September 4, 1910 ~ July 3, 1977

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!

~ National Barber Museum ~
~What was happening in 1910?~

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.
If you have a story to share and would like it to be included on this page, please email me.
~ Stories ~

"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."

Remembering Mama

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

Last Updated: 8/8/2016