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Christams 2006  

What can I give to you,
This cold, wintery morn?
What gift to leave for you,
On this day that Jesus was born?
I can give to you my heart,
Though shattered and torn.
It has always been yours,
Since the day you were born.
I can give to you my life.
You had made it whole.
Now it knows sorrow,
And grief untold.
I can give to you my dreams,
The ones that we were to share.
But now that you are gone,
They seem empty and bare.
My joy, my laughter,
My hopes and my fears.
I leave them at your grave,
With my unending tears.
My sweet child,
I leave with you my love.
Christmas just isn't Christmas,
Without your gentle hug.


We Will Remember YOU  

We Will Remember You
by Katrina Arelia M. Nelson

We will remember you,
Every year,
When leaves turn from green to fire,
And October comes again.

We will remember you,
Every time we look,
Into our daughters' faces,
A gentle and kind reflection.

We will remember you,
When music sings in our hearts,
And laughter fills the air.
You were never sorrow or sadness,
So we will not cry!

We will remember you.
Why you came to bless us,
And the love you hold for us now.
When others have long forgotten,
Parents never forget!


A Mother's Day Wish From Heaven  

A Mother's Day Wish From Heaven
By Jody Seilheimer
Dear Mr. Hallmark,

I am writing to you from heaven, and though it must appear
A rather strange idea, I see everything from here.
I just popped in to visit, your stores to find a card
A card of love for my mother, as this day for her is hard.

There must be some mistake I thought, every card you could imagine
Except I could not find a card, from a child who lives in heaven.
She is still a mother too, no matter where I reside
I had to leave, she understands, but oh the tears she's cried.

I thought that if I wrote you, that you would come to know
That though I live in heaven now, I still love my mother so.
She talks with me, and dreams with me; we still share laughter too,
Memories our way of speaking now, would you see what you could do?

My mother carries me in her heart, her tears she hides from sight.
She writes poems to honor me, sometimes far into the night
She plants flowers in my garden, there my living memory dwells
She writes to other grieving parents, trying to ease their pain as well.

So you see Mr. Hallmark, though I no longer live on earth
I must find a way, to remind her of her wondrous worth
She needs to be honored, and remembered too
Just as the children of earth will do.

Thank you Mr. Hallmark, I know you'll do your best
I have done all I can do; to you I'll leave the rest.
Find a way to tell her, how much she means to me
Until I can do it for myself, when she joins me in eternity


An Angel Never Dies  
An Angel Never Dies

Don't let them forget I was here, 
I still have love for you in my heart.
I felt each tender hug you gave,
I loved you from the start.

Although my body you can't hold,
It doesn't mean I am gone.
This world was worthy, not of me,
God chose that I move on.

I know the pain that drowns your soul,
what you are forced to face.
You have my word, I'll fill your arms,
Someday again we will embrace.

You'll hear that it was:"meant to be,
God doesn't make mistakes."
But that won't soften your worst blow,
Or make your heart not ache.

I'm watching over all you do,
Each step you take, I share.
Believe me when I say to you,
I am always there.

There will come a time, I promise you
when you will hold my hand,
stroke my hair and kiss my face,
And then you'll understand.

Although I have left you alone,
With tears in your eyes.
That doesn't mean I never "was",
An Angel never dies...


My Friend by Kelly Eckard  

MY FRIEND

 

Her eyes were brown,

Her smile was bright.

Her long curly hair up in braids,

Her personality shined with all its might.

 

She was always there for me,

She was my best friend.

Her heart was big and kind,

Her hand she would always extend.

 

One cold October night,

In the days before Halloween.

Her peaceful life was disrupted,

Over was her life as a teen.

 

Gone from us now is she,

Yes, her life was taken.

She left behind family and friends,

All of which are shaken.

 

With a heavy heart I said goodbye,

The sorrow was so strong tears over filled my eyes.

I now stand over her grave,

Where her entombed body lies.

 

I miss her so,

Now that she is gone.

But I know that she is with me,

As I watch the graceful dawn.

 

I hear her soul talking,

As I continue with my day.

Knowing that she’s with me,

Every step of the way.

 

By Kelly Eckard


Memories by Jeanette Sigwart  

Memories being consumed into a box,

Rushing through your head forever,

Remembering all the ups and downs,

Eating a whole in your heart,

Never to speak again,

As days go by you can’t help but to remember

  all the memories shared.

As I cry I lay and wait until we meet again

  in heaven.

(In memory of Janet Hardy)

By:  Jeanette Sigwart


Where are you? by Janet  

Where are you?

 

Where are you, where did you go?

When will you come home?

These questions my heart will see,

Why would you leave?

 

Was it mommy or me?

