Thank you for
visiting William's Guestbook.
These are messages left by previous visitors.
Please take a moment and read their stories as well.
We wish you peace,
The Family of William Jenkins (1980-1997)
||1/2/2002 11:44:24 PM Eastern Standard Time
(Westcott Funeral Homes)
Dear Mr. Jenkins,
I am a funeral home owner in Cottonwood, Ariozna. I
am also a columnist for a funeral trade publication.
I had written a column on a mother and her two young
sons killed in a tragic auto accident. It was a reminder to those in funeral
service of the devastating loss that a family goes through. The next week I
came across your book at the public library. It was the answer to my own
question: "What help can we give to these families?".
There will be a review of your book in my February
column (which will be on-line). I also have reviewed your book on the Barnes
and Noble site which should appear by Jan. 6.
It would be my pleasure to send you this
review/column when it is published. Or you may see it
for the February edition (not on line until probably the second week of
February, but I get an advance copy).
Thank you for taking your loss and turning it into a
gift for others. Your pain will give courage to parents, families and
caregivers to work together to see each other to tomorrow, the next day and
the next day after that. Then they can, in turn, help others as you have.
I wish you peace of mind and heart in your grief.
||1/12/2002 6:55:28 PM Eastern Standard Time
I am a mother of 2 teen girls and am always afraid,
thinking something might happen too them. I just want to say how sorry I am
for your loss , and pray for you and your wonderful son !!!!
God bless you
Thinking of you as a bereaved parent, too. I lost my youngest
son, Jake, age 9, on September 24, 2000. He was riding his go-cart on a closed
road and a 16 y/o teenager drove around the barricades at a high rate of speed
and hit Jake. I miss him.
I have written about him in an online diary. You may choose to write about your
son, too. www.freeopendiary.com 4eversad is my diary.
4ever Jake's Mom
"Death ends a life, not a relationship."
||8/28/2002 1:27:28 PM Central Daylight Time
Dear Mr. Jenkins,
I first want to express my condolences to you and your family on the loss of
your son. Such words seem so common, but they convey a sentiment that cannot be
expressed adequately in words. I suspect you know something about what that is
like. I extend not only my condolences but my compassion, and my wish for you
that the road you travel is filled with as much healing as can be absorbed by a
heart that has been torn by such violence and suffered the depth of such loss.
I have not suffered a loss such as yours. I ordered and read your book do
assist me in some research I am doing for a book of my own. The focus of my
work is to aid and encourage not those who are suffering, but those who want to
help the people we love that ARE suffering. I am a pastor by professionally,
and I have witnessed too much cruelty and insensitivity disguised as good
intentions that I decided there was a place for such a book in this world.
As I read your book it occurred to me that at some point, if you were willing, I
might be in touch with you to talk more specifically about your experiences as
one on the receiving end of others' "good intentions." It has been several
weeks since I read your book, and it was not on my mind until this morning when
I suggested your book as a reference to someone whose friend was just murdered.
And as the mind sometimes work, the realization that you are (or were?) in
Henrico County suddenly rang a bell. In a couple of weeks I will be in Richmond
to attend a conference, so it occurs to me to take advantage of that occurrence
to be in touch with you now.
Finally, thank you for the work you have done that has benefited so many
others. I believe you expressed the sentiment that asking "why," when something
tragic happens is never as fruitful as asking, "how can this be a vehicle for
something good?" I concur with that sentiment, and wish you the best in that
||10/7/2002 1:47:02 AM Central Daylight Time
I ran across your site, which is wonderful. I am so,
sorry for your loss. God be with you for what you have done for others on
your site. I would like my memorial to my young son, Danny, who took his own
life, March 27/1997 added to your site if I may. The address is:
Thank you so much and God
Linda Webb (Kelowna, BC,
I am so sorry that your son, William, was killed.
I just visited your website and was impressed at all I saw.
