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Dearest Clay  / Diana Slatten (god's child )

You are now an angel in Heaven as you must have been on Earth. You will be dearly missed by those who truly knew you. You must be an angel for a special person on Earth.

"Happy Anniversary, Clay"  / Deana Osment (Girlfriend)


Miss You So Much

You're the love of my life,
the one I never thought I'd find,
I think about you always,
I can't get you off my mind,

the days go by,
and you're not here,
I long for the moment,
when I can hold you near,

time drags on,
ever so slow,
I love you my darling,
and I need you so,

I wish you were here,
holding me close,
the warmth of your touch,
is what I miss the most,

I lie here in bed,
thinking of you,
I never imagined,
I could feel so blue,

these thoughts that I have,
they cut like a knife,
because I miss you so much,
the love of my life.

Pictures / Deana Osment (Girlfriend)

Clay,

I'm sorry I had to put my name on the Christmas picture, but I was told that the other picture I took of your headstone was copied by HER from my site and SHE put it on HER site and is using it has HER own. I was also told that Randall's message in our guestbook was copied by HER and reworded and SHE'S put it in HER guest book to try and make people think he signed. I told Randall about it today and he thought it was hilarious.

Clay, I Miss You and Love You Always, 

Deana     

http://deanaosment.com

Missing You  / Deana Osment (Girlfriend)



Clay,


Hey Sunshine, 

You are in my heart and my thoughts every second of the day, and I feel and know your presence is with me more and more too. I told Mama about the things that have been happening  and the dreams I've been having and she just smiled and then told me about what has happened to her since my Daddy went to Heaven. It's just amazing how you can look back on things that have been said and done and see the true meaning of it all. I am so thankful that God put us together. He knew that we needed each other. I think about all our time together but our Saturday (
9/4/04), God made extra special for us, from the time we opened our eyes that morning, to the things we talked about and the things we did that day and night. Every detail of the time we've shared together from day one is vivid in my memory and always has been, but that Saturday is different and we both know why. I love you Clay and I always will.

I Love You and Miss You Always,

Deana       

http://deanaosment.com

My Sunshine  / Deana Osment (Girlfriend)


Clay,


I love and miss you more than words can ever say. Having you in my life has blessed me in so many ways. I can't help but wish we had, had more time together. But I'm thankful for every minute that we did share and I'm so glad we NEVER took one single minute of that time for granted. Everything was as sweet as it should have been, like you always said. You will be in my heart forever.

I Love You Always,

Deana (Your Baby Girl) 


http://deanaosment.com/

http://hometown.aol.com/bobelue/

"Happy Father's Day"  / Deana Osment (Girlfriend)


          

“Happy Father’s Day, Clay”


 

I know this day has been the best for you because you are with the Father.

I love you always,

       Deana



  Father’s Love Letter

Missing you....  / Deana Osment (grieving soul mate )  Read >>
Missing you....  / Deana Osment (grieving soul mate )

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you! I miss you and there are no words to ever express how much...I gave you my heart and you still have it all these years later. I loved you then and I love you still....I never stopped.

People say the pain gets easier with time.....but I disagree or at least it the pain hasn't got better for me. I still don't understand why God had to take you and I still go over our every moment together and I cherish them. When you died it changed my life forever. I'm not even close to the same person I was. I relive that night in Tennessee on a regular basis and I know that I'm just tormenting myself and I try not to but......it just finds its way into my mind. I love you always.....

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sorry for your loss  / LOYDA POLANCO   Read >>
sorry for your loss  / LOYDA POLANCO
Can We Understand It?
“Death Is
Swallowed Up Forever”

In this series:

Death’s Devastating Effect
“Death Is Swallowed Up Forever”
Related topics:

Should You Be Afraid of Death?
The Hereafter—Where Will It Be?
What Happens at Death?
IMAGINE reading a newspaper with the above headline instead of reading about a young girl who has taken her own life. Of course no newspaper has ever been able to make such a statement. But the above words do appear in a book that is thousands of years old—the Bible.

