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Please be patient as I will try to get to my emails as soon as I can. My father passed away on New Year's Eve and I was gone for a month, so I am a bit behind on things. Thanks for your patience. If you would like to leave flowers on my dad's memorial page, go to my search box and put in "David Hernes". That's my dad.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, 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 stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die
~Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)
Her memorial page is #40647533
Strangers in the Box
by Pamela A. Harazim
Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like.
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be tossed away?
Make time to save your pictures,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
Behold and see as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so must you be
Prepare for death and follow me
(Taken from the headstone of my great-great-great-great-great-great uncle, Josephus Benoni Bellamy, whom died in 1777 at age 16)
The Recording of a Cemetery
by Thelma Greene Reagan
Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where others cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hallowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
~ Walter Butler Palmer (1906)
His memorial page is #87759950
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|Bernard Johnson||RE: Connolly, Saint Joseph's Cemetery, San Pablo|
Did you get my private email regarding the Connolly's?
That is the Robert, Matthew & Nicholas grave
Do you recall where the Connolly grave is located at St. Joseph's? Thanks.
|Dawn Stewart||Mark Simons|
I saw you posted that you knew him. Do you know where the Pedro cemetery is? I did a photo request for his tombstone and was told he's not in the Plainview Cemetery. I can't find Pedro cemetery. Thanks.
|Hilary S||RE: Hannah Baxter, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma|
Thank you for this info. This lady might be the sister of my g-g-grandmother who came from Cork Ireland.
Added by Hilary S on Apr 22, 2015 9:01 PM
|Lynda West Hahn||RE: Joseph Poland, IOOF Cemetery, Saratoga|
Thank you for adding this memorial!
|Clifford Laureno||Prola Memorials|
Thank you for the heads-up about the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery. It is really appreciated.
|Carrie||RE: Florence Cunningham, Santa Clara Mission memorial # 126519345|
Thanks for adding the info on the Cunningham family!
Added by Carrie on Mar 31, 2015 6:17 AM
|Jane Hall||RE: Ida M Benjamin # 33093060|
You are so awesome I cannot thank you enough for all your help my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org I will be waiting for the info thanks again. Jane Leitholt Hall I almost forgot Mackin was a married name she is my great grandmother on my mothers side.
|Jane Hall||Ida M Benjamin # 33093060|
First off Im so sorry for your loss. I would like to thank you for all you do on Find A Grave. We thank you so much, as we cant get to our loved ones graves and you are so kind to do that for us. I would also like to know if you would allow me to post your picture of Idas headstone on my ancestry.com family tree. I thank you for taking the time to read this and I will be waiting for your reply. Thanks again
Jane Leitholt Hall
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