Gathering with family and friends helps bring light into our lives, particularly in these dark winter months. And birthdays are one of our favorite reasons for a get-together. Whether we’re celebrating a milestone or honoring a loved one who has passed away, it’s always special to gather for a birthday. Today we share 5 condolences about birthdays.
Memorial photo submitted to Legacy.com Guest Book
One month ago today, a gunman shot and killed 6 adults and 20 students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Like everyone who heard the news that morning, we at Legacy.com were stunned. When we heard there were confirmed deaths, we quickly sprang into action. We created a Guest Book through which people could share condolences with the victims’ families.
We knew our site visitors would want to pay tribute to each victim of this senseless act. So we monitored the news very closely for word that authorities had identified the victims. Continue reading
At 9 p.m. every New Year’s Eve, our phone would ring in California. And I knew Grandpa Ekhardt would be on the other end of the line from South Carolina ready to shout out, “HAPP…y New Year!” Though he’s been gone 14 years now, I replay those calls in my mind every New Year’s Eve. They always bring a smile to my face, and often a tear to my eyes.
For all those who are missing loved ones, our wish for you in the New Year is that you find friends and family to support you, memories that make you smile, hugs that comfort, and most of all – peace and love.
As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of the most visited Guest Books of 2012. For each, we’ve selected a condolence message that represents the common themes among the thousands of messages we received.
“To the families mourning these poor babies, I cannot fathom the anguish you are having to endure. For the families of the adults also senselessly lost in this tragedy…they did all they could to try saving these children. They died as a result of their efforts. You should be very proud of their fight..we all are. We are not walking in your shoes, but we are all grieving with you.” (Condolence message for the 26 adults and children who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.)
“Grew up with your angelic voice. As a teenager, you always made me sing along, dance along, even feel the pain you were going through. God called you home for a reason, maybe just to sing with angels. Just know I cried when I heard of your passing. I wish I could hear your precious voice live just one more time. May God keep you in His loving arms and just rest my idol of joy. You blessed all who were able to hear your voice, a treasure that no one can ever take away. May God bless all your family and all who loved you, REMEMBER WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.” (Condolence message for Whitney Houston, singer and actress who died on February 11, 2012 at age 48.) Continue reading
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One winter weekend in eighth grade, I was sweating bullets. In a few days I had to deliver a 30-minute speech in front of the whole class – and it wasn’t written yet. Fervently I prayed for another week, as only a desperate student can. Monday morning I woke up to my answer. The city was buried in several feet of snow! We couldn’t even open the front door. For a week everything was closed, including school. There was the reprieve for my speech deadline, and a wonderland to romp in. Perfect for a Wisconsin-born girl in Indiana, pining for snow.
When the weather outside is frightful, anything can become an event never to be forgotten. From simple things such as traveling and getting dinner, to the milestones of romance, marriage, and babies, life’s moments are transformed into fairy tales and adventures by a soft, deep layer of snow.
To find a few of these tales, I searched the Legacy.com database for obituaries and Guest Book entries including the key words “blizzard,” “snow,” and “snowstorm.” The stories turned out to be some of the most heart-warming I’ve read in the four and a half years I’ve screened guest book entries for Legacy. As we wait for the first big snow of the season, I’m sharing them with you… Continue reading
Legacy.com is pleased to announce that we’ve been honored with an EPPY Award, naming us 2012′s Best Classified Website.
Our Eppy Award, along with just a few of the folks who make up the Legacy.com team.
What is an EPPY? The EPPY Awards are presented by Editor & Publisher magazine, the longstanding authority on the newspaper industry. Annually for the past 17 years, they‘ve awarded EPPYs to media websites both big and small in 31 diverse categories.
2012 isn’t the first year Legacy.com has won; Continue reading
Starting a new family tradition – visiting historic Long Grove, IL after Thanksgiving
Two years ago, my aunt was killed by a drunk driver. Our family quickly gathered at her house and spent the week informing friends and family of her death, arranging services, locating important paperwork, sorting her belongings to donate items to charity…the “to do” list seemed never-ending.
In the midst of this week of busy and stressful tasks, we paused each night to light candles for Hanukkah. Though it was not a tradition I grew up with, something about it brought me great peace and comfort. And these brief gatherings each evening are one of the things I remember most fondly about that week with my family.
Holiday traditions and rituals, even borrowed ones, can be very comforting. Whether it’s eating special foods, lighting candles, or singing songs, traditions help us feel closer to loved ones. And when those loved ones pass away, carrying on those traditions helps us remember them and keep them close.
This week, we share five condolences about holiday traditions: Continue reading
November marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. From Thanksgiving to Hanukkah and Christmas through New Year’s, it’s a flurry of dinners, parties and gatherings as people come together to “celebrate the season.”
For me, November also marks a season of anniversaries – anniversaries of the deaths of loved ones. Continue reading