Memorial website in the memory of your loved one

This memorial website was created in memory of our little Melanie Grace, who was born on August 27, 1998 and passed away on March 31, 2005 at the age of 6.

A child that loses a parent is an orphan,
A man who loses his wife is a widower,
A women who loses her husband is a widow,
There is no name for a parent that loses a child,
For there is no word to describe the pain.

She inspired more people in her 6 short years than most will do there whole life. She loved God and made sure everyone knew of him and how wonderful he is. This poem I think tells it all...

God saw she was getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arm around her
And whispered,"Come with Me"

With tearful eyes we watched her suffer
And we saw her fade away.
Althought we loved her dearly,
We could not make her stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Praying hands now at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us

  As it says in Psalms 29;11
The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

Are you one of his people? Will you see Mel again?
If you are not sure please talk with John, Karri , Allison or Katie and we will help you make sure!
Or you are all welcome to attend church with us @ New Life Church In Oak Grove Missouri . 


Click here to see Melanie Lindmark's
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Never Forgotten   / Becky Cook (Nurse Friend )
Today was my last day of work on 4 Henson. As I sat down tonight to write a quick blog entry I couldn't help but remember you Lindmarks. I had to find this site once again to see that sweet round face and read about her short but amazing little life....  Continue >>
Faith  / Sheri Armendariz
It became so clear to me that God does not make the bad things happen.  There is good and evil in life and God lifts us up to help us through thedifficult times...only if we have faith in him.  I have this conversation allthe time with chri...  Continue >>
Hero  / Dan Manley (Friend)
I always smile when I think of Melanie.  She was always so positive and enjoyed making people smile.  She was a true role model and taught so many through her actions.  Out thoughts and prayers are with you.
Our Angel   / Paige Solomon (friend)
I will never forget playing with Mel in B gym during cheer prac. and seeing her racing me to see who was faster.. of course she was.. I remember looking into her eyes and knowing there is something more to this thing we call life.. melanie already kn...  Continue >>
Courage  / J.C. Park (Friend)
Melanie I can't believe it's been 5 years already. It seems that time has flown by when I wasn't looking. I remember the first day I saw you back during Freshmen year. I heard that you went through surgery and that it was with a lot of pain yet for ...  Continue >>
Angel / Andrew Schnell (Brother in Christ )    Read >>
Mel taught me what I know best.  / Adam May     Read >>
Beautiful Soldier  / Taylor Rodriguez (Friend)    Read >>
Purple and smiles  / Julie Brown-Potts (Friend)    Read >>
Please join us  / Karri Lindmark (Mother)    Read >>
A special little girl  / Liz Gall (Friend)    Read >>
Christmas at the Skating Rink  / Morgan Smith (friend)    Read >>
remembering the first day I met you  / Kathy Ryan (Teacher)    Read >>
Memorial / Nicole Sims (friend)    Read >>
With love.  / Emily Ziegler (friend, "sis" )    Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
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Her legacy
Melanie's Christmas Wish  

As we stated in the front page Melanie's wish was to let kids with cancer be kids so here is list of items the play rooms need. Please send them to

Amanda Woelk / Melanie's Wish  
Child Life Specialist for Hematology and Oncology
Children’s Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

or to the Lindmark's

Game Systems
2-4 Nintendo DS and games
Wii games
2 wii fit board sleeves

Little People Toys
Infant toys and rattles- all hard plastic
Infant light us and singing toys- all hard plastic
Polly Pockets
Hero toys- Spiderman, batman, Ninja Turtles…
Little Pet shop
Magna Doodle
Barbie Dolls and cloths

Teen gifts
Electronic games
Building/model kits
Klutz book projectsNail kits and polish

Play dough
Coloring Books
Kid Scissors
Paint Pens or Sharpies
Model Magic
Color wonder crafts
Single Use kits
Glue Dots

Gift Cards in 15.00 increments

New Release DVD’s and CD’s

We do have whole families that need to be adopted, and due to the severe situations  these families are in, please contact the Lindmark's by email for those lists.  

From Mom and Dad  

In March of last year, John and I became members of a very exclusive club.

