent were so special and clear That they felt that he(she) truly was so very near They often would talk to him(her)as if he(she) was there Sometimes they would smile but also shed tears For each Christmas that came, brought with it such pain That they felt in their hearts would always remain Then one special moment on one special day He (She) came to them simply took them away To fly through the heavens and up to the stars A beautiful place that was not very far He(She) showed them where they would all join once again A place full of beauty, no sorrow or pain A place where he's (she's)happy with heavenly friends A place where we too will also ascend They had a big feast that was fit for a king There was music and stories... and many did sing It glistened with color... a prism of light Heaven was such a wonderful sight After the families visit was through They no longer felt so terribly blue For they finally realized one day not to far.... They would all be together on a heavenly star In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies Lyndie © 2006 revised 2007


Joey- 21 yrs. old

Ornaments all packed away Labeled fragile handle with care As I open up the special box... It has been another difficult year I carefully unwrap each ornament Place them lovingly on the tree My mind drifts back to holidays When you were here with me The ornaments you made in school Those with your sweet face I hold them close against my heart As If it's you I do embrace The tears again begin to flow This pain is deep within Each ornament that shines so bright The way our lives had been The Christmas music softly plays Outside the snow does fall Inside my heart still broken It shall never mend at all I place the final ornament Upon the Christmas tree I wish I wish upon a star That you were here with me In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies Lyndie © December 2006 copyright


Joey- 22 yrs. old



My Thanks go out to Karen Jenkins Mother of Geoffrey P. Edwards An Angel with Pink Wings Who spent countless hours on helping me with the graphics on this Christmas Website for 2007 This would not be possible without her help and expertise. A Special Thanks to Kay MacKenzie Mom of Luke Floren for putting on the music to this very special Christmas 2007 My thanks to all of the wonderful poetry by GP's great poets who made this possible. MERRY CHRISTMAS GRIEVING PARENTS LOVE, TERRIE

Our GP Poets Who Made this Page Possible are as follows,

Kay MacKenzie, Mother of Luke

Lyndy Pavalon, Mom to Joey

Christine Ross, Mom to Lucas

Donna Mae Scuncio

Natalie Camp, Mom to Anthony

Celine Hartery, Mom to Crystal and Carlton

Susan Milam, mom to Cliint

Linda Schiro, Mom to Joey

Linda Lewis, Mom to Grant

Joan Pina, Mom to Becky



Graphic from Linda Schiro/Poem byLyndie Sorenson

Dear Santa can you see me With tears upon my face A heart so badly broken Missing his embrace As I write this letter... to express my only wish Dear Santa, please remember One gift upon my list His smile and his laughter His hugs and kisses too Dear Santa I am pleading To make my wish come true I haven't been quite perfect I've tried the best I can But being you are Santa... You might just change the plan Each day I wake to sorrow Pain that I can't flee Dear Santa I am asking Could you bring him back to me? Dear Santa could you find it... within your kind warm heart To bring him home for Christmas So we are not apart? In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies Lyndie © December 2007


A Christmas Gift from Linda Lewis Mom of Grant Lewis 2007


A Christmas Memory from Susan Milam Mom of a Rising Soccer Player Clint Milam 2007


From Joan Pina & Becky- Christmas 2007

WE'RE ALL JUST CHRISTMAS PRESENTS .by Christine Ross in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001 We're all just Christmas presents Underneath the Christmas tree. Waiting to be opened. Waiting finally to be free. The Christmas tree is heaven Where unwrapped presents go. The ornaments are angels Watching over us below. The star atop the Christmas tree Is the one who made it all. The one who unwraps presents And gives that final call. But some are unwrapped way too soon Their paper ripped and torn. They leave behind an empty box While other presents morn. The presents beg the star above To fill the box that was unwrapped. The star reminds the presents.... "The ornaments can not come back." "Just look above into the tree And see their brilliant shine. No more will they be broken. You'll see them when it's time." The presents somehow understand.... The ornaments are finally home. They've earned their place upon the tree. In the empty box they don't belong. If not for Christmas ornaments, If not for the star above. The presents would have nowhere To feel the ornaments love. So we'll remain beneath the tree Until we're unwrapped by the star. And leave behind our empty box To go where our ornaments are. So when you see a Christmas tree. Think of all it represents. Heaven, Angels, God above And those who wait beneath the branch. The Christmas tree is heaven And the presents are those below And the ornaments are our angels And the star is the one who knows. © 2006 - Christine Ross


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