Yesterday, author and my friend, Karen Beaudin, honored her sister, Kathy, on the forty-second anniversary of this very same sister's murder. Karen and I met a couple years ago, yet our connection goes much deeper. We both lost our sisters. We both wrote a book to share our sisters and the hope we have thanks to God's working in our life. We both speak and advocate for other families, missing, and the hurting.
While there are similarities, there are differences too. My sister, Heidi M Allen, remains missing nineteen years later. Karen's sister, Kathy, was found murdered within hours of her disappearance. Karen has other siblings, while Heidi was my only sister. It doesn't matter that one sister remains missing and another was found, the connection started at the loss.
As I looked for a book similar to mine, God directed me to Karen. A couple summer's ago, Karen was traveling through New York and she stopped in for dinner so we could meet in person. With a horrific storm raging outside, the warmth and friendship around the dinner table was that of old friends, not two who just met. This is the kind of thing God orchestrates. Regardless of the similarities or differences in our sister's cases, the commonality is this: friendship, a desire to help others, and a joy in sharing where our hope is found and released from.
I released Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey on April third this year, the nineteenth anniversary of Heidi's abduction. Karen released her design for a beautiful bracelet to help support victims in some way, a mission she revealed to the public on the anniversary of her sister's murder.
Why do we choose to remember our sisters like this, on a day many would say is sad? Just for this reason - the worst day of my life so far is when I lost my sister yet to do something special in her memory on the date we last knew where she was...is a priceless blessing because Heidi wanted to help others. So why not help others on the day she stopped being able to help them? Nothing more precious, here are a few words from Karen about the bracelet.
To learn more about Karen - click on her photograph below.
"I designed the victims of violent crimes bracelet (VOVC) for individuals that know someone whose life was eradicated by the hands of a murderer. My sister Kathy Lynn Gloddy was murdered in New Hampshire on November 21, 1971. No one has ever been arrested.
The justice scale leans heavy on the side of the broken heart. Whether a murder is resolved or not, true justice would be the return of our loved ones. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations that support victims of violent crimes. Kathy continues to impact individuals lives through her testimony. Law enforcement, victim advocates, students and individuals are greatly affected by her story.
The charm is pewter and one inch in diameter. The bracelet is black leather. All items will be shipped on January 1, 2014. Thank you for your support!
I love you Kathy,
The only thing I get from sharing this post is
Lisa M Buske
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