I cry at night all alone

I just can’t see

I want you here again

 

Come back to where you belong

Mommy can cry rivers

Is that too wrong

I see you but who are you

 

I can find you slowly for now

But I don’t have forever

For God can not allow

Me all the time in the world

 

If you don’t love God forever

Do you love God daddy?

He’ll never leaver you – never

Please understand this.

 

Where are you, where did you go?

When will you come home?

These questions my heart will see

Why would you leave?


My Sound, by Janet  

    MY SOUND

 

A time of hate, a time of deceit

Where all these parts meet

You feel as if you’re lying

It makes you want to start crying

 

You feel you can’t turn back

You feel that there is something you lack

You may be right, you may be wrong.

Why would it matter if it took too long

 

For the truth to come around

You wait for a certain sound

What is that sound for which you wait

Or is it just too, too late

 

I found my sound I was longing for

I had to look no more

I found it in my heart

I was a missing part

 

I found it just like finding my soul

Its never too late to become whole

With our Lord, our God I found

For that was my sound.


Christmas Poem  
CANDLES IN DECEMBER
 
My sadness seems reflected
In the music that I hear...
Every young one's glowing face,
Reminds me you're not here.
 
Shoppers crowd the festive stores,
emotions all run high,
This world I was a part of once,
Seems to pass me by.
 
This season's meant for happy times,
For love, warm hearts, and cheer,
But grieving families around the world,
Remember those not here.
 
We struggle through the season,
Lighting candles to proclaim,
Our children aren't forgotten,
Round the world our candles flame.
 
I slowly pass through the gates thrown wide,
One clear, cold Christmas day,
No toys or gifts do I bring,
Those are gifts of yesterday.
 
I carry with me just a polished heart
That is granite made,
And walk with grief to where my child lies,
In a silent silvered glade.
 
"Merry Christmas Love" I whisper,
The quiet words seem so forlorn,
"I've brought my heart for you to keep,
My gift, This Christmas morn."
 
"It is filled with all my love,
Though this one's carved of stone,
I'll place it here---it will be near,
You'll never be alone."
 
Please keep my gift, beloved child,
Close to where you lie,
And know my love surrounds you,
Until the day, I too shall die.
 
         Author Unknown

An Angel's End of Tour in Station  
This was written by Desiree Taylors mom the night before the veiwing.  Mrs. Taylor didn't know Janet, yet she was awaken in the middle of the night and filled with a passion to write these words as if they were coming from Janet...

         Remember my first day of life,
         My cry brought a tear.
         Little did you know back then,
         That the end was so near.

         Remember my first smile,
         First step, first day of school.
         I wish I didn't have to leave you all so soon.

         To you mom, rest assured, please don't cry,
         Don't shed another tear.
         Cause God and His angels are always so near.

         We don't know God's whys and the whens.
         All we know is that we have to keep the faith,
         And trust because God is always in control.

         To my classmates & all my family,
         I miss you all but yet I am so happy.
         Set your goals, always live right.
         God's promise is we'll be together soon.

         To my girls and coaches of my team,
         Don't be sad, play your game like it is your last.

        I have a spot in Heavens team,
        I hit my last goal.
        I finally earned my set of wings!!




Native American Prayer  

I give you this one thought to keep-

I am with you still-I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

        Do not think of me as gone-

I am with you still-in each new dawn.

 

-Author Unknown


Poem - Dear Janet  

DEAR JANET

You're in my heart forever
You're with me every day,
I'd give anything to hold you,
Oh, If only I could have my way!

My journey is so difficult
There's so much that I miss.
Your laughter, friendship, hugs,
But most of all, your kiss.

I never wanted to go on
Without you when you died, 
Living each day in tears,
As my grief raged inside.

But each day as I wake up,
I know that you'd want me to try.
So I spend time with friends, 
Take long walks, but mostly cry.

 I know there'll come a day
When I will hold you again, 
And I'll hear your voice say.
"Oh Mommy, where have you been?"

For you are my baby girl,
And in my heart you'll stay,
Forever, until we're together again
In Heaven one day.


Mommy, Oh Mommy  

Mommy, oh Mommy did you know,

I need you more that winter needs snow!

I place you in my special place of my heart,

I know that we will never part!

I love you more than summer loves sun.

I love you pretty much, more than a ton!

You free me from pain,

You make it sunny and stop the rain!

You are in my heart forever,

So we will never part, NEVER!


You ask me how I'm feeling...  
You ask me how I'm feeling, 
but do you really want to know? 
The moment I try telling you 
You say you have to go 
 
How can I tell you, 
what it's been like for me 
I am haunted, I am broken 
By things that you don't see 
 
You ask me how I'm holding up, 
but do you really care? 
The second I try to speak my heart, 
You start squirming in your chair. 
 
Because I am so lonely, 
you see, no one comes around, 
I'll take the words I want to say 
And quietly choke them down. 
 
Everyone avoids me now, 
Because they don't know what to say 
They tell me I'll be there for you, 
then turn and walk away. 
 
