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❤ Think of all the joy you'll find when you leave the world behind and bid your cares goodbye.
-Peter Pan ❤
ERRORS/EDIT REQUESTS: If I have made any errors on any of the memorials I have created, PLEASE let me know. Some of my sources are not always accurate and therefore I won't be either. I do try to cross reference when able but sometimes things still come out wrong, for this I apologize. I do not intend to pass along erroneous information. I welcome corrections, with PROOF of the edit, please.
TRANSFER REQUESTS: I welcome transfer requests and don't have a problem transferring out of guidelines. That includes distant family members and friends/acquaintances. I would rather a memorial be with someone that knew the person rather than a complete stranger. I will not transfer any of my own family members except upon rare circumstances.
All requests need to be done via the "edit" tab within the memorial in which you are referring & you must be logged-in.
OBITUARIES & COPYRIGHTS: I am perfectly within my legal rights to transcribe obituaries from newspapers, regardless of the year published.
I am protected under The Fair Use Doctrine; 17 U.S.C. § 107:
The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means
, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.
In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:
(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
(re: #3, the newspaper is considered the copyrighted work as a whole, not the obituary. Therefore the amount and substantiality of the portion used is legal because it is just a small portion of the whole.)
~ DEAR ANCESTOR ~
Your tombstone stands among the rest,
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care;
it is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist;
you died, and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you,
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
so long ago
Spreads out among the ones you left,
who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
The Everlasting Light
Those we love must someday pass,
beyond our present sight;
Must leave us and the world we know,
without their radiant light.
But we know that like a candle,
their lovely light will shine;
To brighten up another place,
more perfect, more divine.
And in the realm of Heaven,
where they shine so warm and bright;
Our loved ones live forever more,
in Gods eternal light.