Christopher, I've been visiting your wife's online memorial for a couple of years. The story of her last couple of days really struck a chord with me. I really appreciate you sharing it. She was special, this I can tell. I'm in the Hickory area of NC, northwest of Charlotte. I get down to Wilmington a couple of times a year. Matter a fact, I've been inside Oakdale numerous times. Next time I am down, I shall visit her physical resting place and view this wonderful plaque that you have created. Good job and thank you for sharing it. Peace be with you.
P.S. I really like the plaque. Our treatment grave/memorial markers is improving. By that I mean that there is very little information in a marker with just a name and date. I love how contemporary monuments/plaques/stones etc... are becoming so much more personalized and give a total stranger a glimpse of the person it represents. There is so much more to a life than a name and entry/exit dates. It is an opportunity to make a lasting artistic expression of that person and your design did that. I have no doubt that Karen would dig it. :o)
Added by Zen on May 22, 2011 2:00 AM
Tributes are tricky things. They can be stuffy and stale and leave you wanting ... or they can be filled with life.... as ironic as that is. A tribute is often the last thing we can really "do" for that person. Your tribute to your wife Karen is wonderful. Your love comes shining through and it makes me get to know her (a complete stranger to me) a little, made me smile, laugh, and hurt. All the things a good tribute should do. My best friend found the greatest guy and married him after several years. He died from a massive coronary a few years later. They got ripped off too. I have lost some beautiful friends and feel very ripped off and run over from the loss. You are not alone and the words, ripped off, accurately describe how we feel. I am pleased you have been able to move forward and have found love again. The fact that you did this successfully honors Karen and her wishes for your future happiness. With a hug ... Zen
Added by Zen on May 22, 2011 1:54 AM
Hi, just saw the memorial plaque - it's absolutely wonderful! Seems that it's perfect for her. Glad you got that behind you. Will say special prayers for all of you today. Best wishes to you all.
|sapphire60s||your loving tribute|
Hello Christopher. I am from Australia and I just had to wrote and tell you how much your beautiful tribute to your wife touched me.
I too lost my partner by a work accident and understand your pain very well. He was killed in Dec 07 and I am having trouble in moving on.
I wish you the very best in life.
Reading your very moving recount of your wife's last two days really affected me and I shed a
tear for your sorrow as I still do for mine.
Blessings to you and your family. I hope you are well and as happy as your beautiful wife I'm sure would want you to be. The people who love us would want us to be happy again of that I am positive.
Take care and thank you so much for a very beautiful and touching tribute, I enjoyed reading it very much. You have touched a heart from way over the ocean.
|Lisa Burks||Drying My Eyes|
Just read your memorial page to your wife. It touched my heart deeply. Thank you for sharing the specialness that was Karen here, an exceptional lady and inspiration to be sure. Hugs & Prayers for continued healing to your and your family. ♥♥♥♥
|richard coombs||a stunning memorial|
I read your memorial to your late wife with total respect and awe.
I can only hope that you are feeling more composed and the pain lessens (the memory will never).
For only a few months I have rad these respects and (as a person with a long term condition) find the stories strangely empowering. Although frightening it seems as if Karen kept some form of character to the end.
In 2005 I suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest through my brittle and severe asthma and I still remember hanging on as long as I can and the Crash team helped me live.
Your story reminds me that all of us should at least know how to help in extreme.
All I can say (from the UK) is that I feel so much respect for you for writing the memorial - and to your wife for her strength in her last hours.
I have no religion but I am sure that if you have one it will comfort you and for you to know that positive thoughts are from here
|Guy Maynard||Very good|
The memorial for your wife was beautiful. When you shared the last two precious days of her life, I was crying like a baby when it was over! I hope you all get through it!
|D C||Memorial For Wife|
I came across your wife's memorial. My heart truly goes out to you and your family. It's so clear that you loved her very much.
I am praying for you. God bless
Added by D C on Feb 16, 2010 10:05 AM
|Daniel Hart||Thank you|
Thanks you so much for sharing your wifes final hours. I hope it touches others as it has touched me.
Daniel Hart, EMT-P
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