June 6, 1915 ~ April 14, 2006

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW... What a ride!

Stories are the greatest healing balm available for the bereaved soul. Stories give untold meaning to pain. Stories bear witness to frustration, fear, and triumph. Stories console the heart with memories of �better days�. Stories relive the experiences of �life� and gently uncover the lessons learned. And, telling the stories of life weaves the threads of memory that bind us to our loved ones.
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~ Stories ~

~What was happening in 1915?~

~Florabelle's Wordsearch~

Interesting Books

Feathers Brush My Heart: True Stories of Mothers Connecting with Their Daughters After Death ~ Sinclair Browning - Amazon.com: Featuring more than 70 stories collected as part of "the Feathers project," Feathers Brush My Heart is a comforting book for women in times of loss. Each story, ranging in length from a couple of paragraphs to several pages, speaks of some sort of communication between mothers and daughters; what they have in common is that in each case, the mother has already passed away. In every other way, each story is entirely different. The women who contributed stories are of all ages and income brackets. Some write movingly of abuse and dysfunction during their childhoods, while others pen with equal grace tales of close, loving relationships with their parents. Some gifts are as simple as finally learning to make their mom's beloved peanut butter fudge. More complex tales show repeated instances of protection and strongly felt presences in the midst of physical danger. Dreams, impressions, and objects all figure strongly, and many women write of the particular significance of a special flower, ribbon, vase, or article of clothing. Author Sinclair Browning ties this collection together with gentle musings and recommended readings, along with a few short stories of her own. And while the details vary, the core message remains consistent: those who love us are never truly gone, and contact is always available if you remain open to the possibilities. -- Jill Lightner
Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of Courage, Grief, and Healing ~ Hope Edelman - From the Publisher: Revisiting the profoundly important subject of mother loss, Letters From Motherless Daughters is a compilation of real letters written by women in response to the ground-breaking New York Times bestseller Motherless Daughters. When Motherless Daughters was first published in 1994, author Hope Edelman--through research, interviews, and personal experience--helped women across the country deal with the pain of losing a mother. Finally they felt free to discuss and try to understand their unique form of grief, and perhaps most importantly, they felt that they were not alone in their loss. The overwhelming number of letters she received in response to Motherless Daughters prompted Hope Edelman to publish Letters From Motherless Daughters. Reaffirming her precious link with motherless women across the country, Hope presents these moving, honest, and often hopeful letters, along with her own insight, and offers readers a chance to further learn from this loss. Chapters are divided by the number of years since mother loss, and each addresses the significant issues of that stage. Hope also includes information on starting or joining a support group, and offers suggested reading for motherless women. The words of these brave women illustrate the profound pain, the astounding strength, and the undying perseverance to live on, but never outlive the need for one's mother.of police barricades, the razor-sharp line between life and death, the unforgiving chasm
Cradled All the While: The Unexpected Gifts of a Mother's Death ~ Sara J. Corse - As the author of this beautifully written book says, "The curtain between life and death is a gossamer veil." With insight and honesty, Sara Corse gazes through this gossamer veil as she recounts her experiences caring for her mother, dying of cancer. Part memoir, part reflection on the meaning of life and death, this book mainly gives a moving account of her mother's last months, but through the use of flashbacks and discursions, Corse shows how the tenderness and pain of this final illness are woven into the larger complexities of a mother-daughter relationship. Corse understands the anguish of losing a parent in the context of her own sometimes anguished struggle for a personal identity and a meaningful faith. For those facing the death of a loved one, this book will be a comfort and a help. For anyone seeking understanding in the presence of the mystery of death, this book will be a deep river of wisdom.
The Eagle and the Rose: A Remarkable True Story ~ Rosemary Altea - Amazon.com: Dead spirits in medium Rosemary Altea's cosmos live out happy and fulfilling lives--dead children grow up, lost pets scamper in eternal bliss, and deceased husbands guide and protect their grieving widows from their invisible dimension. A rosier spiritual view could not be imagined. Whether you heard about The Eagle and the Rose on Oprah or found it on The New York Times bestseller list, you may want to pick up this fascinating autobiography by an English-single-mum-barmaid-turned-medium. The Eagle and the Rose is a convincingly sincere account of Altea's dreary childhood in northern England, where as a young woman she realized her psychic powers were not the insanity she feared. Gripped in a struggle with insecurity and stage fright, you'll cheer as Altea develops into a successful medium who chats with the dead as easily as you chat with the person in front of you in the checkout line. Put your skepticism aside and she'll charm you with her simple character, candor, and steadfast belief in a loving god and life after death--or as she puts it, "life after life." --P. Randall Cohan
Grieving the Death of a Mother ~ Harold Ivan Smith - A mother�s death can make a shambles of schedules, priorities, agendas, commitments, and, sometimes, even our most important relationships. A mother�s last breath inevitably changes us. Drawing on his own experience of loss, as well as those of others, Harold Ivan Smith guides readers through their grief, from the process of dying through the acts of remembering and honoring a mother after her death.
