Balloon Launch in Honor of a Loved One



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.”

-Unknown Author

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*~*

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  1. Thank you for this wonderful idea.
    And I can totally relate to what you’re saying. My cousin died almost 7 years ago, at the age of 27, of an accidental OD. It was the worst day of my life and I think of him every day, and I cry more often than some people think I should, I guess. Time has done nothing to lessen the pain. My heart aches for him every single day.
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