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Rosemary, let me just say that I commend you on the help that you are giving people through your book. But I have to tell you, I knew nothing of your book until today. I was searching for a website that could help me locate a friend of mine who lives in Florida. Out of all the websites that the search engine came up with....it was this one. Why? I wasn't sure at the time but now I know. Although it didn't help me find that friend I was looking for, it lead me to another friend. I browsed the site and came to the picture of the dome. I thought it looked familiar at first but I never thought it would be the same dome I knew so well. It is the same dome that includes a cherub and a symbol of a rainbow which represents Dennis Brandon Holbrook, my best friend of 5 years prior to his death. It's been 8 years now and I have moved away from the town that the tragedy took place. So I knew nothing about this book. I have come to realize that me finding this website was not an accident. Out of all the websites out there, I stumbled upon this one. I've never had such an overwhelming feeling before. I do believe that I had a little help getting here and it wasn't Yahoo that did it. I guess Brandon really wanted me to see this and let me know that he is still with me. I called a local bookstore and will pick up the book later today. I hope that it can help ease the pain I still have as well as his family and the others that have lost children like Brandon. Thank you Rosemary! And more importantly....thank you Brandon!
Kelly Bates <kelbates@hotmail.com>
Lexington, KY USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 15:29:36 (EDT)
Rosemary- i sang in the gps/mccallie choirs for two years with Drew I moved away from chattanooga in '91. a year later, my friends from tn called me to tell me that he had died. that hit me very hard then, even though we were only acquaintances. drew (more specifically his jovial manner and smile) has remained in my thoughts over the years. love, sara
sara lyke thierry <saritalyke@hotmail.com>
sylvania, oh USA - Monday, May 07, 2001 at 17:53:19 (EDT)
Rosemary, It seems like everytime I go outside, yellow butterflys follow me,and I don't know how or why. Sometimes it makes me think angels are watching over me like uncle shelby and my grandpa Jaybo. I miss them both very much, and there is no doubt that Shelby, Papaw, Drew and Jeremiah are watching over you too! Even though I don't remeber my uncle shelby so much, the book made me think alot about him.
Lindsay Parks <sassygirl41311@yahoo.com>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 10:26:25 (EDT)
Happy Birthday Drew! Rosemary Drew was the first person I ever dated. My maiden name was Townsend on the off chance you ever heard of me. Even though we did not go out for very long, I have always thought fondly of him and knew he was a great person. My life has been richer for knowing him.
Kris Ames <kames@virtual-voodoo.com>
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, April 27, 2001 at 16:14:51 (EDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DREW, Dad, Jordan, and I wish you a happy 27th birthday in heaven. Fong, Xinyu, Ashley, and your namesake Andy also send you their love. You are missed...you are loved...you are around us we know. Both you and Jeremiah are as much a part of our lives today as you were in July of 1992 when you left us. I hope you and all the other "Children of the Dome" are proud of our book. None of you will ever be forgotten. Love, Mom
Rosemary Smith <Childrenofdome@cs.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 16:16:16 (EDT)
Rosemary, I love your book. If you could find time to do so, please email me because I have a very important question to ask you. Love, Savannah
Savannah Sipple <feet_dont_fall@hotmail.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 18:52:41 (EDT)
DEAR ROSEMARY, MY HUSBAND AND I LOST OUR ONY SON MAY 29,1995 TO MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AT THE AGE OF 16. STEVEN WAS A LOVING AND COMPASSIONATE BOY WHO NEVER COMPLAINED ABOUT HIS DISEASE OR DISABILITIES. ANYONE WHO MET HIM CAME AWAY A CHANGED PERSON BECAUSE HE BROUGHT THE OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE. COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS HELPED ME A LOT. I ENJOYED YOUR WEB SITE AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
joan keeble
powder springs, ga USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 23:47:33 (EDT)
by a car walking home late from a tavern, after having worked a 40 hour week. He didn't want to drive and never bought a car, but said maybe in the future he would get his license. He was a thoughtful, kind person who believed in God. I was in shock for a long time, but gradually accepted his death because I trust in God. Our son's death was very difficult and it took many years for us to feel normal again. We will always miss him, but we have to live in the present, as our son would want us to, and as God wants us to. We must believe the Easter message.
Lynn Genecki
NJ USA - Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 21:22:23 (EDT)
You have an incredible website, and I really love your book. I've already read it twice.It as very touching.I could never imagine the pain that your family has endured, and hope I never have to. May God Bless Your Family.
Shakira Napier
Beattyville, Ky USA - Monday, April 09, 2001 at 15:24:23 (EDT)
Rosemary i haven't spoken to you in so long! i hadn't visited your site in a while and i was thinking about you and your family. i hope all is well, and i miss you all terribly! i love you...love catherine
Catherine Cofer <cattycat489@aol.com>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 00:21:26 (EST)
Rosemary, I just wanted to take a few minutes to say Hi and to let you know that I am still giving your book to friends who have lost children. They have all let me know what a wonderful book it is and how much it has helped to let them know that they will make it through their horrible grief. Thank you for being there for all of us! You are such an inspiration to us all!!! Love and Prayers, Robin
Robin Byrd <robinb2685@cs.com>
Corydon, IN USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 03:39:30 (EST)
Hi Rosemary. I love your site its very inspirational. I lost my boyfriend on July 9th 2000 in a tragic car accident on Dixie Hwy in Jefferson Cty KY. He was my heart and soul and now i see that i am not the only person who feels the way i do. There are people that understand. I know that Drew and Jeremiah are watching over everybody and i am so glad you can make a site in memory of them and also write a book. I have not got the chance to purchase your book, but i would like to. My thoughts go out to you and your family and everybody who has lost someone very special in their lives. I LOVE YOU MIKE KROHN! YOU WILL BE IN MY HEART FOREVER. In memory of Michael Joseph Krohn Nov 13, 1984-July 9th, 2000. He lived a short life but he has made the greatest impact on mine, thats one special person to my heart i will never forget. GOD BLESS EVERYBODY i love you all. :)
Kristina Woosley <GARDGRRL16@aol.com>
Radcliff, KY USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 14:59:16 (EST)
Hi Rosemary. I love your site its very inspirational. I lost my boyfriend on July 9th 2000 in a tragic car accident on Dixie Hwy in Jefferson Cty KY. He was my heart and soul and now i see that i am not the only person who feels the way i do. There are people that understand. I know that Drew and Jeremiah are watching over everybody and i am so glad you can make a site in memory of them and also write a book. I have not got the chance to purchase your book, but i would like to. My thoughts go out to you and your family and everybody who has lost someone very special in their lives. I LOVE YOU MIKE KROHN! YOU WILL BE IN MY HEART FOREVER. In memory of Michael Joseph Krohn Nov 13, 1984-July 9th, 2000. He lived a short life but he has made the greatest impact on mine, thats one special person to my heart i will never forget. GOD BLESS EVERYBODY i love you all. :)
Kristina Woosley <GARDGRRL16@aol.com>
Radcliff, K USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 14:58:51 (EST)
Dear Rosemary, What a wonderful web site! Thank you for all you do to help those that have lost children. We learned of your book in a newspaper clipping sent by a friend in Ohio. We lost our 17 yr old son Justin on May 27, 1999. He had went on a short trip to Gattlinburg with his friend Josh's family. A semi-truck hit them from behind as they sat stopped for road construction. All for were killed. The loss is so hard to understand. I look forward to getting the book. It helps to know that others have went through this type of loss and are helping others as well. Justin was an artist and left us many wonderful cartoon drawings about the life of a teenager that we complied into a book with articles written by friends of Justin's about putting God first. It is titled "Enjoy Life, But Think Eternal." It helped us cope with our loss as we were putting the book together, I hope it helps others also, as I know that your book has. May God continue to bless your family.
Roger Nash <RNash2000@aol.com>
Mount Olive, AL USA - Saturday, March 03, 2001 at 13:00:06 (EST)
Dear Rosemary: We were so glad to meet you in Bardstown, February 8. You came into our lives shortly after we lost our daughter, Hayley, age 20, in an auto accident. God Bless you and your family for your endless support to bereaved families everywhere! Undoubtedly, "Angels are among us" -- all our precious children in Heaven, and many "Earth Angels" too! This website is beautiful!!! Love, Keith & Beverly Owen (Love, too, from our angel, Hayley Marie Bridwell, 8/26/1980 - 8/28/2000)
Beverly & Keith Owen <rkowen@bullitt.net>
Shepherdsville, KY USA - Thursday, March 01, 2001 at 21:30:04 (EST)
Rosemary, I truly appreciate this web site. As unfortunate as it is, it helps to know that you are not alone. As you and many of these others that have responded, we too lost our beautiful 7 year old daughter Kalli in a car accident 11/28/99. The pain is so intense as I write this, however, God has truly been with us every step of the way. We have a great faith and a wonderful, supportative church. With God's grace daily I am able to get out of bed daily and care for Kalli's 3 brothers. Thank you again for getting out and telling your story, God has truly blessed you and I hope to be a help to others as well through this most difficult call.
Robin Grooms <gc1travel@aol.com>
Grove City, OH USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 14:59:50 (EST)
Dear Rosemary, I just purchased your book for my parents.There was an aricle in our local paper yesterday about your book and signing coming up tomorrow evening. It caught my eye and I spent the day trying to find it for my mom and dad. They lostmy brother in a car accident 10yrs. ago and just recently my sister to cancer. From what I read at your site and in the paper, I really think it can be an inspiration to them.Thankyou for sharing your grief and spirituality with us all. Linda E.
Linda Eckel <sadie2301@webtv.net>
Lockbourne, Oh USA - Monday, February 19, 2001 at 21:04:44 (EST)
Dear Rosemary, I just purchased your book for my parents.There was an aricle in our local paper yesterday about your book and signing coming up tomorrow evening. It caught my eye and I spent the day trying to find it for my mom and dad. They lostmy brother in a car accident 10yrs. ago and just recently my sister to cancer. From what I read at your site and in the paper, I really think it can be an inspiration to them.Thankyou for sharing your grief and spirituality with us all. Linda E.
Linda Eckel <sadie2301@webtv.net>
Lockbourne, Oh USA - Monday, February 19, 2001 at 20:40:14 (EST)
Dear Rosemary, First let me say how truly sorry I am for the loss of your sons, Drew and Jeremiah. This website is a wonderful tribute to their memory, and I am sure they are proud of you. Thank you for sharing this with me and so many others. Unfortunately, my family has also suffered a terrible tragedy. My 29 year old brother Jimmy drowned in a boating accident on June 10, 2000. Itís been 8 months now, and his death still seems so unreal. Some days are better than others, but not one day goes by that I do not miss him and think of him. I am taking it one day at a time. Thatís all I can do. My parents, John and Sheila met you this past year at TCF in Rockville Center, NY. They have found great comfort in your book and through the kindness you have shared with them. I thank you for that also. I have built a website in memory of my brother. It can be viewed at: http://klachiana.tripod.com/index.html I have included a link to your site, because I visit it often. It has brought me great comfort as well. I am glad I finally got the chance to sign your guestbook. I felt compelled to write to you, to share my thoughts and personally thank you. God Bless You! Love from, Karen La Chiana
Karen La Chiana <karen.lachiana@comedycentral.com>
Freeport, NY USA - Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 12:31:31 (EST)
Rosemary, It was a pleasure to finally meet you in Bardstown. Your story was very heartwarming and touching. It's so nice to know that your helping so many families coping with their lost as well as your's. Losing our daughter Skye,so suddenly in a car accident, has been so diffcult for our family. It feels live part of your heart has been ripped out. Without the grace of God, friends and family we could have never made it this far. God has giving us strenght to endure this pain. Someone once said everyone wants to go to heaven but, no one wants to die. It's just hard to let go. I hope that I too can eventually help grieving parents somehow. Thank you very much for the book and for signing it. Whenever I see yellow butterflies I will think of Drew, Jeremiah and you. Our daughter Skye's symbol is purple pansies.I hope you will think of her whenever you see pansies. In Christian Love, Jamie, Ken and Emily Draper
Jamie Draper <jdraper20@hotmail.com>
Loretto, ky USA - Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 15:15:09 (EST)
I just finished your book today and wanted to thank you for sharing your story along with those from other parents. I lost my son, Nathan, at the age of 21, in a car accident on September 7, 1999. As we all know, losing a beloved child is the most difficult thing that can happen to a parent. It is just NOT AT ALL an acceptable fact that your child has died! It is just so against the natural order of the way we imagined life would be. Not a second, minute, hour or day has gone by that I don't think of and miss my son! He was very special to me, a wonderfully handsome young man who had much to offer and was just finding his way in the world. Knowing there are others who understand is a great comfort. You should be very proud of your book and work, I admire your strength. It would be a great honor to meet you someday.
Renee Avery Murray <okrenee@home.com>
LaPorte, IN USA - Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 18:35:09 (EST)
I thought your sight was a beautiful tribute to your boys. I lost my little boy at age 18 to a car crash, and 11 years later his memory lives alive & well within my heart and soul. my sincerest condolences.
frank musolino <franmuso@frontiernet.net>
USA - Monday, February 12, 2001 at 21:07:36 (EST)
Dear Rosemary and family, we lost my sons girlfriend on dec.16,2000 due to a car accident,her name is Amanda Wilkerson she lived in our home 7 months prior to her death she was just like our child. I am looking forward to reading your book. God Bless you and your family and everyone you reach. Denise
Denise Hobbs <chobbsj@aol.com>
Bardstown, Ky USA - Friday, February 09, 2001 at 23:48:25 (EST)
Although the loss of any child is no different than another-you may find this one different. Hopefully you will visit the memorial link below. Sincerely, Sheralee http://www.dreamwater.net/godsangels/bramsterlingdavis.html
Sheralee Look RN <sklook1@worldnet.att.net>
Cape Coral, FL USA - Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 15:03:25 (EST)
Rosemary, Just wanted to let you know what a pleasure to have you speak at our TCF meeting and subsequent book signing. Who could have imagined what comfort you, Dinah and Beverly brought to my wife Sandra and I on what would have been our son Brandon's 25th Birthday. What a blessing to be touched by your trio of angels. May God richly bless you all.
Gene & Sandra Logan <genelogans@aol.com>
Memphis, Tn USA - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 23:45:14 (EST)
Rosemary..I was just able to finish the first chapter in your book. Several members of my family have read it also and have found it very helpful. My niece Emily has been gone since November 11th and the similarities to how your family has survived to how our family is surviving are very helpful to me. We share memories of Emily daily and it seems as though she is right here. The feeling is unbelievable until it has happened to you and the world looks so different. Your comment about taking one day at a time is one I found helpful because I often think of how long life seems now. Thank you again for sharing your story I know it has helped our family. Even though I did not know your boys I think of them often as I pass by McCallie School. Emily sent us straight to you. Sincerely Jennifer Bixler
Jennifer Bixler <scottb@vei.net>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 22:24:22 (EST)
I'M SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOST. I HAVE LOST 2 CHILDREN IN A HOUSE FIRE ON APRIL 18, 2000. AGE 9 & 7. SO SORRY. http://www.geocities.com/ellen_m_lone/index.html
ELLEN LONE <ELONE1234@AOL.COM>
NEW ALBANY, IN USA - Friday, January 19, 2001 at 23:41:37 (EST)
This is a great web site.
Katie <katie_baby1@hotmail.com>
Idaho Falls, ID USA - Friday, January 19, 2001 at 10:37:38 (EST)
Rosemary, After reading the first chapter of your book I realized that I am not alone in dealing with the loss of a child. It has only been eight short months since I lost my son Jason in a auto accident. I have walked in a daze since then, wondering how life will go on. Jason was a bright, inspiring young man that was taking his dreams and living them to the fullest until the morning of May 27, 2000 when a terrible accident took him from all of us that loved him so dearly. So many questions are left unanswered, what were his last words, his last meal, did he feel any pain? These are the questions that will never be answered while we are here on earth, and that is what makes it so hard. Also wondering if there was anything in my life that could have been done differently to prevent this from happening. If I had done things different, if I had convinced him to come home while on leave instaed of going with his friends to the other end of the state. Jason died in a accident while he was asleep, not driving but sleeping peacfully when the young man driving fell asleep as well. There were not drugs or alcahol involved, no speeding, just four young Marines going to have a plesant weekend away from the vigors of the military. No one is to blame, it just happened. But still the questions invade my heart, my soul, my mind, is there anything that I could have done to prevent this. The saying of the what-ifs invading ones self is very true. I wish I knew the answers. Thank you for your book, your web site and your thoughts. My prayers go out to you, your family and everyone else who has lost a child. Some day I suppose I will learn to accept the things that I can not change, but I guess it is not time for that yet. God bless you all and from one of the wounded to the rest of you., find some peace in the fact that we will see our fallen angles again when we to are called from the face of this earth. Thank you for giving me a place to express a few of my feelings. God bless each and every one of us and the ones that have left us behind. Mike
Michael Nelson <mnelson@dol.net>
Oxford , PA USA - Monday, January 15, 2001 at 17:14:42 (EST)
Sorry to hear about your lost. Your chidren are now angles in heaven and watch over you daily. You are not forgotten and God keep you in his care.
Lorraine Day <lday@sait.ab.ca>
Calgary, AB Canada - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 10:46:48 (EST)
Rosemsry, Iwas just looking through your wesite. Just wanted to say Hi. Think of you so often. I know that Jeremiah & Drew watch over us everday. The memories of them is what keeps me going. Just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you. Love to you and your family. Love Lynda.
Lynda Cable
Beattyville, Ky USA - Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 14:11:52 (EST)
my heart goes out to all who have lost someone that they love. my cousin was killed in a car accident because of a drunk driver a couple months ago, she was like a sister to me. it is very hard to see the world the same. it seemed much safer before. i had never lost anyone quite so close, or my age. it's been harder as the time goes by. a little backwards from what "they" tell you. but what else can you do but keep going on? it helps to know people are getting through these things.
Michelle
pa USA - Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 11:03:50 (EST)
Rosemary, I have dreamt and thought of my uncle Shelby many, many times. Everyone misses him in the family.I wish that he could be here with, but that is not possible. Still I know he is looking down on us and Drew and Jeremiah are looking down on you.
Lindsay Parks <bubbletwinkles_2000@yahoo.com>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Thursday, December 28, 2000 at 20:14:00 (EST)
When your loved one is never more to rome, It is sad, but good they've gone, home. We look foward to seeing them again, A knew life we hope to begin, We hope to meet in Heaven above, Where there is no sadness, just happiness and love. Thank you for the books that you sent my family in the terrible lost of our daughter and sister. They mean a lot to us. Tonya would really appreciate it too. Love, The Jones'
Tasha <TLJ82@Juno.com>
Bowling Green, Ky USA - Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 21:05:31 (EST)
My boyfriend was killed in a car accident three days ago. I have cried so many tears and i am no longer able to cope with his death. reading everyone elses storie brought me to realize that everything happens for a reason and my angel is now in heaven watching over me! I Love You JUSTIN and I always will. MY LOVE FOR YOU WILL GO ON FOR EVER AND EVER... JUSTIN RYAN MICHAELS APRIL 3, 1983~DECEMBER 8, 2000
Brooke Collin
USA - Monday, December 11, 2000 at 19:35:31 (EST)
Rosemary, saw you on a Indianapolis station this AM and was interested in your web site. I wish this was available 5 years ago. My daughter lost her 12 yr old son to congestive heart failure. My daughter, 12 yr old grandson and 5 yr old grandson had come to my apartment to swim and Kris went into cardiac arrest in the pool. We did CPR and his 5 yr old brother ran from apartment to apartment to get help. When the paramedics arrived there was a heart beat, but his little heart was just too tired. Kyle is now 10 and he has a new baby brother Keegan who is 4 weeks old now. The pain is still in our hearts but counseling did help tremendously for all of us. God bless you in your efforts to help others.
donna bisel <dbisel@comtec.com>
sweetser, in USA - Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 12:53:29 (EST)
My wife and mother went to your signing in Columbia. I read part of your book and while I know that others have suffered as we have I find the book depressing. Maybe it's me, but I can't seem to find comfort in anything I read or do. I miss my only son so much, I cry all the way to work every morning. We were always together, at the ball park, shopping for groceries or at the hardware store. Simple activities, such as cutting the lawn, brings tears to my eyes. It's been a year and a half since he left us and the time is getting harder. The more I tried to teach him about life, the more I learned myself. He didn't deserve to have his life cut short. I hope your site can comfort others, but I must be too stubborn to benefit from it. My life has changed forever. He was my hero...................
Thomas Haddad <thaddad@sc.rr.com>
West Columbia, SC USA - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 19:46:29 (EST)
Rosemary and Luther, God Bless you both for the kind work you've done to help others deal with their loss of loved ones. We get better by sharing, by getting in touch with our pain and letting the worst of it disipate! love, KD
Ken Draper <kdraper@lpts.edu>
Loretto, Ky USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 23:20:57 (EST)
Dear Rosemary, I seen you on TV this morning and am very interested in your thoughtfulness in providing help for parents who have lost children. I know first hand about this horror. My wife and I lost our 2 1/2 month old daughter Tori Lee to SIDS in Sept. of 99. This has devasted our whole family. We have 3 other children ages 20,16,6. Our 6 yr old has taken it very hard. We quit going to SIDS meetings because everyone has said that out 6 yr old is to young for counseling, so why should we get help if there is none for him. We have been checking into therapy for the whole family but it seems there is not any for what we are looking for and the ones that are there are to expensive. They have SIDS groups for parents but not for kids of a younger age. Since I seen you on TV i have given alot of thought about all you said.I have just got onto the children of the dome site so I will be checking it out thouroghly. Thank you for your support. In memory of Tori Lee 7-8-99 to 9-23-99.
bill <moparmuscle340@aol.com>
franklin, in USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 18:52:47 (EST)
I read about your book and shared it with my friend Martha who lost her son a year ago in a cr accident. She was touched by your writings and wanted to get more information on bereavement, as she is considering strting a support group. Your information and inspiration will both be of help to her. I look forward to meeting you in Indianapolis.
Gene Honn <ghonn@mindspring.com>
Plainfield, IN USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 11:35:56 (EST)
Rosemary, I seen you on this mornings news. My heart goes to you. I lost my brother September 3, 1997.His name was Wesley Abney,he was 28 years old. He lived and worked in Venezuala. He had been gone from Indiana (our home) for a year and a half. Then the terrible phone call we received. I was in shock and then had to call my mom and dad and tell them the awful news. I didn't get to have a closing with him. It took 10 days to get him home, my brother and father advised my sister and I not to view him, remember him as he was. I wish I would of been able to say good-bye.My life has not been the same. I lost my father a year and a half later and then got a divorce after 13 years of marriage. I then turned to alcohol and got a DWI a month after my divorce was final. I now have tried to straiten my life up. I have been on probation for a year and that is over the end of this month. I have 2 beautiful daughters that love me very much. I just have a loss in my life that will never heal. Thanks for listening! Lisa Abney
Lisa Abney <Ldyhre2551@aol.com>
Danville, IN USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 07:17:57 (EST)
Fellow Parents of children gone away...I too have suffered the terrible loss of a precious child. Mine was a 27 year old young man with the whole world in front of him. He had served in the Navy, worked near our home and was a very handsome and loving man. We were awakin on the morning of June 26, 1999, at 2:30 a.m. (our wedding anniversary by the way) by the presence of my boss (a Methodist minister) and the local sheriff. The most dreaded nightmare a parent can have became real. Words were not there for my boss and friend as he tried to tell me that my son, one of three, had been killed in a one car auto accident. I can't put into words yet how I felt or feel now. It is just an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. I now know that there really is such a thing as "heartache". My only consolation is that my son Christopher died instantly so there was no pain and that he was a saved Christian. Praise God for that! Our family is very deeply dependant on our Lord Jesus for strength. I still have times that I ask Why? Why did I raise three sons as a single mother only to loose one? Why did I live longer than my son who had all of his life ahead of him? Why did his brothers have to go through such a shock and loss? The tears came constantly for several weeks. Sometimes I spent hours sitting alone in the dark crying for my son. My first reaction was the great enormous sense of the need to hold his crushed body in my arms, just the way I did when he was a baby crying or as I did when he got hurt. God that need was intense for a long time. I did not get to hold him however much I pleaded with the funeral director or my family. I was told he was too badly disfigured and that it would only make it worse. (I still am not sure of that). We had an open casket but my son was not the body lying there. My son had already gone to be with Jesus. My emptiness is still extreme. I know it will always be there. My God has seen me through by surrounding me with many very close Christian friends without whom I could not have survived such a tragedy. The church I attend and the church I work for also were just great and supportive. God is good, all the time, all the time God is good. That phrase played through my head over and over and over. But I could not pray for several days. I felt that God had let me down terribly. I had my feelings hurt as if I had been left behind somehow. Now I know better but only with time has this disappointment with God lessened. I still need support, sometimes more than others. Sometimes I would give my life to hear Chris say "I Love You" as he did every time we talked or saw each other. That memory is so much a part of me now. I still ask why did he die and the boy with him walked away without a scratch. So many unanswered questions that I know God will answer in heaven when I go home someday. Oh, did I mention that only four months earlier I lost my dearest friend in the world, my mother, after a one year battle with cancer? Yes I sometimes remind myself that God said he would not give us more than we can handle, but then I ask "Is He sure He hasn't got me mixed up with someone stronger?" I lost an aunt this summer, a sister-in-law this fall, and I found that I had no tears for either one of them. I think I spent them all on my son. Losses now seem so pale. I do have a blessing to report that has made a very special place in my heart. My youngest son became the father of a baby girl on Sept. 19, 2000. Abby Nicole is a very special gift from God and I am sure my Mom and my son know all about her because God is good!
Sherry L Stout <sherryls@hsonline.net>
Greensburg, in USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 07:17:31 (EST)
A friend of mine sent me your email address. My son Elisha Gabriel Bryant was killed in an accident on August 9, 2000. By God's grace, I am making it through everyday. My heart is crushed as I am sure you know. I haven't read your book but plan to. I have read several others that have been a great help. I seek to learn how other born again Christians have lived through similar experiences. Tomorrow is my 39th birthday, I have a 19 yr. old son and a 11 yr. old daughter. Elisha was 16. He was a Christian and I have the hope that I will see him again in Heaven. I just can't bear the thought of it being so long from now. I would like to learn more about your family and enjoyed reading the stories of others who have experienced loss. Hope to read your book soon and share more later.
Amy Bryant <jbryant@sentrynet.net>
Chesterfield, SC USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 20:13:19 (EST)
Hi RoseMary Leroy and I enjoyed meeting with you, and getting to know you. I feel as if for some reason the lord has place you in our lives. We will keep you and your family in our prayer and we ask that you do the same for us. RoseMary, Kim, was a special part of our lives. The Lord bless us with her on 3-14-88. And returned to live with him on 8-30-97. We feel as if it was a very short time we spend with her but we know she live a full life. Because she was a very out going young girl. She love meeting and talking to people of all ages. We will contain to pray in order to make it day by day. We know we spend only a short time here on earth, we will have eternity life with our lord god. I know we will see all who have gone on before us. Love Leroy&Tammy Robinson
Leroy & Tammy Robinson <kimberly@camden.net>
Lugoff, SC USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 18:00:18 (EST)
Hope to meet you again, and talk to you.
Leroy & Tammy Robinson <kimberly@camden.net>
Lugoff, SC USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 17:23:20 (EST)
I heard your interview on Andy Thomas. I have three sons that I love very much. Your testimony means alot. I have sent your E-mail address to a very dear friend of mine who lost a son in an accident this summer. God bless you and what you are doing. Sonny Usher
Sonny Usher <UsherRN@MSN.COM>
Cheraw, SC USA - Thursday, November 02, 2000 at 21:20:31 (EST)
Our 24 year old son was killed in an auto accident in 1980....so long, but yet so fresh in our minds still. I urge all to find themselves in that situation to find a group called "Compassionate Friends" to meet with. They helped so much at the time. Years go by, but your memories last forever. Our faith in God has sustained us.
Velma Roberts <vkroberts@webtv.net>
Crawfordsville, In USA - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 11:28:51 (EDT)
Got a call this morning that you, Rosemary, are to be in West Columbia Nov.1--Am hoping to be able to see you, and am telling other bereaved families about your visit. We lost our 10-year old son to cancer in December 1996. Your website is a beautiful tribute to all your sons and your family and a help to others. Thank you.
Carol Stork <stork@engr.sc.edu>
West Columbia, SC USA - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 12:22:20 (EDT)
MY SON JERRY IS HOME WITH JESUS.......
LESIA REDGATE
PHILADELPHIA, PA USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 19:23:35 (EDT)
GOD LOVES US ALL.....
LESIA REDGATE
PHILADELPHIA, PA USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 19:22:08 (EDT)
ROSEMARY AND FAMILY. i DON'T KNOW YOUR PAIN. BUT I AM SURE IT IS UNBEARABLE. I GREW UP THE STREET FROM YOU I LIVED ON HEDDEN PARK. WE USED TO PLAY TOGETHER. I HAVE TWO SONS MYSELF. MICHAEL IS 22 AND PATRICK IS 16. THEY MEAN THE WORLD TO ME AND I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD HANDLE IT IF ANYTHING SHOULD HAPPEN TO THEM. PLEASE KNOW MY THOUGHTS WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS. LOVE MARLOW
MARLOW MILLER EMMERT <MEMMERT38@AOL.COM>
NEW ALBANY, IN USA - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 00:56:36 (EDT)
ROSEMARY.... YOU KEEP 'WOWING ME'. As a writer, I amire your spunk/energy/keen vision/ and lOVE FOR YOUR SON'S/SUNS! lol stay safe, God Bless You, God Bless Me. claudia grammatico
Claudia Grammatico <claudpaul@aol.com>
Vally Stream, NY USA - Monday, October 09, 2000 at 23:49:49 (EDT)
What an incredible site. God bless you for sharing and offering warmth to others. What a blessed family you are to be able to share such sorrows. One often wonders about the value of the web ... you have made it indespensible.
Lauren <AHackertpainting@aol.com>
Manorville, NY USA - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 13:28:36 (EDT)
May God be by your side:)
jennifer <pinkylee8878@aol.com>
philadelphia, pa USA - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 11:33:56 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary: Some months back I saw an article in the Chattanooga Sunday newspaper about the tragic loss of your sons and about the book you have written. The article was very touching. It was such a blessing to see that you have been able to survive this tragedy in a positive way and used it to comfort to so many others. I applaud your strength. Although I haven't read your book, my ex-husband received it as a gift from his mother. Through different comments he has made, I believe he is receiving some real comfort from your words. We lost our son, Brian, on August 25, 1998. I have an older son by a previous marriage, but Brian was Mike's only child. Brian was killed in a car accident while riding home from school with some of his friends. It was the ninth day of a new school year here in Catoosa County and Brian was just beginning high school. He had just turned 14 years old in May before the accident in August. The car in which Brian was a passenger was hit broadside by a 14,000 pound, 40 foot motor home driven by an elderly man from out of state. Besides the fact that our life as we knew it came to an end that day in August, we have had to live with the fact that the elderly couple, Hilda and Lloyd Gilden, have shown absolutely no remorse for our loss or any concern for the other boys who were in the car with Brian. Although the other children did not suffer any serious physical injuries, they have all suffered tremendous psychological injuries. They were all good friends and lived in the same neighborhood. Unless you have buried your child, you cannot understand the sense of despair and loneliness that follows the loss of your child. Mike and I have tried hard to stay in contact with Brian's friends as we feel it helps them as well as us. We especially tried to comfort the young man who was driving to car to let him know that we do not blame him in any way. It breaks our heart to see him struggling with the guilty and anguish that he feels, even though he did nothing wrong or anything to cause Brian's death. Mike and I have had to live with the fact that the person responsible for our child's death feels no responsibility whatsoever. It's almost impossible to comprehend that 19 months after the accident and after being found guilty of death by vehicle in a criminal trial the people didn't even know the child's name! They didn't know Brian's name because it just was not important enough to them to find out what his name was or the condition of other boys. If I live to be 100 I will never understand how anyone could be so cold hearted and uncaring. In the belief that some good would have to come from the senseless, needless loss of someone so young, Mike and I are trying to find out how to initiate some action with regard to some laws governing special training, licensing, etc. of people driving the roadways of the country in these huge vehicles. To our knowledge, there are no special requirements, such as a CDL license or any type of education on the manuevering vehicles of the size of motor homes, in order to get behind the wheel and take off for parts unknown. There seems to be more and more motor homes on the nation's roadways every day. After our experience, I cringe whenever there is one near me. Who knows whether the person behind the wheel knows how to drive the thing or not. Another fact that makes matters worse, in my opinion, is that the majority of these vehicles are driven by retirees who are 65 plus years old. This is an age when our reflexes, vision, comprehension, etc. are not as sharp as they once were. All of this compounded by the fact that they are driving a 14,000 pound plus vehicle, in most cases with no training in driving such vehicle, and usually pulling some type of automobile behind it, is a scary proposition. I do not want anyone to think that I am prejudice about elderly people because I'm not. I know some people in their late 70's who travel in motor homes all the time with no problems. But, they were bus drivers, truck drivers, etc. In other words, someone with some background in driving huge vehicles. We would appreciate any help you or anyone else can give us in pursuing this quest. Maybe if something good that could possibly save someone else's live could come from Brian's death, it would make it a little more bearable for us. My e-mail address is dwilkey@rswlaw.com.
Debbi Wilkey <dwilkey@rswlaw.com>
Ringgold, GA USA - Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at 11:17:01 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, Thanks for signing my book. You are an isnpiration to all mothers that have lost a child. love to you......Claudia
claudia grammatico <claudpaul@aol.com>
valley stream, ny USA - Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 10:28:37 (EDT)
Rosemary, Thank u so much for the bereavement packet...I will share it with others. And....thanks so much for sending Donny and Pam one. Their daughter, Jodi was killed last month in an auto accident along with a neighbor boy on their way home from camping. Needless to say, their lives are distoryed. I am trying hard to help them and they were so elated to receive your bereavement information. I have also sent them a few books which I read after Jessica was killed that helped me. I will hang in there and be there for them whenever they need me. You are such an angel. God bless you and yours, always. Robin
Robin Bryd <Robinb2685@cs.com>
Corydon, IN USA - Saturday, September 16, 2000 at 06:15:07 (EDT)
Please let me know how I might get it. We lost our 34 year old son because of a doctors mistake. Our lives will never be the same. There is no joy left in anything.
Linda Brehm <breal4@juno.com>
Blanchard, ID USA - Saturday, September 09, 2000 at 14:42:53 (EDT)
This is a great website. It was very helpful. I lost a niece alittle over 4 years ago when she was 10. I am really looking forward to reading your book. Thanks again.
Kathy Sheehan <kathys808@webtv.net>
Yonkers, NY USA - Saturday, September 09, 2000 at 01:55:52 (EDT)
One of my very dear friends lost a 16 year old when he collapsed on the school track one evening. I would download all of these poems and letters for her but it would take me forever. She does not have a computer to send this info to. If you could possibly send the info to me I could take it to her in person and sit with her thru the video. It would mean a great deal to me. I might also be interested in your book. Thank you so much for this wonderful site. Jan
USA - Wednesday, September 06, 2000 at 21:59:31 (EDT)
I look forward to getting and reading your book. It has been three 1/2 years since we lost our little boy, and it really helps to have websites like this and books to read to see how others cope . . . to help my family and me on our journey. Thank you.
Jody Meyer <meyer@nwidt.com>
Anita, IA USA - Wednesday, September 06, 2000 at 16:50:45 (EDT)
Rosemary, just want to tell you how excited I am that you are doing so well with your book. Barbara called me last night to tell me you had called and would be on the Early Show tomorrow morning. I also got an e-mail from Dinah. We are taping it so we can show it in our classrooms this week. I know that Drew, Jeremiah and all of are children are so proud of you. You have been such an inspiration to so many people. Our children will visit the hearts of many people through your book. They will never be forgotton. I have started reading my book for the third time. Each time I get a little something extra that I missed the other 2 times I read it. Tell Luther and Jordan hello. Love and Prayers and as always with love from "SHELBY"