Grieving the Death of a Father ~ Harold Ivan Smith - Not many books have been written to help the grieving son or daughter deal with the new reality of a deceased father. Smith has combined personal stories from Frederick Buechner, Norman Vincent Peale, Corrie ten Boom, James Dobson, and many other well- known people to help others through their grieving process.
One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost ~ John Edward - This book begins with background on Edward becoming psychic - as most books by psychics do - and eventually gets to specific stories. Although it is interesting to learn the biographies of different mediums, the bios are rarely as intriguing as the accounts of actual readings. Once the reader gets to the heart of the book, it is hard to put down. This book will be especially helpful for families who have lost young children. It is also a good read for Catholics because Edward, who was raised Catholic, befriends a priest. Edward is comforted by the priest's view that what he has is a gift from God to help people. Edward enforces that he is simply a medium - he is not sure what it looks like or what takes place on the Otherside. He simply sees the spirits and translates their messages.
After Life: Answers From the Other Side ~ John Edward - Internationally acclaimed psychic medium John Edward takes his talents to new levels and new countries in his fourth book, AFTER LIFE: Answers from the Other Side. Join John and a documentary crew "Down Under" in Australia and across the United States, where he demonstrates once again that grief, healing, and hope are eternally intertwined and universal. John answers your most often-asked questions about how the mediumship process works on the "other side," while taking you on the inside of his own personal life as a husband and new father. He shares what he�s learned through his own recent, personal losses and demonstrates that you�re never too late to forgive�and never too far away to love.
Crossing Over ~ John Edward - Crossing Over reads like a casual conversation with an old childhood pal instead of like a memoir of a world-renowned psychic who has his own talk show on the Sci Fi channel. John Edward's narrative is down-to-earth and filled with vernacular expressions (including plenty of instances of "holy shit!"). There's the story of how his deceased mother finally gave him the three signs he hoped for after she died, and how he once contacted the recently departed songwriter Carl Perkins. Most of the time, Edward speaks about how the process of consulting with a psychic brings peace and reconciliation to those left behind--standard fare for medium memoirs. As compelling as Edward's stories are, what makes this memoir unique is how readily Edward exposes his own vanities and ego bruisings. He also delves into the behind-the-scenes reality of being a television medium. For instance, he reveals how his producers wanted to have dead-people "theme shows"--for instance inviting grieving members of Mother Against Drunk Driving to be the audience. This kind of "gallery rigging" goes against Edward's desire to enter readings without any prior knowledge of the person seated before him. Edward offers an amusing, and at times disturbing, look at how the ethereal world clashes with the celebrity world.
Blessings From the Other Side:: Wisdom and Comfort From the Afterlife for This Life ~ Sylvia Brown - Sylvia Browne believes that if people can remember why they are here and what they are supposed to be doing here, their lives will ultimately become happier, healthier, and more spiritually fulfilling. In this new book, she helps readers celebrate and appreciate life-by reminding them of the countless blessings they received before coming into this world. With chapters on forgiveness, past lives, contacting The Other Side, and discovering life's purpose, she also tells uplifting stories of those who, with her help, found their way.
Visits from the Afterlife ~ Sylvia Brown - At this point in her highly successful career, Browne makes neither apology nor excuse for believing in spirits and ghosts. After all, she points out, huge numbers of people do, too--they call Sylvia for advice, investigation, and translations of the sometimes cryptic messages of the dearly departed. Browne finds immaterial souls on cruise ships, imprisoned for decades within their own delusions; in a Toys R Us store, as she mistakes pesky modern kids for those of 120 years ago; and so on. The author does historical and field research on each spirit when possible, producing data and intriguing personal anecdotes. Reader Jeanie Hackett neither colors nor detracts from Browne's essential message: There's a difference between spirits and ghosts, but the main thing to remember is that they're among us, and that they care.
Beyond These Four Walls ~ Mary Rose Occhino - Born to a family of "intuitive" women, MaryRose Occhino uses her "celestial whispers" to open the minds and the hearts of everyone who has sought out her remarkable abilities as a link to loved ones who have passed on. But her powers also became her connection to the outside world-both real and spiritual-after she struggled through an isolation that grew out of her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis at the age of thirty-nine. Filled with startling revelations, this fascinating book is also MaryRose's own inspiring true story-from the recognition of her gifts as a child, to their nurturing by her mother and grandmother, to her current standing as an extraordinary psychic medium who uses her abilities to help us see beyond the walls, and beyond the limits...not only to look into the next world, but to make the most of life in the here and now.
Sign Of The Dove ~ Mary Rose Occhino - From the author of the acclaimed psychic memoir Beyond These Four Walls comes a revealing book that offers readers new insights into recognizing, accepting, deciphering, and surrendering to the psychic signs and symbols in their own lives. Occhino also stresses the importance of listening to-and gleaning lessons from-dreams, and revealing what can be done to make them come true, whether it's choosing the right life partner or the right job, or finding true purpose in life.

