Shawn Thomason
(1983-2001)
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his favorite song played it over and over. we played it at his funeral  / Charlane Zigmond (mother)
ARMS WIDE OPEN
Well just heard the news today
seems my life is going to change
I close my eyes, begin to pray
tears of joy stream down my face

With arms wide open
under the sunlight
welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
with arms wide open

With arms wide open

Well I don't know if I'm ready
to be the man I have to be
I take a breath, I take her by my side
we stand in awe, we've created life

With arms wide open
under the sunlight
welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
with arms wide open
now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything
with arms wide open

With arms wide open
I'll show you everything oh yeah
With arms wide open

If I had just one wish only one demand
I hope hes not like me I hope he understands
that he can take this life and hold it by the hand
and he can greet the world with arms wide open

With arms wide open
under the sunlight
welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
with arms wide open
now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything
wth arms wide open

With arms wide open
I'll show you everything oh yeah
with arms wide open
counter / Charlane (mom)
poem from one of the moms from the webring  / Mom
Come, take my hand, the road is long.
We must travel by stepping stones.
No, you're not alone. I've been there.
Don't fear the darkness. I'll be with you.
We must take one step at a time.
But remember, we may have to stop awhile.
It's a long way to the other side
And there are many obstacles.

We have many stones to cross.
Some are bigger than others.
Shock, denial, and anger to start.
Then comes guilt, despair, and loneliness.
It's a hard road to travel, but it must be done.
It's the only way to reach the other side.

Come, slip your hand in mind.
What? Oh, yes, it's strong.
I've held so many hands like yours.
Yes, mine was once small and weak like yours.

Once, you see, I had to take someone's hand
In order to take the first step.
Ooop! You've stumbled. Go ahead an cry.
Don't be ashamed. I understand.

Let's wait here awhile so that you can get your breath.
When you're stronger, we'll go on, one step at a time.
There's no need to hurry.

Say, it's nice to hear you laugh.
Yes, I agree, the memories you shared are good.
Look, we're halfway there now.


I can see the other side.
It looks so warm and sunny.
On, have you noticed? We're nearing the last stone
And you're standing alone.
And look, your hand, you've let go of mine.
We've reached the other side.

But wait, look back, someone is standing there.
They are alone and want to cross the stepping stones.
I'd better go. They need my help.
What? Are you sure?
Why, yes, go ahead. I'll wait.

You know the way.
You've been there.
Yes, I agree. It's your turn, my friend . . .
To help someone else cross the stepping stones.

by Barb Williams
STEPPING STONES  / Charlane (mother)
Together we walk the Stepping Stones

(Author Unknown)

Come, take my hand, the road is long.
We must travel by stepping stones.
No, you're not alone. I've been there.
Don't fear the darkness. I'll be with you.
We must take one step at a time.
But remember, we may have to stop awhile.

It's a long way to the other side
And there are many obstacles.

We have many stones to cross.
Some are bigger than others.
Shock, denial, and anger to start.
Then comes guilt, despair, and loneliness.
It's a hard road to travel, but it must be done.
It's the only way to reach the other side.

Come, slip your hand in mind.
What? Oh, yes, it's strong.
I've held so many hands like yours.
Yes, mine was once small and weak like yours.

Once, you see, I had to take someone's hand
In order to take the first step.
! You've stumbled. Go ahead an cry.
Don't be ashamed. I understand.

Let's wait here awhile so that you can get your breath.
When you're stronger, we'll go on, one step at a time.
There's no need to hurry.

Say, it's nice to hear you laugh.
Yes, I agree, the memories you shared are good.
Look, we're halfway there now.


I can see the other side.
It looks so warm and sunny.

On, have you noticed? We're nearing the last stone
And you're standing alone.
And look, your hand, you've let go of mine.
We've reached the other side.

But wait, look back, someone is standing there.
They are alone and want to cross the stepping stones.
I'd better go. They need my help.
What? Are you sure?
Why, yes, go ahead. I'll wait.

You know the way.
You've been there.
Yes, I agree. It's your turn, my friend . . .
To help someone else cross the stepping stones.

