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|Johnny||RE: found my daughters grave that u postedw|
I feel honored that you shared your story with me. You have my sincere condolences for your loss. It had to feel like a nightmare that you couldn't wake up from. My wife has an eighteen year old Son who was murdered a little over 12 years ago so I can relate to the loss from seeing the suffering she has and is going through. My wife says it never goes away but now it is easier to bear.
Feel free to contact me for any help with adding items to your Daughter's memorial or if you just feel like telling someone something. May God's blessing be with you.
Added by Johnny on Nov 11, 2013 4:28 PM
|Johnny||RE: found my daughters grave that u posted|
My parents and a number of my friends are buried at Arlington Park Cemetery. I was visiting my parents graves one day A little less than two years ago and met a gentleman that was taking a few photos of grave markers. I asked him if he was visiting some family or friends at the cemetery. He replied that he was taking a volunteer photo for a request on Find a Grave. I had at the time never heard of Find a Grave. It sounded very interesting to me. When I returned home I pulled up the Find a Grave site and found that by parents were listed in the Arlington Park Cemetery on Find a Grave. There was a marker photo also but in the photo there was dirt and grass clippings that looked very bad and made reading the inscriptions very hard. I went back to the cemetery later that day and took a couple of photos of the grave marker. While I was at the cemetery I took a few extra photos of some friend's markers. I came home and loaded the photos to their memorials.
When I started thinking more about Find a Grave and the lasting memorials to our loved ones that could be created, it seemed like a very good idea. A way to record the history for the present and future generations .
I pulled up the list of all the volunteer photo requests for the cemetery and there were around 90 requests at the time. I printed them out and went to the cemetery office and informed them that I wanted to take some volunteer photos and could they help me with the directions to the graves. The lady at the office got a salesman to help me whom of course started a sells spill to me until I informed him that I already owned lots at the cemetery. Well back to the list of photo requests, he gave me a couple of location and acted as if I was bothering him and he didn't have time to get me more locations. Jokingly I said, Well, I suppose I could photograph all the markers in the cemetery and I would not have to ever ask for directions again. We both had a good laugh at that thought.
I went out to the cemetery with the directions for the two graves the salesman had given me. It turned out they were both in the Ascension section where my parents graves are . I photographed the markers and a few additional markers in that section. I came home and uploaded them to Find a Grave.
A couple of days later I received a message from a contributor who lived out of town and had never seen the grave marker of their relative and was happy to find the photo I had uploaded to Find a Grave. I told my wife I thought I would photograph the entire Ascension section and upload them. Well, I started and kept on going until I had done the entire section. It took me a couple of months. When I would search for the individual's Find a Grave Memorial, many were already listed and I would add the photos I had taken if the memorial had no marker photos. If I found one that did not have a Find a Grave memorial I would create one and add the photos. By this time I had received several positive comments from families and friends. I just kept on going and did the entire cemetery. Then I did the same at Chapel Hills Cemetery and now I am working on Evergreen Cemetery.
I create the memorials to honor our loved ones who are no longer with us. No, I don't know the majority of the people I have created memorials for but I am honored to have been able to visit their final resting places and photograph and create a lasting memorial to them. After I create memorials I love it when family members discover the memorials. I can transfer the memorial to them. Find a Grave is a community of volunteers with the goal of recording the final resting places of our loved ones.
I see you have just joined Find a Grave and I would like to welcome you. If you are offended or for any reason or don't want this memorial to be on Find a Grave It can be easily removed. If I have in any way offended you I would like to apologize. It certainly is not my intention to offend. I am going to transfer your daughter's memorial to you. If you need any help with Find a Grave I will be glad to assist . You can upload a total of 5 photos to the standard memorial. Find a Grave has an option where a memorial can be sponsored for a one time fee of $5 and it removes the advertising and also expands the amount of photos that can be uploaded from 5 to 20. I have sponsored a few memorials such as my parents and have uploaded a lot a pictures from over the years. It is like a photo album where future generations can enjoy the photos as much as I have. I would appreciate your feedback on your thoughts about Find a Grave if you think it is a good thing. God bless.
Added by Johnny on Nov 11, 2013 12:07 PM
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