In the Scriptures death is clearly explained. Furthermore the Bible not only reveals why we die but also explains the condition of the dead and offers hope for our deceased loved ones. Finally it speaks of a momentous time when it will be possible to report: “Death is swallowed up forever.”—1 Corinthians 15:54.

The Bible explains death in familiar rather than mysterious terms. For example it repeatedly likens dying to ‘falling asleep’ and it describes dead people as “sleeping in death.” (Psalm 13:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13; John 11:11-14) Death is also identified as an “enemy.” (1 Corinthians 15:26) More important the Bible enables us to understand why death is like a sleep why death afflicts mankind and how this enemy will finally be defeated.

Why Do We Die?
The first book of the Bible relates how God made the first man Adam and settled him into a paradise home. (Genesis 2:7 15) When starting out in life Adam received work assignments along with one strict prohibition. Regarding a certain tree in the garden of Eden God told him: “You must not eat from it for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.”* (Genesis 2:17) Hence Adam understood that death was not inevitable. It was the direct result of violating a divine law.

Adam and Eve’s disobedience led to death
Tragically Adam and his wife Eve disobeyed. They chose to ignore the will of their Creator and they reaped the consequences. “Dust you are and to dust you will return” God told them when he outlined the results of their sin. (Genesis 3:19) They became seriously defective—imperfect. Their imperfection or sinfulness would lead to their death.

This defect—sin—was also passed on to Adam and Eve’s offspring the entire human race. In a sense it was like a hereditary disease. Not only did Adam lose the opportunity to live a life free from the scourge of death but he also transmitted imperfection to his offspring. The human family was taken hostage to sin. The Bible states: “That is why just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned.”—Romans 5:12.

“Sin Entered Into the World”
This hereditary defect or sin cannot be seen under a microscope. “Sin” refers to a moral and spiritual deficiency that has been transmitted to us from our first parents and it has physical consequences. However the Bible reveals that God has provided a remedy. The apostle Paul explains: “The wages sin pays is death but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul added an assurance that was very meaningful for him: “Just as in Adam all are dying so also in the Christ all will be made alive.”—1 Corinthians 15:22.

Clearly Jesus Christ plays a key role in eliminating sin and death. He said that he came to earth “to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.” (Matthew 20:28) The situation is comparable to a kidnapping in which release of the hostage can be obtained only by a specified payment. In this case the ransom that can free us from sin and death is Jesus’ perfect human life.# —Acts 10:39-43.

To provide the ransom God sent Jesus to the earth to sacrifice his life. “God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son in order that everyone exercising faith in him might . . . have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Before dying a sacrificial death Christ ‘bore witness to the truth.’ (John 18:37) And during his public ministry he took advantage of certain events to reveal the truth about death.

“The Little Girl . . . Is Sleeping”
Jesus was no stranger to death while he was on earth. He felt the grief of losing people around him and he was fully aware that he himself would die prematurely. (Matthew 17:22 23) Evidently some months before Jesus was executed his close friend Lazarus died. That event provides us with an insight into Jesus’ view of death.

Soon after receiving word of Lazarus’ death Jesus said: “Lazarus our friend has gone to rest but I am journeying there to awaken him from sleep.” The disciples assumed that if Lazarus was merely resting he would get better. So Jesus said plainly: “Lazarus has died.” (John 11:11-14) Obviously Jesus understood death to be like sleep. While death may be difficult for us to comprehend we do understand sleep. During a good night’s rest we are unaware of the passage of time and what is going on around us because we are in a state of temporary unconsciousness. This is exactly how the Bible explains the condition of the dead. Ecclesiastes 9:5 states: “As for the dead they are conscious of nothing at all.”