Teresa Noe <TNOE@lee.k12.ky.us>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Wednesday, September 06, 2000 at 14:13:30 (EDT)
very nice page. I lost my son last year on 8-6-99. Tommy was 26. How do you cope with the loss of two? I can barely cope with the loss of one.
Jane Nelson <boosurboo@yahoo.com>
St. Louis, Mo. USA - Monday, September 04, 2000 at 11:03:02 (EDT)
RoseMary: First of all thank you for the dedication you have put into this book. I'm the nephew of Gam and Becky Greer and unfortunately was unable to meet you at the booksigning here in Nashville at Davis Kidd. Fortunately I was able to purchase a book that you had signed and hopefully our paths will cross at some point during our journey here on earth. Thanks and God bless...
Baird Dunsmore <bairddunsmore@yahoo.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 02:26:19 (EDT)
Rosemary, It was great to meet you and Dana last week in Dayton. We look forward to seeing you both again. We are planning on going to Cumberland College to see the Dome sometime this week. I hope your New York trip is going well. I just finished reading your book and found some simularities with Trevor's story and some of the stories in your book. I also found some simularities with your story. My mother died at age 53 of breast cancer and most of my father's relatives are from the Wolf Creek, KY area. We received your package yesterday and the pictures of the boys were great. You have three beautiful sons. I have already gone through about a fourth of the package. We keep you in our prayers and want you to do the same for us. Your New Friends, Bonnie and Howard Lowe
Bonnie and Howard Lowe <lowefamily.thb@worldnet.att.net>
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, August 30, 2000 at 12:18:52 (EDT)
Rosemary, Luther, and Jordan, I finished the book about a month ago and haden't gotten around to writing. It was very touching. I cried after every chapter and was very touched by it. Tell Jordan I said hello. Lucas
Lucas Dunaway <lucas_dway@excite.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 21:26:55 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary... I am writing to say how lucky I was to find your site. I am grieving not for myself alone, but for dear friends of mine who just recently lost their 2nd baby. Scottie was 6 months old and Paulie was 8 months old. They live now for the purpose of their 9 yr. old son. Would it be possible for you to send them a bereavement package? I appreciate your site tremendously and cannot imagine losing a child, let alone two. I hope others who have NOT lost children will also visit your site in order to understand and share the grief with those who are suffering from the loss. Thank you, again and God bless you and your family.
JoAnn Norris <Norris.9@nd.edu>
South Bend, IN USA - Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 13:10:08 (EDT)
DEAR ROSEMARY, I JUST VISITED YOUR WEBSITE AND I THINK IT IS WONDERFUL. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR CARING AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BOOK. HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON AT THE FILM LAB.
Barbara McClain <mcbutterfly@earthlink.com>
Nicholasville, Ky USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 19:56:15 (EDT)
Rosemary, I was so elated to finally get to meet you and person and give you a big hug! Your book is one of the best healing tools I have now to give to newly bereaved parents. I have given several copies to my friends who are still trying hard to cope and survive the death of their child. One lady told me yesterday, it gives her great hope and it made her feel that she will be able to continue on. I received your bereavment package yesterday, and I was thrilled. I immediately sat down and started reading it. This will be a great help with the bereaved parents group i have helped form here in our town. I will be sending you some pictures of my daughter, Jessica. I thank God for connecting me with you and the others I have met here on your website. God Bless you. Robin Byrd
Robin Byrd <robinb2685@cs.com>
Corydon, IN USA - Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at 03:37:49 (EDT)
Hello I have stumbled upon this site, because I was looking for something on car accidents in booneville miss. The reason I was looking for that was to see if there was anything about my daughter's death. You see she was 26 days from celebrating her 5th birthday. We were going to pickup a friend of ours and it started to rain very heavy, and it was about 9:30pm and someone hit us. I was reading the letters and thought I would share mine. It has been over eight years and the pain is still there. It will never go away. But my GOD does sustain me, and holds me when the pain is bigger than what i can handle. I could have never made it without JESUS. He will always be there for me even when I dont think He is. His word said he would never leave us or forsake us and I believe that. I also know that one day my Ashleigh I will see again. She's doing something I long to do and that is sitting at the feet Of Jesus. Loving Him for dying on the cross for us. I thank God for His son because He bore all of our sins so that we may be with our loved ones one day in heaven. I have another daughter that is older than Ashleigh. She has had a hard time, but I know that God has sustained her too. So please do yourself and God the best thing you could do and give it all to Him. Let Him hold you in His arms when you are hurting and you will be surprised at what will happen. You will be surprised how much the pain will seem lighter and that you will be able to face the world. I know all of this because for a long time I tried doing it on my own without God's help and everything I tried did not work. The day and hour I give it to God and LEFT it in his hands the load was much lighter.So I would encourage anyone who is going through this, please turn it over to God and see if it doesn't work for you. What have you got to loose, nothing but a heavy load that we can not carry by ourselves. May GOD bless each and everyone and sustain you throughout this journey we are on together.
renada <renada_m@hotmail.com>
USA - Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at 02:13:44 (EDT)
I'm sorry I forgot to honor my daughter and her boy-friend by giving their names, my daughters name is Katrina Osborne age 16 and her boyfriend Eddie Albright age 20, what a tragedy, they had a great life ahead of them both.
cynthia Phillips <kitkat16@ earthlink.net>
louisville, ky USA - Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 18:43:26 (EDT)
My daughter and her friend were both killed in an auto-accident October 27,1999 on the Greenbelt Highway in Louisville, KY. I am looking forward to reading your book. We all need support, Life is so hard without your child or Children, and to begin a new life without them is virtually impossible when you are still within all the pain. I hope to write a book myself someday soon.... Thanks....
Cynthia Phillips <kitkat@earthlink.net>
Louisville, KY USA - Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 18:40:45 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, Luther, and Jordan, I really enjoyed the website! It's great! I am so sorry about the loss of your sons and brothers. Knowing Jordan, I'm sure that Drew and Jeremiah were probably two to the sweetest guys in the world. I'm sure they are looking over the three of you every day and that God is taking great care of them both. I can't wait to get a copy of your book.Tell Jordan I said hello if you don't mind. Take care and God Bless!!!! Bridget Sebastian
Bridget Sebastian <bridget331@hotmail.com>
Booneville, KY USA - Thursday, August 10, 2000 at 20:12:49 (EDT)
I watched your article on our news last night and couldn't wait to see it again. I have just had my computer just a couple of months and didn't know if I could respond to your web page. I have been searching for a sight like this to talk to others who have been through what we have. Our middle son Greg drowned at Kentucky Lake on May 19 1996, the day after my 49th birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM). He was 22 and had just been married 7 months and looking forward to so much in his life. He had a great job and was contemplating starting a family, which of course didn't get to happen, he would have been a great dad. He also was the only one of my children married. He and his brother Dennis were at Ky Lake for their annual fishing weekend with all of their male family and friends there. They went out on his uncles 15ft fishing boat and it was swamped by 3-6 ft waves. He tried to swim, but didn't make it. His body was found 10 ft from shore. The rescue people said he could have walked out of 3 ft of water if he had chosen to swim in the other direction. I too felt my world come to an end and just knew life would never get better. I saw 5 counselors and one phyciatrist in the first year after his death, it didn't help. It just takes time and maybe some meds from a good family Dr to get you through. I told the one Dr. that it would be so much easier to lay down and go crazy than to fight to say sane. My only consolation if there can be one is that he was doing what he wanted, with whome he wanted to be and loving every minute of it. He just made a mistake during an accident. I have also tried to reach out to other grieving parents since Greg died but I haven't had much success. We have been to compassionate friends, my husband for three months and I for a year. It helped but passing time has allowed us to learn to cope. As I read the notes from other parents I find they haven't found that anything and I mean anything is normal during the grieving process. Tonight is the book signing at Hawley Cook books here in Louisville, I hope to get to be there. It is consoling to find this site and hear the stories of other parents whose loss is twice or three times as great as ours. A loss is a loss times 2 or 3, I can't imagine how much more it hurts. If it weren't for family and friends we couldn't have made it this far, 4 years and some months after Greg died. Dennis, our oldest was the one who made the call about Greg and we had to tell his sister Sarah and his wife Dawn that he was gone. It just seemed like that day would never end. I would like to have a berevement package because even now after 4 years some days and nights are not manageable. My religion does not sustain me even though I wish it would. So I rely on others who have lived through this dame horror. I am thinking of all of you. Barbara
Barbara Moody <BAMBAM51847@AOL.COM>
LOUISVILLE, KY USA - Thursday, August 10, 2000 at 15:37:02 (EDT)
Rosemary, I to feel your pain and suffering. I lost my sister on her 50th birthday in a car accident just 3 miles from my home. 2 short years ago i had a sister that meant everything to me.She was not only my sister but my best friend. Hearing you story on the news brought that day rushing back in my head. I can still hear her laughter and her voice, some days the pain is so terrible all i do is cry, i know she is with God and our parents in heaven, and i know someday i will see them (parents included) again.
Janice Tucker <ladybird1201@aol.com>
Shelbyville, Ky USA - Thursday, August 10, 2000 at 06:11:53 (EDT)
Please contact a friend of mind. The first year anniversary of her granddaughters death (who lived with her, along with the mother) is August 17. They are Jeri and Sandy Kullman, telephone number is (270)422-1217. I just can't seem to find the words to say. Please contact them. Thank you, Pat Fenwick
Pat Fenwick <pfenwick@mcrecc.com>
Brandenburg, ky USA - Thursday, August 10, 2000 at 06:05:43 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, I absolutly loved reading all the poems, looking at all the pictures and reading the stories of other guest. I just recently lost a nephew and would like to ask you to contact my bother and sister inlaw if you haven't already. They are in such distress and I feel so helpless. I know that this would bring them great comfort. I also wanted to know if you plan another book? I would love to have my nephew, Jeremy, in it. Thanks so much for all you do. Plese email me about contacting them.
Lisa Brown <brownm@bardstown.com>
Bardstown, ky USA - Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 20:36:32 (EDT)
I only wish you had been around February 2, 1965, when my 4-year-old daughter, Linda Ann Brussell, died from Reyes Syndrome. It has been 35 years and I still miss her. I felt I didn't have anyone to talk to that would understand my feelings. Those old feelings are still there and I find it very hard to talk about that dreadful day back in 1965. I heard about you and your web site on the WHAS-TV news today. We will see our children one day and it will be a glorious day. Thanks and I do plan on buying your book. Doris Brussell Byrdwell
Doris Byrdwell <dbyrd@ka.net>
Shelbyville, KY USA - Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 18:14:02 (EDT)
just wanted to say thanks for having this website to help everyone ,who has lost somebody, keep their head up im a 22 year old who lost my brother 10 years ago to pneaumonia he was 4 years old. It has been ten long years. He is with me everyday because i have two tattoos of him on each arm. One is a picture of him and the other is his initials. Well just wanted to say this website really touches people and helps them keep their head up thanks again
wayne mosely jr <wm9669@aol.com>
louisville, ky USA - Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 17:48:45 (EDT)
I am trying to find your book for a friend of mine who recently lost his oldest son(16),in hopes that he will be able to come to terms with his loss.Thank you for your work and caring.
Morris Craven <relkes@tampabay.rr.com>
TAMPA, Fl USA - Monday, August 07, 2000 at 21:07:09 (EDT)
I cant wait to read your book. Good luck!
Jeana <moma@junct.com>
tulsa, OK USA - Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 16:32:54 (EDT)
Rosemary, I am so thrilled your new book is out. I will be at the signing in Louisville, Ky. on August 10th. I am so looking forward to meeting you in person. I have been visiting your website since 98. My daughter, Jessica, was killed in 96 at the age of 19 in an auto accident. Your website has brought me much comfort over the past several years, as I know your book will too. Thanks with all my heart for helping other bereaved parents. The boys are so proud of you. God Bless Robin Byrd (Jessica Jenkins' Mom)
Robin Byrd <robinb2685@cs,cin>
Clarksville, IN USA - Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 16:27:19 (EDT)
This is all very new to me. I lost my grandfather,dad,and baby brother all within 5 years. The loss is great and every day can be a struggle. It's great to see someting like this, because all we want is for them not to be forgotton.
Tammy LaFosse
Lake Charles, La. USA - Monday, July 24, 2000 at 08:37:06 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, Dear Rosemary, Luther, and Jordan, Wanted you to know that we are thinking of you all today with much love. Hope you are feeling Drew and Jeremiah's presence all around you today. They must be SO proud of you! Love, Becky
Becky Greer <BeckyGreer@aol.com>
London, KY USA - Sunday, July 23, 2000 at 14:15:55 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary - Although it has been eight years now, Drew and Jeremiah continue to touch many lives through this website, your wonderful book and your willingness to reach out personally to those coping with loss. I am sure your pride in Drew and Jeremiah is matched by their pride in you, Luther, and Jordan. Love, Carol
Carol Jenkins <caroljenkins@prodigy.net>
New Albany, IN USA - Sunday, July 23, 2000 at 08:13:08 (EDT)
Hi, I saw your article in the chattanooga paper this week end and look forward to reading your book. On april 7,2000 my son was killed in an automobile accident by a dui driver in Tampa, Fl. One day he was here and then a phone call ends our lives. Everything that I have been going thur and feeling I am told is normal, I feel like nothing will ever be normal again. Donna
Donna Hutchins <jahutch@bellsouth.net>
chattanooga, tn USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at 16:43:41 (EDT)
Visting your site was wounderful I lost my 21yearold sun a year ago and just reading some of the messages brought back all the fellings i had and i felt for the people who wrote a message i felt what they said was the same as what i'm saying . Thank you. Sincerly Janice
janice randall <jrandall46@yahoo.com>
GLENDALE, az USA - Saturday, July 15, 2000 at 05:40:10 (EDT)
Rosemary and family : My family and I just viewed your website, we find it inspirational, and a beautiful tribute to your children. I look forward to reading your book. God bless you.
Wanda Christina King <myduck_me@yahoo.com>
Zoe, Ky USA - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 01:47:49 (EDT)
I heard about your book on the news, and I look forward to reading it. I think it is an inspiration to many people who have lost a child. My husband and I lost our first child in 1981.
Wanda L. King <angeleyes_ctc@yahoo.com>
Zoe, KY USA - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 00:37:19 (EDT)
Rosemary - I knew about your book but only found the website after your interview with Channel 18. This is so touching and I admire you for your strength and commitment to helping others. On a personal note, I want to thank you for being an inspiration to Amanda (Begley). She had the honor of going to school with both Drew and Jeremiah. We were re-arranging her room a few weeks ago and found her 7th grade scrape book which was all Jeremiah. We shared tears that night. I also want to thank you for the chapter on Myra. The Begley family (including Dennie) has experienced several bouts with cancer. Everyone with that experience has a common bond. Again, thank you for the inspiration and you, Luther and Jordan are always in our prayers.
Chestina Begley Blanton <ches.blanton@mail.state.ky.us>
Pikeville, KY USA - Thursday, July 13, 2000 at 20:46:57 (EDT)
My sister lost her 21 year old son in an automobile accident June 19, 3 weeks ago today. He was like my own son, and the pain is sometimes unbearable. I have found hope and comfort in your Website, Rosemary. My cousins, Donnie and Linda Diebold, have a chapter in your book about their son George. My sister is reading it now, and says it is very helpful.My prayers are with all of us who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
marylou marzian <mmarzian@e-mail.kdp-baptist.louisville.edu>
louisvillek, ky USA - Monday, July 10, 2000 at 09:57:07 (EDT)
the letters were very touching i lost a daughter april 7-00 she was 32 its very hard to try and get through this i just don't see how reading a book will help. my heart goes out to all who has lost a child. i wish all of you well but this is a hurt so deep that i'm not sure will heal.
RUTH REYNOLDS <ruthandharlan@msn.com>
LEXINGTON, KY USA - Monday, July 10, 2000 at 00:10:28 (EDT)
I am sitting here nearly speechless after reading your srory, and seeing the beautiful pictures of your family. I know you are a blessing to so many bereaved parents. Thank you so much, for the time you give, the love you give, the heartbreaking story you have shared. I believe we will be with our precious sons in Heaven again, and what a glorious day that will be!!!! I may be completely wrong, but I truly believe that Dustin will be the one at Heaven's gate to usher me in. Again, thank you for sharing your precious sons with us. I know you are very proud of them, and I know they are of you. Love amd Prayers, Lisa
Lisa Bybee <bb34@tds.net>
Hawesville, KY USA - Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 11:44:13 (EDT)
Judy of Renew referred me to your webpage in hopes that I could find some inspiration for my cousin who just also lost two boys 8 and 9 years old in a car accident. I'm very sad for yours and their loss. I can't imagine what it must feel like, but I just want to help them and I think your book will be very inspirational for them.
Dina Marlow <dmarlow@fishneave.com>
Massapequa, NY USA - Friday, July 07, 2000 at 14:53:43 (EDT)
Dear Jeremiah, Today would have been your 23rd birthday. My mind cannot visualize you at twenty-three. You will always be a tall, handsome young man of fifteen to me. We all miss your smile, your quick wit, your piercing blue eyes, your love of your friends, and most of all the love you had for your family. I hope you and Drew are proud of the book we have written in your honor. You are missed Jeremiah. You are loved as much now as you were when you left us almost eight years ago. Love, Mom, Dad, and Jordan
Rosemary Smith <Childrenofdome@cs.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 21:06:30 (EDT)
MY PRECIOUS 16 YEAR OLD NIECE AIMEE LAUREN CHITWOOD WHO WAS A CHRISTIAN PASSED AWAY ON NOV.10,1999 FROM SEVERE HEAD INJURIES DUE TO A CAR ACCIDENT. A CHURCH MEMBER (JUDY BRUNER) GAVE A COPY OF YOUR BOOK CHILDREN OF THE DOME TO MY SISTER JUST DAYS AGO AND SHE HAS ALREADY FINISHED. I'M VERY THANKFUL TO GOD THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO WITNESS THROUGH YOUR BOOK TO MY SISTER. WE MISS AIMEE LAUREN SO MUCH!!! PLEASE REMEMBER OUR FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS. GOD BLESS YOU!!! TERESA
TERESA I. STEPHENS <TERESAIDAERA@HOTMAIL.COM>
WHITLEY CITY, KY USA - Monday, July 03, 2000 at 00:13:31 (EDT)
Dear Ro. I just visited your site again and WOW over 11,000hits. You have every right to be proud. If it weren't for your understanding I don't know where we would be.Great big hugs. Art and El
Arthur Foss <johnf93306@worldnet.att.net>
Rumson, NJ USA - Sunday, July 02, 2000 at 22:19:48 (EDT)
Dear Ro, I have been trying to reach you for weeks. I know you must be burning the midnight oil now that the book has become a reality. I am so very proud of you, and thankful to your family for their silent contributions of faith and support. I saw Caitlan's copy of the book that you signed for her. She is very proud of it. What a treasure for her to have! Now speaking of the book, I need to order several copies. I would also like to talk to you sometime. Please call when you have a free(or at least cheap moment)... And again, thank you for your unwavering dedication to our "Angels". I WANT MY BOOK!!!!!! Hugs to you, jackie
Jackie <bgeier@iclub.org>
richmond, ky USA - Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at 21:49:24 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, I just wanted you to know that the book is wonderful. It absolutely took my breath away. I felt as though I knew each family and their heartaches as i read each one. I work for Pam Freundorfer and remember her pain very well. You are an angel for what you have done for these families and i want to thank you for touching my heart with this book.
shannon noble <dddsscsa@aol.com>
frankfort, ky USA - Monday, June 19, 2000 at 19:22:41 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, Just like all of the other lives you have touched, I too am very grateful for you contacting me last night. When I got off the phone with you I sat down with my husband and went over our conversation. It has been tree weeks and one day since we lost our beautiful son Tony in the drowning accident and some times I feel like I too just want the world to go away. I sit here now writing to you with tears running down my face not knowing what next I should be doing with my life. I still have three other children, Beverly 29, Brian 28 and Vinnie 18 who was Tony's twin and I know I have to be strong for them. I am strong when I am in their presence, but when alone with my memories I seem to break down and cry. I wonder if I will ever be able to get through just one day without crying. I await to receive your package. This healing process is something that I do not understand and it scares me when I do not have control of myself. Please stay in touch with me.
Judy Hoffman <vitosmom1@yahoo.com>
Clarksville, Oh USA - Saturday, June 17, 2000 at 10:15:37 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, Luther,and Jordan, I just finished your book and have to say you are a angel God has givin us to help us though our grive. I can not even begin to feel your pain of lossing two sons. My children knew your sons. My son went to school with Jordan. I lost my father two days before Christmas 1999. Your book helped me explain some of my feelings on his passing. He lived in Arizona and I did not get to see him very often. But your words of love and concern in your book helped to ease the pain. You are truly an inspiration to us who know you and your family. You have touched so many lives here in Beattyville, and your book will surely touch so many more lives. I know your pain of your loss will never go away. I pray for you, Luther, and Jordan. My prayer is God aways comfort you in his arms of love as only HE can. Your book, web page, and sharing your sons and family with all of us is truly a gift God has given you. May you always have his love and guidence as your journey in life goes on until you are a whole family again in His loving arms in the Heaven He has made for all of us. Love and Prayers to you always Clara
Clara R. Deaton <raebell@galaxyinternet.net>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Friday, June 16, 2000 at 15:31:14 (EDT)
When I was taking my Mom back and forth to Lex. before sha died in 98 she would always mention something about your boys being killed when we passed the place on the Mountain Parkway. Luther taught me And the Carmack boys in school in the 8th Grade here in Owsley County. We are having a school get together on 7-08-00 the third one if he wants to come and share some old memories. All of us boys thought the world of him and would Love to see him. Eddie D. can get ahold of me anytime if he wants to come. My wife and I have Twin Boys 4 1/2 years old. I hope nothing happens to them. Take care of my young school teacher!!!!! See you Tom
Tom Barrett <Barretttt@hotmail.com>
Booneville, Ky USA - Friday, June 16, 2000 at 11:03:43 (EDT)
Hi Rosemary I am Patty McIntosh's daughter Debbie. I went to school with Will and remember Drew well. I just found out about your website in last weeks paper and can't wait to get a copy of your book. The site is great and I could not get up until I looked at it all. I found much comfort in the poems and stories. My parents are foster parents and several years ago we had a three year old cancer patient who died and although he was not ours biologically we felt as if we had knew him all his life and as if he was ours. We had only nearly six months with him but he touched everyone's life that he contacted. No one realizes how precious our children are and to see people have them and not care for them is heartbreaking. I can't imagine one of my two daughters dying and to think of having a child in foster care, not being with it during it's last days is more than I can deal with at times. I used to babysit for Betty Land's little girl Beth who died at the age of twelve. She touched our lives in so many ways. Because of my chance to care for Beth I went on to become an Occupational Therapist and I work with children from birth up. Not only do we need to thank God everyday for keeping our children's life but also their health.Thanks again for the site it is wonderful. Debbie McIntosh
Debbie McIntosh <debbiem@kyk.net>
Beattyville, ky USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 21:30:29 (EDT)
I am Myra Stamper's first cousin. The web site is very interesting and you have done a woderful job with it. I haven't got to read the book yet but am looking forward to it. God Bless You All!
Melissa Maggard <melissaandles@irvineonline.net>
Beattyville, Ky. USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 14:04:13 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary and Luther, I became aware of your website after learning about your book. Your pictures, stories, and poems were heartwarming. There is nothing that made me happier than to have won the Drew and Jeremiah Smith MVP trophy my senior year of basketball it made it mean ten times more to me and it is something I can always be proud of because I knew and respected your sons as I do you as well.
Kara Anne Akers <kygirl_141@hotmail.com>
Richmond, KY USA - Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 16:34:57 (EDT)
We lost of Son, Jackie to an auto accident, 11-29-91, he was 20 years, 9 months old. I can't imagine what it's like to lose two son's. We have our daughter, Christy, thank God! Jackie was our first born, Our lives will never be the same. God Bless You and Yours, Will get to meet you at JIM'S Picnic. Eva Tayor
Eva Taylor <taylorsmtn@yahoo.com>
Miracle, KY USA - Monday, June 05, 2000 at 01:39:43 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, Saw your web site in the Corbin paper today. It is a beautiful site. I have seen the Dome often and it is a beautiful gift you have given the peolple of Williamsburg, Kentucky and the world. I lost my husband will be two years this July 9th. It is very hard and the road back has ben a hard one and one you must travel yourself. In your own way and time. I am proud of myself and suprised at how much I have pushed myself to go on even at times I just wanted the world to go away. I read the poem "The Widow's Chain and Butter" and how true it is. Thank you so very much. Love, Lois
Lois <TLR820@webtv.net>
Corbin, Ky USA - Saturday, June 03, 2000 at 14:25:20 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, I was looking through the website today and thought that I would tell you how much it means to me to be able to see the impact that Jeremiah has had on so many people.
Lynda Cable
Beattyville, Ky USA - Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 09:48:28 (EDT)
We just lost our second child, Benjamin, 12 days ago, on 4/26/00, my birthday. He was 2 years old and died from a blood clot that lodged in his aorta. His brother, Matthew, died six years ago 4/28/94 from SIDS. I'm not sure I can handle this again, but you give me hope. My son's website is http://members.tripod.com/benhlhs. Thank you.
Melissa Cusick <stimpy01@juno.com>
Coon Rapids, MN USA - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 18:34:20 (EDT)
Thinking of you all and Drew today on his birthday. Love you, Gam and Becky
Gam and Becky Greer <beckygreer@aol.com>
London, Ky USA - Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 15:03:25 (EDT)
Hi Rosemary & Family. Just wanted you to know that I was thinking about Drew today on his birthday. I'm sure he and all of our children are having a good time celebrating his birthday together. I am looking forward to getting my copy of your book. I am so excited as I know everyone else is also. Hope to see ya real soon. Love and Prayers Always, Teresa
Teresa Noe <tnoe@lee.k12.ky.us>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 10:28:03 (EDT)
Rosemary, When my son Andy died on July 27, 1997, you were such a great comfort and inspiration to me. I'm glad to see that your book is finally going to the publisher. I can't wait to order my copy!
Ann Dawson <anndwsn@aol.com>
Forsyth, IL USA - Monday, April 24, 2000 at 16:11:08 (EDT)
I found your website after visting George A. I lost my son 3 years ago. Johnny Tallent age 18, just beginning in the walk of life. It is comforting to read some of the stories & poems. Also my heart goes out to so many that have had so much loss and greif. God bless you all. Annette
Annette Tallent <rosemitch1@yahoo.com>
TN USA - Sunday, April 23, 2000 at 01:14:06 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, I made a new friend while vacationing in Florida and she sent me your website. I lost my son Christopher, age 27 in an accident on August 24, 1995. There was no time to say goodbye. I also feel that we have had no closure. He was our youngest and our pride and joy. Chris and I were very close. He confided in me like a friend. He was outgoing and full of life. Losing him has broken our hearts forever. I have so much grief losing one child I don't know how you have coped with losing two. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that others care. Sincerely, Christine
Christine Pellegrini <CRP316@aol.com>
Chicora, Pa USA - Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 20:23:43 (EDT)
Hi Rosie, I was visiting our kids today and wanted to say hi. I know that Drew's bithday is around the 27th. I mailed the release form back to you today. We don't want to delay this book any longer. I can't wait to get my copy. Love Ya!
Teresa <tnoe@lee.k12.ky.us>
Beattyville, KY USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2000 at 14:15:06 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, I have just visited your web site for your sons, and i was overwhelmed, with tears running down my face i read it. I am a mother of six children, and i can't imagine losing onemuch less two at once. I'll never forget the day my daughter Sheila was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was almost too much for a mother to hear, but when you called her ,Rosemary you talked both to her and me also, and it made cancer a lot easier to deal with, and i'll never forget you for that. At the present time Sheila is doing okay. I've never got the chance to thank you until now,THANKS ROSEMARY,and may GOD BLESS both you and Luther and Jordan. A friend in Booneville, Mary Ann Moore.
mary ann moore <maryamoore@yahoo.com>
booneville, ky USA - Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 15:36:02 (EST)
Hi Rosie, I just got a moment to check out the pictures of your new grandchild. How about that name? With the name Rosemary, she can go anywhere . Right! Hope you are enjoying your vacation. See Ya Soon!
Teresa Noe <tnoe@lee.k12.ky.us>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Friday, March 17, 2000 at 11:33:07 (EST)
Hi, My name is Jean and i lost my daughter Sherri Lynn it will be 3 years on June 20 she died from arithmia at 19 years old.Sherri was my baby and the only girl i have 2 boys also,but there is a special bond between mother and daughter.I miss her so much some days i don't think i can go on the pain is so bad.I was looking for someone to talk to and i found your web site.Talking with other parents who have lost children really helps because noone understands what we are going through.If you know of any chat rooms where i can talk to other moms please let me know.Thank you for caring and being here for all of us.Sincerely Jean Cote
jean cote <jcote215@webtv.net>
warwick, RI USA - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 08:56:24 (EST)
Hi my name is Becky, and I went to grade school with Drew and I had the biggest crush on him then! He was so sweet! I was so upset to hear what had happened and your whole family are in our prayers! God Bless you all and take care!
Becky Kidd Smith <Smithgoldielocks@aol.com>
Columbus, OH USA - Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 18:31:16 (EST)
Dear Rosemary, I enjoyed your website very much. I am so sorry for your loss. I could never imagine losing two of my children at the same time. I lost my mother, to natural causes, in August of this year. The pain is unbearable, but to you I can not compare mine. Thank you so much for your website. The memories and poems you have there have been a comfort to me. God bless you and thank you again.
Lynn Preston <ladylynn46@yahoo.com>
Swansea, SC USA - Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 14:26:48 (EST)
I was searching for a poem to send my daughter.I had a poem about mothers and daughters but lost it and thought I might find something similiar... something to send my daughter telling her how proud I am of her.
LINDA FLAHERTY <LCF999@CS.COM>
PLEASANTON, CA USA - Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 20:45:36 (EST)
Hey Rosie, I have finally gotten my computer fixed. We have been enjoying the web site all week. It's great. Please e-mail me about the book. Love Ya! Teresa
tnoe <tnoe@Lee.k12.ky.us>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 10:56:49 (EST)
I came upon your website through other links and want to thank you for being here, the poetry is beautiful. My thoughts and prayers are with you in memory of Drew and Jeremiah. I lost my 14 year old daughter on January 25, 2000 in a car/pedestrian accident. We are at such a loss right now and reading and sharing our grief helps tremendously. Thank you!
Cindy <GrumpynAM@aol.com>
Grand Jct.,, CO USA - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 12:13:04 (EST)
Ro, Well, I guess the time was right for me to visit the website. Whew! I started reading "Map of the World" last night and I'm already half way through. I think you are right about the author. Plan to share the website with coworkers. I know it will be of help often. Talk with you soon. Love, Judy
Judy Lauer
Grant, Al USA - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 19:05:23 (EST)
DEAR ROSEMARY , HELLO MY NAME IS KASSANDRA GAUDET . IJUST WANTED TO SAY I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE . IT JUST BREAKS MY HEART WHEN I READ ABOUT ALL THE MISSING CHILDEREN . IHAVE A LITTLE SISTER AND IF SHE WENT MISSING I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WELL ANYWAYS I HAVE TO GO LUV KASSIE
Kassandra Gaudet <Hugs62@hotmail.com>
Yarmouth, NS CANADA - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 09:25:06 (EST)
I love your website!I am sure it is an inspiration to lots of people who have lost a child!
Brantley Presley <chevy2@tgtel.com>
Lexington, KY USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 22:53:22 (EST)
Hi Ro! It's been a while so I thought it time to touch base. We just had anothe tragedy here last week, perhaps you heard or read about it. The young man that drowned in a vehicle during the terrible rainstorm. His name was Steven Ratliff, age 15. As it turned out, I taught his younger brother at St. Mark a few years ago. I went to the funeral home last night to offer my sympathy and help to the family. It was very hard!! Alot of memories. It was the same funeral home Gretchen was at. What a shame to lose such young people. Don"t we know?!! Please keep this family in your prayers. I hope you and your guys are well, just fine on this end. Nick is a senior this year, so we are in the process of selecting a college. He wants to major in music education. We bought him a tuba for Christmas. To say he was thrilled would be an understatement!!! Oh Well, life goes on. How is the book coming along. I have people asking about it. Maybe soon, huh? Keep in touch and know how much I value your friendship and how thankful I am to you for your endless dedication to our children. You're the best. Love to all, Jackie
Jackie Geier
Richmond, KY USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 19:37:47 (EST)
Ro, Luther and Jordan, I miss hearing from you so much. You are the reason I am still here after the loss of Kellie. I could have never made it without your help, support and prayers. Love and tears, Judy Carpenter
Judy Carpenter <DCarpen713@aol.com>
Crestwood, KY USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 19:08:45 (EST)
hi rosemary, i just wanted to get on the web and tell christopher happy birthday HAPPY BIRTHDAY (BOO) WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH!!! PAM, EDDIE AND STEPHANIE
pam freundorfer <doorie@earthlink.net>
lexington, USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at 15:58:20 (EST)
Dear Rosemary: Linda Jamieson sent me you web site and it took my breath away. It is a wonderful tribut to your sons and all the people in the world who belong to what I call the "NeverBe Club" the most expensive club in the world. We can all talk about the things that will never be with our children. We lost our daughter in 1992 as well at the age of 24. To help myself cope with this my husband and I opened an angel shop in Niagara on the Lake three years ago called Angel Treasures. At that time he just could not continue in his line of work and retired from his job. He now works with me and it has been very good therapy for both of us. It is a lot of hard work but the pleasure we bring to people is well worth the efforts. We have met Sandra and Fred a couple of times and I have been very honest and straightforward with them about the pain that lies ahead and the changes that will take place in their lives. I would love to carry your book in my shop and if this is at all possible please email me back. Trish
Trish <angtrs@sympatico.ca>
Niagara on the Lake, On Canada - Thursday, February 03, 2000 at 18:29:23 (EST)
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Frankie Milley <fmilley@aol.com>
Conroe, Tx USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2000 at 23:14:17 (EST)
Dear Rosemary, It's lauren and i love your website i can't wait to read your book it sounds really good!And i hope you get to go on the Opreah show like they said you would .And my friend Alyssa says Hi and would love to meet you Her email address is Yiggy45 so if i am not on and you need some one to talk to she is there
Lauren Bauer <Ltb2007@aol.com>
FloydsKnobs, IN USA - Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 11:36:22 (EST)
I have thought over the last seven months that there could be no greater loss than that of losing a child. After reading about your beautiful boys, I am at a loss to comprehend the depth of your pain. I have a 13-month-old son who is as beautiful as your boys in the pictures. My heart just aches for you. My 14-year-old daughter was killed last summer in a car accident. Her older sister and baby brother have kept me going, but there are days when the pain is so overwhelming. I wish none of us knew this unrelenting anguish, but I take heart that God will bring us peace. As only He can.
Marie Brown <brown2327@earthlink.net>
Canandaigua, NY USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2000 at 21:48:13 (EST)
So very sorry to read of your loss. I found this while looking for George Anderson. My two sons were killed within 26 day of each other. Rob, 17, was struck by a train, and Aidan, 15, was killed on his way home from school 26 days later. It has been 4 years, but the pain at times is worse than when it first happened. My daughter was 12 at the time, and luckily she is a very strong individual. It also helps that the boys frequently let us know that they are still near, and that they are in their thoughts as much as we are in theirs. I miss them. By the way, I work in a breast center, and fighting breast cancer helps me cope. I pray that you and yours stay healthy and that you are doing okay.
Lynn Case <bcnj@warwick.net>
wantage, nj USA - Monday, January 24, 2000 at 21:35:09 (EST)
Dear Rosemary,I came across your website today and was deeply touched by what I read. I had no idea you were writing a book and I can't what until it's out so I can finish reading. When I read your first chapter I felt much emotion and couldn't stop the tears in my eyes. You are such a strong and beautiful woman whom I greatly admire. I often think you and Jordan and wonder how you are? I hope I will run into you soon in Beattyville.
April Young
Beattyville, KY USA - Thursday, January 20, 2000 at 16:09:36 (EST)
I am so sorry for your loss. Our little angel Grady died of meningococcal meningitis almost three weeks ago, he was 3 1/2 weeks old. I am still in shock, i can't believe he had to leave us. He has touched so many people in so many ways in such a short time. My husband said at his memorial service He had a short life but a job well done. I am still so heart broken and will always be. If you would like to e-mail me I need to talk. thanks for listening Jennifer
