PRT239 – Every Bit of Them

This week we’re talking about scrapbooking people we’ve lost…

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  • Gabrielle McCann

    I haven’t finished listening yet but wanted to chime in – I just found out a friend with 3 young kids is no longer with us. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Last year when my son was in hospital she brought macaroons to help his (and my) recovery.
    I’d love suggestions on making some sort of tribute album for her – so her kids can remember happy memories and not think of their awful loss. I don’t know if I should approach her husband or not as I don’t know him at all.

  • Bethany Rielage

    I’m so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family.

  • Oh my word, Noell! I am so sorry!!!! Through the Roundtable & the member videos, we all have become so familiar with your family! Please know we all care very deeply and wish nothing but love and peace for you, Izzy, and your kids.

  • Monica L.

    I’m sorry for your loss Noell. Hugs to you and your family as you navigate this devastating time.

  • Janelle

    Hi Noell, I’m so so sorry for your loss. I was in tears a few times as I listened to the episode yesterday, as we’d just “celebrated” 5 years since my dad died in an accident, as well. I thought the timing of the episode was so uncanny for my life, and gave me lots of new ideas for scrapbooking. I’m so grateful for the perfect guests and their positive energy for such a difficult subject. I hope you’re able to find time and peace to write down all the memories you have, and especially the ones that others share! We requested that people send stories via email, in lieu of flowers, and those brought us so much comfort. Getting them recorded is one of the things that sustained me the most through our most difficult days, and especially now. Wishing you comfort in the coming days, weeks, months, and years! Thank you for everything you share.

  • Briel

    Thank you for sharing with us, your audience. I wish there were something I could say or do that would help. I hope it may help you and your family to know that we are sending strength to you now and in the future. Again, thank you for deciding to share this here and let us carry a bit of the burden.

  • Ramona Gaston

    My Mother passed away 2 years ago and 6 days later, my husband passed. I took pictures of their things like the spot next to the bed where his shoes were next to the nightstand with the last flowers he bought for me. I took pictures of my Mothers room and bathroom with close ups of vignettes there like her jewelry box with her. Perfume bottles on top just the way she left them. I got close up shots of both of their clothes that they wore a lot and that I associate with them and thought I would either add some to pages or make some int background paper. I think this is a good way to keep the memories.

  • Rosa Neno

    I’m so very sorry Noell for your loss. My prayers are with you and yours.

  • AshleyM

    Oh Noell, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family and your mom are in mine and my husband’s thoughts and prayers. I have listened to your podcast/followed Paperclipping for years and like others, although I have never met you, I feel as though I know you. I can only imagine your father was a great man to have raised such a bubbly, interesting daughter.

  • Jessica

    Oh my Noell! What an sad coincidence. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc)

    Noell, so sorry to learn of your loss. {Hugs}

  • Leslie McLaughlin

    Oh Noell this is such tragic news. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know you loved your father as we’ve the photos of your visits back home. I look forward to seeing the pages you make about him in the future. For now spend time with your family and loved one knowing your extended friends all care about you very much and are thinking about you at this time.

  • Ramona Gaston

    Oh, Noell. I am so sorry. Death is so difficult to accept, especially when it is sudden. Know that not only are your friends and families there for you but a whole host of people you don’t even know are thinking of and praying for you and your family. Lean on them.

  • Noell, I am so sorry for your sudden loss. It is shocking and so hard, I know. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Stacy Miller Arndt

    Thank you for the podcast. I lost my first born. Gusgus was stillborn at 38 weeks. We went in for our regular 38th week appointment and the doctor could not find his heartbeat. The doctors sent me to the hospital. I gave birth to my son on Thanksgiving Day 2004. I was shocked, hurt, confused. My mom stayed with me for 6 weeks after his death. While my mom was staying with me, she read a grief book. One of the tips was scrapbooking the memories of my pregnancy. Through my grief and confusion, I found scrapbooking. This was one of the gifts my sweet Gusgus gave me. I have a private album of Gusgus. I have not and can not scrapbook the day of the doctor appointment or his stillborn. It is still painful. Thanksgiving is still painful. Thank you to Jen. I know that I have made the correct decision about scrapbooking that day. I am thankful for the very little time I had with Gusgus.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I will be sending healing thoughts of comfort to you and your family.

  • Estelle Howe

    Noell, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. To lose a loved one in such a tragic way must be so hard. I had serveral weeks to prepare for Dad’s and my only sister’s passings, but it was still very hard. I just finished listening to the Roundtable with Jen, Tracy and Stacy, I have had trouble scrapping photos with my sister in them for some of the reasons that were mentioned, I now know that it is ok to set them aside and when I am ready they will get scrapped. Thanks to you and Izzy for the conversations that you give us even on the tough subjects. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through the process of burying your Dad.

  • thisisina

    Noell, I’m so so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and your family. Hoping you find moments of comfort and hope amidst the grief.

  • Meghann Andrew

    So sorry Noell. I will say a prayer for you and your family tonight that you can get through this hard time together.

  • soapHOUSEmama

    I am thinking of you – big hugs and prayers!!!!

  • Oh Noell, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I wish I had some magical words to make things better. I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • abbeyviolet

    Oh no! There truly are no words. I am so very sorry and will hold you and your family in our prayers. I lost my father suddenly as well a few years ago and am glad to talk anytime.

  • Gina

    Stacy, I am so sorry that we are in the same club. We lost our son on Dec 26th, 2014 at 37.5 weeks. He was also stillborn. So thankful for this podcast and it’s timing. I had to finish my pregnancy album after we already had a funeral for our son. It was difficult to journal from the past perspective of happy anticipation but also was very healing to remember the joy we did share in the time we did have together.

  • Gina

    Thanks for sharing your story. There is nothing natural about having to watch our children go before us, and hearing your story is beautiful and gives me hope we will make it through. You have made your son proud by helping others through this, I am sure.

  • Stacy Miller Arndt

    Gina, I am so sorry for your loss. Scrapbooking is a great source of healing and grieving.

  • Pam Kent Hellewell

    Thank you for presenting this topic. I have spent the last 9 years scrapbooking my son’s life. He took his own life at age 24 in 2006.

  • I am so sorry for your loss Pam.