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Embrace Each and Every Moment by Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
I embrace each and every moment
You lived with me on Earth
A journey of emotions
From the second of your birth

Your anticipated arrival
All your life would be
The instant I had waited for
When you were born to me

The years brought with sweet memories
I will cherish in my heart
Your first smile lives within me
Although we now must live apart

Our special times together
A mother and her son
Then life took a tragic wrong turn
That can never be undone

Days are spent denying
So much of what I feel
This pain is just to harsh
When you allow it to be real

So I slip into a silent place
One within my soul
To remember life together
Before I lost control

Although you are not here with me
To share our life on Earth...
I embrace each and every moment
From the second of your birth

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
Lyndie Sorenson
©copyright June 2007
To My Son - Merry Christmas  / Mom

Dear Ryan-

Once  again we celebrate another Christmas without you. I hate doing this it does not seem right. I think of you every night when I say good night to you and every morning hoping I am only waking up from a night mare. This can not be happening to our family especially to you. Ryan  you had so many plans, dreams and goals you deserved to have the best life imaginable. I do focus now on the memories and try not to think of the last year and a half of your life especially the last day. You went through so much and it angers me. I know you are helping me get past that and concentrate on the positive. I am moving on a little at a time and trying to be a more positive person trying not to be so angry at things we can not do anything about. Some people make choices and live with the consequences. This was not a choice that we made, we had no control over it, we just have to learn to live with it and I am trying one day at a time. I appreciate the people you have sent to me to help me in doing this. Please give me the strength to live without you physically here and help me as I awake every day to this emptiness and hole in my heart. Help us with the Relay for Life that as a family we can do this together in your memory and the memory of others and the honor of those still in the fight.

I love you so much Ryan and I know I am blessed to be your mother and to have had almost 22 years with you. Until we see each other again--I love you my precious son.





Dearly Missed by Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
Holiday season is reason enough...
for more tears and heartache, it's terribly tough
Harder than ever with holiday cheer
One more day in another long year

I listen to songs that bring back memories
See all the lights lit up on the trees
It causes such sorrow when you are the one...
without your sweet daughter or handsome young son

Looking for someone to make this wrong right
Gazing at snow as it falls through the night
Watching while others await Christmas Eve...
knowing full well for your child you do grieve

No one remembers... nobody cares
Maybe it's just that they're so unaware
Pain that is present throughout all the year...
makes the holiday season harder to bear

Inside I am weeping... outside I just mask
Missing and wishing while nobody asks
Not one word is mentioned about my sweet child...
so I keep trying to live in denial

Words that have cut right down to my soul
Get over ... move on... your grief has control
I know if they lived with this loss they would be...
unfortunately able to understand me

So while I await the holiday with tears
I will try to remember the wonderful years
When the holiday had promise of sweet happiness
Instead of the child I so dearly miss

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
Copyright © December 2008

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
But one special stocking was no longer there
All that was left were memories bittersweet
Of a life that had ended so incomplete

The family had pictures all gathered around
That sometimes made all of them tear up and frown
For the sorrow and sadness without their sweet child
Made it so very difficult for the family to smile

Although there were times when they felt him(her) so close
As if they were feeling some kind of a ghost
The signs that were sent were so special and clear
They felt that he(she) truly was so very near

They often would talk to him(her) as if he(she) was there
Sometimes they would smile but also shed tears
For each Christmas that came brought with it such pain
That they felt in their hearts would always remain

Then one special moment on one special day
He(She) came to them and simply took them away
They flew through the heavens and up to the stars
A beautiful place that was not very far

He(She) showed them where they would all join once again
A place full of beauty ...no sorrow or pain
A place where he's (she's) happy with heavenly friends
A place where he (she ) told them we all do ascend

After their wondrous visit was through
This family was no longer terribly blue
For they finally realized one day not to far
They would all be together on a heavenly star

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
Copyright © December 2006 revised December 2008

Waiting, Wishing and Wondering  / Mom
I would like to find an answer...
or maybe just a clue
As to why you left for heaven
and I'm left missing you

Is there some big secret...
that's hidden till I die
Why you went on to heaven...
and I'm left here to cry

I'm sure you are quite happy
That heaven is the best
But here on earth there's sorrow
Where once I felt so blessed