Call me if you need me, 
that's what everybody said, 
But how can I call you and scream 
into the phone, 
My God, my child is dead? 
 
No one will let me 
say the words I need to say 
Why does a mother's grief 
scare everyone away? 
 
I am tired of pretending 
as my heart pounds in my chest, 
I say things to make you comfortable, 
but my soul finds no rest. 
 
How can I tell you things 
that are too sad to be told, 
of the helplessness of holding a child 
who in your arms grows cold? 
 
Maybe you can tell me, 
How should one behave, 
who's had to follow their child’s casket, 
watched it perched above a grave? 
 
You cannot imagine 
what it was like for me that day 
to place a final kiss upon that box, 
and have to turn and walk away. 
 
If you really love me, 
and I believe you do, 
if you really want to help me, 
here is what I need from you. 
 
Sit down beside me, 
reach out and take my hand, 
Say "My friend, I've come to listen, 
I want to understand." 
 
Just hold my hand and listen 
that's all you need to do, 
And if by chance I shed a tear, 
it's alright if you do to. 
 
I swear that I'll remember 
till the day I'm very old, 
the friend who sat and held my hand 
and let me bare my soul. 

Poem - Lifes journey  

Don’t think of her as gone away
Her journey’s just begun,
Life holds so many facets-
This earth is only one.

Just think of her as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days or years.

Think how she must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.

So think of her as living
In the hearts of those she’s touched..
For nothing loved is never lost-
And she is loved so much.


Poem - Changes, by Janet  
                  Changes
Life ain't always gonna be the same,
You gotta take some change.
Life first started when I saw your face,
Now I know my meaning in this place.
When I lost you in my heart,
I wasn't very smart.
Now I'm at the end,
I once was at this bend.
But life ain't always gonna be the same,
You gotta take some change.
But my friend,
You'll be back at this bend.
It was hard when I lost my friend,
She was like a sister till the end.
When I walked outside the sun was bright,
The wind blew my hair just so right.
But now the sun is cold,
And the wind is not the same old.
But life ain't always gonna be the same.
You gotta take some change.
But my friend,
You'll be back at this bend.
You'll be back at this bend.
by Janet Marie Hardy

Poem by Rachelle  
thinking wondering,
where is my life going to go,
you never know when death will come knocking on your door,
 
all you know is that everyone tells u, u have to be ready,
but the question is are you,
where will ur life go when you die,
 
Your life can go two places heaven or hell.
You decide, don't let other people make that decision for you.
It is your destiny make it or lose it.
 
life is full of risks 
i dare you to take this risk and show people who you really are.
remember you only live life once so make it count.
 
life is too precious to throw away.
you make your decision when getting in the car with your friend
trying something you know you shouldn't, and not being yourself.
 
so here is my dare
because you never know when death will come
show everyone who you are and what risks you can take to prove you are you.
 
also friends are precious don't let them slip away cause they can help you
show your friends you care by looking out for them 
and give them a great big hug next time you see them.
 
just remember these words you only live life once and life is full of risks
so live life to the fullest, take risks and show your friends you care.
 
           inspired by to write this because of the death of janet hardy. 
             she was a great person that did all these things.                                 
 
 -Rachelle

Poem - When the Sun Goes Down, by Janet  
When The Sun Goes Down

When the sun goes down the day is done
The light, streaming colors no longer run
Everything is silent and all is calm
You could hold each star in your palm
When the sun goes down and the moon goes up
Almost everything is fragile like a little china cup
You see the jeweled sky and smile
How great it is to see this once in a while
Your start to think about it all
Do you really want the moon to fall
And then the silence is broken
Because the sun just has spoken

By: Janet Hardy
      12 yrs old / 7th grade

Poem - Angel  
Angel
A wet dark road,
a truck and a tree,
add one too many drinks,
and we were no longer a "we".
We miss you so very much,
on every single day,
the pain doesn't dim,
and just won't go away.
Because some things in life,
 are rotten and just unfair,
that's why you were taken from us,
that's why, at the time, you were there.
We miss you our friend,
our sister, our soul mate,
you took one too many bends,
in the turns and twists of fate.
You were so much a part of us,
you were the sister that we chose,
and we know the day that you died,
an angel awoke and rose.

Poem - Mention My Child  

Go ahead and mention my child,
The one that died, you know.
Don't worry about hurting me further,
The depth of my pain doesn't show.

Don't worry about making me cry,
I'm already crying inside.
Help me to heal by releasing,
The tears that I try to hide.

I'm hurt when you just keep silent.
Pretending she didn't exist.
I'd rather you mention my child,
Knowing that she will be missed.

You ask me how I am doing,
I say "pretty good" or "fine".
But healing is something ongoing,
I feel it will take a lifetime.

Author Unknown


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