Thomas Elliot Fogel, You Will Always be in My Heart

2011 April 15
by Susan

Our darling grandson Thomas in September 2010 just before the chemo started

Thomas Elliot Fogel February 24, 2003- April 14, 2011
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a 1,000 winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sun on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled light
I am the soft star that shines at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there; I did not die.

I found this poem online back in February when we thought that Thomas would not make it back home from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
But this brave boy bounced back and within days of almost dying, he was playing with his light saber like a true Jedi Knight.
But even the bravest knights fall, and our precious Thomas left us yeaterday at 7:00 a.m. Mountain Time, peacefully, surrounded by his mother Karrolyne, his father Avram and his brother Patrick.

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22 Responses leave one →
  1. Kim permalink
    April 15, 2011

    I am so saddened by your loss. You are in my thoughts.

  2. April 15, 2011

    Beautiful post Susan. Hugs.

  3. Melissa permalink
    April 15, 2011

    Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Thomas sounded like a remarkable young man. Take care of each other.

  4. April 15, 2011

    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you at this heartbreaking time.

  5. Maria permalink
    April 15, 2011

    I´m so sorry for your loss. Hugs

  6. Louise Chien permalink
    April 15, 2011

    Never have I known a kid who went through as much as Thomas. I have never met Thomas, but through CaringBridge Journal his parents kept, I felt so close to him. It was an honor to know Thomas even for such a short time. You know he is playing Lego in Heaven now!

  7. April 16, 2011

    Susan, My heart goes out to you and your family at this awful time. So sorry to hear your Jedi Knight lost his fight. Hugs Naomi

  8. Stacy Mather permalink
    April 16, 2011

    Words can not explain how sorry I am for your loss. Thomas in now in the loving arms of God. I pray for you family during this difficult time.

  9. Regina permalink
    April 16, 2011

    So sorry to hear this news – his picture has so much life and spunk… Hugs to you and the entire family at this time.

  10. April 16, 2011

    My condolences to you and your family Susan. Thank you for letting us know.

  11. Vivian Zug permalink
    April 16, 2011

    My sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing your many cyberspace friends are thinking of you and sharing your sorrow.

  12. Patricia permalink
    April 16, 2011

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I cannot imagine losing a child, it is just beyond my ken. You are in my prayers.

    love and blessings, patchworkhen a.k.a. patricia in the so cal high desert

  13. April 16, 2011

    I’m so sorry Susan. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to lose a grandchild. My prayers are with you.

  14. Darcie permalink
    April 16, 2011

    My condolences on the loss of your grandson. I hope your family can find some comfort in knowing he is free from pain in heaven now. Praying for you and your loved ones. (A lazy girl mailing list lurker)

  15. Angie permalink
    April 16, 2011

    Susan My prayers are with you and your family. Thomas is now in God’s arms with no pain and he will be one of God’s . Blessings angie

  16. Linda permalink
    April 17, 2011

    Hugs and prayers for you and your family. Words cannot ease the pain.

  17. April 18, 2011


    I am so sorry for your loss. My son’s name is Thomas and somehow I feel more connected to you as a result.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I am sending good wishes to you all.

  18. Kate permalink
    April 18, 2011

    Forever in your hearts and now in ours too, we all wish you peace at this time of sorrow and joyous memories of your wonderful little boy, Thomas.

  19. Mary Arreola permalink
    April 19, 2011

    Goodbye, Sweet Thomas. Besos, Mary

  20. April 29, 2011

    The memorial service for Thomas was beautiful, and the receiving line at the reception went on for hours.

  21. Julie Sheehan permalink
    April 29, 2011

    My love goes out to you and Ira and all of your family. The poem is perfect, and so beautiful. Thomas only died to this earth; his brave spirit will always go on and his life will inspire others. Blessings to all.

  22. May 18, 2011

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I’m sending my love to you and your family.

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