I invite you to submit William's name to be placed on the Murder Victims
Memorial Wall (www.murdervictimsmemorialwall.com) and to also place a link to it
on your site so that others who want the names of their loved ones remembered
may find it there.
If you would also put a link to our Suicide Memorial Wall, that would be nice,
too. The address to it is: www.suicidememorialwall.com
Love and peace,
Karyl, mother of Arlyn
||3/2/2003 8:35:39 PM Central Standard Time
We spoke this morning, after I spoke with Jennifer. I just
needed to take a look at your beautiful son William. He looks very much like my
five year old son Adam. God bless you!
Sherri (The student writing against the death penalty).
P.S I don't think I'll ever be the same
||3/4/2003 1:49:27 PM Central Standard Time
Dear Mr. Jenkins and Family,
I am a Funeral Service Student in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada and I am on March Break. Being the half-hearted studious student that
I am, I was surfing the web researching grief for a paper that is due in
March. I stumbled across your site and I was struck by the memories and the
love that radiated for your son, William. I was touched in many was from your
site and saddened by your uncomprehendable loss. From reading your stories
about your son, it is clear to me that he would have become a wonderful man.
I have chosen the field of Funeral Services to be able to make the lives of
survivors just a little bit easier, ease the grief for a short time, and
reading your site has given me more of an understanding and the will to do
just that. I commend you and your family for the offered prayers for the man
and women who have taken so much from you and I pray that I would have the
courage to do the same. May you and your family find comfort in knowing that
your son has changed the lives of many people in many countries. His story
has brought comfort and knowledge to many. Your family will be in my thoughts
and prayers for a long time to come.
12:26:19 PM Central Standard Time
I am the mother of a 15 year old boy, and I cannot
imagine your pain - but you have taken that pain and created a thing of beauty
so that your son will be remembered. I wish you all the blessings life can
bestow - RC deWinter
||5/13/2002 1:20:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time
I am a hospice bereavement counselor with Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ
and most of the work I do involves helping people through the first year
following the death of a family member who was on our hospice service. Because
I believe people do better when they know what normal grief looks like (and
therefore need some idea of what to expect during that first year) I am always
looking for informative resources that I can personally recommend. I saw your
book advertised in Bereavement Magazine, ordered a copy and have just finished
reading it. (By the way, I ordered it from Amazon.com without any difficulty,
so you may want to update the information that appears on your Web site about
that). I cannot imagine the courage and discipline it must have taken for you
to write this wonderful book, but I want you to know how grateful I am that you
did. Clearly you have transformed your own personal tragedy into an insightful
and informative gift for the rest of us, have created a lasting legacy for your
beloved son Will as well. I will not hesitate to recommend your book to my
clients and to the many people who visit my
Grief Healing Web site.
I've also asked my Web designer to add a link to your Web site on my
Links: Human Loss Sites
page, and I will let you know when it is up. (When you have a few moments, I
hope you'll spend some time exploring my Web site, which is designed to offer
information, comfort and support to those who are mourning the loss of a loved
Once again, I thank you for making such a generous, heartfelt and valuable
contribution to the grief and bereavement literature, and I wish you continued
success in your efforts to build such a meaningful legacy to your beloved son.
With warmest regards,
Marty Tousley, Bereavement Counselor
||12/20/2001 1:21:36 PM Eastern Standard Time
Hello Mr. Jenkins, I saw your son's web site and I just want to say My heart
broke for you and your family. I too have a son he is 12 and we live in
Brooklyn, New York and I know the love a parent has for their child, I cannot
imagine what you have been through, but my heart goes out to you. It was a
beautiful memorial site in honor of your precious son. Your poem was beautiful,
I see your faith is very strong, and your son is in a great place and watching
down on his family and knowing how much he was loved. I just want to say, your
son must have been very special to God, for him to want him back so soon. Take
care and God Bless you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. Lou
||12/13/2001 7:32:22 PM Eastern Standard Time
I was very touched by the memorial of your son William.I am so sorry for your
loss. I too, lost a child to violence. It has been 3 long months for me. The
reality of it all is what led me to search out other parents. To hear other
peoples stories. Some how I get comfort knowing I am not alone. I pray that God
has sent peace to your heart. Sincerly, Lori
||11/25/2001 8:40:32 PM Eastern Standard Time
Nov. 25, 2001
My name is Kelly Finnegan.
