Memorial website in the memory of your loved one


Welcome...
Kira loved to have her picture taken. I am going to share a sample of my favorite pictures and memories with you in this website. This has been difficult to put together, as the poems I have selected will show. I am going to attempt to put together a presentation here for those who need to see what my daughter meant to me, our family and friends, and the community in whole. Feel free to look at her other web pages that I have been working on. These pages have helped me keep her memory alive and to be able to grieve in a constructive way. I have also included information on the research I have done so I may spread awareness and prevent this from happening to another beautiful soul. I wish I could add more pictures and memories to this album, but it is a book that ended before it was able to begin. Kira touched hundreds of hearts and her memory will be with us all forever.

REMEMBER ME
Remember me with all your love
Not with pain or sorrow
Though I'm not with you, I still feel your love
Yesterday, today and tomorrow
It was special to be your child
For the time I was there
Cherish out memories together
Even when you think life isn't fair
Though I may not be there with you
I will always be around
Sometimes I do appear to you
A butterfly, a song or to a friend you have found
Remember me with a joyful heart
Along with happiness and love
These are the things that keep me alive
Forever within your heart...
Doyle Alldredge(c) 2006




WAITING FOR THE DUST
Each afternoon I gaze down the road
Waiting for the dust trail
Bringing you home to me
I watch and wait
Time has passed
Deep within my heart, I know it will never be
Some say I'm wasting time
As daily I search the road
They never knowing just that I can see
I wait, I watch
I often see the memories that bring you home to me
No! my time is not wasted
As daily I search for you
The memories brings us once more together
I can feel your nearness
With each memory I recall
Oh yes, the road still brings you to me
Thought I never will again see the dust
I know that you will come
It is not the dust but the road
Which brings you home to me
Doyle wrote this in memory of his son
Yancy who lost his life on the this road of dust
in a MVA on
November 12, 2002




Kira's Memorial Site - I have been working on this site for over a year. Please take time to look at what I have done with it. I have included a journal, poems, guestbook (hundreds of entries filled with compassion), photos, newspaper articles, and grief information.

http://freewebs.com/wyoangelkira/

Click here to see Kira Reddick's
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
check out this link   / Mom
http://www.balloonrelease.com/balloon_release_2004.htm

Check out this link. #188 is Kira's name.

http://www.groww.com/Memorials/wall/walldatabase.htm

This list is alphbetical and she is on wall 82. http://www.groww.co...  Continue >>
THE BROKEN CHAIN (POEM)   / Grammy Reddick
We little knew that morning, that God was going to call your name.In life we loved you dearly,In death we do the same.It broke our hearts to lose you.You did not go alone.For part of us went with you,The day God called you home.You left us peaceful m...  Continue >>
An Hour   / MOM
An Hour



If I could have an hour with my child

If I were allowed such a gift

How would I spend our time together

How would I react to once again to see my child



With t...  Continue >>
changes 10-31-06   / Mom
CHANGES

My world, my life has changed
Not because of my wanting too
Death has taken my child
Death has taken my life too

I will forever be changed
Never to be as I was
My life was stripped from me...  Continue >>
Don't Tell Me   / Laura Selvage (Friend to Mom )
Angela,
Here is a copy of the poem I read you the other day. Hope you like it. Keeping you and Russ close to my heart always.

