Sunday, November 21, 2010

JON'S MEMORIAL


If you had told me just a few days ago that I would be speaking at my son's memorial service I would have said it was impossible.  Your prayers changed all that.  Tim and I were able to do the eulogy and Jennifer got brave and spoke beautifully, as well.  I have much to tell you, but right now here is a video that Tim and I put together for the memorial.  Just a glimpse of my boy...

27 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing with us. Praying for your family.

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  2. Dear Paula and Family, I found you through Katie Granju.
    I am so very sad about the loss of your beautiful son. In the coming days, weeks,and months I do hope your heart finds peace. The peace in knowing Jonathan is healed and in the arms of Grace.

    xo, misha

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  3. this is just beautiful, paula. the song is perfect. my prayer is that God is wrapping His arms around you and bringing you peace as you walk through this time. you are in my thoughts.

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  4. Sweet photographs. Sweet memories. May they bring you comfort during these difficult days. I am so thankful you were able to speak at Jon's service. He was listening.
    You and your family continue to be held in hearts and prayers.

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  5. Dear Paula,
    My thoughts & prayers are with you.

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  6. That is so sweet. Wishing you continued days feeling the uplifting support of those around you!

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  7. With a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, strong hugs and prayers sent to your family.

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  8. Your family is in my prayers and I'm wishing you peace and love. Beautiful tribute for your sweet son.

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  9. Patty, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there was more I could say to help ease your pain, but know that I will be thinking of you.

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  10. From one mom to another, my heart is aching for you. I cannot even imagine what you are going through. Please know that you and your family are in my heart and in my prayers. God be with you.

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  11. Very beautiful, my heart goes out to you, we aren't suppose to live longer then our children but your son is in God's arms now and I hope you and your family will start to heal. Many blessings Sandra

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  12. Since finding your post about the death of your son prayers have been said and I have thought about you daily. I too have a son who is addicted You are living all of our worst fears right now and I am so sorry! No one really knows the feeling of parents with kids that are drawn in by the terrible mess of addiction. Your tribute is beautiful and tears for a family I don't know but feel incredible pain for are flowing. Love to you!

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  13. Somehow my last sentence didn't show up correctly. What I wanted to say was I don't know you, but feel incredible pain for you and the tears are flowing. Love to you!

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  14. Thinking of you and your family on this Thanksgiving day. Hoping and praying that your pain will ease and that smiles and laughter will again fill your life.

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  15. What a beautiful way to honor your son. I'm praying that you will be filled with God's peace.

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  16. thoughts and prayers for you & your family.

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  17. I can't begin to imagine what you are feeling or going through. Thank you for sharing this tribute. You and your family are in my prayers. You are a strong woman and your children are so blessed to have you. As each day passes I hope you are able to heal a tiny bit knowing your son is at peace. God bless you!! Marnie Peck

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  18. Dear Paula, my heart goes out to you. Tonight I decided to catch up on the blogs I have so enjoyed in the past and yours was the first I visited. I believe I was directed here for a reason. You see, the reason I have been absent for so long is that six months and three days ago my world crashed too. I lost my beautiful and beloved daughter-in-law. She was only 24, truly my daughter and the light of my life. She died in my arms in the ER. Although the circumstances were very different, the unbearable and unparalleled grief of losing a child is something I can understand. I know that the heartache is beyond description and that you have to question whether this is real or if it could be the most horrible nightmare ever. It is something no one should ever have to bear. I wish this weren't happening to you. I am terribly, terribly sorry. You will remain in my heart and my prayers.

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  19. had to return to thank you for your story. I hurt for you and the others who've noted that they're suffering from loss of a child also. Reading it helped me make such a simple decision: whether to drive 75 miles after work today to celebrate a birthday a day late, or to consider it already done when I gave the BD presents to son on Thanksgiving. It's such an EASY decision when realizing there's nothing worse than NOT having the opportunity to celebrate with him & his wife's family. We will be making that drive. I wish you still had that opportunity and thank you again for helping me value it.

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  20. weeping... Wishing peace, love, and healing for you all, and angel's arms to hold you too. Grief is a fierce tide with treacherous undertows, but there are many of us riding the waves in our little boats with life jackets and hands to hold and reaching out to help you to the farther shore. Blessings on your journey.

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  21. Thinking and praying for peace for you this morning Paula. You are in my thoughts daily.

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  22. What a beautiful tribute to your son for his memorial. It is clear that he was very loved. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  23. Paula,
    I had not checked your blog in several months and happened upon it today. I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your strength and consolation. Michele

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  24. Touching memories and special photos Paula.
    Praying for you all,

    Kay

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  25. Paula,
    Your posts sharing Jonathan's life & memorial have moved me to tears. Your tribute is inspiring & lovely.

    With my little boy sleeping & another growing in my belly, I can't help but to hope that I could be a strong, gracious, & beautiful mother as you.

    prayers & love,
    allisa

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