Author unknown


Condolence / Cindy Boyer (none, I just wanted to share some comfort with you )  Read >>
Condolence / Cindy Boyer (none, I just wanted to share some comfort with you )
Dear Charlane, I'm very sorry to read of the tragic loss of your beloved son Shawn, and I want to offer my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I hope that you will find some comfort in these verses.        Acts 24:15 promises, “that there is going to be a resurrection.” Many tragic, unexpected deaths are due to what the Bible calls, "time and unforeseen occurrence that befall them all." - Ecclesiastes 9:11b

         Our loving God doesn’t cause sad things to happen to our loved ones, as James 1:13 helps us to understand, ‘When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.’”

         2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 speaks of God as “the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation.” 1 Peter 5:7 lets us know that we can “throw all our anxiety upon (God), because he cares.” And Isaiah 65:17b tells us that the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.” - Thus the heartbreak that we experience now, won’t even be remembered after Jehovah God resurrects our loved ones; thereby undoing the sad effects of death and the pain being separated from them brings.

         Revelation 21:4 promises, “And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” - Just imagine -a world with no tears of sorrow, no pain, and no death! 

          Loved ones will be resurrected, and welcomed back to life by loving family and friends right here on the earth in the midst of peaceful, beautiful, paradise conditions, as Psalms 37:10, 11, 29 tell about, “And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; and you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” - We can have the opportunity to live together forever in perfect peace, health, and happiness with our loved ones!

          Jesus gave us hope of a time when all suffering will end. He taught his followers to pray: “Our Father in the heavens, . . . Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.” - Matthew 6:9, 10 - When God’s Kingdom comes, there will be no more suffering or death on the earth, just as there is no suffering or death in heaven!

          I hope that you will find comfort in your memories, perhaps by looking at pictures. And I hope that these and other verses will bring you comfort, peace, and hope. Romans 15:4 tells us, "For all the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction, that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope."

          And will you please look at the web site, www.jw.org as it offers much comfort that is solidly based on God’s Word the Bible, and it shares what has helped others to cope with their grief. If you decide to look at the site, when on the web site, please click on publications at the top of the page, then under magazines on the left click on ‘magazines’ and in Display box to the right where it says ‘latest‘; scroll to 2011 and click on search, and then please ‘scroll down 3 rows‘, and click on the 'PDF' format for "Coping With the Loss of a Loved One" found in the April Awake; and you’ll be able to open this magazine to read the article in its entirety. Three subjects are: "An Almost Unbearable Loss" "Coming to Terms With Death" and "Help for Those Who Grieve" This is one of the most comforting magazines that I've read and I hope you will read this article and find some comfort in what has helped others to cope with their overwhelming losses. Currently the article, "Why is there so much suffering? When will it end?" is on the main page of the web site.

          Take care,

                                                               Sincerely Yours,

                                                               Cindy Boyer Close
Your Anniversary  / Charlane (mom)  Read >>
Your Anniversary  / Charlane (mom)

My darling Shawn

 its so hard for me to believe you have been gone ten ys. I look upon the past alot. I long for yuor hugs and your wonderful smile. I know yor brothers miss you so. Thety r fathers and they love their children. I catch myself day dreaming of what  it would be like to c u and your family. Do u have a boy or girl. How many kids do you have. Do they have your cotton hair. So many un asnswered questions. I often thought of the pain someone must be gong through to loose thier child. I never thought in a million years I would be one I love you so much and I miss you so. I cant even put into words the joy you gave me. The love you showed so uncondionally. The fprgiveness that you had for everyone. U always made time for the ones you loved. U have so many loving caring values. i know God is very pleased that you r by his side. U are truly an angel whom all loved.  I know I dont visit your sight as often as I should but yo r always in my heart and on my mind every second of everyday Its taken along time for me to be able to smile when I think of you . I can remember the things we did nad not cry so much but be able to smile and remmber the happiness of that memory. My heart will never be a whole until i have you back to hold . i know you will be waiting for me at those pearly gates Give mom and dad my love and always be with us and keep us safe. i want you to know its an honor to be your mom. I couldnt be prouder i love you shawn and its been good tlking to you sweety. love you always mom