I keep it all quite hidden...
knowing all full well
No one wants to listen...
some days are just pure hell

I miss you every second
Your smile and your charm
Special times I hugged you
Or held you in my arms

It's hard to just imagine
I'll have to wait and see...
If someday I will join you
Where we will both be free

So with the hope I've mentioned
I'll try to make it through
Wishing every moment...
For the day I'll be with you

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
© copyright December 2008

Thanksgiving -Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
Time to give thanks but it's very hard
When several years back I became very scarred
I lost you now nothing in life is the same
Holidays like Thanksgiving just add to this pain

I look around at the world all a glow
Beautiful lights amidst the white snow
Each day I'm reminded of how much I miss you
While the rest of the world really hasn't a clue

I won't show my feelings I've buried within
To most of the world I mask while I grin
Thanksgiving to New Years... I'm on auto drive
Trying to make it, somehow to survive

I won't say it's easier as years have gone by
Still long to hold you, each day still ask why
I've learned only those that share in this fate
Can really... truly, sadly relate

I've cooked and I've cleaned made breads and made pies
Ready for company while I cry inside
For it's hard to be grateful when you left me here
It's just another day of another long year

In loving memory of Joey and heavenly buddies
© copyright Thanksgiving 2008

Halloween Night by Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
Halloween night and the moon is a glow
The wind is howling as if saying hello
Kids all running round through the streets
Halloween in heaven... boy what a treat

Although it is dark there are stars in the sky
The spirits are happy... they soar as they fly
Halloween night in heaven is grand
A beautiful time for all in this land

Treats are available to those that passed old...
A warm special blanket so they won't catch cold
Little small candies for sweet girls and boys...
And all kinds of special beautiful toys

Parties and dancing for all that are here...
On this beautiful night so dark and so clear
The fun all begins on Halloween eve
Someday you will join us... and won't have to leave

It is such a glorious, wonderful night
When heaven decides to put out the lights
So sit back, listen and look up above
You might catch a glimpse of the one that you love

In loving memory of Joey and his Halloween heavenly buddies
From Forever Yours by Daphne Rose Kingma  / Mom
From Forever Yours by Daphne Rose Kingma

"You never really lose anybody you have loved. No
matter what may separate you - time, distance, the
relationships that preceded or may follow this one,
even death - the love you shared and the soul you
encountered through that love is yours forever in your

Every person you have loved has changed you. What you
have become because of loving them is how they will be
with you always. A relationship may come to an end.
But love is eternal. You will never lose anyone whom
you have truly loved."

Timeless Grief by Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
It's endless, it's timeless this thing called grief
Changes life forever ... this terrible thief
Comes into your life without being asked
Leaves you feeling empty...and living life masked

It takes away your dreams and leaves your heart crushed
You keep it very hidden, for others want it hushed
Like a dreaded cancer, it eats at your soul
When grief comes into life... it really takes control

Tears come out of nowhere when living with this thief
Years come and go, without much relief
Only those that live it can truly understand.. .
how difficult it is to hear that maybe this was planned

A picture or a memory can start it all again
Life with this great enemy causes such great pain
It doesn't care you suffer, doesn't back away from you
Grief will walk beside you, no matter what you do

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
© copyright Sept 2008

Another Anniversary by Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
Another anniversary of the day that I lost you
It’s really very simple that day I lost me too
Although I try to find the me, that I used to be
I will never find that person for she is lost to me

I know it sounds confusing to those that have no clue
That when you lose a child, you also then lose you
It sounds like one big riddle that I should work on through
But there is not an answer… not one thing I can do

Grief is what has come to me, and changed me from within
It has burrowed deep inside of me, just like a second skin
No one should live on this way, but there was little choice
When grief was handed out to me I didn’t have a voice

I often wonder who I am since losing my sweet child
In this world in which we live in, I’ve been forced into denial
With every anniversary that marks another year
Are thoughts that come from others, that my pain should disappear

I am a mother that has lost a child on a tragic day
With that loss it took my dreams and visions far away
I would have chose to leave instead, for life is not so good
For all that ever mattered was my son… and motherhood

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
Copyright July 2007
A Birthday Up In Heaven by Christine Ross  / Mom
A birthday up in heaven....
Imagine all the joy it brings
To blow out all your candles
And not wish for anything.

