I'm very sorry to read of your tragic loss of Damian, and I want to offer my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I hope these verses will bring you some comfort.
Acts 24:15 promises, “that there is going to be a resurrection.” Many tragic, unexpected deaths are due to what the Bible calls, "time and unforeseen occurrence that befall them all." - Ecclesiastes 9:11b
Our loving God doesn’t cause sad things to happen to our loved ones, as James 1:13 helps us to understand, ‘When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.’”
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 speaks of God as “the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation.” 1 Peter 5:7 lets us know that we can “throw all our anxiety upon (God), because he cares.” And Isaiah 65:17b tells us that the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.” - Thus the heartbreak that we experience now, won’t even be remembered after Jehovah God resurrects our loved ones; thereby undoing the sad effects of death and the pain being separated from them brings.
Revelation 21:4 promises, “And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” - Just imagine -a world with no tears of sorrow, no pain, and no death! And no sickness of any kind as Isaiah 33:24 promises, “no resident will say: ‘I am sick.’”
Loved ones will be resurrected, and welcomed back to life by loving family and friends right here on the earth in the midst of peaceful, beautiful, paradise conditions, as Psalms 37:10, 11, 29 tell about, “And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; and you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” - We can have the opportunity to live together forever in perfect peace, health, and happiness with our loved ones!
Jesus gave us hope of a time when all suffering will end. He taught his followers to pray: “Our Father in the heavens, . . . Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.” - Matthew 6:9, 10 - When God’s Kingdom comes, there will be no more suffering or death on the earth, just as there is no suffering or death in heaven!
I hope that you will find comfort in your memories, perhaps by looking at pictures. And I hope that these and other verses will bring you comfort, peace, and hope. Romans 15:4 tells us, "For all the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction, that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.
And will you please look at the web site, www.jw.org as it offers much comfort that is solidly based on God’s Word the Bible, and it shares what has helped others to cope with their grief. If you decide to look at the site, when on the web site, please click on publications at the top of the page, then under magazines on the left click on ‘magazines’ and in Display box to the right where it says ‘latest‘; scroll to 2011 and click on search, and then please ‘scroll down 3 rows‘, and click on the 'PDF' format for "Coping With the Loss of a Loved One" found in the April Awake; and you’ll be able to open this magazine to read the article in its entirety. Three subjects are: "An Almost Unbearable Loss" "Coming to Terms With Death" and "Help for Those Who Grieve." This is one of the most comforting magazines that I've read and I hope you will read this article and find some comfort in what has helped others to cope with their overwhelming losses. Currently; this article, "Why so much suffering? When will it end?" is on the site.
In Memory of Damo / Michael Walter (Friend)
I only wish I had known you better. Those years we spent at Horizon you were always a little too wild for me and I was a little to straight-laced for you. But getting to know you I realized that your heart was pure you loved people and people loved you. The countless afternoons spent at Balboa Naval Hospital with you are a testament to how much we all loved you and your exuberance and sense of humor got us through the day. When things were getting dull you were always there to pick up the pace.
The world lost a great friend and while the timing of your death is tragic I only pray that it changes peoples lives for the good drawing them closer and closer to the fullness of joy that I know you felt on that one April day. I pray that the heavenly Father envelopes you in his love and grace As we move forward in our individual lives we carry that little piece of Damo that tells us to jump off the cliff sometimes and not always play it safe. We all continue to miss you and even though you're gone your legacy lives on in each one of us.
Your Friend Eternal
thinking of you / Maria Christopher's Mommy Read >>
thinking of you / Maria Christopher's Mommy
Dear Jackie - i am so sorry about the loss of your precious son Damo. he is just adorable, i love his smile! my heart truly goes out to you in your loss. love and hugs, maria Christopher's mommy forever Close
Student in Ms. Ryans Class / Diane Conrad (Ms. Ryan's Student )Read >>
Student in Ms. Ryans Class / Diane Conrad (Ms. Ryan's Student )
Words are difficult to express how heart felt my sympathies are for you and all of Damians friends and family. Yet, through this site one can feel the vitality of his spirit. Through all of you his spirit lives on.
RE: Almost a year / Jackie Ryan (Mom)
Damo, Mom cannot believe you have been gone almost a year. My heart is broken into. My life will never be the same without you my love. You were and are always on my mind and in my heart. I do not want to go on living. I pray for God to take me everyday so that I can go and see you. Pain is not healed by time. I hurt with a pain that I cannot describe. I miss you more and more each day. I miss your smile, your playful ways and the times that we spent together going to midnight shows. I miss us watching Friends and Frazier. Watching Veronica Mars is not the same with you not here. Damo you were my life, my heart, my soul. I miss you my angel. I look at your pictures and think of what you might have become, what your kids would look like and how happy you always were. Your life was cut to short and for me I cannot listen to God has a plan or he is in a better place. To me that is not a comfort. I blame God for you being gone and I cannot for the life of me understand what plan could mean the death of my son. I love you angel. Sleep tight. I wish I was there with you Mom Close
A Beautiful place to visit your Damian / Steffi Aaron's Mom (GP friend )Read >>
A Beautiful place to visit your Damian / Steffi Aaron's Mom (GP friend )
I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Damian. My broken heart cries for you... I share your pain and I understand your grief... I lost my Aaron in 2003 http://www.aaronshoulders.ca
I am here if you need me.... You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless your broken heart...
