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"Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever."


This memorial website was created to remember our dearly beloved - our son, Charles Ian Gray who was born in Guam in December 1990 and went to heaven in September 2006, his father, Henry Eugene Gray who was born in Romania in November 1970 and joined Charles in August 2012, and our dearest friend (who was very much a son too) Dozer who was born in Florida in December 2004 and joined Charles in May 2007.  They will live forever in our memories and in our hearts.  May they rest in heavenly peace.

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When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
David M. Romano - 1993

  


 If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see,

if the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,

while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say. 

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,

and each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too. 

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,

that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand. 

She said my place was ready, in heaven far above,

and that I’d have to leave behind all of those I dearly love. 

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,

for all my life, I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die. 

I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do,

it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. 

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad;

I thought of all that we have shared, and all the fun we’ve had. 

If I could relive yesterday, just even for awhile,

I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. 

Then I walked through Heaven’s Gates, and I felt so much at home,

as God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,

He said, “This is eternity, and all I’ve promised you.” 

Today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew. 

But you have been forgiven, and now at least you’re free. 

So won’t you come and take my hand, and share my life with me? 

So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,

for everytime you think of me, I’m right there in your heart. 

  


I Am At Peace... At Last

Joe Fazio


 


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell
among the wonders of the earth; for my larger
self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other
side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine
that touches your skin, a tropical breeze
upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart
and the innocence of babes in mother’s arms.
I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your
hour of need, I will be there to comfort you.
I will share your tears, your joys, your fears,
your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels,
and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses
the flowers. I am the calm that follows a
raging storm. I am an autumn’s leaf that floats
among the garden of God, and I am pure
white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die,
as long as you remember me
...
with a smile and a sigh.



Man's Best Friend
Senator George Graham Vest

 

 The one absolutely unselfish friend that
a man can have in this selfish world,
the one that never deserts him,
the one that never proves ungrateful
or treacherous, is his dog.

A man's dog stands by him in prosperity
and in poverty,
in health and in sickness.
He will sleep on the cold ground where
the wintery winds blow,
and the snow drives fiercely,
if only he may be near his master's
side. He will kiss the hand that has no
food to offer, he will lick the sores
and wounds that come in encounter with
the roughness of the world. He guards
the sleep of his Pauper master as if he
were a prince.

When all other friends desert,
he remains.
When riches take wings and reputation
falls to pieces, he is as constant in
his love as the sun in it's journey
through the heavens.
If misfortune drives the master forth
an outcast in the world, friendless
and homeless, the faithful dog asks
no higher privilege than that of
accompanying him to guard against
danger, to fight against his enemies.

And when the last scene of all comes,
and death takes the master in it's
embrace, and his body is laid away in
the cold ground, no matter if all other
friends pursue their way, there by the
graveside will the noble dog be found,
his head between his paws, his eyes sad,
but open in alert watchfulness,
faithful and true, even in death.

 

Full Circle
Maria Morera Johnson


 The waves seem to beckon to me

as I lie in the glistening sand
and ponder the Immortal Hand
that created all I see.
I am drawn, deeply, to the easy
rhythm of the waves striking land
and pulling back from where I stand
looking longingly out to sea.
The waves come forth, draw back again,
a natural give and take
that doesn’t go against the grain.
Instead, it calls out to me,
calls me back, calls me back
to complete the circle perfected by love.



 

A prayer for Charles

Lord, you said, "Let the little children come to me." To you I entrust Charles who has left us.  He was but a child and so precious in your sight.  You, Lord Jesus, became a little child for our sake.  You welcomed children and promised that the kingdom would be theirs.  Take Charles into your arms and lead him into heaven where there will be no more tears, no more suffering, no more pain.  Grant him the fullness of joy and eternal peace.  You know the burden of our grief over the death of Charles.  One day unite us again.  Amen

 


 Pathways to Peace         Interview with God 

Pathways to Peace                                Interview with God

 

Charles, Is That You?

 Is that you dancing on a cloud?

I thought I saw you there.

The glimmer of your angel wings,

Floating in the air.

Is that your sweet voice on the breeze

Singing just for me?

It fills my heart with joy and hope,

And I listen gratefully.

Is that your spirit I feel

Brushing against my skin?

How you used to love and tickle me,

Sneaking up with that sly grin.

Are those your kisses that I taste?

Still so soft and sweet.

I remember kissing every toe,

Upon your tiny feet.

Is that your scent that fills the air?

It jogs my memory.

Even though we're apart,

I feel you're with me.

I know you're now an Angel,

And though you're far from home,

You still delight my senses,

And make your presence known.

Death cannot divide us,

Even though we're not together,

Your memory lives on in my heart,

From now until forever.

All my love, Mum


 

 Always in our Hearts


 I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your beautiful pictures in frames. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part. God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart.  I love and miss you very much!




