My FOREVER Story: Piecing Together the Pages

My FOREVER Story: Piecing Together the Pages

By Kathy Gordon

The cover & binding of the book, created in memory of Ben Kitzman.

The cover & binding of the book, created in memory of Ben Kitzman.

My nephew passed away in July. He was only 38, though at any age, it would still have been a devastating loss. I needed a way to carry his memory with me.

I made a 99 page book of my nephew's life, scanning, editing and then creating a very full book. I ordered it at 2:45am on the last day of August - there was a “Free Additional Pages” promotion going on, and I hoped and prayed that it would arrive in time to take with me to the memorial.

A huge shout out to Matt Gray for making sure that both books arrived (one to British Columbia and one to Ontario) in time for the memorial services yesterday. Matt & the rest of the FOREVER Team - you are awesome! This would not have happened without your help! I cannot tell you how much the book was admired and looked at throughout the memorial service.

I was humbled as I heard comments like, “I have never seen anything so beautiful,” and, “The book was REMARKABLE,” and, “Incredible job.” People were truly stunned at the labor of love I’d created.

This, in truth, is a credit to the quality of books that FOREVER produces for us. People pored over it for a very long time, looking at every single page. Three people even ordered their own copies. And it just so happened that that same weekend, a 50% off print sale + free shipping was running! I am eternally grateful to FOREVER for putting that special on that particular day (and making sure ALL specials feel like amazing deals) - not that I was in a "selling kind of a mood," but when people asked, I was able to deliver.

So, across the country, I was able to bring precious memories of Ben back into the lives of the people who loved him so much.

Grief is a difficult thing to understand, and everyone mourns in such different ways. But I believe that having these photos in this book helped so many people this past weekend. Nearly 400 people were at the memorial service in Cambridge and about 45 in British Columbia.

Losing a loved one, particularly a younger loved one, is a special kind of pain. It’s a club no one wants to join, but through this experience, I’ve met many others in the same position. They all believe in keeping memories alive.

THANK YOU FOREVER for making this possible!

View the video presentation of the book  here .

View the video presentation of the book here.

Far From Home: How Photos Bring Comfort

Far From Home: How Photos Bring Comfort

FOREVER Leads the Way to the Future of Family Memory Keeping

FOREVER Leads the Way to the Future of Family Memory Keeping