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Ignition Interlock Device and Drunk Driving

The installation of an ignition interlock device is utilized for those convicted of drunk driving in the state of North Carolina. Repeat offenders, those who blow .15 or higher on their breathalyzer test, as well as some repeat offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device on their car if they want to qualify for a DWI hardship license. An ignition interlock device is similar to a breathalyzer in that it measures a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). In order to your car to start, you must blow into the device first. The car will not start if your BAC registers at .02% or higher. You will be required to blow into the device periodically as your drive as well. If at anytime your BAC measures over .02%, your car will turn off.

This above information was forward to us by Sheriff BJ Barnes and our Chief Deputy County Attorney, is also found on The North Carolina’s General Assembly’s website page

Under North Carolina state law, you must pay for the installation of the ignition interlock device, as well as its monthly maintenance fee of approximately $160.00.

This is what happened to a gentleman named David Sherman, of the Browns Summit area in North Carolina, while taking an AFTERNOON bike ride.

A father, friend, and a son.

Will this law save lives?

Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal

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Memorial Ad for Just a Cloud Away Inc. ™ Journal

1st patchwork Quilt of Remembrance will be published January 2011 within Just a Cloud Away Inc. ™ Journal, online at http://www.justacloudaway.com/journal.html and https://justacloud.wordpress.com.

In addition to remembering those who have instilled many wonderful memories, your donation enables the journal to be printed and distributed monthly. Please support your human interest paper regarding love, loss, healing and memorials…… a subject of great importance.

 To place a 1 ½   by 1 ½ inch full color memorial ad for a loved one

  • Please send a close up (digital headshot) of your loved one to Diana@justacloudaway.com
  • The name of your loved one (18 characters)
  • Choose-In Memory of or In Honor of
  • 18 characters (including spaces) for the third line to note dates, loving words, etc
  • $25.00 check mailed to Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal PO Box 327 Julian, NC 27283
  • How many months would you like your loved ones memorial ad to run
  • If you are outside the Piedmont Triad Area, please include your mailing address or that of the bereaved family to send journals
  • Please send all of the above by the 7th of the previous month the ad is to be published (Example-to run in January’s issue, submit information by the 7th of December)
  • If this is an early pregnancy loss, we will accept sonogram pictures or other significant photos in memory of your babies
  • The Quilt of Remembrance is also provided for pet owners

 

 

 We thank you for your supporting the journal. The first Quilt of Remembrance will be published in the January 2011 issue

Please contact Diana to share your story

We Remember Them

 

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Support is available for bereaved families of pregnancy and infant loss in the Piedmont Triad Area. Heartstrings  is our local non-profit working with families who have lost a pregnancy or baby from conception to one year of age. This is done through a variety of supports designed to help them grieve, mourn, and begin to reconcile themselves to the death of their baby as well as cope with the emotions of a subsequent pregnancy.

The 6th Annual “Walk to Remember” of 2010 was held at Triad Park in Kernersville, NC. Families come to remember their children who briefly came into their lives and forever in their hearts.

The morning was beautiful and perfect for remembering angels.

T-Shirts were provided for the walkers.

Tammy Councilman is our local photographer representing the non-profit, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

Handmade Quilt by families of the babies passed.

The children are missed and remembered.

Every year symbolic ornaments are presented to the parents, which are then hung on a tree while the baby names are read.

This year, a butterfly.

Many sponsors provide refreshments, signs and donations.

Many people walk the 1 mile track to honor babies and their families.

To help those comforting bereaved parents of pregnancy and infant loss, please take a few minutes to answer a few questions to be published within Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal. It is only by sharing our experiences, will others know how to comfort those walking in different shoes. We thank you for your time.

Journals are published online at, Read Journals Online.

Peace Love and Hugs from Above

Diana Gardner-Williams  publisher

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 Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal is our community paper addressing loss, healing, memorials and proactive living. Founded by a mother, whose stillborn son is an integral part of the family today.

They are looking to educate society by providing articles within the journal addressing questions below. The journey of loosing a baby or pregnancy is devastating; however, if one has not walked in these shoes, it is difficult to comprehend. Please contact Diana@justacloudaway.com with answers to these questions (you may remain anonymous). Feel free to comment directly onto this post as well.

  1. Have you experienced any signs from your child/children?
  2. What words or actions of others comforted you the most?
  3. How can people help you in the future to honor your child?
  4. How have you memorialized your baby/babies?
  5. How have you described your loss to other living siblings?
  6. When people ask, “How many children do you have?” what is your response?
  7. Has the loss of your child/children changed your spirituality?
  8. Men and woman grief differently, do you have any suggestions to help other couples understand these differences?
  9. How do you acknowledge the Angelversary (day child passed)

10. Would you be interested in attending a casual paper crafting workshop at the Emerald Event Center, on a Friday night from 5-11? The location is 2000 East Wendover Ave, where supplies are provided to create memorials. More information is provided at http://www.justacloudaway.com on various ways to remember and memorialize our angels.

Please help increase awareness of pregnancy and infant loss. If you are located in another state other than North Carolina, please note in your answers and thank you.