Mother to Son
Melissa Thomas

 
The sun shined yesterday
And the birds came out to say hello
The world seemed like such a different place
And as the sun glistened off his face,
I could barely recognize him
I almost forgot what beauty lies within his eyes
In his deep brown eyes
Like an ocean waiting and longing to devour me
And the way he calls for me
Holding his arms open to greet me
How could I forget that
How could I ever forget what beauty lies in him
What innocence he beholds
And the beauty that sticks in my mind
And his laughter that stays in my heart
He came from me, but I did not create him
He loves me as if it were he that belongs to me...
When in reality, it is I that is fortunate enough to belong to him


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Latest Memories
Tanishia Happy birthday cuz December 13, 2013
 
Happy birthday boo boo! I miss you and the fun times we had on saipan.. you'll always be a part of us.. I remember when we were so young, you'll get dropped to our house in ck and we would have a good time, playing and driving the parents crazy.. I love and miss you cousin.. 
Mom Foodie September 4, 2012
 
Charles was a Foodie - he loved watching cooking shows (his favorites were Iron Chef and Good Eats), cooking (barbequing was his favorite and was great at it), and definitely eating.  There were times when he would ask what's for breakfast as we were eating dinner.  He was always looking forward to the next meal.  He use to call me at work everyday to ask what we were cooking for dinner that evening so he can start prepping for it.  He loved cooking and it was such a pleasure to have him as a partner in the kitchen.  I miss you Charles!
ROBERT T. GRAY Ian Birth Father Henry Gray (i'm the baby brother) May 21, 2012
 
Back in 1992 I seen Ian for the first time, But Now My older brother Henry is destroyed for loosing his only boy Charles. And I know He blames himself for not being there all those days past.
When I see these pictures it deeply sadens me, to know what a loss we have lost in Charles.
I used to talk to charles over the phone. but I never had the chance to meet the teenager Charles in person.
I see the soul of my older brother in the life in these pictures. and I know that this end was not only Charles's but my brother's too. Henry is everyday in a deep slump of zonk due to the loss of his only son Charles Ian Gray. 
You are everyday missed!!!
Anonymous
 
You were the first boy I ever had a crush on. You're smile was beautiful and you were so full of fun, and laughter. Thank you for making an impression on me the short while you were in my life.
Kristin
 
I think about you everyday, EVERY EVERY EVERY DAY
I miss you lots and I love you
Latest Condolences
Hendrick Polanco My deepest Condolences December 11, 2017
 

My deepest condolences.  May these few words from the Holy Scriptures bring you comfort in your time of grief...

John 11:32-45

32 And so Mary, when she arrived where Jesus was and caught sight of him, fell at his feet, saying to him: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Jesus, therefore, when he saw her weeping and the Jews that came with her weeping, groaned in the spirit and became troubled; 34 and he said: “Where have YOU laid him?” They said to him: “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus gave way to tears. 36 Therefore the Jews began to say: “See, what affection he used to have for him!” 37 But some of them said: “Was not this [man] that opened the eyes of the blind man able to prevent this one from dying?”

38 Hence Jesus, after groaning again within himself, came to the memorial tomb. It was, in fact, a cave, and a stone was lying against it.39 Jesus said: “TAKE the stone away.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to him: “Lord, by now he must smell, for it is four days.”40 Jesus said to her: “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Therefore they took the stone away. Now Jesus raised his eyes heavenward and said: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 True, I knew that you always hear me; but on account of the crowd standing around I spoke, in order that they might believe that you sent me forth.” 43 And when he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice: “Laz´a·rus, come on out!” 44The [man] that had been dead came out with his feet and hands bound with wrappings, and his countenance was bound about with a cloth. Jesus said to them: “Loose him and let him go.”

45 Therefore many of the Jews that had come to Mary and that beheld what he did put faith in him;

Please go to the following link for more information regarding the Hope expressed in this passage

http://www.jw.org/finder?locale=en&docid=1102013500&prefer=lang

Isabella Missing you. August 27, 2012
 
Isabella </3 January 21, 2011
 
theres never a time , your not on my mind . i cant seem to forget your smile , your scent , your laugh , your love . you were so much more than just a brother . you were a hero , one that everyone could count on . you gave a helping hand , to those who couldnt get back up . you touched so many peoples lives in so many different ways . too see someone now with so much fire & so much joy in everything & anything they do , is a phenomenon . but with you its just any ole day . you always did put a smile on my face , you never let me down . out of the God knows how many people in the world , he put me with you . no , not as punishment , lol . but as a wake up call , you are truely a blessing .& no matter how hard i try i just cant stop missing you . i love you Charles , more than anything ♥ - Bella .
mom 2 Waylon Kitchens thinkin of you July 9, 2009
 
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Linda Jensen so sorry May 22, 2008
 
I looked at all the pictures and read all the stories of such a handsome and wonderful young man.  I just cried and cried.  I also lost a child.  My daughter was seven when she passed away, so I really can feel for your loss.  I am sorry.  from amothers veiwpoint I really feel your heartache. 
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We will never forget you! Christmas time. With Uncle Matty. We love you with all our hearts! I love you Dozer. New Years 2007 We will never forget you! Beware the vampire. In Santa Cruz, Ca. Always having fun. Joshi and Doder. It's me Doddie. With Uncle Matty again. In School When sissy was born.