2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-10
God himself has prepared us for death, and as a guarantee he has given us his holy spirit. So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So our aim is to please him always, whether we are here in this body or away from this body.
PHILIPPIANS 2: 21
For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:13
And now, brothers and sisters, I want you to know what will happen to the Christians who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back all the Christians who have died.
1 CORINTHIANS 13:13
There are three things that ENDURE- faith, hope, and LOVE-and the greatest of these is LOVE.
9th Christmas without you. Miss you more than ever. Find myself wondering who you would be now and what you’d be doing? Anyway.., I know Jesus is taking great care of ya; just wanted to let ya know I/we Love you and miss you so very much!
Richie and Kaya <><
A permanent smile so full of joy. Strength that could conquer the universe. A loving friend that will never be replaced. That is the Megan I know and will always remember. Megan, I love you and will pray for the grievance of your family and loved ones.
A year yesterday is hard to believe..i was really struggling yesterday b/c i thought about you almost every moment..i brought u flowers yesterday i hope you liked them..there isn’t a person i know that didn’t mention “it’s been a year” yesterday n thats all they had to say n i thought of u..i just want you to know everyone is thinking bout you n no one has forgotten you n no one ever will..u definetly left a mark..luv u megs
Although I did not know your daughter, as a mother of three of my own, I can only imagine the loss. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. May God be with you all. Praise God your baby is now with our savior. Fondly, Chari
Although I never had the opportunity to meet Megan, when I heard of her accident I felt compelled to contact you and express my personal sorrow for the tragic and unbearable loss you are experiencing at this time. Under similar circumstances I lost my child, Eric, this past December and I understand the grief and despair you are feeling now. Sometimes you don’t know where to find the strength to go on. Please e-mail me if I can be a source of support to help you grieve. My prayers are with you.
Altough I do not know you or your family,as a mother of three of my own daughters I can only imagine your loss. My heartfelt sympathy for you and your family. May God be with you all. Praise God your baby is with our savior. Fondly, Chari
Always smiling, great sense of humor,always there to put everyone in a good mood. That was my girl Megan. I will remember her always and miss her with all my heart.
I have only known Megan since the beginning of this school year when I met her at youth group. I know “you guys…” already know this, but Meggie is a wonderful person and I regret to say I did not have the chance to get to know her better. She has brought me many laughs and smiles and I will never forget her strength and campassion. She had no enemies and I know why. I now know where Megs gets her strength from…all of you! You have my deepest condolences. I hope to see you all at Forefront so I can have the chance to get to know the family of a great friend and fellow Christian. I love you all!
<3 Jonette Oberst
Dear Karen & Rich & Family’
My LOVE and symphathy,
my God, I bless you for your stregenth and special family love. There are only a few special Parents like you! Friends Forever,
Melody Stier & Bob
DEAR KAREN AND RICH ,
I KNOW THIS IS A TIME OF DEEP SORROW FOR YOU.WE SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY .WE CANNOT SAY WE KNOW HOW YOU FEEL BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU WE SHARE YOUR GRIEF.I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT IF I WERE TO LOSE ONE OF MY PRECIOUS CHILDREN ,IT WOULD BE UNBEARABLE,BUT TO KNOW THAT MY CHILD TOUCHED AS MANY LIVES AS MEGAN HAS WOULD BE AN HONOR AND A TESTIMONY TO THE LIFE SHE LIVED .A WONDERFUL LIFE WITH LOVING PARENTS AND BROTHERS.SHE HAD TO LIVE HER LIFE THROUGH CHRIST’S EYES TO HAVE MADE SO MANY PEOPLE FEEL LOVED AND HAPPY THE WAY SHE DID. JESSICA AND MELISSA PLAYED SOFTBALL AND BASKETBALL WITH HER ON BOBBY LANES TEAM.SHE KEPT EVERYONE LAUGHING AND SMILING. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE TIMES WE HAD IN THE STANDS. MEGAN WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED .I CAN SEE HER NOW COMING UP TO THE FIELD WITH HER BALLCAP ON BACKWARDS OFFERING BRITTANY A PIGGYBACK. WE WILL KEEP YOU GUYS IN OUR PRAYERS.THANKS FOR BEING FRIENDS TO MANY.
Dear Karen,Rich,Chad,and Sean:
Megan was a very special young
lady. I always enjoyed being in her company. I still remember the time I took the kids out on the fishing boat in Ocean City, Maryland..Megan
caught more fish and I think had more fun than any of the boys. She reminded me so much
of myself when I was her age.
I’m sure that your very proud
of Megan and you have every
reason to be. I’m sorry I didn’t get an opportunity to write before..but, I’ve been sick. I justed wanted all of you to know how sorry I was to
hear about this world’s loss.