My daughters name is (was) Megan Nicole Walker. we live in Dinwiddie CO. va.. On
Oct. 29 ,2001 she was fatally shot by the boy next door. she was 14. we have
many court dates ahead of us. Our lives have been tunred upside down. I am
lifeless, I now have no purpose. You see, Megan was my only child, my life, my
I was given you 3rd. edition of " what to do when the police leave" . ( It
belongs to a friend who is retired from the victim witness program in Orlando,
Fla. She now live here ) It has been helpful , when I can keep my mind on the
words. I found this web site on the back cover. Im looking for any and every
kind of help to make sure this 15 year old shooter is punished . Please help
me. IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY BELOVED
MEGAN NICOLE WALKER
Thank you , Kelly Finnegan
||10/5/2001 12:24:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time
What wonderful tribute to your beautiful son. My son is only 13 but still
could be in danger at school or on the street. I pray everyday that I can
raise him to adulthood. To lose a child must be the most pain a parent can
suffer. I won't claim to know how you felt and probably still feel, but
being a mother of three I would never want to experience that. My heart goes
out to you and your family.
I came across your website because I was looking for comforting words for a
funeral service for my brother. I wanted something unique and different. I
don't know the Bible that well, so was searching the internet. I'm so glad I
stopped by and hope life is well with you and yours.
Bonnie G. McKenzie
||9/30/2001 5:06:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time
warm greetings to u all . i have been reading about the tragic loss of your
son and friend. I feel that i need to let u know that others still do care.
||8/29/2001 10:01:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time
I feel so sad... I have two sons ages 14 and 20. I
don't know how I would survive if one of them were taken from me at the hand
of another. This is a wonderful web page. Thank You for sharing. I will
remember your son. Keri Handy, Napoleon, Ohio
||8/27/2001 10:49:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time
...while surfing tonight and for some reason I can't
pinpoint wanted to express my condolences. I've read memorial sites but
didn't feel compelled to write before; I feel touched by your memorial to your
son. I'm not a father, not even a husband, so can't relate as anything other
than a human being but I hope you're okay and thanks for the site.
||8/10/2001 1:28:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time
My heart broke reading about the life and death of this marvelous young man,so
handsome and caring and so very special.I know he is missed so much.Four years
has to feel like a lifetime ago,
May God comfort you in the years to come.
****** Please visit my website at http://nitewriter.net ******
In Memory of my son,James Matthew Wier
Matthew Wier - A Memorial
||8/7/2001 8:21:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Hi, My name is Vicki Jones. I would really appreciate it
if you would put my daughter's site on yours. My daughter's name was Cora. She
was only 12 years old. She was kidnapped & murdered. My heart really goes out
to you when I was reading your son's site. It is very hard when our children
have been killed by the hands of another.
Thank you so much Vicki Jones
||8/6/2001 6:24:37 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Hi, My name is Nita. I linked in through Heavenly
Angels, where I am a member. To begin, over the past 16 months I've viewed many
Memorial Sites. This one is so eloquently put together. It flows so
naturally,despite the tragic reasoning , it is absolutely filled with
inspiration and faith. Such appreciation of your sons life! Thank You for
sharing him with me. And Thank You for sharing yourself as well. Your hearts
voice rises above this tragedy,and I recognize the echo of only the love of God.
