Richards Tree

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We’ve seen a lot of ideas for creating memorials since we began this journey of dealing with Richards death. We’ve received many as gifts from people that cared about Richard and us. We get reminded of one every time we go to our church.  Last year a dogwood tree was planted on the church campus […]

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Legacy Memorial Websites

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The Compassionate Friends has partnered with the people at to bring you a special deal on a memorial website for your lost child. You can get a 14 day free trial to try their system and you will also get a 25% discount on your first year sponsorship. That’s what they call their hosting […]

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Memorializing FaceBook

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Richard had a Facebook account. Not too surprising, nearly every college kid does. It’s sort of a piece of his life, dangling out there in cyberspace. Debbie was one of  his “friends” on Facebook. I wasn’t. Facebook started out being limited to students only. Later they opened it up to everyone, and all us old […]

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Another Brick on the Walk

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We have another Richard brick. There’s a nice little park located in Frankfort, KY called Cove Spring Park. Way off in the back corner, tucked into the trees is a beautiful memorial garden sponsored by The Compassionate Friends of Frankfort, KY. At the center of the garden is a raised round flower bed, with a […]

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Our First Candle Lighting Ceremony

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Tonight we went to the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting at Frankfort, KY. This is a memorial service for the parents, family and friends of our lost children. We honor the memory of our child with music, poems, a slide show and a candle lighting service. This event happens in each time zone all over […]

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A Brick In Memory of Richard

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After Richard’s death we asked friends and family to make donations in memory of him to a couple of charities. Since Richard was an eagle scout the Boy Scouts of America were a natural choice. We also chose the WHAS Crusade for Children. The Crusade for Children is a local charity, featuring a weekend long […]

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Memorial Montage

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Memories. As grieving parents, they’re all we have left of our missing child. Pictures are one of the best ways to share those memories. But if you’re like us, those pictures may be squirreled away in boxes, or in  many photo albums. We’ve got another option to help put your child’s life on display – […]

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The Richard Book

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Debbie’s birthday was last month. Her gift from our daughter Sarah arrived from Texas the other day. In the enclosed birthday card, Sarah instructed her mom to share the gift with me. There was a pack of Kleenex attached to the gift, warning of an emotional surprise inside. It was a special gift indeed. Inside […]

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