Thinking of you,
Hard to believe it’s been a year. I just wanted to say Hi and tell you that I think of you often. Remember that picture that Chris took of the two of us a while back in youth group? I wanted it real bad but you wouldn’t give it to me and Chris kept the other. The other day I was cleaning and guess what? I found it! I can’t believe you gave it to me. You parted with it. I didn’t have a real picture of you and now I do! Sometimes I wonder though if God put it there. Only He knows. I love you girl. I can’t picture VB or Forefront w/o you. The picture of us sits on my dresser and I walk buy it everyday and just smile;- I miss you lots. Laura;-
I know it hasn’t quite been 2yrs yet but I wanted to sign your guest book because on your anniversary I will be traveling. I miss you terriblly and think of you more often then you may think. See, we are pregnant again and this baby will have your namesake if we have a girl. Megan Grace we will name her. I can’t wait to share with her of the beautiful young lady she was named after. A young woman who touched our lives so much. We won’t know what we are having until we deliver but I know you will be the first to know since you will be watching us from above. We love you girl!
Laura, Jason, and Tristan
I haven’t written an entry in here since you departed. I want you to know that I feel you with me girl everyday. I can feel you sitting in the car in the passengers seat beside me when some crazy song comes on. I want you to know that I am so okay with you not physically being here anymore and that it is such a peacefull feeling to know that YOU will be there to greet me when it is my turn to come home! I am so excited girl SEE YOU IN HEAVEN!
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Merritt,
I am sorry that we all lost a very great woman, but i am not sorry for where she went. She is in a much better place and she deserves to be where she is. I love you all, Chad, Sean. I’ll be praying for you all!!
in Christ’s love,
Ashley Bryant //><
Yesterday would have been your graduation day; sorry, but we just couldn’t go. However, we know that you’ve already graduated to MUCH Higher learning. Today is father’s day and I just wanted to tell you that I Miss You madly girl. I wish you were here to bust my chops and just to see your smile today. That would be my greatest gift. I know one day soon, I will see you and your laugh and your smile. Anyways.., tearfully, Give Our REAL Dad a hug up there!
With All My Love,
Dear Rich and Karen:
Thanks so much for stopping in to see Gail and I.
Sometimes friends don’t know what to say during difficult times like this. Your words and visit made Gail and I feel more strength and comfort that there is an answer to the question, “Why?”
Thanks for caring and may you realize Megan’s great stature in the eyes of heaven.
Your good friend,
Dear Richard, Karen, Chad, and Sean,
Our heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time. Our love and prayers are with you.
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to your family during this most difficult time. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Rick and Karen,
The Lord has called Megan home and she is much happier now. Please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts..
Love and Prayers,
From Grace Bible Church
Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, whithout the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of site? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somwhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. R.Pilcher
Even though I never had Megan in class, I helped with the softball team last year. I would see her in the halls daily and she would always be smiling and have some kind of comment to brighten everyone’s day. She would come up to me, give me five, and say, “What’s up coach?”. She would liven up practices and give it everything she had and then some.
I know you are now in good hands and my prayers go out to the family. You will be greatly missed. God bless you.
Math Teacher, former Assistant Coach, and friend
Faith, Hope, Love, these three remain. I went with Megan on a mission trip to Mexico and have never met a kid I liked better. She earned my respect and I love her for it. When the youth at Forefront announced they were going to rent out themselves out for odd jobs, the first words out my mouth were “I call Megan Merritt” Rich, Karen, Sean and Chad, we hurt with you. Jesus wept
Five months ago yesterday you left us here on this earth my little baby. I miss you so much! It hurts to the core when I ponder it too much. I want to echo your uncle’s sentiments. I eagerly await my reunion with you. I will Love You Always and Forever! Love Pop Dukes/Richie <><
For one thing I want to say I’m sorry I didn’t go to the funeral…today was my 17’th birthday and it was all too stressful…. Even though I didn’t go she was in my heart the whole time. Megan was and will always be the sweetest and funniest person i’ve ever known….She was there as a person as a friend and even as a sister….I will never forget her for that….and I want to send my condolences to Mr.and Mrs.Merritt and also to Chad and Sean Merritt. No one worry, she will be well taken care of and she will always keep a beautiful smile on her face.
God Bless :
Guess everyone else forgot about ya honey! Not me girl! Just wanted to drop a not to say, “Happy Valentines Day in Heaven!” Love ya!
In His Love,
Happy belated b-day!!! miss you
Happy Birthday Mugsy! We Love YOU and miss you very, very much…, but we have the assurance and the hope through Christ of seeing you again one day; and falling into your arms with laughter instead of tears! Love ya girl! Give JC some Mad Love for us!