Forgiveness, prayer and a deep love for others, so Christ like, Christian. I
will revisit, as an inspiration for my heart. I too have an angel in heaven, my
daughter Jillian. Love & Hugs to see us through the 'moments' Jillians Mom, Nita
||8/5/2001 2:07:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time
My heart and prayers are with you. I pray that God will
comfort you through out each day. God bless, Paul.
||7/19/2001 12:22:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Bill, I just read your story of your son, I to lost my
son just this past march, he had turned 16 in Feb...........So many details,
so many unanswered questions, They rule it as an accident, when the house
caught fire, but you see his father got out of the house, He waited over an
hour to tell someone to call 911, but he never mentioned that his son was in
the house..............This is just not right....................I am sorry
that you lost your son, I am sorry for all of us who have to live our lives
with so much emptiness and pain......................You did a really good job
on Williams site, I suppose that he was named after you...........Of course.
You can visit my son at
Just click on dedication to Dustin James Ellis
||7/18/2001 7:56:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Thank you for sharing your son with with rest of us. I'm so sorry for
your loss. My own daughter was murdered at the age of 18. She was out
jogging one night and never came home. This was 15 years ago this
month. And it still hurts so. I wish I was smart enough to honor her
with a web site, but alas I am not too computer savy. Your site is so
sweet. I know you miss him so. God bless you.
||7/18/2001 6:47:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
I read your book, What To Do When The Police Leave. It helped me when my child
was murdered. I have since recommended it to several parents.
I enjoyed your site. Thank you for letting the world know about these love ones.
If possible, I would like my child's site to be added to yours.
OUR ANGEL ON EARTH, NOW OUR ANGEL IN HEAVEN
Thanking you in advance for your time.
||7/4/2001 1:01:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time
I am 35 and live in Las Vegas. My parents divorced 5 years ago and also live in
Las Vegas. There was very little contact with them over those 5 years. On
April 15, 2001 at 11pm, I received a call from a friend saying the she just saw
on the news that a 62 year old woman was shot and killed at Albertson's grocery
store. I knew that my mother was working till 9pm that night and I had not
heard from her. I called her home and there was no answer...I jumped in my car
to go to the store and saw the flashing lights long before I got there. After
getting through to the front of the store...I found out that my mother had been
shot by my father, before he killed himself. He was 65. While reading your
book, What to do when the police leave, I found out that it was normal to want
to know more info. I had to go the coroner's office the following day, to ID.
After reading the coroner's reports, I learned that my father shot my mother 12
times. It appears that he tortured my mother, before firing a single shot
through his head. I had my only sibling, my sister, die 10 years ago of sudden
brain death. I was expecting my grief to be the same, boy was I WAY off. My
parents moved to Vegas 14 years ago, but I just moved here from Chicago 2 years
ago. My best friend from Chicago was here 2 weeks ago to help me clean out mom's
house. She left me this book. It took me awhile to pick it up, and I still have
concentration problems and have just been flipping through it reading different
sections at different times. But its very good for me to hear that the goofy
things that I've been doing are normal. I see a therapist once a week (big
surprise) and she keeps telling me things I do are normal...but she has never
been in this situation, and its just REAL good for me to hear it from someone
who has. Thanks for writing and publishing this book.
to view my web page: www.expage.com/paulacook101
||7/13/2001 3:30:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time
I got the link from your site from Patricia Cornwell's website. I'm a big
fan of her work. I was surprised when I came across your page and decided to
stay and read it. I was very touched by the memorial you have created for
your son. I wanted to cry for the loss though I've never even experienced
something so tragic. I pray for you and your family. You are doing a great
thing by telling his story. It makes crimes real and their consequences
real. Also, it reminds us the victims are more important then the criminals
we most often focus on. God bless you.
Wendi Mosley Temple
||6/22/2001 1:50:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time
I WAS TRYING TO FIND A FRIEND , AND FOUND THIS . I HAVE A 2 YR. OLD AND CAN'T
IMAGINE THE PAIN . I OWN A SPORTS BAR IN MD. AND THIS FEAR I HAVE EVERY NIGHT .
