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February 4 is World Cancer Day. It’s a day when we strive to raise awareness of cancer in hopes of eradicating it altogether – and this year, the focus is on revealing the truth behind damaging myths about cancer. The more facts we know about cancer, the better we can prevent it. Continue reading
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.
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
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