Jesus took the dead girl’s hand and she got up
Jesus also compared death to a sleep because people can be awakened from death thanks to the power of God. On one occasion Jesus visited the home of a distraught family whose little girl had just expired. “The little girl did not die but she is sleeping” Jesus said. Then he approached the dead girl and took hold of her hand and she “got up.” In other words she rose from the dead.—Matthew 9:24 25.

Jesus likewise raised his friend Lazarus from death. But before performing that miracle he consoled Martha Lazarus’ sister by saying: “Your brother will rise.” She confidently replied: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” (John 11:23 24) She evidently expected all of God’s servants to be resurrected at some point in the future.

What exactly does a resurrection imply? The Greek word for “resurrection” (a·na'sta·sis) literally means “standing up.” It denotes a rising from the dead. This may sound incredible to some yet after saying that the dead would hear his voice Jesus said: “Do not marvel at this.” (John 5:28) The resurrections that Jesus himself performed on earth give us confidence in the Bible’s promise that the dead in God’s memory will awake from their long “sleep.” Revelation 20:13 prophesies: “The sea gave up those dead in it and death and Hades [mankind’s common grave] gave up those dead in them.”

Will these dead ones be resurrected back to life only to grow old and die again somewhat like Lazarus? That is not God’s purpose. The Bible assures us that the time will come when “death will be no more” so no one will be growing old and then dying.—Revelation 21:4.

Death is an enemy. The human race has many other common enemies such as sickness and old age which likewise cause much suffering. God promises to vanquish them all finally passing sentence on mankind’s greatest foe. “As the last enemy death is to be brought to nothing.”—1 Corinthians 15:26.

With that promise fulfilled humans will enjoy perfect life unmarred by sin and death. Meanwhile we can take comfort in knowing that our dead loved ones are resting and if they are in God’s memory they will be resurrected in his due time.

Understanding Death Helps Give Meaning to Life
A clear understanding of death and the hope for the dead can change our outlook on life. Ian mentioned in the preceding article was in his 20’s when he learned about the Bible’s explanation of death. “I always had a vague hope that my father was somewhere” he says. “So when I learned that he was just asleep in death I felt dejected at first.” Nevertheless when Ian read of God’s promise to resurrect the dead he was overjoyed to know that he could see his father again. “For the first time in my life I felt at peace” he recalls. A proper understanding of death brought him a peace of mind that calmed his spirit.

Clive and Brenda lost their 21-year-old son Steven in the fatal crash mentioned in the preceding article. Although they knew what the Bible says about death they were still heartbroken by their sudden loss. After all death is an enemy and its sting is painful. Their Scriptural knowledge about the condition of the dead gradually cushioned their grief. Brenda says: “Our understanding of death has allowed us to pick up the pieces of our lives and move on. Mind you not a day goes by when we don’t think about the time when Steven will wake up from his deep sleep.”

“Death Where Is Your Sting?”
Clearly comprehending the condition of the dead can help us have a balanced view of life. Death does not need to be an enigma. We can enjoy life without a morbid fear of this enemy hovering in the background. And realizing that death need not extinguish our lives forever eliminates any urge to live for pleasure in the belief that “life is so short.” Knowing that our deceased loved ones in God’s memory are asleep in death and awaiting a resurrection can give us solace and kindle our desire to carry on with life.

Yes we can confidently look to the future when Jehovah God the Giver of life will bury death forever. What a blessing it will be when we can rightly ask: “Death where is your victory? Death where is your sting?”—1 Corinthians 15:55.


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* This is the first Bible reference to death.

