Today, July 11th, is my cousin Jay’s 34th birthday. Every year on his birthday and the anniversary of his death we go to the cemetery with our family and have a balloon launch in his honor. Everyone gets their own balloon and writes a personal message on it for Jay. It has become a tradition in our family. This past May marked the 12 year anniversary of his death.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. I was always told that it gets easier with time, but to me it doesn’t seem to feel that way. The pain of his tragic death fills my heart every single day. I cannot express how much I miss seeing his smiling face. He was an amazing person and was taken away from us way too young.
“If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to heaven
And bring you back again.
No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why.
Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow,
What it meant to lose you
No one can ever know.
But now we know you want us,
to mourn for you no more,
To remember all the happy times,
life still has much in store.
Since you’ll never be forgotten, we
pledge to you today, a hallow
place within our hearts.”
With the pain of losing a loved one it is easy to sometimes forget how much we need to celebrate their life and what we shared with them. Their lives deserve to be celebrated and remembered in a positive manner. We love sharing our memories and stories of Jay to help commemorate his life and to cherish those precious moments we were blessed to have spent with him.
*~*Our Hero*~* Never Forgotten*~* Always in Our Hearts*~*