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MISSING YOU  / MOM   Read >>
MISSING YOU  / MOM
IF THERE WERE WORDS THAT COULD EASE MY PAIN. I JUST CLOSE MY EYES AND REMEMBER EVERY ONE OF MY MEMRIES OF YOU MY ANGEL. I LISTEN TO THE STORIES FROM YOUR BROTHER SHANE AND I AM SO THANKFUL HE HAS THOSE GOOD MEMORIES OF YOU. YOU SEE YOU ARE ALIVE THROUGH OUR MEMORIES OF YOU OUR HERO. YOU LIVE EVERYTIME THE WONDRFUL NEICES AND NEPHEW KNOW WHO THEIR UNCLE SHAWN IS. THEY LOVE YOU THROYGH OUR MEMORIES OF YOU,YOU WERE SUCH A WONDERFUL, KIND, LOVING PART OF OUR LIVES. I TRY NOT TO QUESYION WHY, I KNOW YOU WERE AN ANGEL SINCE THE DAY YOU WHERE BORN. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AND I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. SAVE MOM A SEAT ON THE OTHER SIDE, I LOVE YOU SHAWN AND I THINK OF YOU EVERY DAY. ALWAYS AND FOREVER MOM Close
Remembering Shawn's Birthday  / Melody Hill -. Angel Adam (Charlane's friend )  Read >>
Remembering Shawn's Birthday  / Melody Hill -. Angel Adam (Charlane's friend )
Birthdays are a time for celebration,
   not a time for tears,
But what happens when the birthdays
   no longer mark the years?
A birthday marks the moment
   a spirit enters earthly life,
To share its special love and joy
   and learn from earthly strife.
Before a spirit comes to us,
   it knows when and how it must depart,
It chooses its path carefully,
   we are honored from the start.
The sadness we now feel,
   on such a joyous day,
Is longing for our loved one's touch
   ....it's natural to feel this way.
For even though the birthdays,
   no longer mark a spirit's stay,
Love continues on forever,
   to touch us everyday.
We hold our precious memories,
   close to our hearts,
And honor our beloved children,
   who chose us from the start.

Birthdays are really hard for us now without
our beloved children here with us. The 12th
is a special birthday for us too. Keeping your
Mom, Dad, and family in my thoughts and
prayers today and always. I wish you peace.

Blessings, love, and hugs,
Melody ~ Angel Adam
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MISSING YOU  / CHARLANE (LOVING MOM )  Read >>
MISSING YOU  / CHARLANE (LOVING MOM )
WORDS CANNOT EXPLAIN THE VOID I HAVE IN MY HEART SINCE YOU HAVE LEFT US. NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS WOULD I THINK THIS COULD HAPPEN TO US, THE PAIN WE LEFT TO DEAL WITH THE VOID IN OUR HEART THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY,  I KNOW WE AREN'T ALONE IN THIS JOURNEY OR UNDERSTAND THE WHAT IF'S AND THE WHY ME LORD, BUT WE ARE TOLD NOT TO ASK WHY, BUT THAT IS SO HARD TO DO, I KNOW THAT ONE DAY IT WILL ALL BE EXPLAINED TO US, I LOVE YOU SHAWN AND I MISS YOU EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY. AS I WATCHED YOUR GRANDPA LAY THERE AND DYING I PRAYED YOU WOULD COME GET HIM AND I QUESTIONED WHY HE HAD TO GO THROUGH SO MUCH PAIN, BUT IT WASN'T MY CHOICE IT WAS GOD'S. BEFORE HE GOT SO BAD HE SPOKE OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU AND HOW HE WOULD CRY EVERYDAY FOR ME AND YOUR BROTHERS THAT WE HAD TO GO THROUGH  THE PAIN OF YOU BEING GONE. HE SAID THAT THE PARENT WAS TO GO BEFORE THE CHILD, I FELT THE PAIN HE WAS GOING THROUGH. I KNOW HE IS IN HEAVEN WITH YOU AND THAT YOU BOTH ARE WATCHING OVER ALL OF US THAT ARE WAITING TO CROSS TO THE OTHER SIDE. I LOVE YOU SON AND I MISS YOUR LAUGHTER AND YOUR SMILE, YOUR HUGS AND YOUR KISSES. MAY YOU BE IN PEACE AND YOU AND DADDY WALK THE STREETS OF GOLD, I LONG TO SEE YOU I LOVE YOU SWEETY I MISS OYU MORE LOVE YOU ALWAYS MOM Close
So Very Sorry for Your Loss  / Melissa Eiler (Visitor~Daughter of Irwin & Renee Eiler )  Read >>
So Very Sorry for Your Loss  / Melissa Eiler (Visitor~Daughter of Irwin & Renee Eiler )