jennifer martin <DMAR766@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at 04:59:33 (EST)
Rosemary, Congratulations on having your book published. I will be looking for it. I will be in Hilton Head next week-end with some friends. I will be flying in on Thurs, night. If you should be there, I would love to see you. You are, as always in my prayers. Love, Susan
Susan <iladavis@aol.com>
Lexington, KY USA - Saturday, January 15, 2000 at 18:35:27 (EST)
It is wonderful that so many people can express and share grief in this way. Drew and Jeremiah are forever young and always in our hearts. God bless you . Much love, Jill Winings
Jill Winings <Lexmother@aol.com>
Lexington, Ky USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2000 at 23:21:09 (EST)
Hi Rosemary, I am so thankful you cared enough to refer me to Dinah and the other parents who have lost children. I will always be grateful to you. I used to live in Western Ky. I lost my daughter, Lisa, on July 2nd, 1993 in an oil tank explosion. You and Dinah are an inspiration to me. God bless you and your family.
Shirley Grisham <grisham@midwest.net>
Christopher, IL USA - Saturday, January 08, 2000 at 21:35:51 (EST)
Rosemary, you and your family are in my thoughts so often. I can't say enough how I appreciate your help with Fred and Sandra. I know you know the torture they are currently feeling. It helps so much to know you are there for them, but saddens me when I realize the pain you all had to endure in order to become accurate caregivers for those parents who are unfortunate enough to lose a child or children. I'm sure God blesses your ministry. With love, Linda
Linda Jamieson <linda.jamieson@sympatico.ca>
Caledonia, ON CANADA - Tuesday, January 04, 2000 at 08:00:30 (EST)
Hey Rosemary, Luther, and Jordan- I cant believe that Christmas is less than a week away, i cant wait to see you all. i heard that your were staying here for Christmas and it tickled me to death. Getting to see you all more is so great. I hope that you all come to Christmas Eve service Friday night, it should be beautiful. Talk to you soon! Merry Christmas and God Bless! Love Kristin
Kristin Smith <pretty_in_pink@alloymail.com>
Beattyville, K Y USA - Monday, December 20, 1999 at 10:58:51 (EST)
LUTHER & ROSEMARY- Wow, where can I start? First of all I would like to say how much your family, I have stopped by the store nearly every time I've been in town but have'nt seen you since the funeral. Iwould just like to say how much I miss Jeremiah and Drew. I think about them every day. Anyone who remembers me knows how close I was with Jeremiah, I loved him like a brother, and I would like to thank you for being so nice to me all the times I stayed at your home. I would love to hear from you and anyone else from Beattyville that remembers me. Thanks again!
Jim Morris <Jlm519@prodigy.net>
lapeer, mi USA - Friday, December 10, 1999 at 22:04:31 (EST)
My name is Dana and I was a friend of Merri Kathryn bless u for allowing willie and ella to share their story of grief with the world. In God I Trust, Dana
Dana Combs <Savannah_100@hotmail.com>
Hindman, Ky USA - Monday, November 22, 1999 at 06:16:13 (EST)
Dear Rosemary, I happened upon your website accidentally but I am glad I did. I lost my two daugters, Ashley Nicole age 9, and Autumn Victoria age 2, and my mother June on September 24,1999. My husband murdered them. I am glad that there is such a website for bereaved parents. I am just beginning my journey into bereavement and grief. I still have 2 little boys I have to be strong for and I think your website will make the transition a little less bumpy. I thank you for your courage.
liz duch <lizpa_2000@yahoo.com>
emmaus, pa USA - Sunday, November 07, 1999 at 23:39:01 (EST)
Rosemary's book, Children of the Dome, is being published by Pathfinder Publishing of California. Look for the book early in 2000.
Childrenofthedome
USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 18:41:35 (EST)
Very nice web site and very touching stories. Send my deep concern and love for you and your family to bear such a loss in life. i have 2 sons 25 & 21...this would be a parents nightmare and only you and all the others who share your loss can truely understand. thank you for letting others share your grief and love of you sons. I was just looking for some poem that would help my sister she lost her husband age 48 and happened upon your site. God Bless and help you each day of your life..you can beleive they are all around you and you will see them again...then it will be no more Goodbyes ever again.
Cindy marek <sleepycin54@yahoo.com>
Prescott, wi USA - Friday, October 08, 1999 at 01:06:35 (EDT)
A very touching page my heart go's out to you.. You may be interested that I was asked to write music to the poem " When tomorrow starts without me" http://www.geocities.com/Nashville/4291/tomorrow.htm Dave .....
Dave Burrell <davidburrell_99@yahoo.com>
Bellbird, NS Australia - Thursday, October 07, 1999 at 17:48:49 (EDT)
I am sorry for your loss. I am also in need of your help. I lost my two sons, Aaron age 7yrs and Bryan age 11 mo., in a house fire on August 24th this year. I am having a hard time finding information on such trgic losses. I need to comunicate with other parents who know what I am going through. I am very lucky that two of my children did survive that fire. I could have lost all four. They were both very special boys. I miss them so much. I need to know that in time it will get easier to bear. But it is hard to believe that when you hear it from someone who has no idea what you are going through. If you can help me, please do. Thank you.
Becky Dent <rdent@tds.net>
Russell, NNY USA - Saturday, October 02, 1999 at 18:47:52 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary , my Heart goes out to you , Luther and Jordan, for the loss of Drew and Jeremiah . You have made a Beautiful Memorial page for them , you can feel your Love for them here. Thank You so much for sharing their lives with us and for this Beautiful webpage you have made to help all of us. I lost my son , Vernon on Jan. 23, 1998 six days before his 26th birthday . I read your story and sat here and cried through it , my thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family, May the Lord Bless you and your family and keep you safe. I have also made a Memorial page for my son , if you would like to read his story the URL is ; http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Shores/3387/ We will see our sons again and hold them in our arms once more . God Bless you for what you are doing to help other parents, Love and Blessings , JoAnn
JoAnn <blondie@panacom.com>
Southport , Fl. USA - Friday, October 01, 1999 at 01:18:10 (EDT)
I lost my beautiful son Matt, age 15, in a car accident June 21, 1997. Drew and Jeremiah are handsome boys and I send love to your family. The song caught my attention because Matt's funeral song was I'll Be Missing you.
Sally <SWa9459088@aol.com>
Baltimore, Md USA - Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 00:40:18 (EDT)
-Ro- Hey! I talked to Jordan when he was in. I saw him at up at the store one day after school, actually I think it was the first day! Did you know that Dad turns big 4-0 next Wens. I am going to make sure he doesn't forget it either! I heard that you and Luther are coming back to live in Beattyville, I hope that its true, I think that it will be wonderful having you all in town again. I have missed you so much, and I know everyone else has too! I hope to see you soon! Take care and God Bless! Kristin
Kristin Smith <pretty_in_pink@alloymail.com>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 10:54:22 (EDT)
-Rosemary- Hey! Wow its been so long since I've able to talk to you and Luther, I hope everything is going great! We've been in school here for about a month now, midterms are coming up.
Kristin Smith <pretty_in_pink@alloymail.com>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 10:46:43 (EDT)
I want to say so very much to you & your family. What a wonderful way to immortalize these boys. I pray you will find some peace and confort for I know, only too well, your pain and the unreality of this terrible thing that's happened to you. I can only say that with some time, you may feel more able to live day to day. You may stop worrying that your boys are okay wherever they are. And they definitely are somewhere, and you'll reunite with them down the road. Please try to hold on, keep each other warm and safe, and realize & believe you'll all be together as a family someday. You see, I lost my Michael, who was 19 yrs. old, 21 months ago to suicide. No warning, no strange behavior, no signs at all, just a low moment dealing with a relationship problem and he was gone. So you see, I truly understand the sudden and finality of that moment. I will think of you and hope you can continue. I know you will never be far from these boys. They'll be as close as your heart. God Bless you & help you, Jeanie Gioglio
JEAN GIOGLIO <JEANO517@AOL.COM>
BAYSHORE, NY USA - Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 23:43:01 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary,Lucas,and Jordan: My sister-in-law, Barbara Coldiron recently told me about your website. What a wonderful, loving tribute it is to your sons, Drew, and Jeremiah, and what comfort it provides to others who experienced the tragic loss of a loved one. Donna Bridwell Johnson City, TN
Donna Coldiron Bridwell <DonnaCBrid@aol.com>
Johnson City, TN USA - Thursday, August 19, 1999 at 19:40:42 (EDT)
For those of you who feel the pain of losing your sons, brothers and friends my heart goes out to you. I know what you suffer. My only son died of a horrible trajedy 2 years ago at the age of 3 1/2. I also lost my husband at that time. God gives us strength to endure these hardships and he gives us loved ones to see things thru. Your tribute to Drew & Jeremiah is wonderful. So many don't want to bring up those we've lost, but they don't understand we can never forget them. I admire you for the tribute you've created. Not only does it help you, it helps us that have also lost God's most precious gift; CHILDREN. With warm regards, Julie Fortman
Julie Fortman <angelo@net-tek.net>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Sunday, August 15, 1999 at 23:47:38 (EDT)
My heart is filled with sorrow as well as hope as I read your wonderful tribute to your two beloved sons. My husband and I just recently lost our 15 month old son, Hunter, to a viral heart disease. It took his life here on earth while he was sleeping and for this, I am grateful. I only hope that I will some day be able to create such wonderful tributes to honor him as you have done for Drew and Jeremiah. I have been reading several of George Anderson's books and believe in my heart of hearts that they never have left us. So keep talking to your 'babies' as will I and they will one day speak back to us. Keep the faith and know that the happiest day will be when we are all reunited with the Keeper of the Light and eachother. God bless you and your family. Suzanna
Suzanna Lesiow <shlsuze@aol.com>
Battle Creek, MI USA - Saturday, August 14, 1999 at 21:04:37 (EDT)
I AM THE GRANDMA OF TWO LITTLE GIRLS. ONE IS IN HEAVEN SINCE 8/98. HER LITTLE SISTER WAS BORN THREE MONTHS LATER, THE SAME YEAR. ONE HAS BEEN GONE FOR A YEAR & THE OTHER IS NOW NINE MONTHS OLD. IT HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR OF GREAT HIGHS & GREAT LOWS, ALSO. CHEALSEY IS MISSED TERRIBLY & WE ARE EVER SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE ASHLEY WITH US. I'M, ALSO VERY GRATEFUL TO HAVE COME ACROSS THIS VERY SPECIAL SITE.
JEANIE FRANCIS <gmajeanie246@juno.com>
SAN LORENZO, CA USA - Saturday, August 14, 1999 at 00:30:05 (EDT)
Hi Ro, I haven't spoken to you forever! Thank you for the card on Gretchen's birthday. It's hard to believe that our children have been angels for seven years now. Sometimes it seems so long ago,and then in an instant, it's back just as painful and unbelievable and so very sad. The hole in my heart will never heal, but I try to keep it filled up with beautiful memories. Weren't our children wonderful? How fortunate we are to have had them in our lives, if only for a while. I hope to talk to you soon. Hugs to you and your guys. You're the best, and I can never thank you enough for your friendship and you're commitment to our children. Love to you, Jackie
Jackie Geier
Richmond, KY USA - Monday, August 09, 1999 at 22:26:32 (EDT)
Why do so many young people have to die. This is insanity. We lost our only child June 15, 1999, in a car/pedestrian accident. There was so much still left to do. He was just starting to establish a life of his own. The pain of loss is nearly unbearable. Reading your site allows me to see there are other grieving parents whose mind is also in tremendous turmoil. Disbelief is my biggest monster. Every day I must remind myself this really happened and I am thrown into shock all over again. Will this ever get better?
Agnes <aj@ohio.net>
Elyria, OH USA - Wednesday, August 04, 1999 at 13:08:46 (EDT)
I am doing geneology work and happened upon your page....I am so sorry....your boys were born the same years as my children. "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes & there will be no more death, sadness, crying or pain, because all the old ways are gone." Rev 21:4 May the Lord wrap his loving, healing arms around you every day. Linda
Linda <Ptllin>
IL USA - Monday, August 02, 1999 at 19:10:58 (EDT)
What a beautiful tribute to your sons.Your love and devotion for them shine throughout this site.There is no greater loss than the loss of a child at any age.For I know,we lost our little 4yr old grandaughter on May 3rd 1998.Love one another and treasure each new day for we never know what life has in store for us.And treasure your memories of them both,because they are with God now and I believe we shall see our loved ones again.Until then may Drew and Jeremiah watch over you all.
Jeani <raljean@surfree.com>
Atlantic City, NJ USA - Saturday, July 24, 1999 at 15:50:20 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary- It is unbelievable that it has been seven years - but Ted Kennedy's words today about another loss of a life too soon were true seven years ago as well - Drew and Jeremiah also "had every gift but length of years." These losses are incomprehensible and unbearable to those of us left behind, but someday we will understand. Love, Carol.
Carol Jenkins <caroljenkins@prodigy.net>
New Albany, IN USA - Friday, July 23, 1999 at 17:57:55 (EDT)
Dear Ro, Luther, and Jordan, (my second family) Seven years... it feels like it was just yesterday, but it seems like an eternity. I never thought that seven years would come and go so quickly. I still think of you all everyday, and can't wait to get back east and see you. I miss Drew and Jeremiah tremendously, they never stray far from my thoughts, or my heart. My memories of Drew and Jeremiah age like a good wine, getting better by the day, lovingly dusted off at every opportunity, and shared with good friends. When I read the comments below from Ro, Joe, Kevin, Joy and all of the others who have lost loved ones, I realized that all of us make an impact on the world, Drew and Jeremiah made theirs, and we are fortunate enough to feel that impact. We all remember the momentous impact that they made on our lives, and we must endevour to impact others' lives in the same positive way. When we all meet again, we will see the impact that we made on others carried for generations. Ro & Luther - Thank you for the impact that you have made and continue to make on everyone (especially me) who touches your lives. Jordan - Keep up the family tradition as you continue to impact those around you. I love you all very much. --Ted
Ted Webster <twebster@lucent.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Friday, July 23, 1999 at 17:33:48 (EDT)
Dear Drew and Jeremiah--Seven years today.....it seems almost impossible that it has been seven years since your accident and then again it seems just like yesterday. The memories of each of you have grown sweeter with each day, each week, each month, each year. You have not been forgotten...your friends miss you as do all of us in your family. Until we meet again, we love you boys. Love, Mom, Dad and Jordan
Rosemary Smith <105660.633@compuserve.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Friday, July 23, 1999 at 11:29:16 (EDT)
DEAR RO, LUTHER AND JORDAN, WE KNOW THIS IS A TOUGH TIME OF THE YEAR FOR YOU. JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW YOU ARE ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS. WE ALWAYS THINK OF YOUR TWO BEAUTIFUL SONS.
THERESA GIORDANO <philg1@gate.net>
LHP, FL USA - Friday, July 09, 1999 at 19:15:10 (EDT)
Happy Birthday, Jeremiah. Even though we never met you, we know how special you are because we have heard so much about you from your very special parents. You are remembered every day, but especially today. Love, Gam and Becky
Gam and Becky <beckygreer@aol.com>
London, Ky USA - Sunday, July 04, 1999 at 23:33:35 (EDT)
Dear Jeremiah, How sweet the memories of your birth twenty-two years ago today. Your birth and life were a burst of joy and life for your Dad and me. We miss you as much today and we did when you and your brother died almost seven years ago. I hope all of you are celebrating your birthday today in Heaven. Love, Mom
Rosemary Smith <105660.633@compuserve.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Sunday, July 04, 1999 at 10:06:25 (EDT)
Hi Rosemary - Just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts today. May I add my birthday wishes to Jeremiah to those on your home page. Love, Carol
Carol Jenkins <caroljenkins@prodigy.net>
New Albany, IN USA - Sunday, July 04, 1999 at 08:27:01 (EDT)
I am just beginning the journey. I lost my 24 year old son on March 13,1998 in a car accident. Your story of your sons life and death is a wonderful, remarkable tribute. I hope one day I too can be as strong. Done with compassion and grace and most of all love.
sheran wickstrom <jwickstrom@bc.sympatico.ca>
prince george,b.c., b.c. Canada - Saturday, July 03, 1999 at 20:36:14 (EDT)
I am very new to this WebSite. God bless you for all the good this website does ! So many people grieve so much, they want to listen to other people with the same kinds of losses and suffering. I have been scrolling down the entire list of people who contact you with beautifull messages, but I don't see anybody in New Jersey. Are they listed in a separate place on the InterNet ? I would really appreciate your response to this question. Thank you very much. John B. Meskers Sr.
John B. Meskers Sr. <jmeskers@toast.net>
Princeton, nj USA - Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 12:46:31 (EDT)
Rosemary, I visited your Website today what a wonderfull tribute to your sons. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and your family. I know your pain never goes away for I know the pain of losing one son never goes away. Love and Prayers to you and your family. Josie Mays jo4uk@yahoo.com
Josie Mays <jo4uk@yahoo.com>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Friday, June 11, 1999 at 16:08:48 (EDT)
Rosemary,Luther,and Jordan, I just visited the web site today, I love it. I hadn't seen the whole thing until this evening. It's great! Hope to see you soon. Teresa
Teresa Noe <teresanoe@excite.com>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 21:09:17 (EDT)
What a beautiful web site. It has taken me almost a life time to realize that we are never truly alone. Of my three sons, my youngest was always having near death accidents. After about the fourth one when he was 8 or nine, I just released him back to god. I felt such a burden lifted. They are only borrowed, we do not own them. When my best friend who I have known since age four recently died after a brave battle with cancer for four years. I was just overcome with grief and unanswered questions. And then the little messages began. While searching for a bereavement card for her husband, over the loudspeaker, came on "Show Me The Way" an old rock song which had always been my favorite. And then opening the paper the next morning they had discovered a new galaxy, the discoverer had named it, the Sharon Galaxy, which is my friends name. And then at my dentist, while checking my x-rays, out of the blue, he says to me, "My best friend of thirty-eight years just died of melanoma, and I feel so lost." And I said, "My best friend from childhood has just died of a four year battle with cancer." And the moment when we shared that was so precious. This dentist has never shared such personal information to me, ever. No, we are never alone in our grief. And we are shown this constantly. Thank you for your tremendous story. Candace Pfau
Candace Fuller Pfau <Pfau@Atlantic.net>
Interlachen, Fl USA - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 12:55:06 (EDT)
I can remember the times that Drew and I had in High School. The summer of 1990 I first met him. I was with Joe McPherson that day going across the parking lot when Drew came out of the dorm. Joe introduced me and the relationship just jumped off right from there. We had such great times together. There are days, still, that I think that I see him driving his red convertable. I know that he is being taken care of and is still loved by his fellow comrads. Every time we get together we talk about him and the things we all did. I wish that everyone could have known such that beautiful spirited guy. I know that he lives in my heart and in the heart of others.
Christina Rawley Taylor <helios@mailcity.com>
New Orleans, LA USA - Tuesday, June 01, 1999 at 13:51:53 (EDT)
I was very touched by your "story" about your two beloved sons. I lost my twenty-year old,son, Jeremy, my number one, son. on Dec. 4, 1998 from complications of a brain tumor. He was brave and beautiful, a loving son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and father to my beautiful granddaughter; his Sara, he was, our drummer boy. Jeremy was an excellent drummer and his band recorded a CD/tape when he was in remission during 1997 and even while he was doing out--patient chemo in 1998. When he was real little, he used to tell us his name was "Jeremiah". (we used several verses from Jeremiah, at his service). I have written a childrens story for my granddaughter and in memory of my son, titled, "Jeremiah's Gift". I have found an interested and accomplished illustrator(latest work-"What's Heaven" by M. Shriver) but am continuing my search for a publisher. I feel this is something very much needed. Do you have any suggestions for making my story/book known to those it could help; young children dealing with the death of parents or loved ones. Is it anything you could use? I'd like to send you a copy of "Jeremiah's Gift" as well as a tape with my son, so beautifully, playing the drums with his band. If you're interested, please send my your address at janjdickson@prodigy.net. Much of what I was able to read (it is still too soon for me at times), that you wrote about your sons was lovely and very real. I identified with many things. I too, have thought (and prayed) perhaps I have gotten some communications from Jeremy; I want to believe it is true almost more than anything. Thank you for sharing the dedication and love of Drew and Jeremiah. For their guest book I would like to share this poem I wrote for Jeremy: My Son Is Now An Angel My son is now an Angel. He left unafraid His strength and his devotion A lasting gift he made. My son is now an Angel. Music was his love Performing much while he was here And still, I bet, up above. My son is now an Angel. He took away the fear His beauty, love, and bravery Will always linger here. My son is now an Angel. A memory in my heart Loving brother, friend, and father His spirit never to depart. My son is now an Angel. In a place he must stay My son, my child, my hero He will show all of us, the way.
Jan Dickson <janjdickson@prodigy.net>
Montara, CA USA - Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 16:03:33 (EDT)
I found your website after going to George Anderson's website. Our youngest daughter Alyssa died in a car accident 2 years ago on May 3rd. She was 5 1/2 years old. She was the youngest of our 4 children. You know the pain we have gone through. I know she is fine and that she watches out for us. She comes to me often in dreams. The one thing I wanted to tell you was that I have always considered Alyssa as a butterfly now. She has broken out of her cocoon and gone to the other side to be with our other families that have passed on before her. So, I was especially taken with the butterfly significance of your losses. I admire both you and your husband. It has been all I can do to keep on with losing just one. Our 3 other children are our anchors. I thank God for them everyday. Thank you for listening. Do you know if there would be way for me to start something like what you have done? A bereavement book or somehow get the message out to people in our community that they are not alone. I know I so desperately wanted to talk to someone who had lost a child right after Alyssa passed over. Maybe I could help someone else. Please let me know. Thank you and God Bless. Love, Terry
Terry Bialostosky <garyb@transport.com>
Ridgefield, WA USA - Monday, May 24, 1999 at 21:53:30 (EDT)
Ro, What a lovely tribute to the boys. As I have told you many times, you are truly an inspirational woman. Love to you, Luther and Jordan
Scarlet Litteral Grubbs <scarlet@gtemail.net>
Lexington, Ky USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 14:57:12 (EDT)
Rosemary, I think about you, Luther, Jordan, Drew, & Jeremiah often. I found this website by accident and haven't been able to stop until I read the entire site. I have so many wonderful memories and much of what you have written is so familiar to me-I can remember so many of the boys' milestones and there are so many stories that you have shared with me that I will never forget. I think this is a wonderful tribute to Drew and Jeremiah.
Sandy King <kinges@webtv.net>
Booneville, KY USA - Saturday, May 22, 1999 at 17:52:44 (EDT)
Hello Rosemary,Luther and Jordan, oh the tears that are still deep inside. Reading your story brings too many memories up - Good and bad. Our son was killed 3 years ago when an unstable cabinet in a retail store fell upon him. Thank you so much for passing along Charlie Waltons book - When there are no words. We also pass this book along to others. It really helped to save our marriage and family life for our daughter.We are surviving - Regina,Talia and Michael Rains.
Regina <Oxalisrain@aol.com>
Abilene, Tx. USA - Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 02:54:46 (EDT)
Hi Rosemary , Luther, and Jordan, I was just visiting with our children throught the web site. I know that Drew's birthday was some time this week and I saw yellow and black butterflies several times this week. It will be one year on Tuesaday May 4th since my dad passed away. i have really missed him, but I sure that him and Shelby are enjoying each others company along with Drew, Jeremiah, Brandon and many others. Barbara and I are working on a team for the Relay For LIfe Walk for Cancer.It will be the 21st and the 22nd of May. Our goal is to collect $2000.00 in honor and memory of cancer surrvivors and victims. Our theme is going along with the Millinium.(If I spelled it correct). We are very excited about this. If you are in town on that week end we would love to have you join us. Gotta run. Hope to see ya soon Love & Prayers Teresa
Teresa Noe <TNOE@lee.k12.ky.us>
Beattyville, Kentucky USA - Sunday, May 02, 1999 at 17:51:54 (EDT)
Rosemay, Luthur,&Jordan, As many times as I have viewed the web site at work, this is the first time I have remembered to sign the guestbook.I love visiting the sit, probably because it brings back lots of great memories of our children. Thanks for remember each of them. Love Ya Always, Teresa
Teresa Noe <TNOE@LEE.K12.Ky.US>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Saturday, May 01, 1999 at 17:47:35 (EDT)
My husband, Joseph attended school with Drew - they were also good friends. Joseph has told me so many things about Drew, I only wish that I were as blessed by his friendship as so many others were. You are truly a wonderful mother and what a beautiful and moving tribute not just to your sons but their lives... their continuing impact on others. After visiting the website I was drawn to write something - It is short but I had to share it with you...... ..................SHADOWS..................... Alone though I appear- They are still beside me Memories possess their faces- they will forever guide me And as I fall they kiss me - and I know they will not be forgotten For they lift me with their wings- before I hit the bottom It is then that I realize-I will never walk alone as long as their love nurtures in my heart and kindness finds a home Elaine McPherson
Elaine McPherson <zenmelon@hotmail.com>
Tuscaloosa, AL USA - Saturday, May 01, 1999 at 15:19:32 (EDT)
I have just visited your site and thought it was wonderful. My son passed away last May8,1998 from a gunshot wound. It's been hard and some days are worst than others. Today was one of those days. I always try to visit different sites to try to find a way to get through the day. My son's name is Richie and I really miss him. He died at the age of 24. God Bless JoAnn
JoAnn Preen <angels73@webtv.net>
Easton, PA USA - Saturday, May 01, 1999 at 11:57:31 (EDT)
Hey Drew! I've been thinking about you every day. We're all still keeping in touch with each other. I still have the Sports Camp shirt you lent me. My little boy Dante likes to sleep in it. I miss you.
Joe McPherson <zenpickle@zenpickle.com>
Tusacaloosa, AL USA - Saturday, May 01, 1999 at 02:02:36 (EDT)
I viewed your web page and I really like it. We really don't understand how much we need someone until we look around and they are gone. God Bless you all!
Stephanie Evans <sevans@lee.k12.ky.us>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Wednesday, April 28, 1999 at 13:25:47 (EDT)
Dear Drew, Happy birthday to you our precious first born son. Although you are not here with us physically, we feel your presence as we celebrate the glorious day of your birth. I hope that you, Jeremiah, and all the other "Children of the Dome" are having a party today! The three of us miss both of you as much today as we did on the tragic day of your deaths. Love to you dear son, Mom, Dad and Jordan
Rosemary Smith <105660.633@compuserve.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at 19:35:44 (EDT)
Hi Rosemary, I just wanted to Know i was thinking about you on Drew's birthday. Happy Birthday Drew! Your mother is such an inspiration to us all, and i'm lucky i've got to know her. Love, CJ
cj schroeder <cjschroeder@webtv.net>
brooksville, fl USA - Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at 17:48:59 (EDT)
Dear Rosemary, Luther, and Jordan, We want you to know that we are thinking of you today on Drew's birthday. We know how much you love and miss Drew and Jeremiah and wish we could help take your pain away. Please know that we are always here for you. We lov e you and cherish our friendship. Hope the kids are having a big party today! Love you, Gam and Becky
Becky Greer <beckygreer@aol.com>
London, Ky USA - Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at 09:16:23 (EDT)
I heard of this through my sister Barbara Coldiron I'm very sorry about your loss.
Agnes Dalton <GRANNYAgnes@webtv.com>
Middletown , Oh USA - Wednesday, March 31, 1999 at 12:15:31 (EST)
This message is in memory of our son Denney Muscatelli who passed over June 20,1990 due to a severe heart attack .Today would have been his 46th Birthday and it is hard sometimes to believe he won't be calling on the phone or come walking into the room with that funny smile of his..And even though we know where he is doesn't make it any easier because we miss him here with us ....He has come thru to me on several occasions in what I call Night Visions and I could feel him, hear him just as if he were here in the flesh... And so his father and I and his seven sisters wanted to wish him love and peace and to know that someday we will all be together again ....Until then Denney See Ya....Much Love , Mum & Dad, Debbie,Shari,Vicky,Tracy,Jill, Jennifer & Chrissy..Happy Day every day.......
Anne Muscatelli <IslandAnnie@webtv.net>
Redlands , Ca USA - Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 01:35:53 (EST)
God, help u and hold u , your sons are with u, always. Thanks for telling your story, to help all that go thru this,u know we never lose anyone, they r always with us, and when we go, we will see them again! my heart feels for u! angel!
Evelyn <angel-ev@webtv.ne>
cape coral, fl USA - Sunday, March 28, 1999 at 06:00:20 (EST)
My oldest son David died on February 27 in a car accident. He was 22. I knew it COULD happen to me but didn't think it would. He had so much to live for.
Betty and Wayne <betty.mounts@gte.net>
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 17:32:19 (EST)
I cried reading the story of your sons. They seem so much like my only son, Jeremy. He was 18, and 10 days from graduating from school. He too, was very independent. Very trustworthy. I never had to worry, but of course I did. He passed in a car accident with no seat belts on. I just still want to know WHY. He was so excited about college and going off on his own to become an airline pilot. That was his goal since I can remember. Oh, God how I miss him. It will be a year May 24th. I just can't even believe it. Your story has helped, but I sure wish we weren't here to tell and read these stories. Thank You for the hope. Bless you all. Jeremy's Mom forever, Vicki.
Vicki <vwtrout@aol.com>
Gerlach, NV USA - Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 10:16:49 (EST)
Thank you for giving me a little inspiration.I just lost my 18 year old daughter Tammy in a tragic caraccident. I feel as if my life has stopped on that day.You was able to give me a little bit of hope and i don't feel so alone.
Birgit Alsup <alranger @msn.com>
Sheridan, IN USA - Saturday, March 13, 1999 at 21:22:57 (EST)
Dearest Denny, Even though your not here to laugh with or exchange those much welcome conversations over hot coffee, I feel your presence in things I do and I wish you peace and happiness where ever you are. Mom still seeks you out looking for a sign that you exist on some unrecognizable realm that escapes our human abilities. To be left with sweet memories is a gift we all give one another however, we wish for your touch and the sound of your voice or that familiar Sunday morning phone call that never comes now. Be with love and peace my brother for I will never stop remembering nor will I stop crying over the lonliness and longing that possesses my heart on these rainy days. Fly high and send a kiss and a wish my way sometime. To Dennis Muscatelli who left us in such a rush that I never got to say 'Good Bye' for now my friend and brother. I Love You and Miss You. Debby
Debby <d@womentowomen.net>
Banning, Ca USA - Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 13:25:58 (EST)
RO, I CAN'T SEEM TO REACH YOU. IF YOU READ THIS PLEASE CONTACT ME. THE MEMORIES OF THE BOYS GO ON. YOU SHOULD SEE ALL THE YELLOW BUTTERFLIES IN MY HOUSE. LOVE,SUSAN
SUSAN DAVIS <SDAVIS@JESSAMINE.K12.KY.US>
LEXINGTON, KY USA - Wednesday, March 03, 1999 at 18:41:52 (EST)
I read your tribute to your son's thru my tears. I lost my oldest child and only son July 1,1998, he was only 16 1/2. He was in a car accident, he hit a tree head on and lived for 50 mins at the hospital. He died before I got to the hospital. Michael had gotten his lisence only 2 months earlier. My last words to him were always "Put on your seat belt", except for that day, I didn't get a chance to say it. Michael only wore it when he knew I was looking. Nine months later I am still asking "WHY"? I have so much anger and guilt and I just yearn for one more moment with him. This has turned me into a bitter person and I fear that I am not there for my two younger daughters. My husband and I arn't here for each other either. I grieve every momement of my life. I miss Michael.
Debra Wallace <alanson@capeonramp.com>
West Barnstable, , MA USA - Sunday, February 28, 1999 at 17:53:50 (EST)
dear ro, how have you been? I was just checking in, it's been a while. not much news to speak of.oh! i did get my hair cut. really short!!!! i like it alot. people have been telling me i look 10 years younger. i should have done this years ago!! hope all is well and keep up the good work. you are such a treasure...love, jackie
jackie geier
richmond, ky USA - Friday, February 26, 1999 at 20:50:34 (EST)
I loved the poetry in the bereavement packet. Very comforting I lost my 14 year old daughter very quickly to meningoccal meningitis in May of 1998. She was an incredible young woman that brought so much love and continues to do so even in death. If you would like to see her there is a web site dedicated to her http://www.members.tripod.com/sharperweb/index.htm Thank you for sharing your grief
Shayla
Columbus, IN USA - Thursday, February 25, 1999 at 16:35:16 (EST)
Several days ago two students one in my sophomore class and one a junior were killed in a car accident. Everyone in my school took it very hard. If I was able to get the addresses of the families of Kaye Krogmann and Mark Bacon if you would send them the packet that you sent other families. It would mean so much to me. I know how it feels to lose loved one. My parents had full time jobs so my sister had to raise me. She died when I was only 12 and now I'm 16 and I still can't get over it.
Angela Mast <mastac01@maquoketa-v.k12.ia.us or andrayya@mailexcite>
Hopkinton, ia USA - Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at 15:01:25 (EST)
I met Drew during our sophomore year, when I first got involved in McCallie music. He was a wonderful person and a great guy to be around. I will never forget the day I received the phone call that he and Jeremiah had been killed. How is it that two young men so full of life could be taken like that? I traveled from Chattanooga to the funeral. The whole experience didn't seem real. I still think of them both often. A few years ago, I had a dream that a group of us from high school were walking one day in a field, but had lost our way. We were starting to panic, when this butterfly started flying in front of us, leading us to our proper path. I am sure that it was Drew's way of saying that he was always watching out for us.
Margaret Hebert UpDyke <meg@e-server.net>
Lakewood, OH USA - Monday, February 22, 1999 at 10:05:43 (EST)
Rosemary, I am a friend of Barbara Coldiron and she told me about your web page and I am glad she did. My sympathy goes out to you and your family. I have a daughter that is 20 and a Junior at M.S.U. and I can only imagine the pain of losing her. This web page is an example of a mother and father's love for their children. Thanks for sharing your memories with me. With Deepest Sumpathy, Lerraine McWhorter
Lerraine McWhorter <lmcwhort@mrtc.com>
Campton, KyKKy USA - Tuesday, February 02, 1999 at 09:43:50 (EST)
I CAME ACROSS THIS SITE BY LOOKING AT GEORGE ANDERSON'S SITE. I LOST A GOOD FRIEND IN JUNE OF 1996. IF I EVER MET AN ANGEL ON EARTH, IT WAS LEEZAH. I MISS HER SO VERY MUCH.I TALK WITH HER MOTHER EVERY SO OFTEN TO SHARE THE MEMORIES OF LEEZAH, AND SOMETIMES IT'S JUST SO HARD TO TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF WHY SHE IS GONE.ALTHOUGH, IT WILL SOON BE THREE YEARS SINCE SHE BEEN GONE, SHE LIVES IN OURS HEARTS FOREVER. I FOUND THAT BY TALKING WITH HER MOM, IT EASES SOME OF THE PAIN. I JUST COULDN'T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW MANY LIVES WERE TOUCHED BY LEEZAH, HER LAUGH,HER BEAUTIFUL SMILE, WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE TO SEE HER OR HEAR HER VOICE JUST ONE MORE TIME. THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL WEB SITE, AND THANK YOU GOD FOR LETTING US HAVE LEEZAH IN OUR LIVES EVEN THOUGH IT WAS FOR A SHORT TIME! WE ALL LOVE YOU & MISS YOU, LEEZAH. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU, & ALL THE PARENTS THAT HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN. THEY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
CJ
BROOKSVILE, FL USA - Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at 13:35:59 (EST)
Hi Rosemary I'm here at work and found your website. I check it often but never seem to have the time to send you a message. My parents have moved to Hilton Head ...maybe sometime we'll be there at the same time. Thank you for all support you helpful thoughts early on in my grief carries me overtime. You are a very special person.
gene nochta <4736 Ironbridge Dr. >
Lexinton, ky USA - Friday, January 22, 1999 at 13:27:32 (EST)
I'm 19 yrs old. April 23rd of 1998, I lost my best friend of 17 1/2yrs. It still kills me now to think about it. My friend, Eddie Martin, was my world. Not a day went by that I didn't think about him, and that was while he was alive. He was as close to me as a brother as one could ever be. I planned on including him in everything that I did and anticipated on doing. I was away at school when my mother called me and told me of my worst nightmare. He was killed in a car accident while racing a friend on the way home from work. Even though I shouldn't let it, it still bothers me that I had been away for so long, that we hadn't spoken in too long a time. I had planned on writing him a letter earlier that week but never got around to it. Now I have to wait even longer till I can speak with him again. I am glad,however, that there are web pages like this one and I love how it's set up and I think it's just great. I just wanted to tell my story and commend you on a wonderful job. God bless.
Jenn M. Longo <Virgo13JML@aol.com>
Medford, MA USA - Saturday, January 16, 1999 at 00:33:58 (EST)
Just catching up. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Love, Joyce
Joyce Tapia
Mobile, Al. USA - Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 00:29:21 (EST)
Rosemary and Luther,
ellaprater <ellaprater@hotmail.com>
Hindman, Ky USA - Thursday, January 07, 1999 at 09:40:32 (EST)
lost my son James L Minikus Jr. 12 May 1996 to a car crash
James L Minikus <minikus@tconl.com>
Omaha, Ne USA - Friday, January 01, 1999 at 20:28:16 (EST)
Dear Ro, I just wanted to wish you and yours a blessed and peaceful holiday season. These are the hardest times for all of us. Even as the years pass, and new memories are made, a piece of the soul is frozen in a time long past. It is only through faith, the strength of our angels, and friends like you, that make this painful journey more bearable. May 1999 bring you good health, new friends,a book deal,and above all love and peace. Hugs, Jackie
Jackie Geier <Bgeier@iclub.org>>
Richmond, KY USA - Thursday, December 31, 1998 at 20:26:34 (EST)
You have a really nice site,I know your pain. I suffered the greatest loss this past thanksgiving. It is not OK and it never will be. I am writing because I know that you will understand my pain. Someday I hope to build a tribute site, if I can only figure out how. If you have any suggestions please write. Again, you have made a beautiful memorial to your sons
Larry van Berkel <berkel.custom.millwork@on.aibn.com>
Stoney Creek, Ont Canada - Tuesday, December 29, 1998 at 18:37:35 (EST)

