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by Megan Shepard, a Cousin, October 12, 1998

Read by Megan at Matthew's Funeral

An angel with new wings

In a place a world away

Can once again begin to sing

God took him in his arms today

He blessed his soul with loving care

And took away his pain

His life story all would share

His memory on their hearts a stain

So young a heart destroyed

For a cause unforgotten

Another's mind deployed

The result of a tragedy rotten

The tragic hero that's hard to find

A martyr with great courage

God's lamb in rare design

Never to be discouraged

Our love for him forever strong

His image will never fade

We'll meet him again before long

Temporary goodbyes we now must bade

Matty, I love you with all of my heart

I wish you only knew how much

You'll be happier with this brand new start

The world's hearts you have now touched


 by Joanne R. Dabek

As my tears fall on this paper they will dry and fade away,
but so many will soon follow,
as I relive that day.

  So many times I've asked why and begged to turn back time,
knowing deep inside my heart,
the answers were not mine.

  What could you have been thinking when you took them back to you,
did our hearts not matter,
did you care what we went through?

  Weren't our younger years hard enough to teach us things unkind
you took the ones we loved so much and left us all behind.

  They say it's wrong to question that you know all that is right,
but can you fill the void we feel or dry the tears at night.

  What could be the lesson to lose the one we loved so much
robbed of their presence, their love and their touch.

  They say that time will heal us and our pain will soon subside
but nothing fills the void in life of loved ones that have died.

  We will always have the wanting to see them just once more,
always wishing in our hearts that things were like before.

  Now my tears have dried and faded no one will know I've cried,
nor will they feel my broken heart
for loved ones who have died.



by: Peggie Bouse

  We go through life so often
Not stopping to enjoy the day
And we take each one for granted
As we travel on our way.

  We never stop to measure
Anything we just might miss
But if the wind should blow by softly
You'll feel an ANGEL'S KISS.

  A kiss that is sent from heaven
A kiss from up above
A Kiss that is very special
From someone that you love.

  For in your pain and sorrow
An ANGELS KISS will help you through
This kiss is very private
For it is meant for only you.

  So when your hearts are heavy
And filled with tears and pain
And no one can console you
Remember once again.....

  About the ones you grieve for
Because you sadly miss
And the gentle breeze you took for granted
Was just an ANGELS KISS...