Chrissie at MGM studios, in Disney during August of 2000,
Chrissie's trip of a lifetime.
In Loving Memory of
November 14, 1986 - December 6, 2001
Thank you Carol and your Angel Michael for these seven beautiful gifts for Angel Chrissie!
Thank you Donna for these six special gifts for Angel Chrissie!
Corey and Michelle's Home Page
Dustin Fitzer Memorial
Thank you to Debbie for this beautiful gift!
Thank you to all my dear friends for these wonderful gifts for our Angel Chrissie's 31st birthday!
Thank you Diane for this gift for Chrissie's Heaven day.
Diane also sent this beautiful gift for Chrissie for Christmas!
This special gift for Angel Chrissie is from my friend Janet.
WE DO NOT NEED A SPECIAL DAY
We do not need a special day
To bring you to our minds.
The days we do not think of you
Are very hard to find.
Each morning when we awake,
We know that you are gone.
And no one knows the heart ache
As we try to carry on.
Our hearts still ache with sadness
And secret tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know.
Our thoughts are always with you,
Your place no one can fill.
In life we loved you dearly;
In death we love you still.
There will always be a heartache,
And often a silent tear.
But always a precious memory
Of the days when you were here.
If tears could make a staircase,
And heartaches make a lane,
We'd walk the path to heaven
And bring you home again.
We hold you close within our hearts;
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.
Our family chain is broken now,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
~ Written by Connie Dyer, BP/USA, Springfield, IL
This is a loving gift for Angel Chrissie from Christine and her Angel Deborah.
Thank you Diane for such a wonderful gift!
Spend Christmas In Heaven
We’re wondering what Christmas in Heaven is like as we grieve alone and pray,
Longing for one who has gone before to spend Christmas in Heaven today.
And so in our dreams we wander far from the scenes and sounds of earth
‘Til we hear the sounds of the Heavenly choir singing of the Christ Child’s birth.
The Angels we envision there as they join in their merry way
And there amid the throng is our Loved One spending Christmas in Heaven today.
There’s joy in the faith that teaches when our life’s work is done
Of a place in Heaven awaiting and the crown we worked for is won.
In our grief may we learn well the lesson as to work and suffer and pray
As to merit the joys of our loved one and to spend Christmas together some day.
I'm thinking of your angel this Christmas Season
and I know
how much you long to see her face and her precious smile.
So I hope this little gift will bring you a smile as we remember
our sweet precious angels with Jesus this holiday season.
I Love you!!!
Linda, mom to Angel Tina
Christmas in Heaven
We’re wondering what Christmas in Heaven is like
As we grieve alone and pray.
Longing for our child who has gone before
To spend Christmas in Heaven today.
And so in our dreams we wander far
From the scenes and sounds of earth
‘Til we catch the strains of the Heavenly choir
As they sing of the Christ Child’s birth.
The Angels we envision there
As they join in their peaceful way
And there amid the gathering is our Loved One
Spending Christmas in Heaven today.
In our grief may we learn well the lesson
So to work and suffer and pray
As to merit the joys of our loved one
And to spend Christmas together some day.
I'm so glad we hold many memories,
For with them we hold part of our child
So for now let's wipe away the tears
And join with loved ones dear
To celebrate this Christmas time,
For I know that, in our hearts, they're all here.
Revised and Written by Linda Rice,
May a gentle memory of love you shared with your child
in much happier times,
hold you in it's warm embrace
and bring you comfort and peace...
I hope this little
gift will bring you a smile
as we remember our
sweet angels with Jesus this holiday season.
I Love you dearly!
Linda, mom to Angel Tina.
This beautiful gift for Chrissie's Heavenly Angelversary is also from Linda.
Thinking of you and Chrissie as her angelversary approaches,
and praying that it will be a gentle day for you. May our Lord
in His loving arms, granting you His peace, comfort, and
Love and hugs,
Thank you also to Saralyn, mom to Angel Robbie for this beautiful Christmas gift!
Christmas Angels 2006
Our Christmas Angels
Thank you Linda for such a wonderful gift!
My thoughts and prayers are with you as we remember your beloved Chrissie on her Heaven date. I'll have a candle lit in her loving memory.
Wishing you a gentle day, my friend, and peace and comfort through the holiday season. You're not alone.
Love and Hugs,
Mom to Ken
Thank you DJ for this beautiful gift!
Christian Victoria (Chrissie)
Chrissie at age 2 years and 9 months old. Doesn't she look like a little angel?
Daddy loves his little girl!