Rose, I hope you get to read this message. I have been to see George A. three times. This year I got to talk to Elaine Stillwell before the program in Louisville. We lost our son due to drowning in the Smokies. What is is really strange is, it was on July 23rd also. 1995. He was ten. His name was Matthew. We don't even know how it happened. We were right there and then he vanished. He has not come through to us from George. I don't know if I can ever find peace. He was all I had. I have no other biological children. I have three grown step daughters, but it just doesn't feel the same. The joy in life is gone. So now what. I know I'm not alone in this matter. So I guess we all just pull together and weep. You are in my prayers. rdeshone@juno.com
Roger DeShone <rdeshone@juno.com>
Mt. Juliet, Tn. USA - Sunday, December 27, 1998 at 22:53:06 (EST)
I really enjoyed your website, the music and pictures were so comforting. Our 18yr old son drowned during the first month of college on campus, four years ago. Things get a little easier as time goes by but this Christmas season I find myself missing my son even more so then in the past Christmas seasons. I tried all day today to find something on the internet written by a bereaved parent to help me throught the intense grief I have been feeling today, and then I found your site tonight. I'm sorry about your sons, I know they are as special to you as is my son to me. My prayers are with you as well as all the mothers and fathers who are missing their children tonight. May God bless you, and have a blessed Christmas. Rose
rose darling <mestep@imc2.net>
jackson., ms USA - Sunday, December 13, 1998 at 00:29:02 (EST)
WE KNOW HOW MUCH PAIN YOU MUST BE GOING THROUGH. SIX YRS AGO WE LOST OUR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER "MARISA" SHE WAS NINE YRS OF AGE. OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU AND TO ALL PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST THERE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. THANKS FOR YOUR WEBSITE.
MARCO AND DEBBIE VUOSO <FATHOMSP@AOL.COM>
SAN PEDRO, CA USA - Tuesday, November 24, 1998 at 02:10:00 (EST)
Dear Rosemary, The website of Drew & Jeremiah was something very special. As I was reading, so many memories started flooding my heart. I can remember the day Mom came home from work and told me and Jacqueline. I saw Mom come up the driveway and knew something had to be wrong because it was in the middle of the day. Mom said that we had to sit down; something terrible had happened. Drew and Jeremiah had died in a car accident! It was the most awful thing I had ever heard. I had never had anybody close to me die before, much less someone my age. Jeremiah (who was my age) and I had our differences when we were younger (by making fun of my disability), but about two or three months before his death, he came up to me and said "Lynda, I know I've done some mean things to you in middle school and I'm sorry for everything" That made me feel so wonderful and happy because that is all I ever wanted was an apology from him. That day he apologized to me was the last day I ever saw him. So at least the last memories I have of him were special. Losing someone close to you always brings things into perspective. Every year since their deaths, some young person in our hometown has died suddenly. But memories of those people always seem to get me through hard times. Six years have passed and sometimes it feels just like yesterday when the news was told to me. Rosemary, you will always hold a special place in my heart and I think of you so often. Love, Lynda Cable
Lynda Cable
Beattyville, Ky USA - Friday, November 06, 1998 at 14:59:35 (EST)
I truly enjoyed you website as a parent who recently lost a five year old daughter this August to an undiagnosed Wilm's tumor I found your memorial to your boys extremely touching. This is a road so few people travel and although the road right now has no light at the end it comforted me to know that there are other people who know and feel the pain and despair but are able to make something beneficial and comforting to all. Thank you
Cynthia Decker <deckerc@hartwick.edu>
Oneonta, NNny USA - Friday, November 06, 1998 at 09:23:30 (EST)
Hey, Mrs. Smith. I found this on a McCallie Students page, it's amazing. I can't wait to read the book. Love always, Katie
Katie vonWerssowetz <kvonwers@utk.edu>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Friday, October 30, 1998 at 16:13:35 (EST)
In loving memory of Drew and Jeremiah. This website is really a memorial to think about. We never know when it is going to happen to us. Luther, Rosemary and Jordon you are very special people and will always be in my heart and prayers. I was glad to see Jordon at LCHS. He is special.
Patty Gayle Moore-Heaton <pheaton@se-tel.com>
Beattyville, ky USA - Saturday, October 24, 1998 at 13:58:10 (EDT)
Dear Mrs Smith Ñ I came upon your extraordinary website quite by accident; however, I was deeply touched by what I found here. My stepson, Hal Cleveland Wilson III, graduated McCallie in the summer of 1990. He was the quarterback there his senior year, and I know your son, Drew, must have seen him play. Perhaps we have even met at one of those Friday night football games. I am sad to say that I never knew Drew or Jeremiah, though as we share the same family name, I wonder now if we might not be distant relatives. The photo of Drew reminds me of photos of myself when I was a junior and senior at Collegedale Academy. Hal's mother and I were divorced in 1992, and my world was in turmoil; the Lord was allowing the ship of my life to be stripped to the keel so that it could be rebuilt into a vessel with a purpose. Even so, I do remember Hal speaking of the loss of your precious sons, Drew and Jeremiah, and I know that it touched him as well. Speaking from experience Ñ my best friend was killed in a fiery wreck during spring break my senior year, 1977 Ñ it seems that it requires the death of a close friend for the realization of how special, fragile and fleeting this life is to penetrate the armor of a young man's bravado. Four years ago, I nearly lost my life in a climbing accident. A 40-foot fall left me with a crippled left arm and a renewed appreciation for life and the overwhelming desire to make something useful of it. Two years later, the Lord blessed me with a my first biological child, a son, Jefferson Eugene Thomas Smith Ñ I call him Jet. Though I love my stepson, Hal, and his younger sister, Elizabeth, who attended GPS, it is only with the arrival of Jet that I finally understand what my parents must have gone through whenever I was injured or sick. I was a fearless young man. In my youth I believed I would live this life forever and so took insane risks pursuing the thrill of life. As a young man in my twenties, I worked as a lumberjack because, besides being a high paying, physically demanding job, it was the most dangerous profession in America. What agonies of dread my parents must have suffered. Now, as a parent myself, I am drawn asunder every time Jet so much as bumps his head on a table corner. I watch him while he eats to be certain he does not choke on a piece of food. Often, at night, I will stand by his crib and count the rising and falling of his chest. He is a big boy, strong and blessed with great eye/hand coordination, and already I can see he has very little fear. My father warned me that my day would come and now I know the truth of it Ñ the days are here and I will have to watch my son try his wings and take many of the same foolish chances his father so nonchalantly took. Every day I wrestle with the prospect of someday having to bury my son, as you have buried yours. Just the thought of it and I feel the insanity of unfettered panic creep up to the edge of my conciousness. Should that day come, I only hope God will help me find the strength to do so with as much dignity, courage and compassion for those whose lot it is to trod the same path as you have displayed. God bless you, your husband Luther, and your son Jordan. Rejoice in the certain knowledge that Drew and Jeremiah will someday soon be reunited with those who knew and loved them, and those of us who now may only wish we could have. Peace of God.
Anthony E Smith <stratosmag@earthlink.net>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Saturday, October 17, 1998 at 10:07:12 (EDT)
Hello Rosemary, I was just checking to see if there was anything new on the website. As always it is a wonderful site to visit. I miss my family but I am feeling better here in FL. I told Dinah everyone was going to have to move here with me. I am anxious to get a copy of your book and I hope the other is going well. Take care, Regina "Previous" Fellow Editor, LAMENTATIONS
Regina Lynch <Thladeebug@aol.com>
Safety Harbor, FL USA - Thursday, October 15, 1998 at 23:27:18 (EDT)
GOD's Bless and Grace Thank You
Ray <ray10@twlakes.net>
tn USA - Sunday, October 11, 1998 at 21:03:20 (EDT)
Rosemary,you have done a beautiful tribute to your sons.Thank you for letting those of us that know you read it.You are a sweet person and I pray God will continue to wacth over you and your family.
Angela Whited <chowlyn@webtv.net>
Chattanooga, tn USA - Sunday, October 11, 1998 at 15:49:09 (EDT)
Rosemary,you are wonderful mother and I know you children love you alot.
Angela Whited <chowlyn@webtv.net>
Chattanooga, Tn USA - Sunday, October 11, 1998 at 15:38:15 (EDT)
Rosemary,you have done a beautiful tribute to your sons.Thank you for letting those of us that know you read it.You are a sweet person and I pray God will continue to wacth over you and your family.
Angela Whited <cholyn@webtv.net>
Chattanooga, tn USA - Sunday, October 11, 1998 at 15:26:43 (EDT)
I found your site and am getting ready to view the cherubs and read the stories. You have done a beautiful thing here in memory of your precious sons and I know many people will be blessed by it.
Sharon Davis <fcog@bright.net>
Sidney, Ohio USA - Thursday, October 08, 1998 at 21:51:43 (EDT)
I came upon you'r website by accident and it made me cry. However I do feel better I don't do it enough. I lost my oldest son Brandon 5,on 7/14/93 and my only little girl Brittany 3,on 7/17/93 We buried both of them together on 7/17/93. 7/18/93 Brittany would have been 4. it has been difficult to go on living. I feel you'r pain.
Tona Wolfe <acoach4u@mail.iamerica.net>
Lake Charles, La USA - Monday, September 21, 1998 at 13:57:15 (EDT)
Ihad to let you know that I share & understand your grief. I like you lost my two beautiful daughters Dec. 2 1996 together in a senseless auto accident. I was with them when they died, I was the driver of our car &was struck by a broken log trailor. My 14yr. old died instantly and my 16 yr. old lived only long enough for the med flight copter to land. I witnessed the devastating injuries my daughters suffered. Well I just wanted to let you know I truly understand how you feel. A parent's grief goes on forever in this life, but thank GOD that HE will wipe away our tears when HE brings us back together again when we join them in the next life. I await that day very impatiently sometimes but I KNOW that GOD will not keep us apart forever. You have my love and prayers always!!
Debbie Bayless <ta12180@aol.com>
Ward, Ar USA - Saturday, September 12, 1998 at 21:11:53 (EDT)
Just found the web site. I love it. Such a beautiful memorial for your sons. We lost our only child June 12, 1993. We are still trying to cope. I would love to have a web site in memory of our son, Christopher. My heart goes out to you and your family. Doris
Doris and Jimmy <jimmyw@getaway.net>
Waterloo, AL USA - Saturday, August 29, 1998 at 10:41:29 (EDT)
I must say it wonderful for someone to remember. People tend to not want to bring up a difficult subject so everyday becomes a little bit lonelier. You are truely my angel here on earth . You have always been that special person who suddenly entered my life and helped me get through very tough days. Somehow words just don't get to the core of emotions I am trying to communicate to you. Perhaps a simple thank you from my heart to your heart will do. Thank you Love Gene Nochta
gene nochta-- <4736 Ironbridge Dr.>
Lexington, ky USA - Monday, August 17, 1998 at 13:21:02 (EDT) 
I HOPE YOU ARE WITH MY SON JOHN KRAMER
joan kramer <kimbe@GATEWAY.COM>
MIDDLE ISLAND , NY USA - Thursday, August 13, 1998 at 20:58:03 (EDT) 
I think that it is wonderful. I'm working on reading your chapter in the book. And from what I've read it is beautiful. Even though when Drew and Jerimiah died, I was too young to understand and really know what had happened, to this day they both mean so much to me. And now when I think about it , I understand their death, but yet I don't. I wonder like you do, why? Why did it have to happen to them. But I always remember something I was told. If god takes them from this world, then there must be a reason, he needs them there, and he knows that's where they need to be. In your chapter I remember the song that you wrote the words to "Every Breath You Take". I read the words and for some reason it brought back memories of them to me, memories that I don't even remember having. One that I remember the most , was the one when I rode a horse with Drew. I think that it was the 1st horse I had ever been on, and I loved every minute of it. I still have a picture of me and Drew on that horse in my room. I just want you both and Jordan to know that I love you all so much. Even with everything that you have went through , you all are still the livest and most determined family I know. And you are so loving and generous, I truly appreciate that. You all have made me set a goal for myself. Before I die , I want to touch as many or almost as many lives as you all have touched, and have such a big impact on them. You are my idols and I will always look up to you. I love you so much. Love Always, Kristin
Kristin Smith <pretty_in_pink@alloymail.com>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Monday, August 10, 1998 at 17:08:28 (EDT) 