"Perhaps Love"
~ John Denver ~

Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm.
It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm.
And in those times of trouble, when you are most alone,
the memory of love will bring you home.

Perhaps love is like a window, perhaps an open door.
It invites you to come closer. It wants to show you more.
And even if you lose yourself, and don't know what to do,
the memory of love will see you thru.

O love to some is like a cloud, to some as strong as steel.
For some a way of living, for some a way to feel.
And some say love is holding on, and some say letting go.
And some say love is everything, some say they don't know.

Perhaps love is like the ocean, full of conflict full of pain.
Like a fire when it's cold outside, a thunder when it rains.
If I should live forever, and all my dreams come true,
my memories of love will be of you

"No happy time that passes is ever truly gone... It leaves a cherished memory for looking back upon."
"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
"There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart." ~Ghandi
"Those we have held in our arms for a little while we hold in our hearts forever."
"Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day."
"The truth is: we never leave grief behind. We never forget. Our loved one becomes a part of who we are today. And our stories are nestled in our heart safe and secure in the knowledge that life and love are eternal."
"If you are bereaved, gather your stories. Find opportunities to open your heart and let the memories pour out. Allow others into your lives to explore the forests and find the remnants of a beautiful life that once was. Chuckle over the good times. Say a silent prayer when painful memories surface. Rekindle joy by igniting the flame of faith, and hope. And, believe that the stories of love are stronger than death."
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love." ~ Washington Irving
�"You don't get over it by forgetting. You get over it by remembering." ~ Leslie Marmon Silko
�Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.�
"Don't cry because its over, smile because it happened."
"We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose." ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." ~From a headstone in Ireland
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." ~Kahlil Gibran
"While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet them behind the veil." ~John Taylor
"The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God."
�Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.�
"As a white candle In a holy place, So is the beauty Of an aged face." ~ Joseph Campbell
"The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of the final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy." ~ John F. Kennedy
"No one's death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness."
"Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young."
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." ~ old Indian Proverb
"Death, the last sleep? No the final awakening." ~ Walter Scott
"If you spend all your time worrying about dying, living isn't going to be much fun."
"I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." ~Willa Cather
"Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come." ~ Rabindranath Tagore
"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same."
"Birth and Death are the two noblest expressions of bravery." ~ Kahlil Gibran
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."
"People are like stained glass windows -- the true beauty can be seen only when there is light from within. The darker the night, the brighter the windows." ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
"The pain passes, but the beauty remains." ~ Pierre Auguste Renoir
"Everyone is the age of their heart." ~ Guatemalan Proverb
"If we have faith, death shouldn't scare us but we should be able to smile at death as it will be the ship that brings us to the embrace of GOD."

"Wind Beneath My Wings"
~ Bette Midler ~

Ohhhh, oh, oh, oh, ohhh. It must have been cold there in my shadow, to never have sunlight on your face. You were content to let me shine, that's your way. You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory, while you were the one with all the strength. A beautiful face without a name for so long. A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my hero, and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed, but I've got it all here in my heart. I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it. I would be nothing without you.

Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're everything I wish I could be. I could fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings.

Did I ever tell you you're my hero? You're everything, everything I wish I could be. Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Oh, the wind beneath my wings. You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings. Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high. Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings. Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.

Fly, fly, fly high against the sky, so high I almost touch the sky. Thank you, thank you, thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.

Remembering Daddy

"Florabelle's treasures were her children..." ~ Aunt Alyce Joyce

Last Updated: 8/8/2016