Submitted by: Paul N Kelly ( Daddy)
My Tribute: Samuel was a loving caring and talented young man. He was an athlete and a wonderful brother to Paulie and Aiden. His smile would light up the room, my mother always said. He struggled with addiction and the frustration of wanting to do the right thing, but being beaten by the sickness. He loved his family more than anything. He tried rehab twice, and relapsed both times. The second killed him. Sambo we will miss you, but we will never forget you. The unique way you saw the world, the ever simple, but very complex personality. Your humor, your smile, and most of all, the love you shared with your family will be what we always cherish and hold on to. We love you Sambo- I just wish I could have been there when you needed me most. You are free now. Let go and fly, like I know you can. All my love, Daddy Forever Love, that is what we shared.
Submitted by: Amanda Johnson
My Tribute: On Jan 6th, 2015 my nephew passed away from a heroin overdose. My heart aches for his suffering in this life. He had recently moved home to get well and start over. I wish so much he hadn’t relapsed. I miss him. He was smart. Brave. Handsome. And had a sensitive heart. Andrew, you are missed. I wish you nothing but peace. I love you. Aunt Mandy
Submitted by: Trinlie Yeaman
My Tribute: My beautiful daughter and best friend. you were the most kind and loving person, always giving and helping those that needed a friend. I miss you so much at times it is unbearable. This world lost an amazing person whose life was cut way too short. You were such a bright light and now everything seems to have a touch of grey without you. Mumzy loves you so much. To the Moon and Back….
Submitted by: Terri Hayes (mom)
My Tribute: To my loving beautiful son. I am so sorry you are not here with us. We miss you so very much (mom, dad, sister and aunts etc.); life is so empty without you. I pray you are at peace and happy now and I look forward to the hope of seeing you again one day.
Submitted by: Stacey Doscher
My Tribute: My beautiful daughter Jennifer struggled with drug addiction for several years, the last 3 years of her life with heroin. My mother passed away at the end of October and Jennifer had a very hard time dealing with this loss – she had not spoken to her grandmother in 3 years. There was regret that she had not told her how sorry she was for what she had taken from her. Just 5 short days later, Jennifer died from a heroin overdose. I know she is at peace now and is safe – with her family – and that I will see her one day…….I miss her smile……I miss getting a phone call that starts with “Hi Mommy”…..I miss my daughter.
Submitted by: Rene Feller
My Tribute: May you dance and sing with the Angels Lyndsey Rene Feller. I love and miss you very much
Submitted by: Fabz
Submitted by: Barb Jennes
My Tribute: Adam was an incredible musician and fine human being. He and my daughter were very much in love, but they definitely saw the best and the worst of each other. Adam’s family set off fireworks every year on Christmas Day. I saw a video of this year’s display posted on his sister’s Facebook page and was inspired to write this poem:
Remembering Adam, After Watching the Fireworks
As a girl upon a swing
I’d point my scuffed toes to the sky,
stretching higher with each try,
and strain to slip the greedy cling
of Earth, escape its grasp and fling
my aching soul to some high home
where none but kindred spirits roam.
Even now, I’ve had to face,
I feel the longing in my toes
as bleakly now as long ago
when heaven meant a white-wrapped place
like cotton. Cloaked in its embrace
I’d peer o’er cloud cliffs, fearless though,
and jeer at sorrows left below.
Today they lit the fireworks
and watched the blazing bullets blast
a path through darkness, stopped at last
by dark hands that, like jailers, lurk
to snatch back those who strive to shirk
these Earthly bonds, to soar beyond
where small feet once schemed to abscond.
And yet I saw in this attack
that when they reached their apogee,
exploding in bright majesty,
only fractions drifted back
and what those ashes clearly lacked
was the thing that seemed to cease –
the glimm’ring essence, now released.
Have you found it there with you,
where all things kindred, kindly, go?
Where the swinging girl below
once set her target, vast and blue?
Does the lightning, now renewed,
shine its brightness in your sphere
while only ashes linger here?
And this I wonder: is she there –
the shadow of a world-shy child
who, seeking solace, often whiled
her daytime circumscribing air
while yearning for a lesser care?
For this I know, without a doubt,
A part of her has flickered out.
Yes, she walks there with you, I know,
Where only kindly kindred go.
Submitted by: Allison
My Tribute: My Christopher,
My life, my best friend, my one true love.
Not a day goes by that I don’t miss you.
Always on my mind, forever in my heart.
Submitted by: Girlfriend
My Tribute: For my sweet Ian whom passed away from overdose.. Although you struggled so hard, you fought even harder. I miss you everyday and I love you dearly. I’m struggling to understand that you are gone and how it came to this. But I cherish what we had even more.. Your sweet smile, kind heart and loving soul that you showed me for 4 years are what I hold close to me. I hate seeing your family going through such heartache.. Always there for them. We hold each other close. And keep you close to us.