Hi. Just found my way to your website. You don't know me, but I wanted to tell you how sorry I am about your 2 sons. I lost my grandmother and a guinea pig and I was devastated, I can't even imagine what losing 2 sons is like! You turned their deaths into something very positive. By the way, Jordon turned out to be a very good-looking man (from the pictures). :-) - Good luck with everything.
Maggie <maggie321@hotmail.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Friday, July 31, 1998 at 17:46:01 (EDT) 


My heart goes out to you both on the loss of your sons, Drew and Jerry. When I start to feel sorry for myself, on the loss of mine, I will think of you also, and remember your obvious strength and try hard to carry on. I, too, have set up a memorial fund in his name and think that your idea is wonderful. My thoughts are with you. I still ask, how can this happen? Why does this happen?
Janine <Jan1107@aol.com>
Malverne , NY USA - Sunday, July 26, 1998 at 12:26:22 (EDT) 
Dear Luther , Ro and Jordan we think of you often and will always have you in our hearts. We did not know Drew and Jeremiah but just knowing that you were ther parents we know they were wonderful people. we love you guys and miss you.
Phil and Theresa Giordano <philg@icanect.net>
lighthouse pt., fl. USA - Friday, July 24, 1998 at 21:40:42 (EDT) 
Dear Rosemary - Just wanted to let you know my thoughts are with you today. It is so hard to believe another year has passed. I know it never gets easier to accept the unacceptable, but I am sure the boys are very proud of you, Luther and Jordan and all that you have accomplished in their names. Love, Carol
Carol Jenkins <EBCF66A@prodigy.com>
New Albany, IN USA - Thursday, July 23, 1998 at 15:08:01 (EDT) 
My dear brother Luther, Ro, and Jordon You and the boys have been in my thoughts so much this week. Words can't express the feelings that I have for you in your loss and our loss of Drew and Jeremiah. On this day,especially, I want to express my love to you,"Drew and Jeremiah". Love to all the family, Joan
joan tilford <gtilford@westky.com>
leitchfield, ky USA - Thursday, July 23, 1998 at 14:03:16 (EDT) 
My dear brother Luther, Ro, and Jordon
joan tilford <gtilford@westky.com>
leitchfield, ky USA - Thursday, July 23, 1998 at 13:31:10 (EDT) 
Dear Luther, Ro, and Jordan, We want you to know that we are thinking of you today and sending you our love. We're going to Lexington today and will place a red and a yellow rose at the cemetery for your beautiful sons, Drew and Jeremiah. Your friends, Gam and Becky
Gam and Becky
USA - Thursday, July 23, 1998 at 11:00:20 (EDT) 
Rosemary, Luther and Jordan are in my thoughts and prayers as we approach the dreaded day of July 23. Precious Drew and Jeremiah are remembered extra special this week. They have to be very proud of their parents and "little" brother, you continue to keep their beautiful memory alive, (and you have done a beautiful job in doing so). Wish I could give you a hug today. Love you, nancy
Nancy Hannon <Heimbrock@aol.com>
Louisville, KY USA - Monday, July 20, 1998 at 23:19:37 (EDT) 
What a wonderful tribute to Drew & Jeremiah! They have brought so many inspirations to so many people including us. You and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers. Your Butterflies are always with us, Erma and Joy
Erma & Joy Tirey <tntframe@se-tel.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Friday, July 17, 1998 at 19:38:19 (EDT) 
Rosemary, Finally able to connect to your site. I have been trying since we were at JIM picnic 98. We hve attended the last two years and are planning to be there next year. As many others have stated I love your Site and feel so connected with other parents who are living life one day at a time. Our 14 year old son died 02-13-96. As you know it seems an eternity/yesterday, since we have seen the twinkle in his eye or the warmth of his hug. I think that is why our connection with each other means so much. Thanks for sharing. Jan
Jan Greer <JaniAngel2>
Springfield, TN USA - Wednesday, July 15, 1998 at 01:08:36 (EDT) 
Rosemary, Finally able to connect to your site. I have been trying since we were at JIM picnic 98. We hve attended the last two years and are planning to be there next year. As many others have stated I love your Site and feel so connected with other parents who are living life one day at a time. Our 14 year old son died 02-13-96. As you know it seems an eternity/yesterday, since we have seen the twinkle in his eye or the warmth of his hug. I think that is why our connection with each other means so much. Thanks for sharing. Jan
Jan Greer <JaniAngel2>
Springfield, TN USA - Wednesday, July 15, 1998 at 01:08:33 (EDT) 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEREMIAH! through you and Drew your mom and dad have touched so many lives. I had the opportunity to meet them at J.I.M.'s Picnic this year, they are wonderful. Rosemary, I just heard the good news about your book! WAY TO GO, I knew you could do it. Keep up the wonderful work. I hope to get an autographed copy!! To you and all of the "Fellow Travelers" thank you for giving me the opportunity to know your children. I will always remember them! Your "Fellow Editor", Regina Lynch
Regina Lynch <rlynch@cc.cumber.edu>
Williamsburg, KY USA - Saturday, July 04, 1998 at 19:52:54 (EDT) 
Dear Luther, Rosemary and Jordan, This is the first time we had knowledge of this website. We are here at Cumberland College and are getting ready to go visit the dome at Cumberland Inn. We think of you all often and at some point would like to contact you. As always, Your friends, Warren and Sheila
Warren and Sheila Sproul <Nineof8@aol.com>
Houston, Tx USA - Friday, July 03, 1998 at 19:01:28 (EDT) 
Dear Jeremiah--Happy 21st birthday on July 4th sugar. Each firework that night will be symbolic of the intensity of our loss. Words cannot express how much Dad, Jordan and I miss you and Drew. Hope all your friends have a great party for you since we can't. Love, Mom
Rosemary Smith <105660.633@compuserve.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Wednesday, July 01, 1998 at 22:41:56 (EDT) 
Hello Rosemary! This is Barbara and Jessica Botner. We just finished looking at your pages and they are wonderful. Barbara says Jordan has turned into a handsome man. I say that Jordan needs to call me before I come down there after him. Relay the message if you don't mind. Barbara and Jessica
Barbara Coldiron <bcoldiron@se-tel.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Tuesday, June 23, 1998 at 20:30:08 (EDT) 
I LOVE MY @ ME ARESOS,MY SON WAS 16 WENT HE DIE.I WISH HAVE THOUGHT OF THIS MY SON IS MY ANGLE
CHERRY COTTLE <CCOTTLE@MACS.NET>
CHESAPEAKE, VA USA - Thursday, June 18, 1998 at 10:42:12 (EDT) 
Members of church family and friends of Merri Katherine Prater and her family.
Terry and Nancy Conley <terryconley@yahoo.com>
Hindman, KY USA - Saturday, June 13, 1998 at 00:55:06 (EDT) 
What a wonderful tribute to your sons. We lost our 7-yr old son, Christopher on March 24, 1998 due to viral complications after a successful piggyback heart transplant. We miss him terribly, but we also are trying to find ways to keep his memory alive. Any advice from you would be most helpful, if you can send us ideas... Can't wait for your Children of the Dome book! Thank you!
Maria Faller <LegoBeaver@aol.com>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Monday, June 01, 1998 at 22:25:04 (EDT) 
I cannot wait to read your book Children of the Dome. Your sons must be very proud of what you have done to memorialize them here. I lost my only son in a drowning accident on August 28, 1997 - Ricky was only 17. His father and I are struggling with this lloss for he was the joy in our lives. He was our only child and life lacks meaning since he is gone HOME. I was touched by your sharing of the yellow butterflys...so far I have not received any signs...perhaps I never will. Thank you for sharing.
Gail Byrd <gigi912@aol.com>
Prospect Heights, IL USA - Saturday, May 30, 1998 at 22:42:00 (EDT) 
Ro the cherub is SO precious. It means so very much. What ever would we do without you?The poem about the roses so dear to my heart.How true the analogy. Looking forward to seeing you all Lots of loveand gratitude
Eleanor <johnf93306@worldnet.att.net>
Rumson , NJ USA - Tuesday, May 19, 1998 at 19:09:09 (EDT) 
Dear Rosemary, Thank you for such a remarkable website. I found it at just the right time when I needed it. You have inspired me to open my heart and let the hope in. I lost my beautiful 13 year old angel Maria-Victoria 20 months ago. I know all your boys are so proud of you. Many thanks!
Lynda Boucugnani-Whitehead <DRLBW@aol.com>
Fayetteville, Ga USA - Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at 19:50:28 (EDT) 
Rosemary, I saw your web-page and I think it looks wonderful! Tell Jordan Lucas and I said Hi! Keep up the good work! Love, Andrea
Andrea Noe <acnoe@hotmail.com>
Beattyville , Ky USA - Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at 16:21:47 (EDT) 
Dear Rosemary, I visited your web site and thought it was lovely. I really miss you and Jordan. Love, MISSI
Melissa Dunaway <medunaway@hotmail.com>
Beattyville , KY USA - Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at 15:55:51 (EDT) 
Dear Rosemary,
Melissa Dunaway <medunaway@hotmail.com>
Beattyville , KY USA - Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at 15:54:00 (EDT) 
Rosemary, Hi. Its Lucas!!! I saw the page and it looks great!!! Andrea says hello too.
Lucas Dunaway <LDUNAWAY@hotmail.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at 15:32:26 (EDT) 
We are Dinah Taylor's Physical Therapy Clinic. We just wanted to let you know that we think Dinah's problem is in her head. Ha Ha! We just thought that we would say hello and best wishes on the book! Kentucky Physical Therapy Friends
Kentucky Physical Therapy <wburgpt@kih.net>
Williamsburg, KY USA - Tuesday, May 05, 1998 at 11:59:29 (EDT) 
Dear Rosemary,We just wanted you to know that we visit your son`s page almost every week. It is a special thing that you have done for them.I know that they can feel the love that you show for them.Michael`s murder has been the hardest thing for us to live with.We have to remember that we will be with our children again.Take care and hope to see you in June. David & JoAnn Westerman
David&JoAnnWesterman <dwesterman1@kih.net>
Trenton, Ky. USA - Wednesday, April 29, 1998 at 20:55:10 (EDT) 
Hi Ro! I haven't stopped in lately, and thought I should see what's up. The first thing I need to do is wish Drew a very happy belated birthday. That's what I get for staying away so long!!! What a sweet message,Mom! I;m sure he and Jeremiah celebrated together. How are you all? Basketball season is over,what now?!!!! As for myself, 22 more days of school!!!!Whew! Take care and give my love to your guys.Hugs,Jackie
Jackie Geier
Richmond, Ky USA - Wednesday, April 29, 1998 at 20:31:19 (EDT) 
Rosemary, I love how you wished Drew a Happy Birthday on the web page. Neat! What a tribute to your sons. You are a wonderful mom and I am sure all 3 of your boys are very proud of you. Love, Becky
Becky Greer
USA - Monday, April 27, 1998 at 21:49:10 (EDT) 
Dear Drew, Happy 24th birthday today sugar! Your birth was one of the happiest days of my life and your death eighteen years later the saddest. You live in the hearts of all who knew you. Your wonderful smile still beams brightly. Love, Mom, Dad, and Jordan
Rosemary Smith <105660.633@compuserve.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Monday, April 27, 1998 at 00:11:33 (EDT) 
Dear Rosemary, I can't tell you how many times we have visited your website! I even put in my favorite places folder. I was happy to see your new addition of books on grief, many of which I found to be especially helpful and touching.Every time I look at Jeremiah's picture it reminds me of Mark Jr. Love, Joyce
Joyce M. Tapia <MLTAPIA97@aol.com>
Mobile, Al. USA - Friday, April 24, 1998 at 01:14:07 (EDT) 
Dear Rosemary and Luther: Your website in memory of Drew and Jeremiah is a beautiful memorial to both your sons. Our hearts go out to you in your loss, and know that their love will continue to give you the strength to go on. As bereaved parents ourselves, we know how important it is to keep our child's/children's name(s) and memory(ies) 'alive'. Please see our website: http://home.earthlink.net/~saland/ for 'Loved and Remembered' memorial tributes (bumper-stickers, return address labels and note cards), and also to read "Odyssey of A Bereaved Parent" which contains my writings/poems since our daughter's death. Take care of yourselves and know that you're in our thoughts. Warmly, Debbie and Norm Landsman
Debbie and Norm Landsman <saland@earthlink.net>
Mission Viejo, CA USA - Monday, April 20, 1998 at 21:20:26 (EDT) 
Lost my oldest son, David, in a car accident December 2, 1997. He would have been 21 December 17. So empty without him.
Joy Whitten <joy@vytech.com>
Anderson, SC USA - Monday, April 20, 1998 at 10:25:58 (EDT) 
We finally found your site, by the link in your letter. Its a remarkable site, created by an incredible person. I cried, thinking of Drew and Jeremiah, and you and Luther, and JOrdan. You are such wonderful people and were so special to us when we were in Beattyville, and such a support when Margaret was sick. I cannot, and probably will never, come to terms with why God would will that you should have to bear the burden of such a loss. Maybe the work you have done since their death, and the support you give to so many others who have suffered such a loss is the answer.Love, tom
tom hickey <tomandmarg@webtv.com>
longview, wa USA - Sunday, April 19, 1998 at 00:58:32 (EDT) 
Your site is very beautiful and a loving tribute to your two sons. How sorry I am for your loss. I lost my only daughter last Feb.13/97 . She was killed in a crosswalk in front of her school by a speeding driver. I have included her website if you want to visit her. I would love to her your comments. My e-mail address has changed from what is listed on the page. The loss of a child is so immense. Tributes like yours, mine, and so many other parents help to honor these beautiful lives that graced this earth. Nancy Cameron nancy_cameron@bc.sympatico.ca
Nancy Cameron <nancy_cameron@bc.sympatico.ca>
Vancouver, B.C. Canada - Saturday, April 18, 1998 at 03:19:38 (EDT) 
I love the picture of Jim and am looking forward to reading the book. Hope you're feeling better.
Elaine Perkins <www.trunkofcar.honda>
Williamsburg, KY USA - Monday, April 13, 1998 at 21:27:46 (EDT) 
I love the picture of Young Jim on the Pegasus and I'm so proud of my sister's work on Young Jim's portrait!
Lois Taylor <can't remember or ltaylor@cc.cumber.edu>
Williamsburg, KY USA - Monday, April 13, 1998 at 21:25:17 (EDT) 
Rosemary, What a surprise to see Scott's face appear on my computer screen. His symbol is so appropriate too. I know he is he is aware of how much he is missed and still loved. Thanks for being such a good friend to mom... and for helping all of us keep the memories alive. The dome is a beautiful tribute to what we have all lost.
susan shannon <ssshiva@aol.com>
lexington, ky USA - Saturday, April 11, 1998 at 18:09:23 (EDT) 
Rosemary- what a surprise to vist George Anderson's website and find the link to your amazing page - what fortunate boys they were to have been your sons. Thanks again for the packet and I am trying to send you a picture of Sean - they are just so hard to go through still. May God continue to asist you in all you do Kelley (mom to Sean forever)
Kelley Matthews <Kdidmatt@aol.com>
Malibu, CA USA - Saturday, April 11, 1998 at 18:03:07 (EDT) 
Rosemary, May the Lord heal your hurt. I am so very sorry for the terrible trial you have to endure. Your web site is a beautiful memory of your boys. Thank you for sharing them with me. Barb Wallace
Barb Wallace <RBW92@prodigy.net>
Westport, MA USA - Friday, April 10, 1998 at 12:28:30 (EDT) 