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Father's Day  / Rosemary Sis Of Alvin Cremeans   Read >>
Father's Day  / Rosemary Sis Of Alvin Cremeans



Wishing Shawn's father a peaceful Father's Day.
love and prayer to all the family,
Rosemary sis of Alvin Cremeans
xoxo

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This song reminds me of you, Shawn!  / Christine Clack (Little Sister )  Read >>
This song reminds me of you, Shawn!  / Christine Clack (Little Sister )
Who You'd be Today by: Kenny Chesney

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
Wear the pain like a heavy coat
I feel you everywhere I go
I see your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
Still can't believe you're gone

Chorus:

It ain't fair you died too young
Like a story that had just begun
The death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the pain that I've been through
Just knowing no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder who you'd be today

Would you see the world?
Would you chase your dreams?
Settle down with a family?
I wonder, what would you name your babies?
Some days the sky's so blue
I feel like I can talk to you
And I know it might sound crazy

Chorus

Today, Today, Today
Today, Today, Today

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know I'll see you again someday

Someday, Someday


I love you and miss you very much. I know that I will see you again one day and I know that you are still watching over me. Thank you. You were always there for me and you still are. Shawn, you are the best that anyone could ask for. Love you brother! Close
My Shawn  / Christine Clack (Sister)  Read >>
My Shawn  / Christine Clack (Sister)
There are some people who just don't believe how much I loved and still love Shawn. He was everything I ever had. Shawn was the one who looked out for me, took up for me, and was always there for me.....no matter what. I never took the time to tell him how much I loved him and how much I appreciated everything that he did for me. The day of his funeral one of his friends from Houston came up to me and asked who I was. I told him, "I'm Christine." "You're the one," he said, "You're the one that Shawn talked about. You know that he loved you, he used to tell me all of the time." Somehow I always knew and I think that Shawn knew, too, we just didn't have it in us to tell each other. I regret it everyday. The day he died, I can still remember the last thing we said to each other. He was leaving for the track meet and I was in the hallway at my locker (late for class, as usual) so it was just Shawn and I in the hallway. He was running late for the bus. He came up to me and put his arm around me, "Wish me luck." I hugged him, smiled and he started walking off. As he turned the corner I yelled, "Good luck, Shawn!" He peeked his head back around, smiled, said thanks, put his hat on and he was gone. Gone forever. But I know that he is still with me, he is still watching out for me. I know because I never here Creed on the radio unless I'm feeling bad or upset or really sad. Anytime I feel that way, it never fails, I can turn on the radio and 'With Arms Wide Open' comes on. Everytime. I just wanted to let everyone know that I did and do love Shawn very much. I miss him like crazy and I think about him a lot. Close
MY BIRTHDAY  / Mom (loving mom )  Read >>
MY BIRTHDAY  / Mom (loving mom )
HELLO ANGEL. AS YOU KNOW IT IS GETTING CLOSE TO MY BIRTHDAY, AND YOUR ANGEL DAY. SPRING BREAK HAS COME AND GONE I THINK OF YOU. ANOTHER BIRTHDAY OF MINE WITH OUT YOUR WONDERFUL HUGS. I SURE MISS THOSE. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE IT IS GOING TO BE 6 YRLEFT ALL OF US. IT IS HARD TO BELEIVE THAT WE HAVE MANAGED TO MOVE ON. YOUR BROTHERS ALL HAVE FAMILIES, YOU HAVE LOTS OF NEPHEWS AND NIECES, YOU HAVE A NEW BROTHER AND SISTER, YOU ARE SO BLESSSED WITH SO MANY THAT LOVE YOU AND KNOW YOU THROUGH US YOUR FAMILY, WE WHERE SO BLESSED WITH YOU IN OUR LIVES. WE LOVE YOU MY ANGEL, WE MISS YOU MORE EVERYDAY, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, YOU ARE OUR HERO SWEETY, OUR REASON TO GO ON, OUR REASON TO ENTER THE GATES OF HEAVEN TO SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE. I LOVE YOU SHAWN. WATCH OVER ME AND KEEP ME  SAFE AND HOLD ME CLOSE TO YOU. Close
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY  / Charlane Zigmond (MOM)  Read >>
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY  / Charlane Zigmond (MOM)
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY 
                            I LOVE YOU MY ANGEL Close
before i wqs a mother  / Charlane Zigmond (mother)  Read >>
before i wqs a mother  / Charlane Zigmond (mother)
Before i was a mother
? Before I was a Mom I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a
lullaby. ?
? I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
? I never thought about immunizations. ?
? Before I was a Mom - I had never been puked on. ?
? Pooped on. ?
? Chewed on. ?
? Peed on. ?
? I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. ?
? I slept all night. ?
? Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so doctors
could do tests. ?
? Or give shots. ?
? I never looked into teary eyes and cried. ?
? I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. ?
? I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep. ?
? Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't
want to put them down. ?
? I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't
stop the hurt. ?
? I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. ?
? I never knew that I could love someone so much. ?
? I never knew I would love being a Mom. ?
? Before I was a Mom - I didn't know the feeling of having my heart
outside my body. ?
? I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. ?
? I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. ?
? I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important
and happy. ?
? Before I was a Mom - I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. ?
? I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the
wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. ?
? I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom. ?