Love,
Laura

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7-17-06 Poems  / Mom     Read >>
Trying to make sense out of tragedy  / Pauline Kuxhausen (Godmother)    Read >>
Letter those responsible for letting my girl die  / Russell Reddick (Father)    Read >>
My dear sweet niece....  / Rhonda (aunt)    Read >>
My daughter and Kira  / Laurel Davies (Family friend )    Read >>
A mother and grandmother's loss  / Darlene Reddick (Grandmother)    Read >>
Some thoughts  / Nile Coy (second cousin )    Read >>
Mr / Josh Thompson (Family friend, father of Kira's friend Dylan )    Read >>
Mr / Josh Thompson (Family friend, father of Kira's friend Dylan )    Read >>
Poems that reflect how we feel.  / Angela (Mom)    Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
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Her legacy
10,000 mile Journey  
Bereaved Father to Meet "Drowning Support Network" founder on 10,000 Mile Journey to Promote Drowning Prevention Google map of route (link won't work? try this one) Kira Reddick Kira Reddick, who lost her life to drowning at age 6 in 2004 Russ & Kira Reddick Russ and his daughter, Kira Russ Reddick Russ with his Suzuki the day he set out For Immediate Release 10,000 Mile Journey Contact Angela Reddick: 307-472-4346 Contact Nancy Rigg: nancy@higginsandlangley.org Camarillo, CA, September 10, 2013—When Russell and Angela Reddick lost their 6-year old daughter, Kira, in a tragic drowning accident in 2004, they did not know where to turn for support and guidance. Angela discovered a wealth of practical information and compassion on the Drowning Support Network (DSN), an all-volunteer, online peer support group. Camarillo resident, Nancy Rigg, founded DSN, which is sponsored by a small nonprofit organization, the Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund. "The Drowning Support Network was there for us when we really needed help," says Angela. "Nancy Rigg is an amazing source of information for families who have lost loved ones to drowning. In addition to support, we were encouraged to educate ourselves about our grief, drowning awareness and prevention, and how to help others. Russ is meeting Nancy on September 15th, if all goes well on his journey. We hope to help other families learn about this resource." In honor of Kira, Russell Reddick hit the road on, September 7, 2013, beginning a 10,000 mile motorcycle journey to the four-corners of the Continental USA. Russ is riding his 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, "The fastest street-legal motorcycle in the world," he says. Along the way, he will be hosted by members of DSN, including Rigg, participate in water safety and drowning prevention events with public safety agencies, and raise funds for the Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund. Angela Reddick is the trip coordinator for her husband's "four corners" course. "This is not the famous 'Four Corners' of the Southwest, where you can stand in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona at one time," Angela explains. "It's the four corners of the lower 48 states in the USA. Russ is starting in Casper. Then he's heading to the first 'corner' in the Northwest, Blaine, Washington. The second 'corner' is San Diego, California. The third 'corner' is Key West, Florida. And the fourth 'corner' is Madawaska, Maine. He will then head back home to Casper, Wyoming. We estimate the total journey to be about 10,000 miles." Russ adds, soberly, "According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of 10-12 people drown per day in the United States. Worldwide, over 500,000 drown every year. And this number doesn't include boating fatalities, floods, hurricanes, or tsunamis. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children age four and younger. And it's the second leading cause of accidental death in kids 14 and younger." Russ notes that drowning is "a silent epidemic, and we all need to do so much more to reduce the death toll," adding that, for the most part, "drowning is preventable. But it's fast, and unlike in Hollywood, where 'victims' flail around screaming for help, victims drown before anyone notices they are in trouble." If a victim is rescued and resuscitated, Russ explains that survivors may end up with severe brain injuries. "Over 50% of drowning victims need hospitalization," Russ says. "Near drowning, or 'nonfatal drowning' survivors, as the medical experts call it, can suffer with life-long disabilities. Angela and I don't wish 'fatal' or 'non-fatal' drowning on any other family. That's why I'm heading on the road and speaking out." To track Russell's journey, a link is posted on the Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund website. The Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards were established in 1993 by the National Association for Search and Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Committee in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker, who lost his life to drowning in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the Los Angeles River, and Los Angeles County Firefighter Paramedic Jeffrey Langley, a pioneer in swiftwater and flood rescue who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993. In 1995, online educational and networking resources were launched, including the Swiftwater Rescue News and the Drowning Support Network. In 2002, the Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund received 501(c)3 nonprofit certification. In 1992-93, Rigg worked closely with local public safety agencies, including the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Lifeguards, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to establish a pioneering multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional swiftwater rescue program to "Give victims who are swept away in floodwaters a good chance to be rescued," says Rigg, "and protect first responders who need to perform swiftwater rescue operations and keep them safe in this extremely dangerous environment." The Los Angeles swiftwater and flood rescue program has served as a model worldwide. "We wish Russell Reddick a safe journey," says Rigg. The death of Rigg's fiancé, Earl Higgins, in 1980 inspired her to establish DSN. "I was totally isolated when Earl was swept away," Rigg explains. "He was missing for nine long months before his body was finally recovered. I really could have used more support and practical information at that time." Rigg notes that drowning is a year-round threat. "The more we can all speak out, work together, and discuss water safety issues, the fewer lives will be lost."
You Tube Interview with Russell:  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpTOjHDbOnc
My Plans for Honoring Kira  

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  • I want to make this tragedy have a positive outcome for my family, friends, and community.

  • I would like to start a non-profit organization in Kira's honor that will allow me to educate about water safety and drowning awareness.

  • I would like to see all safety standards met.

  • I would like to see that all lifeguards receive proper training, maybe more rigorous with an increased allowed age to be a lifeguard.

  • I want the slide removed from the Riverton pool, no slide should be accessible to children that do not know how to swim that ends in the deep end of the pool.

    Please look at this site for more information on The Poseidon System that I believe would have saved her life. I have contacted the company and they are willing to come to Wyoming to help me get this installed in pools where children swim. I would like the Riverton pool to have it if they continue to give swimming lessons.
     
    http://www.poseidon-tech.com/us/components.html

  • I want to start a program to provide families dealing with traumatic death with information on what to do next, where to find information, and where to go for support. I am a member of The Compassionate Friends, http://www.compassionatefriends.org/ and would like to start a local chapter of Bereaved Parents of the USA, http://www.bereavedparentsusa.org/index.htm which I have already been in contact with to do so

  • I have done research on traumatic grief, loosing a child, drowning, and how to cope with difficult anniversaries such as birthdays, Heaven Days, and holidays. Here is a link to pamphlets I have read: http://www.tcf.org.uk/index.html?uklibrary.html~main

  • I want to set up a college fund for Riley so he can have limitless possibilities with his future. I have information on a 529 plan that I am learning about. Kira loved learning and had great hopes and dreams for the future.