To hear the angels sing to you
A happy birthday song.
To know that everything is right
And nothing ever will be wrong.

To eat as much cake as you want
And not count the calories.
To open up your present...
A big box of memories.

To reach out from above the clouds
Retrieving a balloon.
To see it came from those you love
Knowing they will join you soon.

To realize on your birthday
You won't be counting years.
To smile and laugh and giggle
Never shedding any tears.

To travel down to earth again
As they celebrate your day.
To help them all to understand
You really didn't go away.

To finally have the one you've missed
Come running when you call.
A birthday up in heaven...
Is waiting for us all.

© 2006 - Christine Ross
journey by Karen McCombs  / Mom

By Karen McCombs

We struggle along, day by day,
on this journey we call grief.
None of us know where to go,
or how to meet each day.
We stumble in the darkness,
no light to show the way.
Our hearts are worn,
our dreams are torn,
we question our disbelief.

The world is strange, no longer ours.
It's someone else's dream.
We try to find our way back home,
but the path has ceased to be.
We need someone to find us,
to light the path again.
Somewhere, up ahead,
a light begins to gleam.

Someone leads us by the hand
to others in the dark.
We join them with thankfulness,
and give to them our fears,
We find they have the very ones
that brought us many tears.
So we join them on the journey
and give them all our heart.

We learn we aren't alone here,
the path is very deep.
So many hearts are broken,
so many lives are gone.
So many find each other
along the journey we are on.
And we go on together,
to climb this mount so steep.

Our load seems so much lighter,
the path not as long
We reach for one another
and lend a hand to all.
If one should falter and need us,
we all hear the call
We turn to the fallen one
and help her to be strong.

We didn't choose this road we're on,
we had no choice at all.
We'd turn back time to change it;
we'd give our life for this.
If we could bring our children back,
and give them one more kiss
But since we can't, we'll continue on,
until we hear his call.

I Lost My Child Today  / Mom
I Lost my Child Today Author unknown

I lost my child today.
People came to weep and cry
As I just sat and stared, dry eyed.
They struggled to find words to say,
To try to take the pain away,
I walked the floor in disbelief.
I lost my child today.

I lost my child last month.
Most of the people went away,
Some still call and some still stay.
I wait to wake up from this dream,
This can't be real! I want to scream.
Yet everything is locked inside,
God, help me, I just want to die.
I lost my child last month.

I lost my child last year.
Now people who had been, have gone.
I sit and struggle all day long
To bear the pain so deep inside,
And now my friends just question, "Why?",
"Why does this mother not move on?
Just sits and sings the same old song,
Good Heavens! It has been so long!".
I lost my child last year.

Time has not moved on for me.
The numbness has disappeared,
My eyes have shed so many tears.
I see the look upon your face,
"You must move on and leave this place."
Yet I am trapped right here in time,
The song's the same, as is the rhyme.
I lost my child....... ..TODAY.

Author unknown
Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks  / Mom
Seasons In The Sun( Terry Jacks )

Goodbye to you my trusted friend
We've known each other since we were nine or ten
Together we climbed hills and trees
Learned of love and A B C's
Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees.

Goodbye my friend it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Pretty girls are everywhere
Think of me and I'll be there

We had joy we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed were just seasons
Out of time......

Goodbye Papa please pray for me
I was the black sheep of the family
You tried to teach me right from wrong
Too much wine and too much song
Wonder how I got along.

Goodbye Papa its hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Little children everywhere
When you see them I'll be there.

We had joy we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song like the seasons
Have all gone.

We had joy we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song like the seasons
Have all gone.

Goodbye Michelle my little one
You gave me love and helped me find the sun
And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground.

Goodbye Michelle it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
With the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there

We had joy we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the stars we could reach
Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the stars we could reach
Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song like the seasons
Have all gone

All our lives we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed were just seasons
Out of time......

