This memorial website was created in memory of our daughter, Laurie Rae Walden who was born in Wilmington, Delaware on October 27th 1975 and passed away suddenly at the age of 30 on January 19th 2006. The realization that Laurie’s journey through this life has ended so soon is both shocking & devastating for everyone that knew & loved her. She was a beloved daughter, sister, grand-daughter, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. We shall miss Laurie's quick wit & big infectious smile most of all. We shall always remember her fondly & will love and miss her forever. This website is intended for Laurie’s family & friends to visit, remember & memorialize her. Please feel free to share memories, post a note, condolences, stories, poems, photos, songs, videos or just light a candle.
October 27th 2010
Laurie's 35th Birthday
A very special thank you to Donna Corey's Mom for the beautiful birthday graphics & her special friendship.
Special Thank You To Corey's Mom Donna for the Beautiful Christmas Graphics
A Birthday In Heaven
I heard you crying yesterday And felt your heart-sent love So I’m sending you this message Now, from Heaven up above.
You’re wondering if I’ll celebrate My birthday (way up here) I know you’re missing me today I feel your essence near.
God planned a special day for me He told me with a wink He’d ordered me a special cake (It’s Angel food, I think)
I’m getting lots of hugs from God He’s really good at that And every time that I walk by He gives my head a pat
Balloons will fill the streets for me They float up through the clouds And we have lots of clowns up here That make us laugh out loud
There is a birthday carousel Jeweled horses ride the wind With music playing oh so sweet… The magic never ends
I’ve made so many friends, you see We laugh and play and sing We ride our bikes and play jump rope And sleep in Angel’s wings
We’ll have our cake and ice cream And open gifts, surprise! But we don’t blow out our candles here Instead, they light the skies
The following poem/verse was printed on Laurie's memorial cards at her funeral. I am reprinting it here below because it was so special & comforting:
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond's glint on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush, of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there I did not die.
Special Thank You to ^l^ Margaret ^l^ of Angel Heart Graphics
"A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread in the meaning of life."
Dawn 11/9/71--7/9/89 -- Laurie 10/27/75--1/19/06
Sisters Together Forever
Please stop by my sister's memorial website and light a candle:
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was all over, It became a beautiful butterfly"
"A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and though we wish it could have stayed we feel so lucky to have seen it."
Legend has it that when someone sobs, their tears are caught by butterflies and carried up to heaven, Angels then float down as teardrops of comfort to take away the sadness.
A butterfly rested upon a flower, Happy was he and light as a flake And there he met a caterpillar, Sobbing as though his heart would break It hurt the happy butterfly to see the caterpillar cry Said he, "whatever is the matter and
may I help in any way?" I've lost my brother, wept the other, He's been unwell for many a day Now I discover, sad to tell, He's only a dead and empty shell Unhappy grub, be done with weeping, Your sickly brother is not dead His body's stronger and no longer crawls like a worm, but flies instead. He dances through the sunny hours and drinks sweet nectar from the flowers Away, away, deceitful villain, go to the winds where you belong I won't be grieving at your leaving so take away your lying tongue."
Am I a foolish slug or snail to swallow such a fairy tale? I'll prove my words and you shall see, Now listen well and look at me I am none other than your brother alive and well and fancy free Soon you'll be with me in the skies amongst the flirting butterflies Oh, cried the mournful caterpillar, 'Tis clear I must be seeing things You're only a specter sipping nectar flicking your ornamental wings And talking nonsense by the yard, I will not hear another word The butterfly gave up the struggle, I have, he said, no more to say He spread his splendid wings and ascended into the air and few away And while he fluttered far and wide, the caterpillar sat and cried.
I am home in heaven dear ones oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over.
Every restless tossing passed, I am now at peace forever. Safely home at last.
A Sister is a Sister Forever
Hodgson Vocational High School
Class of 1993
Go ahead and mention my child, The one that died you know. Don't worry about hurting me further, The depth of my pain doesn't show. Don't worry about making me cry, I'm already crying inside. Help me to heal by releasing the tears that I try to hide. I'm hurt when you just keep silent, pretending she didn't exist. I'd rather you mention my Child, knowing that she has been missed. You asked me how I was doing, I say "okay" or "fine." But healing is something ongoing, I feel it will take a lifetime.
When I'm Gone by Lyman Hancock
When I come to the end of my journey, And I travel my last weary mile, Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned, And remember only the smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken, Remember some good I have done, Forget that I've ever had heartache, And remember I've had loads of fun.
Forget that I've stumbled and blundered, And sometimes fell by the way, Remember I fought some hard battles, And won, ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going, I would not have you sad for a day, But in summer just gather some flowers, And remember the place where I lay.
And come in the shade of the evening, When the sun paints the sky in the west, Stand for a moment beside me, And remember only my best.
Chuck & Laurie 10/21/2005
Here are a couple of cute boxer puppies just for you baby girl - I know how much you love them.
Whispers from Heaven
When I left this world without you I know it made you blue Your tears fell so freely, I watched; I know it is true.
While you were weeping, Days after I passed- While all was silent within me, I saw you kneel to pray.
From this wonderful place called Heaven Where all my pain is gone. I send a gentle breeze to whisper, "My loved ones, please go on"
The peace that I have found here Goes far beyond compare No rain, no clouds, no suffering- Just LOVE from everywhere.
You need not be troubled Just stay close to GOD in prayer Someday we'll be reunited My love, HIS love surrounds you always, EVERYWHERE!
Ask My Mom How She Is
My mom, she tells a lot of lies, she never did before. But from now until she dies, she'll tell a whole lot more. Ask my mom how she is and because she can't explain, She will tell a little lie because she can't describe the pain. Ask my mom how she is, she'll say "I'm alright." If that's the truth, then tell me, why does she cry each night? Ask my mom how she is, she seems to cope so well. She didn't have a choice you see, nor the strength to yell. Ask my mom how she is, "I'm fine, I'm okay, I'm coping," For God's sake mom, just tell the truth, just say your heart is broken. She'll love me all her life, I loved her all mine. But if you ask her how she is, she'll lie and say she's fine. On the day we meet again, we'll smile and I'll be bold. I'll say, "You're lucky to get here, Mom, with all the lies you told!!"
Light a Candle
Light a candle for those we mourn Into a new life they will be born. Do not look for them at the gravesite. they are somewhere else radiating their beautiful light. They have gone to a new world where there is no darkness, no pain. Their light and essence will always remain. Light a candle for those who have left this mortal place. They are free to travel through time and space. When we think of them, they are near. When we sit in a beautiful garden. Their voices we hear. When we listen to a divine symphony, We close our eyes, their faces we see. Light a candle for they have not really gone. With each flickering flame, in your hearts they will always belong.
A bond that diminishes never, A friend who is kindly and caring, A sibling God chooses for sharing. Few ties are as deep and profound And with so much affection abound. Though some thoughts are seldom expressed, Love endures and survives every test. Of the constants that rest in the heart, A sister's a primary part. She'll always be there when you need her - You listen, you value, you heed her. As growth, independence you ponder, Your feelings grow deeper and fonder, And life tells you one thing that's true: A sister's a large part of you.
A mother who feels Laurie Mothers Pain / Stephanie Moore (A sister in Crist )
I dont know u Laurie BUt I have a dauther who is in heaven with you. Today i am at work i was looking for Thanksgiving pitchures for my day care and you page popped up. it was no mistake I believe God lead me her for two reasons. You see first I have...