  • Russell, Riley, and I need a home to call our own. Kira always wanted a backyard to safely play in. I need an office to do my work, and a place to sew.

  • I am planning to make memory quilts and bears for our loved ones, however, it is difficult to do without space, a washer and dryer, or the willpower to actually go through her belongings. Unfortunately, everything is boxed up and in our third bedroom. Each item of clothing holds a cherished memory.


 

My Links for much needed help  
Here is a list of sites that have helped me with my grief process. I have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, and PTSD. zThese sites have a plethera of aid, and Kira is listed on the walls listed. Just look at the list for the Drowning Wall..................way too many names. Kira is listed about 20 from the bottom.



Yahoo groups
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Mychilddied/

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/DrowningSupportNetwork/

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/AngelMoms2/?yguid=138767123

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BereavementAndOrganDonorQuiltBlocks/?yguid=138767123


http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/lovedonesuddenlytaken/?yguid=138767123


http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/mourninglossofachild/?yguid=138767123


http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Mychilddied/?yguid=138767123


http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/mfwsc/?yguid=138767123


 


Mother’s for Water Safety Coalition http://www.mfwsc.com/


Drowning wall http://www.mfwsc.com/nationalregistry.htm


Groww memory wall http://www.groww.org/Memorials/wall/wall82.htm
http://www.groww.org/index.htm


Bears and quilts
http://www.geocities.com/joesmemorybears/
http://www.bereavementmag.com/marketplace/showlist.asp


The Compassionate Friends
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Brochures/suddendeath.htm
http://www.tcf.org.uk/index.html?uklibrary.html~main


OUR CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL WALKWAY
http://ocmw.org/

  

 

IF ONLY MY HEART COULD SPEAK


 
If only my heart could speak,

I wonder what it would say,

With my head bowed,

would it cry out loud?

 

Oh please take this nightmare away!

If only my heart could speak,

Oh, what would it reveal?

Could it ever explain

the  loneliness and pain...

I try so hard to conceal?

 

If only my heart could speak,

would anyone hear it cry?

For my child is gone,

And I'm all alone;

Still no answer to the "why".

 

I know my heart can speak,

I hear each time it weeps.

I lay awake at night;

Staring without light,

And cry while the world sleeps.

 

Oh yes, my heart can speak.

It cries every single day,

And someday I'll understand

when we walk hand in hand...

That's what I hear my heart say..

 

Kaye Des'Ormeaux

 


Grief and Loosing Kira  

How can I summarize how this has affected us all?


Drowning Fact Sheet

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths to children ages 14 and under. A temporary lapse in supervision is a common factor in most drowning and near-drowning. Child drowning can happen in a matter of seconds--in the time it takes to answer the phone. There is often no splashing to warn of trouble. Children can drown in small quantities of water and are at risk in their own homes from wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, diaper pails, and toilets as well as swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.


Deaths and Injuries 
- A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under.

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Each year, approximately 1,150 children ages 14 and under drown; more than half are preschoolers (ages 0-4).

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Each year, an estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to near-drownings.

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Of children surviving near-drownings, 5-20 percent suffer severe and permanent disability.

WHAT IS NORMAL NOW?
By Vicki Windham, NE Platte Chapter TCF
NORMAL is trying to decide what to take to the cemetery for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine's day and Easter.

NORMAL is feeling like you know how to act and are more comfortable with a funeral than a wedding or a birthday party. Yet, feeling a stab of pain in your heart when you smell the flowers, see the casket, and all the crying people.

NORMAL is feeling like you can't sit through another minute without screaming because you just don't like to sit through church anymore. And yet at the same time feeling like you have more faith in God than you ever had before.

NORMAL is having tears waiting behind every smile when you realize someone important is missing from all the important events in your families’ life.

NORMAL is not sleeping because a thousand "what ifs" go through your head constantly.

NORMAL is having the TV on the minute you walk into the house to have some "noise" because the silence is deafening.

NORMAL is telling the story of your child's death as if it were an everyday common event and then gasping in horror at how awful it sounds. And yet realizing it has become part of normal conversation.

NORMAL is each year coming up with the difficult task of how to honor your child's memory and their birthday and surviving those days. And trying to find a balloon or flag that fits the occasion, "Happy Birthday"? Not really!

NORMAL is a new friendship with another bereaved parent and meeting over coffee and talking and crying together over your children. And worrying together over the surviving children.

NORMAL is being too tired to care if you paid your bills, cleaned your house, did the laundry or if there is food in the house.

NORMAL is wondering this time whether you are going to say you have 2 or 3 children because you will never see this person again, and is it worth explaining that one of them has passed away. And yet, when you say 2 children to avoid the problem you feel horrible as if you have betrayed your child.

NORMAL is hiding all the things that have become "normal" for you to feel, so that everyone around you will think you are "NORMAL".

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