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Scott Swenson for his mother

Find A Grave Memorial

Psalm 48:14 For this God, Our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even to death.

"Birth is a beginning and death a destination;
But life is a journey.
A going, a growing from stage to stage:
From childhood to maturity and youth to old age.

From innocence to awareness and ignorance to knowing;
From foolishness to discretion and then perhaps, to wisdom.
From weakness to strength or strength to weakness and often back again.
From health to sickness and back we pray, to health again.

From offense to forgiveness, from loneliness to love,
From joy to gratitude, from pain to compassion.
From grief to understanding, from fear to faith;
From defeat to defeat to defeat, until, looking backward or ahead:

We see that victory lies not at some high place along the way, 
But in having made the journey, stage by stage, a sacred pilgrimage.
Birth is a beginning and death a destination;
But life is a journey, a sacred pilgrimage, 
Made stage by stage...To life everlasting"

Rabbi Alvin Fine

Sent to me by a good friend. Thank you Mary

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Death - What a wonderful way to explain it!

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said:

"Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side".

Very quietly the doctor said "I don't know".

"You dont know? You're a Christian man and don't know what's on the other side".

The doctor was holding the handle of the door. On the other side came a sound of scratching and
whining and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager
show of gladness.

Turning to the patient the doctor said "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here. When I opened the door, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death. But I do know one thing, I know my Master is there and that is enough".

Sent to me by my Aunt Rita


I never thought we'd say goodbye
on the day you went away
I folded my hands in front of me
and I began to pray

I asked that God not take you home
said I needed you with me
I begged Him for more time with you
but it was not meant to be

When he took you home to be with Him
my world was changed forever
Yet I know I will never let you go
in my heart we're still together

The tears I cried both day and night
each one was just for you
With all that you still mean to me
each drop holds something true

Each tear brought back a memory
of times we had to share
Memories of you will last a lifetime
'til the day I join you there

Author: Sharon Schafer

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept
the life that is waiting for us.

These pages are a memorial to my sister, Cricket. If you knew her and would like to add a message or share a picture for the page, please feel free to e-mail me and I will add it. The loss of our sister has been devasting to our family, as it would be to any family. We will always love and miss her and keep her in our hearts.

Though I feel in my heart that I will never heal from this, I hope that building the pages is going to be a distraction that will make me feel something different than I feel now. I'm no pro at this and I know that I will work until I feel it's perfect. I only hope that I am able to make pages that she would like and be proud of.

At this point, September 10, 2011, the pages are still being worked on. I have many message to copy from Facebook and pictures to add. A work in progress for sure.

I hope that some of her family and friends can find a bit of comfort in visiting her here.

Few could see the beauty in what most refer to as a weed. This was a picture taken off of my sisters digital camera.

They Say...

They say "it will get easier"
What they say seems untrue
What does it take to feel okay
About a world without you

They say "be strong and time will heal"
I guess I don't know how
To act they way they want me to
I just can't do it right now

They say "just think of all the good"
If only that could be
For all the good can't take away
These feelings deep inside me

They say "she's in a better place"
That peace is what she'll feel
I pray that what they say is true
That all they say is real

Written for my sister Cricket
Author: Sharon Schafer
September 9, 2011

Clicking through to check on a link I found a post made on Facebook
 by a local bar and a couple of responses to the post:

Cal's Bar
"Anne you made things better."
August 29, 2011

Cody - Friend
"i'll miss you Anne Butler
August 29, 2011

Jenn - Friend
August 29, 2011


I thought of you with love today
But that was nothing new
I thought about you yesterday
And the days before that too
I think of you in silence
I often speak your name
All I have are memories
And your picture in a frame
Your memory is my keepsake
With which I'll never part
God has you in His keeping
And I have you in my heart

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