Peace …..Diana

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Workshop for Families-Creating Love Memorials™ in Greensboro, N.C.

Are pictures sitting in a box with journals, recipes, or other handwritten memorabilia of loved ones passed? Bring your keepsakes to create beautiful works of art with your own hands, where no experience is necessary and all supplies are complementary.

 Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal and other local organizations are sponsoring the first Creating Love Memorials™ Workshop for families. Feel free to bring any 2 dimensional papers, fabric or tags to incorporate, whether from a loved one or beloved pet. Professionals will be on site in the craft area to assist children in creating paper keepsakes.

Adults will have the opportunity to design an awareness ribbon for the cause of their choice. Below is a ribbon for a Grandmother with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A Love Memorial™ is a keepsake or sympathy gift, going beyond the typical cards, flowers or food. It is a thoughtful creation showing compassion for each specific situation. Many samples will be provided, including; pressed flowers, metal, jewelry, scrapbooking, woodwork, decoupage, gardens, stone, glass, photography and photo montages. Community resources will provide literature on babysitting classes, support forums, alternative funeral options and more. Also joining us are local animal rescue groups with adoptable pets. Our fire and police departments will share safety tips.  After school food and beverages will be served. Energy work sessions will be offered, and music performed by Jennifer Cockman during the workshop.

Thursday September 23rd

2000 East Wendover Ave. from 3-6pm

 Bring and share your own memorial keepsakes. These may be an inspiration to someone else.

Come and meet our resources (click for more information)

More resources include

  • Ameriprise Financial- planning for the future
  • Colonial Life- employee benefits counselor
  • New York Life- life insurance protecting families
  • GDR Credit Solutions- affordable help for those in need of improving credit scores

It is never too late to remember……………..

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Crossing Guard Dies Protecting Young Student

by Basil Augusta

 In 2008, a crossing guard named Diane Sharp pushed a student from an ongoing dump truck, saving his life. The second grader of an Ohio Elementary school has fully recovered because of this courageous and selfless act.

 Freedom from danger was not an issue when Laura Ingle from the television show, “Little House on the Prairie” walked to school each morning, other than maybe tripping over uneven ground. The external factors have increased significantly, therefore, decreasing our children’s overall safety.

 Parents will begin driving their children to school alleviating personal anxiety while increasing the emissions on school grounds and also missing this opportunity to benefit from fresh air and exercise. Child obesity has tripled in the past 30 years because of eating habits and technology. Obese children are more prone to develop high blood pressure and cholesterol, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and social and psychological problems where the unhealthy cycle starts all over again.

 Crossing guards have long been a second set of watchful eyes looking out for our children’s safety. They greet our children with warm words, scold them for unsafe behavior and protect them from suspicious activities, giving parents a peace of mind. Crossing guards Prevent many potentially harmful acts upon our children.

 Will crossing guard posts be replaced with banners and signs saying, Drug Dealers are Not Tolerated”, “Abduct my Child and Face My Wrath”, “Bullies Better Beware”, or “Speeding Cars will be Prosecuted”.

 Crossing guards have a very important role assisting parents in the care and nurturing of children. Parents are unable to view all aspects of their child’s social interactions where as crossing guards help guide children from their homes to their schools with minimal negative activity. Their job is much more than moving from point A to point B.

 Information provided by- www.saferoutesinfo.org, www.cdc.gov

 

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DEATH-the mere mention of this word elicits numerous emotional responses from those who hear it or see it in print.  To some; it means “relief’ from a long and painful ordeal; to others; a tragic ending as a young parent whose life suddenly ends without warning; to still others, questions of “why me or why them”.

No matter what the emotional response, there are certain realities to be dealt with when someone dies.  After the initial items of funeral arrangements, paying of immediate bills and obtaining information about ones financial affairs, there is what happens to one’s property; house, car, retirement accounts (if any), household goods, etc.

Hopefully, the deceased preplanned by drafting a will to set forth their desire as to who will handle the administration of the estate and belongings.  Also, if minor children are left behind, the deceased left written instructions as to the Guardian of said children and what was to be done with their assets.

Unfortunately and sadly, this is not always the case.  Statistically, more than 60% of those in the United States die without a will and/or any directive for the distribution of estates.  The issue of a will is something we “put off” or tell ourselves that we will “get around to it” at a later date.  Since no one is guaranteed to live to a certain age, we take chances with distribution of assets and the security of those loved ones left behind.

The problems that may result from not having a will are far too numerous for this article.  Most simple wills cost less than $250.00. However, most problems that occur cost several thousand to rectify. We need to ask ourselves which is the smarter course of action and if you answered, “To make a will”, then you are not only smart but correct.

I urge each individual who does not have a will or who knows of a loved one without a will to make an appointment with an attorney to discuss the pros and cons of your wishes.  It is one of the best decisions that you will make in your life for you and your loved ones.  If you do have a will, update it every 3 to 5 years. Your circumstances have probably changed during this time period.

by Larry Pearman- Attorney at Law

Thank you Larry for providing this educational and enlightening article. Let’s check my will soon.

Peace

Diana

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