I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY BUT I TRY TO FEEL WHAT YOU DO. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY
DENNIS M. ROGERS.
ANY TIME YOU WOULD WANT TO TALK
||6/9/2001 9:02:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time
This is an incredibly touching site and a fit tribute to your wonderful,
brilliant son. The personal touches of him, especially his room, tell
the most of him and how you felt for him. I am so happy for you to have
had such a rich relationship with him in his too-short life. It is as
if our children knew that this part of their journey would be short so
they packed the love, friendship and intensity in tightly. It leaves us
to wonder what might have been and makes the work you do now through
your book, website, and lectures a continuation of your love for Will.
I am glad I met you.
I just spent almost two hours in the site you created for your son, it is a
wonderful tribute to William. I am so sorry for your loss. Every time I read of
another taken by violence, it tears at my heart. My son was murdered two months
after William. Why these things happen is something I will never understand. I
have book marked your site to come back and visit. I am also going to try and
get you book. I think all you are doing is a wonderful tribute to William and
his memory, I know he must be so proud. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mom to Jennie, Laurie & ^i^ Shane~forever 19
In Memory of Shane
Shane Hebert~Victim Without Justice
||5/2/2001 1:18:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Dear Mr. Jenkins:
I came across your son's memorial website in a most unusual way...I was
looking up the Shakespeare quote "Good night, sweet prince" and it was one
of the results.
It is truly a moving and beautiful site and I enjoyed very much looking
through it. I feel as if I got to know you and your son and family very
well through it. It must have taken you a long time to put it together but
what a lovely memorial it is.
I send you my deepest condolences. I'm sure this is a tragedy that will
haunt you for the rest of your life but I do believe time makes all hurts
easier to bear. My own father died very suddenly a year and a half ago and
much as it hurt then, the passing days have brought gradual healing.
I live outside Baltimore and have visited Richmond occasionally but haven't
been down there in a couple of years. I'd love to meet you next time I'm
down that way.
I also note, your son died only 19 days before Princess Diana - God truly
must have been looking for some special angels up in heaven that month.
Again, my prayers and sympathies go out to you. May God watch over and
bless you and your family always.
Date: 4/19/2001 5:55:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kenrina
I was saddened to read about the tragic death of your
son William. I read and cried, I found your reaction to this hideous crime and set of
circumstances touching . I think it is wonderful that you can turn something that
has been so evil into something good to help others.
I was saddened to read about the tragic death of your son William. I read and cried, I
found your reaction to this hideous crime and set of circumstances touching . I
think it is wonderful that you can turn something that has been so evil into something
good to help others.
I loved William's art work and poetry. I have an 8 year old son william too and a six
year old son George.
Both are growing up so fast! I have been reminded that life is short and that I should
make the most of my children.
The tribute to your William is superb. I just hope that you continue to get strength
and hope from the good that is around. With Gods help im sure you will.
love and good wishes to you and Williams family. God bless you all.
Kenrina Maidment. U.K.
ps I found this link when visiting the 'official site of Patricia Cornwell'.
Date: 4/11/2001 11:27:54 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
I just wanted to thank you for such a beautiful site.
I too lost someone in my family, my younger sister. She was killed by a train
9 years ago this May. It is wonderful to find someplace where I can get help when I
may need it. Keep up the good work, and keep us all afloat
Date: 01/31/2001 5:57:33 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (Clementina Chery)
Just wanted to thank you for your book, "What to do when the police leave" and
for your wonderful memorial to your handsome son. As I look at him and visit his world he
reminds me of my oldest son Louis who was murdered on December 20, 1993. I hope that we
can meet soon. Peace and Love always.