Mom and Dad <><
Hello, My name is Kristy and I played on the 14u 2001 Vipers softball team. Even though I never met Megan, I am sure she was a very sweet girl that deserved to remain in this world. My sympathy is to her family and everyone in grieving.
Heres a poem for Megan…….
Megan is an angel in everyones eyes,
She always told the truth and never made up lies,
Her heart was filled with alot of love,
Now she is the one shining on us from above,
She’s in heaven being as beautiful as ever,
Her memory is what everyone will forever treasure,
Always a smile or a hi,
Is what Megan did when you’d walk by,
On day we’ll walk in the doors of heaven and see Megan sitting there,
And we’ll have many stories and secrets upon us to share!
We Love You Girl !!written by:Me Love,
It’s your friend Laura here. I’ve been thinking of you and your family hard these past couple of days. Fortunately though I am reminded of you quite alot everytime I call my little girl’s name. Your parents gave my Megan a bear with your picture on one side. The bear sits on Megan’s dresser I’ve been meaning to put a picture of my Megan on the other side. Tristan knows who you are he says “mommy that’s your friend and her name is Megan too huh?” Then I tell him again how his little sister was named after you. Aww girl Jason and I miss you so much. This summer we will probably be visiting Va beach and when we do that we will for sure go see you family. Wish you could meet my kids. Today is also a little boy Ronnie’s birthday he was born the day of your heavenly birthday. He would have been 3 today. Give him a hug for me will you? His mother and father are so amazing. Tell him Tristan says Hi. We love you girl and I thank God we had you in our lives for as long as we did. I still would like to work with youth and I know that has to do with our relationship and the connection you and I shared.
Love you honey,
Hey girl! It was amazing the other day I met this guy named Justin. He went to your school and he graduated a couple years ago. He goes to Randolph Macon College like me right now and we were talking about home. I told him that I played softball and then he asked me about you. It hurt him and I both to talk about you. It’s been pinned up inside of me for the past 2 years because I didn’t want to hurt anyone talking about the accident. When him and I talked he told me that he was really close to you at the time of the accident. He told me he was with you right before. My eyes got all teared up and I asked why. Why did you let her go? I wanted to get angry but I couldn’t. I guess it’s just how god planned your life. I miss you megs and I still think of you often when I play softball and when I hang out with my friends. I just wish you could’ve experienced the things I am experiencing now. Miss ya megs!
Carrie Barchick #14
Hampton Roads Vipers
hey gurl…a lot of things reminded me of you today and then i thought i havent written to you in awhile…everytime i’d read something or watch a tv show today it was about teens dying in car crashes and it brought tears to my eyes cause i miss you soo much and i still think of you often…life has been pretty rough these past few weeks but whose life isnt…i wish you were still here to play ball with us because i know we could use you…its been almost 9 1/2 months since you’ve been gone n the only thing i regret is not chillen w. you as much as i could your last days…gurl everyone misses ya!!! rich and karen…we miss yall TONS!!
hey guys im sorry about megan she was a great girl.Our family will be praying for you.
Hey i am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Megan. She is a great person and everyone loves her. I will never forget how me and her would have our secret ways of figuring out what to pitch to the batter, or secret signs, and joking the batters and stuff. Everytime i pitch i will be doing it for her and the team will play there hardest cause we all know megan would have.I will be praying for her. luv to all
I just found out that a friend of mine from High School was shot dead in his head. It made me think of the people you lose in this lifetime. You wonder if they made it to heaven and will you see them if you get there. I am sure you are there but this friend I don’t think made it. Many people fear life, but honestly I fear living. You can’t control it, you don’t know what it will throw at you, and you have all these trivial questions unanswered. I know God has a plan, but what is at the end of it. It is hard to imagine what heaven is like without thinking it might be nowhere close to what you think it is. However, it makes you realize you need to cherish your friendships and family relationships. Although we were young, I never kept in touch like I should have. I think about you often: when I go to school It’s near where you and my dad are buried, when I have to fill an order at work for a teenager who passed, and even when I am missing church because I have to work. I have faith God works things out but you just think deeper when tragic oocurances happen. Well, I miss you and wish we were chillin right now.