I love all the new pictures... I encourage everyone to look at the drawings of Wayne Taylor under children of the dome and find the one that has a shadow of a cross in the picture. This is such a wonderful web page and changes constantly. Rosemary, your're the best!
Dinah Taylor <dinah@cc.cumber.edu>
Williamsburg, KY USA - Thursday, April 09, 1998 at 14:12:04 (EDT) 
Rosemary, Thank you for writing me back. I feel such a connection with you and others who have lost a child. No
one really understands unless they have been through it themselves. I hope to see you and others at the JIM picnic this year. In their memory, Beth Russell Casey's memorial page; http://members.aol.com/fcr10/index.html
Beth Russell <BZR10@aol.com>
Helena, Al USA - Wednesday, April 08, 1998 at 20:22:19 (EDT) 
Dear Rosemary, Your website is wonderful. I am Dinah's sister-in-law, Regina's mother-in-law and Wayne Taylor is married to my twin so I feel a great connection to your project. I am looking forward to the book and seeing you again at the dedication of the pictures at Dinah's picnic. You Fellow Travelers are so strong and an inspiration to us all. Thank you for all your hard work and giving Wayne the opportunity to do the paintings for you.
Kathy Lynch <lynchk@novell.wburg.k12.ky.us>
Williamsburg, KY USA - Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 13:25:31 (EST) 

