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  DesertSmile

As some of you know one of my younger brothers, Matthew, has been battling ALS. 2 Hours ago, he lost the battle.

While I was not in St. Louis to be with him, one sister and 3 brothers were at his bedside with him.

Matthew, the 5th born to our clan, was the quietest of the 7 kids, the kindest and the sweetest. Our consolation as a family is that his final hours were not spent in anquish.

For my Matty...say a prayer, hold a thought, light a candle and put aside all the fussing and fighting that seems to dwell here on AMD.

Thanks,
Barbara

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StraddleMyNose

Mar 18 @ 12:50AM  
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Angel_N_Motion

Mar 18 @ 12:50AM  
My deepest sympathies for your loss...

May angels watch over you and your family...

sundance64

Mar 18 @ 12:51AM  
Hugz
Ewe_Wish

Mar 18 @ 12:52AM  
DS-I'm here if you need to talk

MonkeyWoman30

Mar 18 @ 12:55AM  
dumblonde

Mar 18 @ 12:57AM  
so sorry...
GSpotGina

Mar 18 @ 1:08AM  
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Dominus

Mar 18 @ 1:19AM  
My most sincere regrets.
hornytoad55

Mar 18 @ 1:37AM  
DesertSmile, I am sorry for the lose of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you comfort from your sorrows.
DangerousCurves999

Mar 18 @ 1:44AM  
Cherish the memories and rejoice in the happy times you shared with your brother.

His parting has set him free of all suffering now.

Judi
NightOfOld

Mar 18 @ 2:43AM  

In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;
For part of us went with you, the day God called your name,
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide;
And though we cannot see you, your always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same;
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
********************************************************

Death Leaves A Heart Ache
No One Can Heal.
Love leaves A Memory
No One Can Steal.
******************************

Rest in peace, in God's safe arms Mathew.
NightOfOld

Mar 18 @ 2:45AM  

Barbara !

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
DarkKnightWalking

Mar 18 @ 2:46AM  
My deepest condolences to you and yours.
*huggz*
gaymale41

Mar 18 @ 3:50AM  
My sincerest condolences to you and your family, in the passing of your beloved relative.God bless Matthew, may he rest in peace.God bless his family, friends,and loved ones and comfort you all , give you all strength, and consol your greiving hearts, and comfort you all in the days ahead.Matthew ( from your description ) was a very kind, very sweet man.He is one of God's special Angels.I am glad the hours before his passing were not painful.ALS is an awful, cruel disease a family member of mine had a relative pass on from ALS, in the early 90's , he went through so much.When someone passes on, they are not with us physically, but they live on in our hearts , memories and minds.Whenever we look a photo , videotape, mention their name, think about or reminise about the wonderful times we shared, the times we spent together, like when they made us laugh, brought a smile to our face , comforted us, warmed our hearts, or where there for us when we needed them, they are with us, and they will always be a part of us and our lives.Having a close loving family, is wonderful, you can comfort and consol one another, and draw strength from one another.Again my sincerest condolences to you all , God bless matthew.I hope that you find peace.God bless you all.Thanks for your time, and thanks for reading and posting this. Warmest huggs, they bring us comfort, and let us know others care and are there for us, and thinking of us , we all need them often.GM41.
casuallylooking

Mar 18 @ 3:58AM  
Barbara, I am so sorry for your loss, Sweetie.. My prayers go out for "your Matty" and all that loved him... And a gentle caring hug for you...
j3411

Mar 18 @ 5:31AM  
One more star for the night sky.

Peace for you and family.
Scottishtease

Mar 18 @ 6:39AM  
Sorry for you loss.
MRSTEVET

Mar 18 @ 7:32AM  
My condolences for your loss.
SxzeNewMe

Mar 18 @ 7:40AM  
In a small way, I can feel your pain. I lost one of my oldest, closest friends to ALS a couple years ago...

My sincerest condolences to you and your family. These things are never easy, even if you knew it was coming.


Hugs,
Nomi
Lisa46

Mar 18 @ 7:42AM  
OH DS I am sooo sorry My prayers are with you and your family
jcarolina

Mar 18 @ 7:49AM  
Thoughts, prayers and condolences.

As DC stated, he isn't suffering any longer.

loveableone

Mar 18 @ 9:08AM  
I am so very sorry for your loss! Sometimes there are just no words
ladybootscooter

Mar 18 @ 10:14AM  
My deepest sympathies. May you take comfort in the good memories and the knowledge that he didn't suffer and will suffer no more.
NachoBaby

Mar 18 @ 10:24AM  
My deepest sympathy for your loss D.S., and a prayer for gentle passage through the veil for Matthew.
max49

Mar 18 @ 10:47AM  
I am so sorry for your loss Barbara. You and your family will be in my prayers and a very special prayer goes out for Matthew.
hopon

Mar 18 @ 7:40PM  
I am sorry to hear of your loss..... my peace be with you....
BlueEyes708

Mar 18 @ 10:44PM  
I'm sorry for your lose, D.S. that's two on this site tonight

My prayers are with you and your family.

My God reach down and graciously cradle him in his arms this evening.

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