# The ransom price was a perfect human life because that was what Adam had lost. Sin contaminated all humans so no imperfect human could serve as a ransom. Thus God sent his Son from heaven for that purpose. (Psalm 49:7-9) For more information on this subject see chapter 7 of the book Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life published by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Many await the time when their dead loved ones will awaken from sleep as Lazarus did




Appeared in The Watchtower augustus 15 2005

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Only God knows  / Janet Yoho (visitor)  Read >>
Only God knows  / Janet Yoho (visitor)
I am so sorry for your loss.  We lost our son in March of this year, also unexpectely, and also in Tennessee.  He was attending the Free Will Baptist Bible college in Nashville and apparently had a fatal seizure.  He was only 19.  I know what it's like to question why God had to take them so soon.  I don't think it's something that will ever make sense, but believing that God knows best and that He had some reason that was for good, is a comfort.  My son loved to sing and I'm sure he's singing in that Heavenly choir as well.  God bless. Close
My Angel was promoted to Heaven also  / Tammy Taylor (Visitor)  Read >>
My Angel was promoted to Heaven also  / Tammy Taylor (Visitor)
I understand your pain. I know how much your heart is breaking. My fiance passed away almost 4 months ago, on June 8, 2007. We were suppose to have gotten married on Aug. 24, 2007. It is very difficult to deal with. I cry myself to sleep every night. Some days I feel that I can barely make it through. It is so much of a struggle. God is the One holding me together. I don't understand His reason for what has happened, but I know that He has a reason. I was angry at God at first. But as time goes by, I realize how very blessed I am that God sent this wonderful man in my life. I am so very blessed. He passed away at 45 yrs old from a massive stroke.  I know those two are up there having a ball! My fiance couldn't really sing, but he loved music, he loved to dance. He did his silly dances around the house all the time. So he is really enjoying your soulmate's music. And they are all probably laughing at my Tim doing his silly dancing. Tim also has a memorial site. It would be listed as...  Charles Timothy "Tim" Merriam.  God Bless You. Close
I understand  / Shelly Campbell (visitor)  Read >>
I understand  / Shelly Campbell (visitor)
I understand what you are going through ,losing someone who is your life hurts all the way through.I lost the father to my baby 7-16-2006 due to complications of a heart transplant, sadly his family had forced me out of the picture three months before that and I was not able to spend his last moments with him. It hurts me knowing that I was not accepted by them and in the end it cost me precious time with the only man who ever meant anything at all.In the end they not only cheated me out of time they also acted as if the past five years that we spent together was nothing. I'm sorry for your loss and I know that even though you were just a special friend to clay that sometimes that means more than the papers because it is real no matter what. Again I'm sorry for your loss and I wish you whatever happiness that you can find you are in my prayers. Close
For Clay and Deena~ A candle for Comfort  / Cindy Mommy To Angel Kaydence   Read >>
For Clay and Deena~ A candle for Comfort  / Cindy Mommy To Angel Kaydence
Just wanted to let you know that i was thinking of you. I know it is hard to deal with this awful pain you are in my prayers xoxoxo Cindy


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TO 2 SOUL MATES & BEST FRIENDS  / FRAN GATES (WIFE OF ANGEL DAVE)   Read >>
TO 2 SOUL MATES & BEST FRIENDS  / FRAN GATES (WIFE OF ANGEL DAVE)

I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, YOUR BEST FRIEND & SOUL MATE! I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE FEELING I LOST MY SOUL MATE TOO MY HUSBAND DAVE HAD A HEART ATTACH IN OUR BED ROOM ON APRIL 10TH 2005 MY LIFE CHANGE I HAVE NO CLUE I STILL WATE FOR HIM TO COME IN THE DOOR OR CALL..BUT I KNOW THAT OUR HUSBANDS ARE ANGEL'S NOW MAY BE THEY MEET. AND ARE LOOKING DOWN ON US! GOD IS WITH BOTH OF US.. FRAN GATES ( ANGEL DAVE WIFE )

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Thinking of you....  / Cindy Mommy To Angel Kaydence   Read >>
Thinking of you....  / Cindy Mommy To Angel Kaydence
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just saying hello  / Cindy Mommy To Angel Kaydence
Happy Valentines day to you in Heaven..... Thinking of you and your family. If you see Kaydence she loved the winnie the pooh song play it for her please Love and Hugs.... Cindy Mommy to Angel Kaydence www.kaydeeboo.memory-of.com Close
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