This site is dedicated to the memory of Roxanne Durlak.

Roxanne Marie Durlak passed away August 9, 2011. She is much loved and will always be remembered by her family and friends. Please feel free to light a candle, or make a contribtuion. Life Stories section has become a dialogue of thoughts, and is constantly being added to.

Thoughts

It's been 2 1/2 years and my heart still weighs heavy...you loved the summertime and it's all most here....miss you.
Sent by snowy_kim on 03/11/2014
Dear Regina, Hi, I'm writing again because I also wanted to say that 1 John 4:8 tells us that 'God is love' and so he 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.’” And so when a tragic 'unforeseen occurrence'- (Eccl. 9:11b) befalls a loved one; it's not Jehovah God doing causing that to happen to them. I hope that you will find some comfort in the article I told you about because that also mentions that keeping a journal like you're doing can help. And it tells other things that have helped others cope. I truly care. Take care, Sincerely, Cindy Boyer
Sent by mistybluecjb on 10/31/2013
Dear Regina, I'm very sorry to read of the tragic loss of your beautiful, beloved daughter Roxanne, and I want to offer my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Our loving God promises, "that there is going to be a resurrection." - Acts 24:15 Many tragic, unexpected deaths are due to what the Bible calls, "time and unforeseen occurrence that befall them all." - Ecclesiastes 9:11b 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 are finding 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. And if you go back and click on 'publications' again and look in the second row; there's a small tract 'Can the dead really live again?' If you either click on the words or the box to the left underneath and then PDF format you can read this. Take care, Sincerely Yours, Cindy Boyer
Sent by mistybluecjb on 10/31/2013
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