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KathiM
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I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard His call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I've found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lenghten it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, He set me FREE.

I love you, Stephanie....

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Awww, that is beautiful Kathi. You are the one that is an inspiration. You have been through so much in your life! Hopefully it really all has made you stronger. I cannot imagine how hard this loss has been for you, but just know that we are all here and we all support you. Thank you for sharing the lovely poem.
Take care and best wishes,
Susan

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KathiM
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Thank you, Susan. Some days are just a little empty. I KNOW I can count on you all here for comfort!
Hugs, Kathi

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Kathi -

What a beautiful sentiment. Thank you for sharing it with us, your friends. Know we're always here for you - and I know you have my number!

Love ya

- Bob

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KathiM
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Thank you, dad. Don't worry about me...you have alot on your plate...I'm just having a little pity party.
Love you back, Kathi

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HUGS! I can't imagine what you are going through. The poem was lovely and made me miss my dad even more. I know he is in a better place but I'm hoping the "void" of him not being here gets smaller over time.

Lisa F.

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Oh, Lisa...I hope the void grows smaller, but your dad's place in your heart gets bigger and bigger...
Hugs, Kathi

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A big hug Kathi. A beautiful poem for a no doubt beautiful Angel. God Bless

Diane

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KathiM
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Thank you, Diane....she WAS an angel!!!!
Hugs Kathi

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Very nice Kathi. Bet that was good therapy to write. You sure touched my heart.

Thanks for sharing and I hope you are learning to believe the words and know that Stephanie loved and loves you too.

Lisa P.

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Thank you, Lisa.
I read this the day her ashes were scattered. She was so tormented near the end...she IS truly free!
Hugs, Kathi

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wow ! you wont believe this...Like you all know, my dad past away from pancreatic cancer 3 months ago...today is his birthaday, he would have turned 76....I was just now singing Happy Birthday to you..and just told him..send me a sign that you are here with me...taking care of me...and less than 5 minutes passes and look....
" For my daughther...I miss her...."
I miss you too daddy....Happy Birthday....He set you free....

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KathiM
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Oh, my dear...tears are wetting my cheeks.....
I am very sure that your dad, and my daughter, are keeping us safe.
Hugs, Kathi

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Hi Kathi -

That's lovely -thanks for sharing. I cannot begin to imagine the pain of losing a child and I really feel for you.

It is honestly true that I just got off the phone with my brother (whose wife's mother just died) and so I was feeling all sad again about the loss of my mother (Jan 2006)and then I read your post. I'll be thinking of you, but wanted you to know that you also helped me and I have shared this with my sister-in-law.

Take care,
Betsy

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Thank you, Betsy...

This is such a comfort to me to think that Stephanie is in a place clear of all of the troubles she had...
And to realize that this has helped you, as well, makes me smile.
Hugs, Kathi

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Kathi,

I am sure Stephanie is smiling at you from somewhere. What beautiful sentiment Kathi.

Ying

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KathiM
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Thank you, Ying.
She had such a beautiful smile!
Hugs, Kathi

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Kathi,
What a beautiful poem. It really touched my heart. I will say a prayer for you and your daughter tonight. You are truly a wonderful and amazing woman, and a blessing to many.
God bless-
Valerie

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Thank you, Valerie.
I told a reporter today...the great thing about being touched by cancer is that you are immediately welcommed into a big, loving family....that is what you all are to me!
Hugs, Kathi

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Kathi, what a beautiful poem,I know that your daughter is in a wonderful place ,she is at peace and happy, and she will be protecting you from Heaven.

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KathiM
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Thank you, dearheart. I picture her smiling and laughing like she did as a little girl....

Hugs, Kathi

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Kathi,
It's hard for me to see the keyboard through my tears; what a touching poem. The loss of a child is so painful to contemplate, I wish you strength and peace as you continue to cope. Judy

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Thank you, Judy. I have learned to admit it when I am sad...thanks for understanding!

Hugs, Kathi

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Kathi,

Your poem and remembrance of your daughter is so very touching. Our children should not go before we do. My husband lost his son 9 years ago at the age of 26. The pain seems to get easier to deal with, but you never forget.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We are all semi-colons together!

Kerry

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Kerry, thank you so much for sharing...I know that I will not forget her...but hope that the raw edge disappears. It is wonderful to have such a large family here....it sooths my soul.

Hugs, Kathi

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Try to remember the good times with your daughter. I can't imagine what you are going through. I did lose a son when he was 9 mos. old. That was 17 years ago. It got easier each day. He was a premature baby and had a rough time for the nine mos, that he was here.

Maureen

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