Thank you to all the wonderful people that contributed to this project. Your stories are truly inspirational.

Noreen Mary Johnson
The saddest part of losing someone we love is losing them, but the happiest part, the part which brings us peace and consolation, is keeping their memory alive through stories, pictures and the people they leave behind. We must remember that this time, this time we call Life on Earth, is only temporary. When we lose someone it is painful and a part of us sometimes dies with the person we love so dearly, however we must focus on the light that will come from the darkness of our pain from the loss – the light that is Heaven and that is where we will, we will, meet our loved ones again someday.

I will never forget my Grandma Corcoran and the bond we shared. I feel especially close to her because of my weekly dinner visits and our long talks about family, life and the loss of her forever love – her husband, Andrew. Her personality and zest for life were always so inspiring to me, as was the incredible love and comfort she brought into my life during our time together. I remember her during funny moments that make me smile and I remember her when I visit her grave which makes me sad but I am comforted when I can imagine her taking her 2 hands – one on each of my cheeks – holding my face in them so gently and saying ‘Stop, stop, I am good, see! I am good and it will be okay!’

 Amy Benninghoff
“Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is a memory, they’ll live on in our heart.” – Author Unknown

This is a picture of Ryleigh taking her dog, Toto (named after the dog in the Wizard of Oz) for a walk in his stroller, which was one of her favorite things to do. It means a lot to me to keep her memory alive after her short time with us and it has also helped me during the grieving process.

Jane Janeczek
I found that the presence of little “signs” in the aftermath of my mother’s passing, helped me to understand that she will always be with me – watching over me and comforting me as she always had. I shouldn’t have needed physical evidence (in the form of pennies) to remind me of that, but finding them after she passed was the best gift I could ever have gotten. I hope that everyone who loses a loved one will come to realize that while you can no longer see that that person, he or she is still here all the while loving and caring for you.

Carol Pitcairn
It’s hard to say good-bye to a  special person who was loved so deeply, but there will always be a bridge of sweet memories between heaven and earth, keeping our loved ones near us.  Special memories of the ones we love can never be taken away from us.  Those moments in time will last forever and never die or be forgotten.  My special person lives in my heart, is always by my side and I know will watch over me forever.  I feel his love and support everyday.  Heaven received another angel.