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She had a special way that warmed the hearts of everyone who knew her-
and the qualities that made her the wonderful person she was,
have left us all with many beautiful memories...

Empty Birthday

Birthday time means candles and cake
And to a special birthday song you'll wake
Showered in gifts and tons of wishes
But in this family, only one thing misses...

Where is the birthday girl?
Where can she be?
Why isn't there anyone I can see?
Well, in this family they don't sing to make-believe
But really to an angel, whom to them will never leave.

People wonder why they don't cry
Well that's cuz they're numb, down inside.
These sisters are different
They've learned to look deep
Inside their souls for their angel to keep

That's where the mother finds her too
And the father was the first one who knew.
He gave them strength for another empty birthday
and Mom gave the shelter from the gloom gray.

Smiles and song
Come from fake hiding the wrong
that happened to their angel
And got them in this faking birthday tangle
These sisters they stare
Into an empty birthday...that's bare.
Everyone looks down in wonder
Of how they made it through this cold, harsh thunder

So fragile and innocent
Now broken and bent
Into this fake routine
Of a birthday unseen
Where is their angel?
Well, she's gone away
And despite her utter absence
they continue her birthday
and celebrate her life
and put behind their strife

That her passing has caused
They put their grief on pause
For her life is more worth celebration
Than a tragic family separation
So I gaze at an empty birthday
And strain harder to find another way
To continue to pretend like everything is okay.

Marina A. Torres 06/04

Today Is My Birthday

Today is my birthday
Celebrate my life with you
And remember the good times
Not the bad and do not be sad;
Look up towards the sun
And catch every ray of light upon your cheek
For I am there with you.

Today is my birthday
Be happy for me
I lived a short but full, happy life
I had the pleasure of love
And the joy of my family
Do not be sad
Look up towards the stars
And catch each twinkle in your heart.
For I am there with you.

Today is my birthday
My legacy is not wealth or mighty belongings,
My legacy is you and your life.
Spend it wisely and carefully
Guard it always
Do not be sad
Feel the wind on your face and in your hair
And know that I loved you
For I am there with you, in your laughter
And in your hearts.

Today is my birthday
Learn to live again without me
Take my strength with you
For you are not alone.
Do not be sad
Feel the rain on your face
Feel all life's treasures and
Know that you are alive!
At each step of the way
I will help you
For I am with you always
Until we meet again.

Today is my birthday....
~ Author Unknown

A Special Birthday

Please God, make them remember that today is a special birthday.
Make them understand that the memories don't go away.
Bless them with ears to hear and hearts that care.
Enable them to listen while I share.
Shelter them that they may never know my pain.
Help them to help me know that my child's life was not in vain.
Help them to remember, Lord,
that I wish my child was here so we could still celebrate.
To understand that I still feel the nearness of my child.
To see beyond my smile and the words "I'm OK"
Please God, let just one remember that

~ Author unknown

Bereaved Birthdays

Birthdays are a time for celebration
Not a time for tears
But what happens when the birthdays
No longer mark the years
A birthday marks the moment
A spirit enters earthly life
To share its special love and joy
And learn from earthly strife
Before a spirit comes to us,
It Knows when and how it must depart
It chooses its path carefully,
We are honored from the start
The sadness we now feel on such a joyous day
Is longing for our loved one's touch
It's natural to feel this way
For even though the birthdays
No longer mark a spirit's stay
Love continues on forever
To touch us everyday
I hug my precious memories
Close to my heart
And honor my beloved spirit child
Who chose me from the start.

~ Author Unknown ~


You are the sunshine of my life
that's why you'll always be around
you touched my soul as I survived
forever you'll stay in my heart

I feel like this is the beginning
because you came in a special way
you had your way of always winning
how can so much love be inside of you

You are the sunshine of my life
that's why my love will never die
you are the wind beneath my wings
forever you'll be by my side

God must have known
that you were special
because the angels sang a song
and that I knew the words were special
we had so much faith, that he could not be wrong

You are the sunshine of my life
that's why you'll always be my star
this pretty girl lights up my life
for you will never be too far.

By: Mario Martinez
for Louise A. Torres

This webpage is created In Loving Memory of
~ My Precious Daughter ~
Louise Antoinette's 24th Birthday
by Louise's Mom FOREVER, Rosemary Torres©
on June 17, 2004
Changes last made May 19, 2015