Date: 01/27/2001 8:43:50 AM Eastern Standard Time
Dear Bill, We have just been visiting (Jeannie had been there before, but this was my
first time) The anniversary of Jamie's shooting is coming up--Jan. 30, and Jan. 31 when he
died at MCV. Visiting your site for William has brought up from way down inside of me all
those emotions. I haven't had a good cry for a while, and apparently I have needed just
that. Your website is incredible. What a gift to all of us who travel this road together.
We are now thinking that we would like to do a piece for Jamie, one that would have input
from his brothers. The memorials on your website are beautiful. Thanks, Bill. Tuesday,
January 30, at the Capitol, there will be a press conference. I had not planned to go this
time. I got burned out and depressed after the vigil on MLKing Day. The visits with those
legislators made the whole effort seem hopeless. Now, having visited William's website, my
energy to persevere is returning.
But, again, Bill, you have done an incredible job. What a labor of love. William would be
proud of his father and somehow must know how much you love him.
Date: 01/03/2001 12:06:26 AM Eastern Standard Time
Dear William's Family,
I was on the internet doing some research for my business when I stumbled upon y'alls web
site. I spent almost two hours reading almost all of it in spite of my busy schedule. It
is a very sad tragedy. The memorial you have created is a true work of art. I think your
son would be proud of it.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Jenkins)
As another William Jenkins, I came across this site while ego-surfing.
I was very sorry to hear of your loss but I note that you have turned a
terribly sad situation into something positive to help others who also
grieve the loss of a family member.
I read part of your screwtape letters style note... It is really well
and captures CS Lewis' style admirably. However, it is too much to
read tonight. I'll have to return another time.
We're probably cousins, 300 times removed or so.
All the best,
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Mr. Jenkins, I was told of your web site by a fellow Million Mom March coordinator from
Pennsylvania. I am working as the state coordinator for New Jersey.
Several times a week, in the midst of my hundreds of organizational emails, I receive
notes from or about parents who are grieving the indescribable loss of their children to
gun violence. It seems that every single one of these is more horrible than the next, but
they are all equally tragic, and equally (indescribably) horrific in outcome.
I am a mother of a three year old son and a one year old daughter. My family has never
experienced gun violence but I feel so vulnerable in the world we inhabit with the
proliferation of guns and easy access by people who should not have easy access to far
less deadly weapons. Everyday when I spend what seems like more hours than I have working
on building the Million Mom March effort, I look at my children and hug them and cry the
tears of a mother who never wants to outlive her children, especially as a result of
senseless and preventable violence.
I know as human beings we are all vulnerable and have very little control over so many
things in life, but I'll say one thing for certain -- I now know too much about how the
gun industry and lobby has run roughshod over the public in this country. I am thoroughly
and utterly sickened by their practices and intentionally misinformed constitutional
claims. Their "rights". What about our children's rights to go to work and come
home alive? or to school? or to a slumber party?
Mr. Jenkins, please know that my heart is linked with yours and that I grieve for you.
Reading about your beautiful son and his life has bolstered me that much more to keep up
the fight for good to prevail over evil, and peace to prevail over violence. May silence
and indifference forever be gone from our behavior as members of the human race.
Peace to you.
State Coordinator for New Jersey
Million Mom March -- Mothers' Day 2000
You have built a beautiful memorial. I am sorry this had to happen to your son and your
family. Thank you for your passionate efforts to stop it from happening to others
Date: 01/26/2000 6:07:26 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (Karin Wells)
Thank you for a beautiful and meaningful web site.
Karin Wells is a classical oil portrait artist who lives in
Peterborough, New Hampshire. Please visit her web site at:
Becky - 07/24/99 16:47:29
I've been at this site for over 2 hours now and must go for now even though I've still not
finished (will bookmark & return). I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for your loss
but appreciate so much your determination to see good come from William's tragic death. My
brother was murdered January 11, 1998, and I admire you for being able to pray for those
you took your son's life. I am able occasionally to pray for Mike's murderer because I
truly do feel sorry that she doesn't comprehend the value of his or anyone else's life.