Thinking of a Mom. someday no pain.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY  / CHARLANE (YOUR LOVING MOM )  Read >>
HAPPY BIRTHDAY  / CHARLANE (YOUR LOVING MOM )
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY ANGEL. YOU ARE 24 TODAY, I AM SO BLESSED TO HAVE HAD A ANGEL LIKE YOU IN OUR LIVES. IT IS HARD FOR ME TODAY I PRAY YOU WILL GIVE  ME THE STRENGHT TO CONTINUE SHARING YOU WITH OTHERS SO THEY MAY KNOW YOU AND KNOW THE LOVE YOU HAD FOR SO MANY. WE LOVE YOU MY ANGEL LOVE MOM Close
BIRTHDAY / Charlane Zigmond (MOTHER)  Read >>
BIRTHDAY / Charlane Zigmond (MOTHER)
TOMORROW IS YOUR 24TH BIRTHDAY. INSTEAD OF BEING ABLE TO BLOW THE CANDELS OUT ON YOUR CAKE, I AM PLACING FLOWERS ON YOUR GRAVE. I HURT ME SO THAT YOU AREN'T HERE WITH US. YOU LOVED PARTIES SO. I KNOW THEY SAY IT IS BETTER TO BE IN HEAVEN THAN TO LIVE IN THE HELL WE LIVE IN BUT THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT EASIER TO KNOW YOU AREN'T HERE WITH ME. THE BIRTH OF YOU MY ANGEL WAS A SPECIAL GIFT FROM ABOVE AND I AM SO THANKFUL EVERYDAY FOR YOU. I LOVE YOU MY SWEETY. HUGS TO YOU LOVE MOM Close
UPDATES / Charlane Zigmond (mom)  Read >>
UPDATES / Charlane Zigmond (mom)
I JUST WANTED TO UPDATE YOU ON THINGS. I HAD CHRISTMAS WITH YOUR BROTHERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT WAS GREAT. YOUR BROTHER SHANE IS EXPECTING THEIR 4TH CHILD IN MAY. JARED IS EXPECTING HIS FIRST IN AUG. BILLY HAD A LITTLE BOY IN DEC. WE ALL WISH YOU WHERE HERE TO BE A PART OF THE JOY. I KNOW  YOU ARE WATCHING FROM ABOVE. YOUR BIRTHDAY IS SOON. I ONLY WISH FOR ONE MORE HUG AND KISS FROM YOU. I LOVE YOU SON AND I MISS YOU SO MUCH. WATCH OVER US AND KEEP US SAFE . LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER MOM
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the holidays  / Charlane Zigmond (your loving mom )  Read >>
the holidays  / Charlane Zigmond (your loving mom )
my darling son,
   the holidays are come and gone and the only thing that hasn't changed is the fact that you are still gone. the family is gropwing with the laughter of the sound of little angels all around. i know that you are watching from above, laughing with us as we watch them play, love us, cry with us, and as they talk about you, as we tell them stories of their uncle shawn, the best son and brother anyone could have, we love you and miss you so. i am thankful for all the memories we have to tell others of you , keep us save from harm and send us a sign every now and then. i love you my angel. always and fropever your loving mom Close
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