8 years can seem so long, but 7 passed in the blink of an eye

by Chelsea

Now you're home and now you're Free!

Now you're home and now you're Free!

In loving Memory of Matthew Ethridge b. May 20, 1996 - d. August 19, 2003. Rest in Peace my dearest friend. You are still missed and still much loved.

"August 19th" a poem by me for him

Another year gone
Another thousand tears shed
Time urges me to move on
while my heart keeps looking back

Back to your pure spirit
the sweet music of your laughter
your smiling face

This day is on the home-stretch of freedom
Soon school begins again
and yet today lies tainted by grief and sadness
As time ticks forward
I feel further and further away
from those happy days

Those long ago memories
sink deeper and dimmer with age
Each time I grow more and more afraid
scared of the day when I can no-longer picture
your smiling face.

Matt you are and were the best friend that I have ever known. You were so strong, wise far beyond your years. Everything you and I faced you met with fearlessness, acceptance and heart. And I was incredibly blessed to have you in my life, for however brief a time. I'm so sorry I wasn't there to give you a proper goodbye. But I know that you are with God and that one day I will join you there you sweet sweet angel. I forever love and miss you.

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Aug 23, 2011
In The Blink of an Eye
by: Anonymous

The beauty of these words has touched my soul. God bless you as you continue on in this life. The thing that keeps me going is that I know I will see my loved ones again. Until that time we cling to our beautiful memories and try to find strength in the love these precious souls gave us. The problem is....we miss them so much. What we wouldn't give for just one more day with them.
We will never stop loving them. They will always be with us.
Jesus loves the little children.

Aug 23, 2011
Re: 8 yrs Long....
by: Brenda Richison

Hello. I teared up reading ur story and poem. I still grieve for my 26 yr. old son I lost to suicide, 7 yrs. ago.I am still reaching out for answers, but have found none. Only him and God know why...I've come to the realization, that I'll never know "Why?" I can only speculate and pray he is at peace now. I can feel ur pain, as I am sure u feel mine. I believe it gets a little easier to live on, but it'll never be any less painful...I still have his pic's on my wall. I look at him everyday. I miss him so darned much, each and every minute of my life! He was full of happiness, joy, love, and very popular. The whole town attended his funeral. Now, 7 yrs. later, it seems I'm the only one hanging onto his memory, visiting his grave, and still hurting. This pain, I'll carry till my death, and I carry the hope we'll meet again. I'll hold him again. Kiss his forehead, Be together together again...My prayers are with u, my friend...May God give u some peace in ur heart....Just remember, u'll always have ur memories...take care and be safe...Brenda Richison

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