Thanks for sharing...God bless you and yours...William was lucky to have you as his
vikki - 06/19/99 07:14:31
I am truly sorry for your loss. Your son looked like he was a very happy person and I know
you miss him terribly. I lost my 46-yr. old husband of 5 years on May 30, 1998. We were at
home, watching a movie, and he just died. He hadn't been ill, was not taking any
medication, nothing, and poof! I had lost my best friend. My sister lost her son and only
child on May 16, 1996, and he was only 25. Tom died of a severe asthma attack-he died at
the hospital. All of our lives have been forever changed, and it just doesn't seem fair
that these three young, good people are gone. May your son sleep with the angels.
Kathy M. - 06/18/99 23:51:49
I visited William's page, and I read his writings. He was a very talented young man. I'm
so sorry that he was taken from you, and in such a violent way. I must be a relief for you
to have the judicial process over with. I'm glad the man who killed William will never get
out of jail.
Linda Lane - 05/04/99 03:47:11
I'm really not sure what to say! I was very touched by your page. I'm still in tears! I'm
sincerely sorry for your loss; I imagine that everyday, is a challenge for you...I think
this is a wonderful tribute to William.....You see I too lost my son...I have not been
able to write Billy story yet. I have started it many times but just can't finish. Billy
was trying to get some friends home safely, from his Birthday party but the boy driving
would not turn over the keys so Billy rode along to see them safely home. I know what it's
like to get that call...It was the night my world Ended...and will never be the same....
With the same broken heart...Linda
Lindsay Van Sicklen - 03/09/99 21:00:16
Bill, Thanks for creating this magnificient memorial to your son. Your testimony in the
midst of tragedy is a wonderful testimony both to the Body of Christ and the community at
Lucy Bhatia - 03/02/99 18:27:09
I share your grief. I too had a son murdered while at work in Virginia. Unfortunately,
this happened in 1989. The perpetrator was convicted of first degree murder but the jury
decided there was not enough evidence to convict him of the robbery. He wil be eligible
for parole in 2002. Although everyone tells me he will not be getting out on parole, my
only job for the rest of my life is to make sure this demon remains in jail. If he had not
been parole three times previous to this, my son might still be alive. I have even told my
oth r children that if something happens to me that they must carry on this fight for me
and their brother. I wish you peace of mind and soul. Lucy Bhatia
Jeanette Koenig - 09/25/98 00:34:10
jeri landon - 09/13/98 02:28:04
i am so sorry for your loss!my beautiful 22 year old daughter died 2 months before william
did.it has been a long journey,and i imagine a longer one yet to come.may peace find your
hurting soul and sooth it.............jeri
Lewis B. Sponagle - 08/20/98 01:57:09
I discovered your site through a recent MERELEWIS posting. May God bless you as you adjust
to your great loss through a closer walk with Him. I shall revisit and recommend the site
to others. God's blessings....Lew Sponagle
Wayne L. Tilden - 07/18/98 15:23:27
Very touching. You are in my prayers.
Mrs. Evelyn Sichi - 05/02/98 04:43:21
We read the Mere Lewis postings daily and were saddened to hear of the loss of your son.
What a beautiful tribute this website is. Peace be with you. Evelyn Sichi
David Green - 04/29/98 03:23:10
I am moved by your memorial to your son. Thank you for showing your love for him this way.
Barb - 04/08/98 10:43:12
Dear Bill and family: Your website tribute to your son was truly touching. What a fitting
memorial to a very special young man. I lost my son Jayson 3 years ago in a highway
accident and know how this terrible experience changes your life forever. Barb
Jennifer - 04/03/98 14:37:34
I knew Will When he was alive and I think this is a great website. Thank you for now I
know a little more about Will than I knew before.
Luis Ramirez - 03/29/98 19:32:02
Thank you, Bill, for sharing so much of this experience with us. As a father, and as your
friend, I am helped in many ways through your openness and the sharing of your grief,
faith and courage.