It’s Meredith! The funniest thing happened to me yesterday. I was helping my friend shop for prom and went into All The Rage. I was conversating with the girls there and spoke to a great friend of yours, Mandy. She is a nice person, and in fact, she gave me your parents number. I thank her, and God, for that. I really needed to talk to them. It was a great talk me and your pops had. He had some helpful information for me to get back on my feet. See, I am not doing so good right now. I feel like a failure all the time. It hurts. I wish I had a friend like you right now. Megan, you were always an inspirational girl, and I say girl even though now you would be a woman. You truly defined the word “indiviual”. I could only wish to be half the person you were. I never told anybody this, but your death helped me with my father’s death. I never cried one tear when my father died, in fact, I thought it would make me weak. When you passed, I had a lot of rage and anger built up inside. Your death released all the from inside me. For the first time in all my life, I just let go!!! You know the night you passed I had thought about calling you earlier that day. I had dialed your number and everything, but I never called it. I thought you wouldn’t want to chill, you probably had plans. I wish I had made that call. Just to talk to you. I was so nieve. Now, I handle my death better thanks to you. Now, if I could get life right. When I talked with your father the other day, it felt like things my father would have said to me. It was very comforting. I am so glad I got to talk to him, and I can’t wait to talk to your mother. Bless your friend Mandy for the number. She really doesn’t know how much it means to me. God does work miracles. I wish you were here to be a friend and a favorite softball enemy. Luv ya girl!!!
Merk aka Meredith
P.S.- If you were here,you probably would have called me “MERK” like the rest of my friends do.
Hey Megan. I don’t know what made me do it, but I was sitting here tonight watching the snow fall and I thought of you. It’s been such a long time since you moved on, but I can still remember the exact second Trueblood told me what had happened. It was a sick feeling. Some of the guys from church Church…haha…funny thing. Your death is what brought me there and I went out to play football one morning over winter break. Your dad came of course and tore it up. He’s a beast, but I guess it just runs in the family ; Well Megan…we all miss you…God Bless
It’s uncle Rob. Today is Christmas. Our family’s first without you. We all miss you so much. I can’t even write anymore, because like Pop Dukes said, it hurts to the core. I just want to say I love you, and eagerly await the time when we will meet again, and live with HIM forever.
Miss you too much for words,
Hey Mergan, It’s Samers. Wonderin how you’re doin baby girl but I think I already know. I’m chillin at RBC, Brian convinced me to go here and some days are good, some days are not. Today was my birthday, I’m 19. Sometimes, I think about you and I wonder so much where you would be right now. I wonder what college you would have picked to go to and what you would be studying. I wonder if maybe we would have ever planned to go visit Laura since she’s back on the east coast now. But I guess I should stop cuz it’s not like I’m accomplishing anything. But I miss you sometimes and still laugh at some of the memories. See you in a couple of minutes/ hours/days/weeks/months/years. Who knows? Only God. Love you girl.
P.S.- Laura, if you read this, please call me. I haven’t talked to you in a while and I miss you. My dorm number is 252-334-2564. Love you. OH!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Well…, we are in Paradise celebrating our 25th Anniversary and I was not able to get proper access yesterday to leave you a message. However, we just wanted to let those that Love YOU and to let YOU know too, that you are still Loved Madly and Missed Soooooooo much! We miss your infectious smile and laugh and soup bone hand punches!
We are having a blast here in Kauai, HI, wish you were here. We know you are, but we would Love to have ya here physically. The truth of the matter is though, you are in the real true Paradise and we will one day again be reunited with you and those we Love that are with you. See ya soon!
Mom and Pop Dukes <><
Hi, I am April Sauro, 16, and in the 10th grade. I went to school with “Megs” and we were buddies. The first time we meet was in gym class when I was in 9th grade. We were playing Dodge Ball and it was Megan and I at the end we were on opposite sidesI doged all of you balls and she dodged all mine. Finally I threw one more and it hit her in the chest and she missed the catch. So very time I play dodge ball I remember Megan. When I heard of her death I was in a total stock and I don’t know what to do but now I am fine with all the memories we had in gym class. If you know or what to know her or even want to talk please e-mail me.
I love you Megs like a sister *tears falling* We will meet again!!
Today is your birthday honey. I miss you so much. I can barely find the strength to write this. This all seems like just a dream that I want to wake up from. I think about you every single day, and I will always remember you until we meet again in His palace. I still can’t say “This guy”, and not think of you :- You left part of yourself with all of us. Have a great birthday with the angels.
It’s Easter Sunday, and I just wanted to say hello. You departed us last Easter. It’s been almost a year, and we miss you very much. We had alot of fun today, celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection, because we know that means we will see you again in Glory. Your brothers are a trip :-
Love you lots,
Just wanted to say hello. Gram and I spent time with Mom and Pop Dukes this weekend. We were thinking of you. You started your life of glory one year ago this week. We miss you dearly Mugsy. Can’t wait to see you again.
I am glad I had a chance to escort you in the Kellam Fashion Show.
I am going to miss Meghan dearly. She was wonderful to me and the rest of the girls on the Kellam softball team. It was a priviledge for me to get to know such a wonderful person. I believe that she brought joy to everyone’s day when you heard her joke around or just smile. I will miss her dearly, but always remember her in my heart.
I am really gonna miss her jokes and how she made me laugh at the weirdest times.I will miss seeing at church and youth group.All my prayers are going out to her family.