We had joy we had fun
We had seasons in the sun

Tears of Life by Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
So this is life now that you're gone
A heart so broken living withdrawn
Tears that flow... life's big mistake
Sleepless nights without a break

Life was meant to be with you
Each day I wish this were untrue
I miss you so... this hurts to much
Feels as though my heart has crushed

Millions of tears that I have shed
Wishing it had been me instead
Silent thoughts... thunderous screams
Nights that fill with terrible dreams

I have changed since you have gone
Asked over and over what is wrong?
Can't they see... I'm not me
My heart gives me no reprieve

Sad but true they think I'm fine
Maybe they can't see I'm lying
To me it is clear... over the years
I have learned to hide these tears

Bittersweet memories and photographs
Days long gone with many laughs
Now each day... tears and pain
This is how life will remain

Asking daily how and why
Sit and watch the days go by
This is life...Feels so wrong
I want you back where you belong

A Glimmer of Hope by Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
Fireworks that shine so big and bright
Glimmer of hope within the night
Twinkle beautifully in the sky
As I watch I start to cry

Tears come from a place within
From memories of how life had been
All the past forth of July's
That we had spent, before you died

Remembering when you were small
The fireworks had you so enthralled
Staring at the sky amazed
As if you were in quite a daze

As you grew older you loved the show
Watching people come and go
The music that would start to play
Excited for the fireworks display

Loud cracks of thunder would explode
Fireworks would light the sky as they glowed
Watching you right by my side
With all my love and all my pride

Fireworks now explode in tears
Missing you throughout the years
Glimmer of hope within the night
Will not be there, with me tonight

In loving memory of Joey Sorenson and his heavenly buddies
Lyndie Sorenson
Fireworks Don't Last Forever by Christine Ross  / Mom

~ by Christine Ross in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001

You're the one that made me sparkle,
Gave my eyes that happy glow.
But fireworks don't last forever.
This is something I've come to know.

Your death started an explosion
That blew my perfect world apart.
There's no more fireworks in my life
Because the light's gone from my heart.

You had your independence day
When your soul let freedom ring.
Your spirit soared with fireworks
When you left these earthly things.

I never walked in darkness,
Not until you left that day.
Fireworks don't last forever,
But for awhile you lit my way.

© 2006 - Christine Ross

Allowing Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman  / Mom
Allowing Grief ~~~~from Healing After Loss by Martha Whitmore Hickman

I am sorry if I don't grieve correctly.
Please share with me the standards you use to judge.
In the beginning if I held my emotions it wasn't enough.
Yet now you do not wish to be reminded of what I can never forget.

How can one judge someone elses emotions.
Who are they to say what is correct.
Where does one find the expiration date for grieving their child?
Is our pain any less as time goes by?

We are able to get through our good and bad days.
We have had practice now in how to put on a act.
Yes, all the world is a stage and I am a consumate actress.
I am playing the role of my life and I must give it all that I have.

Nobody wants to see my tears now.
No one wants to acknowlege that I still hurt.
Everyone wants life as it used to be.
Can't they see that so do I?

Where are the books that tell us when we can feel and when we cannot?
Is there a set formula that we must follow?
Will there be a test we are expected to pass?
Why are we not allowed to have our own feelings?

Until the end of my days I will grieve my child.
I am sorry if you think I am doing it wrong.
It will be done at my own speed.
He was my child and not yours.

Please allow me my grief!

~from Healing After Loss by Martha Whitmore Hickman
Somehow by Lyndie Sorenson  / Mom
The years have moved by quickly
You've been gone for nearly five
Each day has been a struggle...
But somehow I've survived

I miss your smile and your laughter...
Your hugs, and your sweet kiss
Been left with only memories...
Somehow I still exist

It's not been easy to continue
I've been captive to this grief
Losing you has caused such sorrow...
Days, months, years of no relief

I don't expect to ever heal...
As so many have professed
To get better... to get over it
As many do suggest

I live with this inside me...
Hidden from the world outside
Coping daily, or denying...
Since that tragic day you died

I suppose I do seem better...
To those that have no clue
For they really haven't noticed...
I somehow just make it through

Unless you've walked within my shoes...
You cannot begin to know
That my heart will hurt forever....
Even if it doesn't show

In loving memory of Joey and his heavenly buddies
©June 2008

The Dance by Garth Brooks  / Mom
Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end, the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Holding you, I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say? you know I might have changed it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Yes my life, it's better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance
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