Denise - 03/24/98 20:43:41
What a beautiful tribute to William. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Becky Mullen - 03/01/98 03:44:43
I think this is a beautiful memorial to your son. My father passed away suddenly last
sunday night of a heart attack. Thank you for sharing your son's life. God bless.
Lynn - 02/21/98 02:13:28
Such a lovely tribute to your beautiful son. You touched my heart and soul with your
words. I will keep William and your family in my prayers.
teri s. - 02/12/98 09:55:50
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. William was so
young. I stumbled across this web site as I visited my own support group of
alt.support.grief.pet-loss. I lost my furbaby son 3 weeks ago. I know that it is not the
same as losing William, but he was like a son to me. He was 10. So I too grieve now along
with you. I also love your tribute to your son. I'm glad that the people who took such a
wonderful young man away from this world have been caught and are going to be sentenced. I
too had a very good friend who lost a 16 year old son to murder about 3 years ago. You are
very brave and inspiring to others. I hope you find some comfort in these words that
someday soon you will be reunited with William and will w lk together once more. P.S. I
have two children a girl 5 and a boy 4, and if something were to happen to them that I
could be like you. God Bless You and Your Family.
Pat Rumer - 02/08/98 04:15:50
Bill, what a wonderful memorial to an extraordinary son! I have corresponded with you via
asg, and am glad I decided to visit this site. May God be with you always, and keep you
and your family within the loving circle of his arms.
Rachel McCann - 02/04/98 02:13:35
To Bill and Elise: I wanted to let you know that you did a beautiful job with William's
web site. All the pictures and stories show all the love that you had, and still have, for
William. I am so sorry that I never got to meet him, only gaze at him from afar. I wish
you ontinued peace and healing. Love, Rachel
Dave Garman - 01/27/98 13:52:18
A fitting tribute and memorial to an exemplary young man. Well done Bill. Cousin Dave
Sher Cashin - 01/21/98 12:05:57
I was so touched by your pages dedicated to your son. You see, I have a 17 yr. old
daughter, born 5/6/80. We're in the college process, etc., as I'm sure you were also
before August came. She, too, is a gifted musician -- suffice it to say my heart was st
uck deeply by your first page. I will pray for you and for your family. I can only imagine
what your sense of loss must be. May you find great comfort and peace in the arms of the
God who made you and your precious son.
nancy - 01/20/98 02:15:33
Thank you for sharing your son's life with us. I cried as i read it ---i share your
feelings of loss, i too, have lost a son.... the pain is forever
Bill Chadwick - 01/20/98 00:11:09
The page is incredible! And perfectly fitting for such an incredible young man. I share
your pain William....and your joy...as only a bereaved father could. My heart leaps when I
see the pictures of William and the examples of his work. What a treasur chest. Thanks for
sharing part of his life and love with us. I know how proud you must be. Love & Peace,
Nina Collins - 01/19/98 14:05:31
Lynda - 01/19/98 12:39:37
Bill, thank you for the small journey into the life of your son, William. I trusted that
it would be a comforting experience based on your posts in ASG. My Love to you and your
family, you remain in my thoughts and prayers. Lynda, Bob's other half 5/8/48~8/3/95
TAMMY - 01/19/98 09:18:57
Dear Bill, What a beautiful and loving memorial to your precious son. You continue to be
such an inspiration to those of us who are grieving as does your wife. All that you have
written and established in your sons memory will never be in vain. William must be so very
proud to know that his talents and spirit live on through your words.............let
alone, his own gifts of expression. What a loving, talented and kind son you raised, and
how very blessed he was to have had a dad, stepmom and mom (and many others that loved him
so. William has forever touched my life and so have you.......I send you all my
love.......in memory of your son. Love, Tammy Grieving Hearts (forever grieving the sudden
death of my love Mark)