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Friday, March 09, 2012


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I hope your family and Evan's family are beginning the process of healing; I have no doubt whatever words you used will help much with that.

Linda, it is a difficult task that you undertake to find the words in such tragic circumstances. That you do it willingly reveals the remarkable strength and love you carry for others. There is a wonderful book called THE GIVER, which I'm sure you've heard of. There are times when you remind me of the title individual who takes on that mantle and it's weight of grief.

I'm always a little late, Tracy...

I was sad all week about Evan, even though I didn't know him, just like I was sad about Magda's son's death. Both of them sounded like amazing young men, and it's just not fair that those who love them have to let them go.

Linda, how very right you are when you say you never know when your words might touch someone. Even saying something innocuous to a stranger like "I like your shirt" might be the thing that keeps her going that day. There are a number of people associated with this blog whose words have helped me more than I can say. Your way with words has touched so many directly and indirectly (eg. by bringing this community together.)

Again, I'm so sorry you and your family are going through more heartache, although I know that that's the price we pay for loving.

I am a little late here, didn't read the blog this weekend, but I agree with all that was said.
The big thing is your reminder to love your family/friends unconditionally and let them know you are there for them, regardless of the circumstances.
Your blog and the friends I have made through it have helped me through tough times, and in turn, have given me the strength and knowledge to help my girls through tough times.
I love you, and everyone I have come to know through DGMS, and am thankful every day that we all have each other to "talk" to, even if we have never met. Your girls and their friends are lucky to have you there for them.

I echo the sentiments above. Your gift of words is beyond compare; managing to capture whatever you are looking at, good or bad. I am sorry for the pain that this is causing your family and extended theater family, but Even will be remembered with joy. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us your thoughts, family, time, joys, and sorrow. It brings us closer together.

Thought of you and your family today, knowing what a painful day it would be. I could not imagine how you could all face heartache again...and then realized that that was the answer--you would ALL face it together. You are so fortunate to have each other and know that together your power and strength is so much greater than the sum of your individual parts. I also know you recognize how fortunate you are and that is the key to keeping it together. Hugs to all of you and hopes that time will, once again, dull the pain.

Heartfelt and real and true and raw and heavy.Thank you. Evan's community is blessed to have you as you were to have him.

What everyone else said. We love you!♥

Although we have never met, and I don't do FB or chat rooms, through this blog and the odd email, I have come to think of you as a friend I would miss very much if you were gone. This is a good community full of compassion and kindness. The majority of us will never meet beyond this blog. And yet, we sometimes know more about each other than we do people we have known irl for years.

I know you will find just the right thing to say for Evan's funeral.

When there are no words, you somehow find them and transform words on a screen into universal feelings. This is why I come back day after day; for the love, compassion and passion you breath into this blog and for the community you've built. We love you Linda (((hugs))).

I won't be speaking. I have been given the honor of capturing and writing the speech someone very special will be giving in remembrance.

I have no words, but a heavy heart for you, your family, and Evan's family and friends. I know that you will say just the right thing for Evan's memorial, just as you did for Toni's.

We love you and all you do for everyone around you!

Linda, others have already said what I feel, so I will just say that I too Love YOU, and even tho we've never met, I feel a closeness to you and the rest of the wonderful people who live here that is something I cherish and hold close to my heart. I believe that some people were put here on this earth for a divine purpose, I think you are one of these people. You have a compassion for all living things and a fierce need to protect all those around you so that we feel safe in the aura of your presence and words.

I agree wholeheartedly with Dorothy, Evan's story could not be in better hands. God Bless You.

Perfectly put, Dorothy!

Just wanted to let you know that I am sending hugs and thoughts your direction. Your words have a way of getting to the true heart of the matter and touching people in an amazing way. Thank you for sharing your gift (and yourself) in good times and bad.

I honestly do not know how you do it. After I experianced your strenght and composure first hand at Toni's service, I gained a new, uncharted level of respect for you and how you use your gifts. Not just the gift of words, but the unselfish, loving heart that embraces unquestionally. Evan's life story could not be in better hands.

My condolences to you, your family and all who knew Evan. He sounds like an exceptional young man. May God hold him close and may He grant you all comfort in your fond memories. {{{Hugs}}}

we love you too Linda. You put what we are feeling into such a beautiful, eloquent way that says exactly what we want to say or hear, and this is why people turn to you in an instant when such things happen.

Such a tragedy that someone so young and so full of promise could not see a better day ahead in the next hour, the next day, the next week.

If there is any consolation that can come from this, it is the quite painful reminder that we need to embrace everyone and everything with full life force, because as you said - you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Sending you bright beams of loving light as you once again need to find the words to comfort, not only your family, but the community.


I can relate to you entirely. There's times that life feels minimized to little more than a linked series of recovery from grief. It never truly goes away, even if w/ time it somehow becomes manageable.

Sometimes a "gift" can feel like a burden but I know you will handle it with grace, honor and eloquence. Continued hugs, love and positive thoughts to you, your girls and all of Evan's friends and family . . .

Love you too Linda! Please know that the entire blogmunity wraps our arms around you and your family at this most difficult time.
We must never forget that our young people are "People". We should never sweep their problems under the carpet. It pains me to think that they feel so alone with their stresses.

Beautiful words, and so very, very true.
I love you big, my friend.

I love you as well, Linda, and appreciate you for being who you are. I wish you strength in the coming weeks, as you write for the funeral service and help your community get through this tragedy. I will be praying for all of you.

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