Loving Memories of Jessica

Poems
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Submitted by Jessica's Brother, Aged 10

Jessica was my sister but to me she was also a hero. She was loyal and brave, she was kind and fair. To me she was like cupid, she loved everyone she saw and everyone who saw her loved her.

Her eyes were like sapphire, her teeth were like pearls and her hair was like nothing you’ve even seen before and her cheeks were the colour of roses. She was so beautiful. But who am I kidding she was everything you ever wanted. It was a tragedy when she died, we will miss her no matter what.

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A Letter from Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say…
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there’s no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you.”

It’s good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you’re part of my plan.
There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.”

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you….in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o’er.
I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too…
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night……”My day was not in vain.”
And now I am contented….that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you’re walking down the street, and you’ve got me on your mind;
I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it’s time for you to go…. from that body to be free,
remember you’re not going…..you’re coming here to me

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Jessica

I never got to tell you,
But then I know you knew
How much I really loved you,
And thought the world of you

My minds so lonely without you Jess,
Yet with pride I speak your name.
The world would be like heaven,
If I could have you back again.

So many things have happened,
I wanted you to share.
So many times I’ve needed you,
And wished that you were there.

If only I could see you Jess,
For just a little while,
I’d put my arms around you,
Just to see you smile.

To sit and talk things over,
The way we used to do
It breaks my heart to think,
That this dream will never come true.

They say that it gets better,
They say that time will heal,
You know what I’m like though,
Nothing will change the way I feel.

For no one knows the real me,
That hides behind my smile,
No one knows how many times
I’ve broken down and cried.

On my own I often wonder,
And picture your face so clear,
In silence I stand in sorrow
For a friend I loved so dear.

Each time I see your picture,
On the wall with so much care.
But no one knows the heartache,
As I turn and leave you there.

Always your best friend,
Sheila xxx

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Special Angel

This is from Jessica’s great Aunt Eleanor and Great Uncle Fraser, and cousins Jillian, Angela, and Sheena Vincent.

There’s a special angel in heaven
Whose soul has been set free
It is not where we wanted her
But where God wished her to be.
She was here just a moment
Like a night time shooting star
And though she is in heaven
She isn’t very far.
She touched the hearts of many
As only an angel can do
We would have held her every minute
If the end, we only knew.
So we send this special message to
Heaven up above
Please take care of our angel and
Send her all our love.

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There You'll Be

Lyrics by Faith Hill. Sent by Jessica’s friend Jessica Yeung.

When I think back
On these times
And the dreams
We left behind
I’ll be glad ’cause
I was blessed to get
To have you in my life
When I look back
On these days
I’ll look and see your face
You were right there for me.

In my dreams
I’ll always see you soar
Above the sky
In my heart
There will always be a place
For you for all my life
I’ll keep a part
Of you with me
And everywhere I am
There you’ll be.

Well you showed me
How it feels
To feel the sky
Within my reach
And I always
Will remember all
The strength you
Gave to me
Your love made me
Make it through
Oh, I owe so much to you
You were right there for me.

‘Cause I always saw in you
My light, my strength
And I want to thank you
Now for all the ways
You were right there for me
You were right there for me
For always.

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Submitted by Jessica's Sister, Julia

Jessica, the hardest part about losing you was that I never got to say Goodbye
Since the day you left us here on this Earth I have missed you.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you
and long to hear your voice, touch your hand or see your smiling face.
My life is forever changed by your absence.
I will forever hold you in my heart and remember you.
You were my soul sister, my best friend and part of my life blood.
I will love and miss you forever
and hold all of your goodness in my heart!

You left us so quickly and unexpectedly
We still had a lot of things we needed to do together
I wish I could call you,
just to talk and laugh with you
You were my shoulder to cry on,
my advisor, my best friend,
but most of all, you were and still are My Little Sister.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and expect you to come to see me.
I miss you more each day and I Love You now and forever.
Good Bye Baby Girl.

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Submitted by Jessica's Sister, Beverley

I’ll never forget a tiny moment when Jessica was about 7 or 8.. coming into the kitchen when I got home from my first real job in London, looking up at me with her beautiful big blue eyes from her moon shaped face with a big toothy grin and a spittley ‘hello bebley’. She was absolutely covered in chocolate and reaching up for a cuddle with a kiss.. fell in love with her all over at that very moment.

Or when Jess and I were all hurtling down a mountain together in Norway when Nona, Sam and I were living in London and Dad & Jeanette had flown us over to go skiing in -28degrees with Jules, PL and Jess.. all that could be heard on the whole mountain was Jessie’s irrepressible gurgling giggle as we verged on the edge of out of control skiing trying to keep up with Sam and Dad. Every memory I have of Jess is just so gorgeously cute and loving and open and every single time I think of a memory it causes an irrepressible giggle, even when I’m crying.

She was and is a little angel.

Living in Oz and having been a bit out of the way ..I always assumed that one day Jess would definitely come do an extended travel trip and we’d get to hang out and be living together for a bit again. Also taking for granted that we’d have years and years to laugh and be goofy and grow old together and not worrying too much about keeping in close contact.

Then from beyond imagination this has happened and this great big hole now exists forever. The fact that she died a hero simply seemed so fitting as that’s what she was in life. I sometimes think someone reading this site who didn’t know her would not believe anyone could be such a nice person in every way…but she really was something special and as they say, the angels go first.

How I wish I’d hassled her to come or headed over to Montreal for thanksgiving last November… I suppose I am writing this letter to Jess to say I love you, always have, and I miss you and I’m so sorry for not coming for every thanksgiving. The funny thing is I can almost hear her jauntily chatting back something cheeky and funny and lighthearted.. Its all so desperately sad and I simply ask you to write to the government to do what you can to stop this happening to anyone else’s family or anyone else’s little sister.

I only pray that the love and togetherness of our family and extended family grows stronger through this and support each other and find peace. I also really feel now that Jessie is in a peaceful place, and I hope it’s a place where cute little heroes get to eat chocolate.

Beverley ‘Price’ Malcolm
Sydney Australia

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My Friend Jessica

Many clouds have passed by
Since we stood under the same sky
Taking in the summer sights
Howling at the city lights

I still remember when we were young
Pulling pranks just for fun
Summer vacations were such a blast
The kind of memories that will always last

Growing up the future seemed like such a sure thing
Thought we knew what it would bring
True love, a family, a house in the hills
Work hard, play hard and don’t sweat the bills

Never guessed things would change so much
Thought our friends would never loose touch
The stars seemed so clear from our domain
I sure could handle some of those good times again

Even if our dreams still seem far away
Our friendship will be right here to stay
Until we are both gone
The road between us will never be too long

Sheila xxx

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Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

Submitted by Ruth

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

By Mary Frye 1932

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