Your site is precious. You are a courageous lady, Rosemary. God is using you in a tremendous way!
Joan Sullivan <sullivan@chattanooga.net>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Saturday, March 14, 1998 at 20:40:26 (EST) 
Rosemary, I visited your website again today and what a joy to see Stephen's little face come up on the screen followed by Buzzy, Todd, and Kami. Thank you for helping keep the memories of our precious children alive. You are truly an inspiration to so many and I know your boys are very, very proud of their mom. Love you, Becky
Becky Greer <wgreer7778@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, March 14, 1998 at 17:09:26 (EST) 
Rosemary,this web site is great. I want to take your Idea and run with it. I lost my 4 year old daughter and My Mother in the same automobile accident. The Lord didn't take my oldest daughter, she is a blessing. This web site is a blessing too. God Bless you. I will find out more about your book.Thanks...
Shermalene Tucker <saddle@creative-net.net>
Leitchfield, KY USA - Friday, March 13, 1998 at 23:48:25 (EST) 
Hello Rosemary, The website is wonderful. I hope to get to meet you at JIM's picnic. I want an autographed copy! PLEASE! Lamentations "Fellow Editor", Regina Lynch
Regina Lynch <dinah>
w'burg, ky USA - Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 17:21:40 (EST) 
Mrs Rosemary, I love this webpage and look forward to hearing from you again and to meeting Jordon- Margaret
Margaret Tapia <MargieT857@aol.com>
Mobile, Al USA - Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 17:13:13 (EST) 
Dear Rosmary,I didn't have a computor the last time I talked to you,but now I do. And I'm so glad.I love your web page in memory of your boys.You know sometimes we feel so all alone in our grief until we look into the faces of other beautiful children,who like ours have passed over,and then we are reminded,"No we are not alone." And neither are they.And then we realize we are truly blessed,for we will BE with our loved ones again.And it will be for Eternity.And for that I am so very thankful.And I am also so thankful to have met you and Dinah,you have really been an inspiration to me.Again Thanks.
Pat Root <pats@kih.com>
Manchester , Ky USA - Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 09:38:40 (EST) 
Rosemary, I just spoke to you 5 minutes ago, and here I am!Seeing Gretchen's face appear on the screen took my breath away! What you have done here is truly amazing. Thank you for keeping the memories of our children alive, and for being such a dear friend. Love to you all, Jackie
Jackie Geier <rlgeier@kih.net>
Richmond, KKY USA - Monday, March 09, 1998 at 19:46:33 (EST) 
This is another way we know Young Jim will never be forgotten. Thank you so much for including him. Love, Jim and Dinah
Jim and Dinah Taylor <dinah@cc.cumber.edu>
USA - Monday, March 09, 1998 at 18:03:30 (EST) 
I met you the weekend of JIM's picnic and the dedication of the Children's Dome. I lost my Stephanie in late Oct. to a madman serial killer. She was 21. You and Dinah and others like you continue to inspire me to try to keep surviving. I hope to be able to drive up to the next JIM picnic. Your webpage is truly wonderful. Thanks.
Mary Kate Gach <marykategach@Compuserve.com>
Birmingham, AL USA - Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 21:59:10 (EST) 
Rosemary, you have done a wonderful job with your web page. It is such an inspiration. My daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Bryan Luffman were killed by a drunk driver on December 22, 1993. The "Dome" and "Lamentations" as well as the friendships from all our fellow travelers is such a comfort to me. Thank you for sharing and helping us all to travel this path and keep our children's memory alive.
Martha Norsworthy <martha.norsworthy@murraystate.edu>
Murray, KY USA - Friday, March 06, 1998 at 17:50:21 (EST) 
Rosemary, I can barely see through my tears as I try to write this. You have done a remarkable job. What wonderful boys you have, all three of them. As a bereaved parent, I know how difficult putting this page together must have been. Difficult but still so very very rewarding. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. You are indeed a role model for anyone who has lost a child. Thank you!! Peace and love to you always, Helen
Helen M. Fisher <HFisher41@aol.com>
Bend, OR USA - Friday, March 06, 1998 at 10:00:36 (EST) 
Rosemary,you have done a beautiful job once again! I am just so impressed with your loving tribute to your sons and family . You are truely an angel of comfort and courage to all of us.thank you for sharing so much of yourself ... love ,LuAnn
LuAnn Burnett <cburn@burnettroofing.com>
Lexington, Ky USA - Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 15:30:49 (EST) 
Rosemary, we just found out about your website through Dinahs newsletter. I can't tell you what knowing Dinah has meant, and through Dinah knowing about your Drew and Jeremiah. We have both read the books you sent. It takes special people to do the things you and Dinah do, and we are so thankful for your stength and caring. When we lost Todd, we met Dinah almost instantly, three weeks after, and have considered ourselves very fortunate to have found her and you. We truly did not know what we were going to do without Todd. Your website is inspirational. All our best. Steve and Janice Tully
Steve and Janice Tully <sinsheep@mis.net>
Danville, KY USA - Tuesday, March 03, 1998 at 23:34:03 (EST) 
Hi Rosemary and Luther. Eddie and I love your web site. You all have found another way to reach out to everyone who has had a loss in their lives. Thanks for your inspiration. Love, Eddie and Pam
Pam Freundorfer <freundorfer@worldnet.att.net>
Lexington, KY USA - Tuesday, March 03, 1998 at 21:14:26 (EST) 
What a wonderful surprise it was to find out about this web site. It seems there is not a day that goes by that I do not think about the boys. The pictures are great. They bring back many childhood memories of my own. Drew and Jeremiah were like brothers to me. I am comforted by the fact that I know there will come a time when we will see each other again. Hope to see everyone over the Easter break. --Will
Will Smith <will.smith@mail.house.gov>
Washington, DDC USA - Monday, March 02, 1998 at 18:41:42 (EST) 
You have a beautiful memorial for your sons.. I am so sorry for your loss.. I too have lost a child only she died after birth at a few hours old..... I know that your boys will always be sitting on your shoulder and watching out for you all the time Katie
Katie <JrMedic@aol.com>
Dover, NH USA - Monday, March 02, 1998 at 11:28:20 (EST) 
We lost our middle son, Michael, in June of 1995 at the age of 21. The world has been robbed of our children's wonderful contributions towards making this a better place. Now it is up to us to carry on their legacy. This beautiful web site and your book will do exactly that. You are an inspiration to all bereaved parents. Thank you.
Kathy Corrigan <KJCor@aol.com>
Poughkeepsie, NY USA - Sunday, March 01, 1998 at 12:34:32 (EST) 
I put this site in my "favorite place folder", it truly is a beautiful memorial to Drew and Jeremiah. The love generates through and thank you for sharing this with us. The dome is a wonderful memorial, I wish I could see it in person. It's been 15 months since my daughter and son died and seems just as difficult as ever, but they tell me the pain will ease over time! You are in my prayers, and thanks again for sharing this with us.
Roe Hocker <rhock293>
Glenolden, PA USA - Saturday, February 28, 1998 at 23:28:32 (EST) 
This is a beautiful tribute to two beautiful young men, who have blessed your lives and will always be with you. We recently lost our son Jason, in a tragic Automobile accident. WE know what you are going through. The webssite will always keep them alive for all to see and know about them. We also have a memorial at the the website, virtual-memorials.com. Over 400 memorials are at this site. you may wanat to add your pages to this site as well. Our hearts go out to you and we must remember that our children live on through us and we must do everything we can to ensure this. God Bless you, Gwen and Jerry
Jerry & Gwen Minkin <jerry12@aol.com or gwenjerry@juno.com>
Manalapan, nj USA - Friday, February 27, 1998 at 10:59:38 (EST) 
This is beautiful. I loved the poems & stories...very inspiring & comforting. We lost our lovely 21 yr old son, Ben, in an auto accident only a month ago, but my husband also lost both brothers in accidents in 1974 & 1976, so we are suffering all over again. God Bless You all. Kathy
Kathy Sawicki <sawicki@dynamite.com.au>
Canberra, Australia - Tuesday, February 24, 1998 at 00:11:22 (EST) 
What a wondurful tribute to your two sons. I lost my two children in separate auto accidents in 1994 and 1997. I also created a tribute web site for them. http://www.nets.com/crespin It was the best therapy for me. I cannot imagine losing them at the same time I know losing two is so so difficult, but to lose them at the same time is unimaginable My prayers are with you and may God protect you and your family Love and Peace Ron crespin
Ron Crespin <rcrespin@nets.com>
Santa Fe, NM USA - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 15:19:36 (EST) 
This website is a wonderful tribute to your boys. I knew Drew at McCallie. I enjoyed his friendship, his sense of humor, and his love of music. In the years since, I have witnessed the generosity you have shown to the school in sharing your memories. I am so glad to see that you have found a way to channel your grief into helping others deal with their losses. I hope that this book will find its way into the hands of those who need to know that there are others who have lost and have found a way to continue without their loved ones.
Kevin Newman <knewman@chattanooga.net>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 01:46:23 (EST) 
I enjoyed reading the excerpt from your book. I can see how this can touch the lives of numerous people in diverse situations. I feel I have gained a bit of wisdom from your story. Thank You. May God continue to be with us all!
Ivan Spencer <ispencer@kih.net>
London, KY USA - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 00:01:48 (EST) 
Our hearts are full - so touched by your friendship - all stemming from one heartfelt phone call in 1993 when we bonded instantly. The path we have walked together in the following years has led to so many beautiful friendships, inspiring projects, and happenings beyond our wildest dreams. Celebrating the lives of our children, our Peggy and Denis and your Drew and Jeremiah, has been such a positive, uplifting experience for us. The "Children of the Dome" live on in our hearts and truly make a difference in the world. Thank you, Rosemary, Luther, and Jordan, for such love and inspiration, generosity and caring - definitely helping the Lord touch bereaved hearts. Love, Elaine and Joe Stillwell
Elaine and Joe Stillwell <elainestillwell@worldnet.att.net>
Rockville Centre, NY USA - Sunday, February 22, 1998 at 15:43:19 (EST) 
The Web-Site is great - what a wonderful tribute to two wonderful boys - who are thought of often - can't wait to read the whole book - the first chapter was great! Will see you soon - - Greg
Greg Mays
Beattyville, KY USA - Friday, February 20, 1998 at 00:34:39 (EST) 
Rosemary, Luther and Jordan, What a wonderful tribute to your beautiful sons and all our children. I feel the world is a better place for the short time they were with us. Think what it could have been! You are an inspiration to all the lives you have touched in the past 5 1/2 years. I doubt if Dee, Dennis or I would have ever made it through that darkest hour without your love, prayers, and support. Love from the Carpenters (DCarpen713@aol.com)
Judy Carpenter <jcarpent@oldham.k12.ky.us>
La Grange, KY USA - Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 14:40:31 (EST) 
Sendil Krishnan told me about this site, and I had to check it out. I found out about Drew and Jeremiah's death right before I boarded the plane to Germany for a year. I have regretted missing the funeral and losing contact ever since. Gradually we've been getting back in touch with each other throught the internet and are recreating our bonds from McCallie and GPS. It's been hard for many of us to face their deaths. During the class reunion this past year many of us were together in a hotel room: Dan Updike, Margaret Hebert, Sendil, Jeff Martin, Kevin Newman, my wife and myself, Ted Webster, and Erin. Sendil pulled out a photo album with all our old pictures that we haven't seen in over five years. When we got to the pictures of Drew, we all grew silent. Most of us never had a chance to actually face what had happened. Up until then it was some dream, a nightmare, that didn't exist in the real world. Thank you so much for putting up this site. I remember Drew having some of those childhood pictures in his room. Jeff Martin has a site dedicated to Drew (www.cococo.net/pub/jeffrey), and I have a link to this site on my McCallie page (www.bama.ua.edu/~mcphe002/mccallie.htm). We all thank you for creating this site.
Joseph McPherson <zenpickle@hotmail.com>
Tuscaloosa, AL USA - Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 14:32:24 (EST) 
ENJOYED YOUR PAGE, WAITING FOR THE BOOK!
Chris Siler
Williamsburg, KY USA - Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 14:14:53 (EST) 
The site is beautiful and emotionally moving. We wish you both love and peace and thank you for the happiness you have brought into our lives by just knowing you and by letting us know Jordan. This message is " A GIFT FROM A FLOWER TO A GARDEN."
Darryl and David Ifkovic
Roxbury, CT USA - Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 10:44:08 (EST) 
You did an excellent job constructing your site. I plan to visit again.
Donnie Grimes <donnieg@cc.cumber.edu>
Williamsburg, Ky USA - Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 10:43:46 (EST) 
The Web-site looks great! The pictures sure did bring back a lot of wonderful and happy memories. I'm sure Drew & Jeremiah are looking down at their Mom, Dad, and little brother with a lot of pride. By the way, will we get a "family discount" on our signed copy of your book? Love, Gary & Karen
Gary & Karen Cox <ggary@nr.infi.net>
High Point, NNNNnc USA - Monday, February 16, 1998 at 17:50:44 (EST) 
Rosemary, Thank you for sharing your web page with us at Bank One. It is a very loving memorial. We wish you well in publishing your book.
Maria Woods/Ginger Stech <Ginger_Stech@mail.bankone.com>
Lexington, KY USA - Monday, February 16, 1998 at 17:02:41 (EST) 
rosemary, everything is so beautiful. i look at you and get inspiration on how to manage my time with Moriah. i am so glad i have gotten to meet you and your family! i can't wait to read the book. please send me an e-mail when it comes out.
autumn <johnson@catt,com>
ringgold, ga USA - Sunday, February 15, 1998 at 23:06:52 (EST) 
LOVE THIS WEB SITE, Will be looking at it often, and looking forward to reading your book. you have so much courage, and love for everyone. There will be a big reunion in Heaven someday..........
Billy + Lesa Caudill <billyc@tgtel.com>
Beattyville, KY USA - Sunday, February 15, 1998 at 22:41:58 (EST) 
Rosemary and Luther, We see now why you were so busy. This is a beautiful tribute to your sons. Love, Ella and Hugh Frazer.
Ella & Hugh Frazer <HFsails@AOL.com>
Toronto, Ont Canada - Saturday, February 14, 1998 at 14:35:58 (EST) 
The web page is wonderful, a beautiful tribute to Drew & Jeremiah.Yours,Luthers and Jordans courage is remarkable. Everybody here says hello,hope to see youins soon, Love,John,Vivian,Kristin,Kathryn,Kelsey
John Smith <john.s.smith@mailexite.com>
Beattyville, Ky USA - Thursday, February 12, 1998 at 22:24:36 (EST) 
Your wed page is great! I am so proud of you! You are an inspiration to us all. I can't wait to see the book in print. Love, Beverly
Beverly <bbdonan@mcc-uky.campus.mci.net>
Hanson, KY USA - Wednesday, February 11, 1998 at 22:37:09 (EST) 
Thank you so much for your packet and for returning my call. We bereaved parents do have so much in common. As I said in our conversation, it is a club that no one wants to join. I look forward to our new friendship. God bless you and your family. I see that we also share the Episcopal faith. I look forward to talking again.
Fr. Earl and Carol Sias <whisper.time@juno.com >
Murfreesboro, TN USA - Tuesday, February 10, 1998 at 23:54:42 (EST) 
I really like the wonderful web page. Tell Hotty, Luther and Jordan that I send my best. Sincerely Jim Taylor
Jim Taylor <dinah@cc.cumber.edu>
Williamsburg, Ky USA - Tuesday, February 10, 1998 at 20:11:55 (EST) 
Rosemary good luck with your book. We hope everyone can find their middle. Wayne and Sharon
Wayne and Sharon Perkins
Williamsburg, KY USA - Sunday, February 08, 1998 at 19:30:58 (EST) 
You should be up here in th NORTH no snow,mild weather just like the southland used to be.Rosemary this webpage is fantastic.What a moving tribute to two beautiful children.See ya soon ya all.Miss you both(and Jordon also)
Arthur and Eleanor Foss <Johnf93306@worldnet.att.net>
Rumson, NJ USA - Sunday, February 08, 1998 at 15:33:50 (EST) 
Dear Rosemary - What a beautiful tribute to two fine young men! Your courage in sharing your story will be an inspiration and lifeline to many. Carol
Carol Jenkins <EBCF66A@prodigy.com>
New Albany, IN USA - Sunday, February 08, 1998 at 08:05:39 (EST) 
Dear Rosemary, I am anxious to read the book... the pictures are wonderful. I hope you are feeling better. I hope you will be able to come to the wedding... May 24, Jim and Dinah's anniversary. Would you like to be a flower girl? Dinah is going to sing. Luther can light the candles... You are in my thoughts so often and I hope you will consult a doctor if problems arise. (They are good for something) Thank you for all you do for everyone Love, Elaine PS I'll show you my scar if you will show me yours! I
Elaine Perkins <None>
Williamsburg, KY USA - Saturday, February 07, 1998 at 18:49:42 (EST) 
You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for making sure our children are not forgotten. We would like to extend a personal invitation to everyone to visit the dome at the Cumberland Inn. It is a wonderful play to stay... knowing that you are being protected by the angels as you sleep.
Jim and Dinah Taylor <dtaylor@cc.cumber.edu>
Williamsburg, KY USA - Saturday, February 07, 1998 at 13:12:23 (EST) 
It looks great, and will be visiting again soon. Good job.
Gam & Becky Greer <wgreer@aol.com>
London, Ky USA - Friday, February 06, 1998 at 18:34:59 (EST) 
Memories


