I've been researching my family tree since 1977. I have a HUGE family and, unfortunately, I have lost many friends, way too soon. Find A Grave has been a great source of information for me, & I'm just trying to pay it forward. I try to be as accurate and complete as possible, but please feel free to let me know of any updates &/or corrections you come across. I will ALWAYS stand by the obituary information, unless you have an update that is not in "unknown" territory.
Feel free to use any of my photos.
Thank you to all who transfer memorials even though the memorial may not be a parent, grandparent, or sibling.
The Dash Poem (By Linda Ellis)
I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
From the beginning...to the end
He noted that first came the date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years
For that dash represents all the time
That they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
Know what that little line is worth
For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars...the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering this special dash
Might only last a little while
So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent YOUR dash?
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