Chrissie came into our world an Angel. Born to Earth on November 14, 1986 at 28 weeks.
Chrissie tried for October 21, 1986, but doctors managed to stop her. For if that date was to be the case,
we may not have managed to have kept her on Earth with us as long as we did -
15 years, 22 days.
Chrissie was a very special Angel. It was as if she had a Special Mission to carry out. Chrissie lived her whole life
with a sense of urgency - living each day to the fullest. Chrissie was a social butterfly, and made friends
like bees make honey. Her friendships spanned across the globe.
Chrissie was born on November 14, 1986, weighing 2.5 lbs., and measuring 12.5 inches long. Chrissie spent 3 months,
2 days in the hospital, and the first 2 months, 2 days in the isolate. We finally got to hold her after 2 weeks.
Chrissie spent the first year and a half on oxygen,
and the first year and ten months on an apnea monitor. Several times, we had the monitor go off in the night.
Each time, we were given our Angel back.
By any stretch of the imagination, Chrissie’s life was not easy. She was born with BPD (Bronchial Pulmonary Dysplasia)
which eventually became Asthma. Unable to walk or talk for the first several months, Chrissie used sign language
as a means of nonverbal communication.
She received home schooling from wonderful and talented teachers and therapists
of the Ivymount School. These skilled and caring people helped her develop, while keeping me sane.
By the age of three, Chrissie was caught up physically and developmentally. When Chrissie was in the second grade,
she developed auditory processing dysfunction. Chrissie had difficulty understanding the words spoken to her.
With a personal fm system,
she could understand and she started to excel in school.
Chrissie suffered from acute mold allergies and missed so much school in the fifth grade
that she had to be home-schooled that year. Chrissie went back to school in the sixth grade. On top of the regular stress
of handling a full load, Chrissie was exposed to endless teasing, and had to make new friends
since the school district had shifted boundaries, forcing her to attend a different school.
This is Chrissie outside of our house for a promotion in 8th grade.
Chrissie made her mark in middle school. Despite a new struggle with peripheral vision and short-term memory loss,
Chrissie excelled in her studies.
Although Chrissie never made it to school plays (despite several attempts), she blossomed in the talent shows
and lip sync contests. Even though she was rather shy, she overcame that when she competed in these contests.
She surprised many people with her angelic voice.
In the eighth grade, Chrissie made a very special Japanese friend named Mai. Mai was also shy and did not speak English
very well. Chrissie introduced Mai to American traditions, such as Halloween, sleepovers, New Year’s Eve, and the Fourth of July.
They learned from each other. With Mai’s help,
Chrissie learned how to speak, write, and read Japanese.
When Mai and her family moved back to Japan, Chrissie’s world started to fall apart. Many children at her school teased Chrissie
about being fat, even though she was quite petite. She became very self-conscious, and started to walk more
and ride her bike every day.
Trevia-Lynne and Peter gave her the dream trip for her Golden Birthday. They took her to Disney World for a week.
Chrissie and her sister Trevia at Disney World
with Cinderella's castle in the background.
Chrissie with Tigger at Disneyworld.
Chrissie entered high school, and made the Honor Roll and joined the school Chorus. She seemed to have such a bright future
ahead of her. As the teasing continued, she became more and more unhappy,
and she lost more weight.
We sent Chrissie to doctors to treat her eating disorders and depression. Chrissie was really working hard at getting better.
Chrissie joined the Peace Club at school and helped her school be one of the school to obtain a Kaki Tree (second generation of the tree).
The Kaki Tree is the tree that survived the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan.
Chrissie often wrote poetry, and won several awards. She designed her own web pages, including “Butterfly Wings: A Book of Poetry.”
Chrissie was loved by family and friends.
Despite Chrissie’s physical ailments (asthma, short-term memory loss, peripheral vision loss, acid reflux, anorexia, depression,
and Dissociative Identity Disorder), she always had a smile and kind word for everyone.
Chrissie lived her life as if each day were a year. Chrissie had a mission here on Earth. She overcame more challenges
in fifteen years than most people do in a lifetime - and she did it with grace and love.
Chrissie’s memory will be carried on through a yearly Angel Run to benefit the two memorial scholarships
(Ivymount School and Northwest High School) that have been set up in her name.
Chrissie’s brain was donated to the University of Maryland to research the causes and effects of depression
and related neural illnesses. We hope that her memorial scholarships and the donation of her brain tissue will enable
future high school students
to go to college and help future teenagers to live without depression.
