Remembering Doug

It is in times of great sorrow that we can experience our greatest solace. The outpouring of love from friends and family over the last week and a half has been keenly appreciated.

Last Wednesday, my brother Doug had a massive heart attack and passed away. He was 32 and this was completely unexpected.

Doug was my brother, but he was also one of my best friends. He was always working on some kind of cool science project or art experiment, and he always had a clever comment that reflected his dry sense of humor.

On the way home from his memorial services this week, we decided to stop a couple of places that were special to us growing up. My kids are too young to really understand our loss, but we thought it might help them to connect some special places with their special Uncle Doug.

One of the places we visited often while growing up is Hale Farm and Village, in Bath, Ohio, a pioneer town that recreates the frontier experience.

Another special place for us was COSI– the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

As my kids get older, I look forward to helping them remember their Uncle Doug the way we remember him. And in the meantime, I’m comforted by knowing that Doug is in Heaven, keeping an eye on us and learning the secrets of using low-heat diode lights to build a science-savvy ice sculpture, or whatever other projects have piqued his interest.

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17 thoughts on “Remembering Doug”

  1. Meg,

    My prayers go out to you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Remember when he made you laugh, smile and cried. He was there for you. He will still be there for you. Just ask. God has received a special angel. An angel that will watch over you and your family. He will forever be in your heart.

    Blessings!
    Dawn

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  2. So Sorry for Your loss! I think You did great by Your kids to give them something to remember their Uncle Doug! I’m sure he will be in their hearts forever!
    Hugs, Linda

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  3. Dear Meg,

    Who knew that through a “blog” such as yours, I could get to “know” someone like you….and care for them? I can’t begin to tell you how I feel after reading your words about the sudden passing of your brother….but please know that from the deepest part of my heart and soul I send out love, hope and prayers to you and your family. What a reassurance to know that Doug is with our Saviour and that in time, you will indeed see him again!

    Blessings,
    Chris

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  4. Meg,
    Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting you, I feel like I know you because I look at your site, read your emails, and watch your videos. God has blessed you with a great talent and a heart to share that talent and I truly appreciate all you do and are willing to share. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother, Doug. Doug sounds like he was a very special man and a wonderful brother to you and uncle to your children. May God hold you and your family in His hands and comfort you with His peace.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Vicki

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  5. Love those pictures of Doug with the kids! A & T will remember Doug through those pictures and the stories that you continue to share with them. My kids lost a grandma last year. Not knowing how much they will remember later of their life at this young age, we make sure to still celebrate Grandma on her birthday each year. We make a cake for her and share stories and add to her scrapbook… You will remember Doug every day of the year, but make his birthday a special day to celebrate his life and remind A & T just how much their uncle loved them. Hugs to all of you…

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  6. Meg – So so sorry to hear of your loss. When there were no blog additions for so many days, I was afraid something was wrong. Remember the good times with your brother, those will always be with you. And remember God has a bigger need of Doug right now. He is in a happy place with our Savior. Take your time grieving and receive peace.
    Your friend,
    Jill

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  7. Meg,
    So sorry to hear about your brother. Doug will always be with you in memories and your heart. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

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  8. I am sorry to hear about your brother. I know what you are going through mine past away almost 2 years ago unexpectedly. We were best friends. Just always keep the memories alive.My kids were very close to him, so we keep celebrating his birthday. My prayers are with your family.

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  9. Hi Meg – I have never left a comment on your blog – yet I’ve been popping in for a couple of months. I am so sorry to hear of your sudden loss.

    I hope that you surround yourself in love and comfort and may you be blessed with peace.

    Take gentle care,
    Meg

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  10. Meg, we’ve never meet but I love your blog. So sorry to read of the loss of your dear brother and best friend. How tragic as he was wayyyyyy too young to leave our world. Your special places and fondest memories will help comfort you in the weeks ahead. Take care and my deepest sympathy to you and your family!

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