          The price of membership was so dear we could not imagine being a part of the club. We realized in the back of our minds people didn’t choose to join and pay the dues it was done for them. In fact, only The Lord really has any idea of how members are selected. There are lots of theories of how The Lord may choose, but much of the time, the theories come from non-members, non-Christians who don’t understand much about the situation.

          The “club” we are now in (although it is not organized) is known as “Bereaved Parents Club”. The cost of our membership was the life of our daughter; and we like other members, have no idea why we were selected for membership, but know God will some day reward us for our suffering and loss.

          Even now a year afterward, inside our hearts and minds we continue to fight membership. There was no way to avoid it…We did our best to save Melanie.

We have learned a lot since our membership began. We now understand about other members. In fact, we seek to be with them, to discuss our membership, and try to understand its value.

          Sometimes, those outside the club are afraid of us, fearing if they come near us or talk with us, they will be selected to become members too. Acquaintances often try to ignore our membership, pretend that it doesn’t exist. They seem to think that will make things easier, and then the members won’t feel bad, but it only makes things worse. 

          So many times we have wanted someone to mention something about Melanie, who still lives inside us and overshadows all our thoughts. We have heard people say” I don’t want to upset them, or remind them of her, or say something that will make them cry”. We want to tell you, the only way you can make us feel any worse than we already do is to pretend that she did not exist or that our pain is not as deep as you surely know it is.

          Have you ever experienced the feeling of having one terrible incident go though your mind, day after day, month after month, wondering why it happened and how you could have prevented it? Well, don’t worry about reminding us of Melanie. We are thinking about her nearly twenty-four hours a day. Sure sometimes our minds are temporarily distracted; it would have to be to function at all.

          But if you think there is even one day that goes by without Melanie’s death tearing up our hearts, then you have no idea what this club is about.

We appreciate your talking about Melanie, or at least letting us talk about her. She was a very large part of our life, and ignoring her now will really hurt us.  It makes us think that you feel she’s no longer important because she is gone. It hurts to think that people don’t want to think about her or remember the good things about her, just because she has died.

          We understand that you don’t want to say anything that will make us cry. That sounds kind, and we used to feel that way too, but now we know better.   We would rather the tears didn’t come when you talk us because we know they may scare you away, or at least make you very uncomfortable. But we have learned how useful and necessary they are. If you allow us to cry in your presence then perhaps we won’t cry alone, wondering if anyone else remembers or even cares about our lose.

You can not know what will make us cry, sometimes we don’t know ourselves. Some days we stay dry eyed through nearly everything. Other days, the slightest thing will start the tears, things you could not possibly imagine or anticipate. Not all the tears are tears of sorrow. Even in the midst of our anguish, we sometimes cry tears of joy and relief because you have reached out; because you have confirmed that Melanie was special; perhaps because you have shared with us some precious memory about her which we had not known before.

Please don’t run away from us. Don’t pretend her death never occurred, or even worse that she never lived. We still love her, think of her, and need to remember. Please share with us and we will both feel better.

We are learning that God is not punishing us. He did not cause her death, but he can help us to grow through this experience to become stronger, wiser and more caring. Initially, when we were told by a church member that we would change and grow stronger through this experience, we wanted to scream that if it meant losing Melanie, we didn’t want to change or get stronger. But we now know we had no choice about that… she is with the Lord and the only choices we had were to either trust the path God had chosen for us or allow grief to destroy us. We chose God’s path, and will continue to do so for the rest of our lives. If our dear Melanie at the age of six trusted him enough to die without fear and wanted others to trust as well, maybe there is some small thing you could give to God and see what happens. He brought us through the worst time in our lives and rewarded us with the life of a beautiful baby girl to bring us hope and memories. We love you all and thank you for allowing us to grieve. Please continue to wear Mel’s purple band, but not in memory of her but in honor of her wish for everyone to pray to the Lord and to always trust in him. The purple ribbons around trees and car antennas should be testaments of you pledge to trust in God as Melanie did. Purple is the color of royalty, maybe Melanie loved this color because it reminded her of the royalty and grandeur her Lord and savior Jesus Christ.                     


Melanie's Wishes  
Is for everyone to love God and tell others about him!
Melanie's Photo Album
Mel on Make A Wish Trip
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