Love & hugs to you Steffi Aaron's Mom forever Close
missing you eternally / Mike Sinniger (friend)
Hey Bro well its almost christmas and im missing you more then i thought was possible . I still feel your presence everyday whenever i watch wrestling are see a really cool mustang I know your looking down and smiling.the family and your friends decorated your headstone on sat and it looked really awsome you would be proud. well my friend i miss you and love you. I look forword to the day when we meet again. ( Friends by chance,Brothers by choice )
RE: Missing you / Jackie Ryan (Mom) Damo, Mom misses you so very much. We decorated your grave last Saturday. I cannot believe that your are gone my angel. My heart is broken, and I miss you more and more each day. I hope to get through the holidays the best I can. I would like to just close my eyes and this season would be over. The pain I have is so great, I just want to close my eyes and hope God takes the pain away. You had such a short life, but you touched so many people with your love and kindness. Mom loves you and misses you. You are my baby boy. I thought we would have more time together, and it hurts to not see you and hear your voice. You were and are my life. My life has forever been altered and will never be the same. I am not the same person anymore. I MISS YOU MY ANGEL!! PLEASE WATCH OVER US!! I LOVE YOU SO VERY MCUH AND MISS YOU WITH ALL MY HEART!! LOVE, MOM Close
Message to My Angel / Barbara Tilley (Grandma)Read >>
Message to My Angel / Barbara Tilley (Grandma)
Damian, I cannot tell you how sad your mom and I are here without you. Two hearts are equally broken. It's true, you never appreciate what you have until all of a sudden it's gone. Damian I never look up to the sky that I don't think of our wonderful angel as well as many more times a day.You are so missed, There is no difference in a love for a child and grand-child. I love youe with all my heart and soul and so does your mom. Two hearts are broken and the love we have for you will never die. May God Bless. We love you angel. Keep Shining down on us! Grandma Close
I Miss You More and More Each Passing Day!! / Jackie Ryan (Mom)Read >>
I Miss You More and More Each Passing Day!! / Jackie Ryan (Mom)
Damo, Mom loves you so very much. I didnot know a heart could ever be broken this bad and continue to work. There is not a second of each day that you are not on my mind. I smell your colonge, I see your face when I close my eyes. You are and will always be the apple of my eye. Life is so very hard with you gone. I try and remember that I will see you again, but right now that brings little to no comfort for me. My life will never me the same. I miss you with a pain that I could never begin to describe. I love you with all my heart and soul. Sleep well my angel. Love, Mom Close
I cry everytime i think of you / Lisa Carlisle (Friend)Read >>
I cry everytime i think of you / Lisa Carlisle (Friend)
Damian was the light of many peoples lives. He always knew how to put a smile on my face. I love him and miss him daily!! Life will never be the same without him... You mean the world to me kid.. Rest in Peace Always and Forever Close
Message to Dame My grandson / Barbara Tilley (Grandma)Read >>
Message to Dame My grandson / Barbara Tilley (Grandma)
Damian is a special guardian angel watching over all of the special family and friends that loved him and that he loved so much. Love is a very special word and it comes from the heart. Damian's special great grandmother (my mom) loved us all so very much. She called Dame Spanky. She was a wonderful lady who loved her children with all of her heart and soul. She and Dame are our guardian angels along with the rest of our wonderful family who have left us to be with God. God Bless! To know love is to be loved. We loved Dame so much. Shine Bright my Star Grandma Close
I LOVE YOU / Natassia Steggell (Friend)
I wish there were words to heal this pain.
Damo, I can't believe that you're gone. it's still so unreal to me. Every now and then, when i look at the picture of us in my car, i remember all the times we goofed around, breaking your bedroom door, being thrown around, spendin time with you in the HOSPITAL (you crazy ass!!), smiling, laughing, talking in class, writing notes back and forth...talking ALL night until we had to get ready for school...EVERYTHING. And then I realize...
...I'll never have that again.
I really can't wait to see you in heaven my love...until then...not a day goes by that i'm not thinking of you.
MOMMA! I admire you for your strength everyday. I know that times get really REALLY hard every now and then...I've definitely been around to see your hard days, and honestly...i only WISH that there were words to help your grieving. You know that i'm always going to be here for you...I'm only a phone call away...and i'm right around the corner now. I love you so much Momma...and thank you for everything you've done for me, and all of us kids that need you. -ur baby girl. Close
beautiful site / Julia Rivera (student of mrs.ryan and new friend of damian ) I must say this is a very beautiful site. and he is a very beautiful person. i did not know him . im a student in mrs.ryan's class. and i can atleast say i've seen the affect on her. but i know that he is shining down on you up above and he is right there by your side everyday. just wacthing you. and i feel this.i wish i could have known him as a friend. he was even a cute baby. it is tripped out to me how damian and my son have the same birthday and sleep the same with the bottom up..... how cute ...... he is another angel in heaven.Close
I miss you brother / Mike Sinniger (Friend)Read >>
I miss you brother / Mike Sinniger (Friend)
Well its been around six months since we've lost you and I still cant erase the pain I feel with each passing day. But I also cant nor do i want to erase the memories of the fun times we shared and the count less hours we would spend playing videogames and watching wrestling and in general just being friends . I feel very blessed to have had you in my life and even though your flying with the angels now your still with me everyday and i know your watching over me. I miss you and will never forget you.