Chrissie’s friends will miss her phrases, such as “Save the Buffaloes” and “Coolies!” Her family will miss her smile and
“Well, duhh!” Most of all, I will miss her “Love You More and Love You the Most” to my “I Love You!”
Chrissie’s death was by suicide. Chrissie had made many plans for the holidays. We only found out that
she lived with 5 personalities after she died and we got to read the journals that she left.
The one personality that was the strongest
was the one that talked of killing Chrissie.
This is the personality that we believe took over at the end.
Chrissie was an Angel sent from above and now she is our Heavenly Angel always near.
I held an Angel in my heart and arms. Now, I hold her in my heart forever.
Chrissie and Peter at Epcot, in the country of Japan.
It was our last day and she was missing Lace.
This is a loving gift from Polly.
Death, we must all confront it at some point in our lives.
It is often evaded but impossible to escape. In death Chrissie Carrigan brought this school together in such a way
that is indescribable, but even more, she helped people in life.
She affected numerous people daily with her brightness and insight on life.
Many students who came in contact with Chrissie were often happier after hearing a cheerful “coolies” or listening to her expound on
saving the buffaloes. No words could give justice to who Chrissie really was
and how much she lived life to its entirety. She died young
but not without leaving her mark on the world and an impression on the hearts of many.
By Emily Thoresen, 2002 yearbook.
A Note From Chrissie's Mom ~
Maria - this was what Emily wrote for Chrissie's yearbook in 2002. This is from the best friend Chrissie had in school
at the end.
This is also the young lady that brought me a ticket to go to graduation for her.
An updated graphic for Angel Chrissie on her 31st birthday.
My prayers and blessings to her family.
Geoffrey P. Edwards
This is a beautiful Easter gift from Saralyn.
Gone are the days we used to share,
But in our hearts you are always there,
The gates of memory will never close,
We miss you more than anyone knows,
With tender love and deep regret,
We who love you will never forget.
Let it not be said my life was in vain,
I've just moved on to a higher plane.
So I can keep better watch over you,
As you move on like you need to do
Though this life has reached an end,
I'm waiting for you around the bend.
I beg you please don't weep for me!
It's not so bad for soon you'll see,
That I will linger long past this sunset,
In the hearts of you who love me yet.
These wonderful images above are a loving gift from my dear friend, Pammi.
This is a beautiful gift from Angel Steven and his Mom.
Only TimeWritten and recorded by Enya
Who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows
And who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose
Who can say why your heart sighs
As your love flies
And who can say why your heart cries
When your love lies
Who can say when the roads meet
That they might be
In your heart...
And who can say when the day sleeps
If the night keeps all your heart
...night keeps all your heart...
Who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose
And who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows
Who knows? Only time...
Who knows? Only time...
Thank you Tammy for this lovely gift!
Thank you to Shirley, mom to Angel Laurie for such a beautiful gift!
These three special gifts above are from Susie and her Angel Jason.
A friend can hear a tear drop.
This webpage is created In Loving Memory of Chrissie Carriganon November 2, 2002
Last updated: December 15, 2017
© 2000 - 2017
Click on the Sailor Moon button below to send email to Chrissie's mom...
Click on the "Next" button below to visit the special page
dedicated to Chrissie by her sister Trevia ~
Click on the "Back" button below to visit Chrissie's special gifts page~
Click on the butterfly below to visit the special page
made by Chrissie herself, to promote her poetry ~
And click on the button below to visit the wonderful quilt page for Chrissie ~
Please visit Chrissie's very special birthday page here ~
Happy 30th Birthday Angel Chrissie!
Please visit Chrissie and some of her angel friends here ~
Chrissie's Butterfly Cloud
This is a special angel designed for Chrissie ~
Chrissie's Angel Pin
And please also visit this very special page~
For Chrissie's Graduation
And also this new page~
Chrissie's Heartprint Page
And you can also read this local newspaper article about Chrissie~
A big thank you to Rose Mary for creating the wonderful
angel bear background for Chrissie's page!
And thank you to my Bestest Buddy for fixing the photos
and some of the graphics for Chrissie's page!
Thank you also to Pammi for so beautifully framing Chrissie's photos, and to Karen
for the wonderful "angel wings" images of Chrissie.
Andrew... Our Miracle, Our Angel
Visit Maria's pages for her little Christopher at
Maria's Tribute to Christopher
Christopher's Angel Friends
My Tribute to a Very Special Boy
This award is for ALL your lovely pages for Christopher and others.
Tag By Lorri