Paula and I pray for all of you daily and think of you often. I want to tell you how much Drew and Jeremiah meant to me and sports camp. I did not know Drew as well, but my experiences with him were always positive. Drew was sensitive, responsible and very polite. Of course, all the time Jeremiah spent with us made him a favorite. Jeremiah was delightful; he was a good athlete and great sport. I really appreciated his trustworthiness and eagerness to have a good time. Jeremiah was mischievous but knew where to draw the line, and he was ALWAYS respectful of me, counselors and fellow campers. I think of Jeremiah often. He was a model camper, a boy who was fun to be with; he always asked permission, played hard, respected others and enjoyed people. His attributes made him different and special from most boys. I believe your boys were very fortunate to have parents that provided them with so many great opportunities and experiences.

With your approval, McCallie Sports Camp would like to give a Smith Award in honor of Jeremiah and Drew. The award would go to the sports camper who has won the most sportsmanship and MVP awards combined during the session. The "Smith Award" would be our top camper award. The camper who wins the award will receive a plaque, and his name will be engraved on a plaque that will hang in the game room during camp and in my office during the year. This award would help us honor and always remember your boys as great sports campers. I hope you will approve.

John and I have been looking for the negative of the photo you mentioned of Jeremiah, and we have not found it. We will continue to look.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you, and if there is anything we can do for you please call. Take care.

Mike Wood


 It has been five and a half years. Many things have happened during these five and half years. Time usually makes people forget, good and bad; yet I never have forgotten and never will forget my two good friends, Drew and Jeremiah.

Drew and Jeremiah are like my two brothers, two younger brothers that I always wanted to have. We've had such good times together, but how time flies when you are having a good time. When they left us five and a half years ago, I not only lost two good friends, but also two brothers who are a part of my life which I could never have again. I think of Drew and Jeremiah often, I have even seen them in my dreams. I will never forget their smiles in my dreams. I know now that they are in a place, happy and peaceful. I also know now that they will forever watch over us and will always be remembered by those whose lives they have touched. I am thankful that they were a part of my live, a most memorable part.

I will always remember Drewís smile, that ďsignatureĒ smile. I remember that day when he introduced himself to me in the library on McCallie school campus, he had that smile. I remember when he played football with Jeremiah, Jordan and me upstairs in the attic and he scored a touch down, he had that smile. I remember that day when we took a ride to Lexington in his new red Miata, he had that smile. I remember that day when he graduated from high school, he had that smile. Whenever I saw him with Erin, he always had that smile. That smile can make everyone's darkest days seem brighter. Drew was probably the nicest and most easy-going person I have ever seen. Drew was unique. He was sincere, friendly, and hard working, and always had a passion for rock and roll. I never have any doubts that he would one day become a famous rock star. Before I came to the U.S., I never really knew any American bands. It was Drew who introduced me to Led Zeppelin, Guns Ní Roses, AerosmithÖ To this day, whenever I hear a song by Guns Ní Roses, I would see Drewís smile before my eyes.

Anyone who has ever met Jeremiah will probably never forget him. He was always beaming with warmth, energy and talent. In fact, he had so many talents that I had a hard time imagine what he would be when he grows up. But I knew everything is possible, a successful businessman, a top sports star like Tiger Woods, although not just in golf, but in many other sports such as skiing or basketball as well, or a rock star. Jeremiah loved his drums and he was an excellent piano player. He was such a quick learner and probably one of the smartest person I have ever seen. Once I saw him doing algebra homework and I taught him a few tricks, he grasped those in less than five seconds while some of the students I tutored in college never did grasp those concepts. Jeremiah had such an out-going, witty and charming personality that no one could forget. I remember the day when he rushed downstairs to greet me. I remember that Fourth of July, at his birthday party, I was sick, he came to see me with many of his friends. I remember all the fun we had in New York City with his best friend JohnÖ

I was in denial for a quite a while when Drew and Jeremiah left us. I could not believe that they have left us. And then I was very depressed and very sad. I did not know what to think, what to do or what to say, just very sad. Over the years, I gradually learned to understand, but I still constantly missed them. Drew and Jeremiah, and their love for live have inspired me in so many ways. Now I understand that Drew and Jeremiah never really left us, they are still among us. Their presence is everywhere. Their smiles live on, in our memories and will always be a part of our lives.

Fong Zhu


How and when does one define the loss of innocence? How do you narrow down a period of time when you go from being a child to a man? When you realize there is a bigger world out there than your little universe?

My name is Sendil Krishnan and I can do it, I can define the single moment in my life when my world changed. It was July 23, 1992, when one of my closest friends in the whole world died. His name was Drew Smith.

It truly was the best of times. In May of 1992, we graduated from high school. It wasnít just a normal graduation. Drew, myself, and over a hundred of our friends were leaving the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. For three years, we all hung out in the dorms, becoming more than friends, becoming brothers. We all knew more about each other than some of us even wanted to. By May, life for Drew and myself was at one of the highest points it had ever been. We were both headed for wonderful schools, Drew to Rhodes, myself to Johns Hopkins. We were both dating wonderful people and although I hadnít realized it at the time, Drewís love for Erin was beyond anything I had known. And it was time to go.

As I said in May, we graduated. A bittersweet experience, and I donít remember if I understood what it would mean, how we wouldnít be a daily part of each otherís lives. Afterwards, we kept in touch. I talked to Drew at least once a week, and in June, I saw him again when I visited Chattanooga. He was with Erin still, and they seemed happy. We spent time together and on my last night, we said our good-byes. However, the next day we bumped into each other while visiting McCallie, just a passing hello. No formal good-byes this time, maybe a wave. It was the last time I saw him. In July, Drew called me often. He was nervous, and something was going on regarding Erin. She was visiting him and one night he called me about something important. I never returned that call. I myself was going to India for a family vacation. It was my little world remember? I could always talk to Drew after I got back in August. It wasnít until I returned to the States that I found out Drew asked Erin to marry him. At some point on some day, my parents told me. Someone called my house and talked to someone who called my family in India and they told me. Drew was killed in a car accident.

I remember closing my eyes and hurting and then locking it all away. I remember thinking I had to hold it together, for everyone elseís sake. I would be home two weeks later, and someone would need me to be there for them. I never once thought I would need someone. I would need someone because my best friend was dead. I didnít want to deal with it. I didnít. Two weeks later, I returned home. Drew was dead and so was his brother. The funeral had happened. All of his friends had mourned, and I was not there. I wasnít there for him. I donít know what happened that month of August. All I thought of was Drew. I isolated myself from everyone in high school. I wanted to just get away. Drew was my friend, my best friend, my brother. And he was gone.

I couldnít wait until college started. It would be a chance for me to start life over. It was denial, pure and simple. But what was I to do? Drew and I had gone to prom together. I was there when he and Erin first went to dinner together. Nothing would be the same. That first semester, I hurt. Every second of every day, I thought of him. In time, the hurt grew less, and I was able to get on with my life. I talked again to my high school friends and to Erin and I put things back together. In time, I made peace with Drew and his memory and his death. And now five and a half years later, I am writing this. I am not the same, and I will never forget him. How can someone understand that someone older than you will now and forever be at an age while you get older and experience life?

I have never visited Drew and his brother, Jeremiah, where they are buried, and someday, I will. I talk to his family more often, and it hurts less than it did. A picture of Drew and Erin is on my desk, and Iíve had it ever since I began school. He was my friend. I miss him.

Sendil Krishnan


The passing of lives and friendships can be a struggle that no one ever seems to get over. I suppose after quite a long time there is a need to go with what happens and take one day at a time. I donít think that I could grasp the thought of someone my age dying. It doesnít seem right. At least I can say that, others donít have the choice.

It was early one morning in July. The phone rang and my dad answered it in the other room. I couldnít hear what he was saying except a muffled, "Iíll tell her, sheíll be fine, donít worry." As I heard my dad hang up the phone, I began to get this terrible feeling in my stomach. I turned around to see my dad standing in the doorway of my room, his face was as pale as a ghost. As he sat down on my bed I could sense that something was not right. I canít ever remember seeing my dad the masculine person that he is, looking so scared. I remember him saying, "Joy, if there was ever a time in my life that I didnít feel that I could tell you something, it would be right now." I replied, "Dad you know that you can tell me." Dad said, "There was something bad that happened this morning. Two of your friends were in a car accident and things arenít good." I looked at him and said, "Dad, please tell me who it is. Are they going to be alright?" Dad looked down at the floor and said, "No, sweetheart they arenít. It was Jeremiah and Drew Smith. They were both killed." I replied, "What do you mean, Dad, what happened?" I began to sob. Dad consoled me and began telling me what had happened. He said, "Their car left the road on the way from a concert in Ohio early this morning. Drew fell asleep at the wheel and the car flipped over. Neither of them were wearing seat belts so they were thrown from the car." At that moment I didnít know exactly how to react except frightened. I couldnít understand why God felt that he needed to take two innocent teenagers from the lives of so many loving people.

I remember lying on my bed that night staring at the ceiling above me. Each thought that ran through my mind was of Jeremiah and Drew. I wondered what I could have done? Could I have saved their lives by protecting them or was this what was supposed to happen? I couldnít even imagine what their parents were thinking, what was going through their minds. I wanted to help them get through it but I didnít know if I could.

I sit and think of all the things that their fellow classmates remembered about them. There were so many times that we sat around together and all we did was talk and share precious memories of Jeremiah and Drew. Some remembered their dark brown hair and brown eyes while others remembered both of their energetic personalities. They were both really mischievous. Some people even mentioned their impersonations, they always watched movies and picked some actor to imitate. I remember how I admired Drewís integrity and his personality. He was always willing to help anyone in need and make them feel so loved in the process. I never will forget his long inspirational talks that he was always happy to give out. I also mentioned that Jeremiah was a person that could always say something funny just to make me laugh when I was down. He was the one that made the best impersonations. The one that I remember most was Freddie Krugar. He would dress up in this outfit and hide in the closet at their house and scare all of us. I couldnít believe that out of the two hundred or so people that knew the two of them each had something different to remember them by. I guess that goes to show their popularity and the effect that they had on people.

The funeral lasted about two hours. It was an Episcopalian service so there were several rituals performed during the service so it seemed the longer it took the tougher it became. I remember my mom squeezing my hand like a gift of strength to make it through the remainder of the service. Then the funeral procession traveled an hour to the graveside. I couldnít go because I felt that I had enough grief for one day.

Three years have passed now. Another era has moved by. Jeremiahís class graduated this year, my graduating class. It seems like things get better every day, but I still catch myself wondering what the exact reason was for them deciding to take that journey home that morning. There will always be that piece of emptiness that can never be repaired from the loss of two very important people.

I guess that I came to realize the importance of friendship when I lost the two of them. I also realized that there are thousands of automobile fatalities each year and most are the cause of not wearing a seat belt. I keep thinking, what if they were wearing their seat belts, would they be here today or would the same thing have happened? I guess that is one of Godís great secrets and no one will ever know. I still may want answers but I have to learn to accept the situation and go on with my life, thatís what they would want. It is one thing to have lost them but it is great to have the knowledge of two majestic angels looking over my shoulder.

Joy C. Tirey