This is the start of the second part of "Tribute to our lost loved ones..." our first one is very long, and filled with such beauty, pain, loss, hope, and sharing and love...lets continue with this thread!
If any host knows how to pin it under the first -original Tribute-please do so!!
Im not sure about your relations with family members..but I would start to interview family members/friends-especially those who were close to him--also-look up on web-or i can help u--advocates for children whose parent (s) have died from AIDS-they can be a great resource...look for letters, documents, etc...which may be still around that your mom or another relative may have kept..put an ad in the paper where your Dad lived-asking anyone who knew him if they would please contact you-then if they do- explain the reason you need to talk with them...finally-if you know of any treatment centers he went to-look them up-visit them, see if any of the people still work there...the reason i mention this is that at least 6 of my previous clients would write a letter to their children and every six months sign a release form with me for consent to give them this letter should they pass-luckiliy-they lived beyond my time there and the info was passed on to the next therapist--also-check with state laws regarding consents of info after one has passed away-these laws are strict-but changing...contact the AIDS quilt project to maybe add a quilt for your Dad..
what you are doing is beautiful Mina..you and your Dad i feel will be working closely on this project together spiritually...it will give you a sense of freedom, closure, and a chance for his daughter to build a beautiful tribute to him...
if you would like--we will pin a thread/dedication just for him on Leo's....you can put as much or as little info as youd like-anyhing-findings, poems, tributes, memories...your call..
let me know..
and let me know if you need anything..
love & blessings, A'isha
The above post/tribute took me about a week to finally write...to get out...been a hard week...my friend was found dead in his apt. in NY...they say it was a heart attack...Out of respect for those at the memorial-confidentiality was kept...I found out Monday...he was in there for three weeks..this is a tribute to him i send to his daughter to read at his memorial...just wanted to share it with my Leo's family....by the way...Norville & Leo were friends as well...
Love & blessings, A'isha
Always With You
Your heart may be heavy and aching
Now that I'm no longer here,
But though you may shed many tears
Let memories banish your fear.
My arms are no longer around you,
My lips cannot speak of my love,
But I'm with you in spirit each day,
As I look down from Heaven above.
The house may be silent without me,
It doesn't mean I can't be there,
And when every night that you sleep,
Our love in your dreams we still share.
As you continue alone on the earth,
I'll be with you each step of the way,
I can still be the strength that you need
To carry you through each new day.
Although I know you can't see me,
Our spirits are joined as before,
So whenever you feel uplifted
Know it's me just loving you more.
In Heaven we're given a gift
To still tend to the ones left behind,
So smile when you think of me,
I remain in your heart and your mind.
Copyright Marian Jones 2001
Thank you so much sis for the beautiful poem...its so comforting..Im sharing it with his daughter as well...love you Angel...
love & hugs, A'isha
ps--Im not getting ANY of my messages from care2!! so-i dont know when anyone has posted... have to contact them.. to fix it