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In Honor of Our Fallen Soldiers

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on May 30, 2010

Speech by Ronald Reagan given at the interment of the last Unknown Soldier from the Vietnam War (who has since been identified with DNA.)  His words ring true not only for Veterans of the Vietnam War but for all soldiers that have served our country.

“The Unknown Soldier who is returned to us today and whom we lay to rest is symbolic of all our missing sons, and we will present him with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration that we can bestow.

“About him we may well wonder, as others have: As a child, did he play on some street in a great American city? Or did he work beside his father on a farm out in America’s heartland? Did he marry? Did he have children? Did he look expectantly to return to a bride?

“We’ll never know the answers to these questions about his life. We do know, though, why he died. He saw the horrors of war but bravely faced them, certain his own cause and his country’s cause was a noble one; that he was fighting for human dignity, for free men everywhere. Today we pause to embrace him and all who served us so well in a war whose end offered no parades, no flags, and so little thanks. We can be worthy of the values and ideals for which our sons sacrificed — worthy of their courage in the face of a fear that few of us will ever experience — by honoring their commitment and devotion to duty and country.

“Many veterans of Vietnam still serve in the Armed Forces, work in our offices, on our farms, and in our factories. Most have kept their experiences private, but most have been strengthened by their call to duty. A grateful nation opens her heart today in gratitude for their sacrifice, for their courage, and for their noble service. Let us, if we must, debate the lessons learned at some other time. Today, we simply say with pride, “Thank you, dear son. May God cradle you in His loving arms.””

To the men and women that have fought for our country and their families we say Thank You!

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How do you plan to spend your Memorial Weekend?

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on May 29, 2010

I was talking to my grandmother the other day and she was busy trying to get her potted flowers together to take to the cemetery on Memorial Weekend. For many years now my grandmother has brought together many family and friends on this special weekend to pay tribute to our loved ones that have passed away. This pilgrimage has become a tradition that she truly cherishes each year.

How do you plan to spend your Memorial Weekend?   We invite you to share your stories and memories this weekend as you remember your loved ones that have passed away.

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“What is Death” by Lexie Brockway Potamkin – Survey Request

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on May 23, 2010

We have all lost loved ones. We have all felt the pangs of loss when we hear about huge calamities or when a beloved famous person dies.  Ever wonder what death is really like? Does it mean gently slipping gently out of your body and into heaven as if slipping into another room…could it be we leave our bodies but our hearts and souls live on… do we meet our loved ones… are we escorted by angels…do we see God… is it a beautiful peaceful journey or is it a tragedy to be feared… do we still have a regrets and/or sense of humor when we get to the “other side”?  

Please share what you know in your heart and share any experiences you have had that have helped you answer the question, “What is death?”   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W2G6B26

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on May 9, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s out there and to my Mom watching over me.

I know Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for those that have lost a child, have had a miscarriage or have lost their mother. From my own experience, Mother’s Day is filled with mixed emotions of celebration and sadness from the loss of my mother and from my miscarriage a few years ago.

For those that are grieving today, my hope for you is that you are comforted with warm memories of your mom or your precious child.

Do you have a special tradition or celebration that honors your mom’s memory on Mother’s Day? We would love to be able to share your story with our readers next month. Please email your story to us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com or post your story on our blog.

“My mom is a never ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.”
~Graycie Harmon

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