Our Philosophy: While more people are recording the stories of their lives these days, it is something that we normally don’t think about until we are older. As such, when someone passes away while still young, their stories are kept only in the hearts and minds of those who knew them best. Our hope is to encourage everyone to get those stories and memories down on paper so they can be shared with everyone who knew your loved one as you did, or would like to know them better.
The importance of this can best be seen in the example of children who lose a parent at a young age. They will never have the opportunity to get to know their mother or father, except through the stories and memories of those who knew him or her best. Originally, this site was intended to reach out to those families, but we know that grief does not exclude itself to only losing a parent, so we extended its outreach to anyone and everyone who has lost a loved one.
Memories are Forever is maintained by me, Janell Vasquez. As a genealogist/personal historian, I’ve always believed in the importance of telling and preserving our life stories, and I’ve seen in my own experience how much more valuable they become to us after our loved ones are gone.
I hope this site will help encourage you to remember and preserve your memories – both for yourself and for those you love!
Jeffrey Vasquez, my husband, is the resident editor, artist, sounding board, and all around wonderful husband. He has been instrumental in helping to get this site and its related projects off the ground. He drew the picture of me above, so I’m a little attached to it – one of these days I may scan in a photo of myself, or I may not. Who knows….
This site was first built in 2004. I built it with the hope of being able to keep it advertising free, with the exception of helping to encourage a business who was doing something wonderful that I believed in, and used myself. Since then, many things have happened, I got a full-time job in the genealogy field (amazing!), and I wasn’t able to do much with this site.
However, now, I am hoping to be able to become a stay-at-home mom, and would love for this site to help me along that path. If the new advertisements offend anyone, I truly apologize, but know that I have used the products I advertise myself and truly believe that they will be beneficial for you in your journey through grief. That is our goal – to provide you with unique resources that you can use to suit your needs and discover the comfort and peace that comes with remembering.
If you have any comments or suggestions for this site, I’d love to hear from you – janell … at … memories-are-forever.org. (Replace the … at … with @.)
Disclaimer: There are a few ways that I bring in a little money to help cover my time and expenses for working on this site. I am an affiliate of the advertisers you see on the right, and sometimes in the text of articles. However, I am also a paying customer of those sites and think that they are good organizations to work with. Thank you for helping to support this site by purchasing from our affiliate vendors.