This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Christina "Chrissy" Rossi who was born in New York on December 31, 1979 and left this earth to fly free with the angels on July 25, 2006 at the age of 26. We will remember her forever, and always keep her alive in our hearts and minds!
The 8th Annual Chrissy's Wish
Memorial Golf Outing Fundraiser was held on Friday, August 22nd. Thanks to all who helped us this year and continue to help us with a donation, sponsorship, golfing or perhaps by spreading the work of Chrissy's Wish. If you would like more information on Chrissy's wish, please contact us at 631-243-3573 or log on to www.chrissyswish.com and open the events page. The total now raised is over $480,000! We know Chrissy is smiling and watching as we continue to raise money for mental health research.
Please visit the Chrissy's Wish memorial fund website at WWW.CHRISSYSWISH.COM Anyone interested in information about the memorial fund and/or for a NARSAD organization packet, Please e-mail us at WWW.LINDANIGHTENGALE@AOL.COM or call 631-243-3573 All checks should be payable to NARSAD with a notation for Chrissy's Wish on the check and mailed to LINDA ROSSI 13 HERRICK AVENUE, DIX HILLS, NY 11746. A tax deductable receipt will be sent to you from NARSAD. Please help to bring Chrissy's Wish to life and end the mental torments millions of people suffer with everyday of their lives.
A LIFE IS LOST TO SUICIDE EVERY 18 MINUTES IN AMERICA. NINETY PERCENT OF ALL PEOPLE WHO DIE BY SUICIDE HAVE A DIAGNOSABLE PSYCHIATRIC DISORDER AT THE TIME OF THEIR DEATH. WE BELIEVE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, BETTER TREATMENTS AND EFFECTIVE EDUCATION OF PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC WILL BEST PREVENT THIS TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE. PLEASE CONTACT THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR INFO ON-LINE WWW.AFSP.ORG
If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, please know there are people who care. There is help, here are a few places you could call or visit online by clicking on any link.
Please take the time to add your Tributes and Condolences, and light a candle for Chrissy. It is very comforting to read how Chrissy has touched so many lives, while on earth and even now
"All things beloved live on in our hearts.....Forever."
Chrissy we know that this is what you are saying to us and what you want us to remember.....
"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free, I'm following the path God laid for me; I took his hand when I heard him call I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work, or play; Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that place at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; Ah, yes these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow; I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I've savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief Lift up your heart and share with me. God wanted me now- He set me free".
I thought of you with love today, But that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday And days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories And your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake, With which I'll never part. God has you in his keeping, I have you in My heart.
We Remember Chrissy......
WE’RE HERE TODAY TO CELEBRATE OUR DAUGHTER CHRISTINA’S LIFE. WHAT’S IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US TO REMEMBER IS HOW CHRISSY “LIVED”, NOT HOW SHE DIED! ON DECEMBER 31, 1979 CHRISTINA WAS GIFTED TO US AND THIS WORLD, AND IN HER VERY BRIEF 26 YEARS ON THIS EARTH MANAGED TO TOUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF PEOPLE AND CREATURES. ONLY 5 FEET TALL AND 90 POUNDS SOAKING WET, SHE HAD THE STRENGTH TO STAND UP FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVED IN, SAID IT LIKE IT IS, NO MATTER IF YOU WANTED TO HERE IT OR NOT, AND YET, WAS AS GENTLE AS AN ANGEL TO ALL WHO NEEDED HELP. CHRISTINA’S ILLNESS BLESSED HER WITH AN INSIGHT INTO HUMANITY AND THE ABILITY TO HELP OTHERS WITH COMPASSION AND LOVE.
SHE HAD A SPECIAL GIFT THAT MADE EVERYONE WHO MET HER, EVEN FOR JUST THE BRIEFEST MOMENT, COME AWAY WITH A SPECIAL FEELING. SHE WAS ABLE TO HELP AND UNDERSTAND OTHER PEOPLES WEAKNESSES BUT WAS UNABLE TO HELP HERSELF RID THE TORMENTS IN HER MIND. THE DEEP PAIN THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING NOW IS WHAT OUR DAUGHTER LIVED WITH HER THROUGH HER LIFE. SHE WOULD SAY TO ME, MOM, I WANT TO BE HAPPY AND ENJOY LIFE, BUT I CAN’T. SHE TRIED HER VERY BEST TO REMAIN HERE WITH US, BUT THE PAIN WAS TOO MUCH TO CONTINUE TO BEAR!
CHRISSY WAS UNPRETENTIOUS ON THIS EARTH, AND NEVER CARED ABOUT ‘THINGS’, BUT IT WAS WORDS AND FEELINGS THAT MEANT SO MUCH TO HER. SHE WAS BLESSED WITH A FAMILY , EXTENDED FAMILY OF GOOD FRIENDS AND A VERY SPECIAL BOYFRIEND WHO ALL TRULY LOVED HER, BUT UNFORTUNATELY SHE COULD NEVER FEEL WORTHY OF THAT LOVE OR HAVE THE ABILITY TO LOVE HERSELF.
EVEN TIL CHRISSY’S LAST DAY ON EARTH SHE CONTINUED TO WORK AND CARE IN A GROUP HOME FOR DISABLED ADULTS WHILE FIGHTING HER OWN TORMENTS. BEFORE SHE LEFT US, CHRISSY MADE SURE TO TELL US ‘SHE LOVED US’, ENDING HER MULTIPLE PHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH ‘I LOVE YOU’. HER LAST GIFT TO US AND THIS WORLD WAS A HEALTH CARE PROXY STATING HER LAST WISHES REGARDING NO VENTS TUBES OR EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES TO KEEP HER ALIVE,AND THEREBY RELEASING US FROM ANY ADDITIONAL PAIN.CHRISSY’S LAST SELFLESS GIFT WAS TO LEAVE PART OF HERSELF TO HELP OTHERS BY DONATING HER BONE AND TISSUES FOR RECIPIENTS TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE.
ON JULY 25TH, CHRISSY CELEBRATED HER REBIRTH WITH MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE HERE WHEN SHE WAS BORN ON EARTH, AND I KNOW MAMA, PAPA, PAPU , GRANDPA AND A HOST OF CREATURES WERE JUST A VERY FEW WHO SURROUNDED HER WITH OPEN ARMS TO GREET HER ON THE OTHER SIDE . AS WE ARE HERE TODAY CELEBRATING THIS GENTLE SPIRIT, SHE IS CELEBRATING HER NEW LIFE, A LIFE IN PEACE.SO NOW WHEN WE THINK OF CHRISSY, LETS SMILE AND REMEMBER HER BEAUTY, COMPASSION AND UNIQUENESS, BECAUSE CHRISSY IS FINALLY TRULY SMILING.
Chrissy's Favorite Poem for Mom....
And if I Go, while you're still here.... Know that I Live on, Vibrating to a different measure -Behind a thin veil you cannot see through. You will not see me, So you must have faith. I wait the time when we can soar together again, -Both aware of each other. Until then, Live your life to it's fullest. And when you need me, Just whisper my name in your heart, ...I will be there.
Loving Story written by LITTLE Stevie for Chrissy......
CHRISSY THE CATERPILLIAR
Once I was walking down the sidewalk and I saw a caterpillar hanging from a tree. But this wasn't and old caterpillar. This was the most beautiful caterpillar I've ever see in my whole entire life! It looked so cool. It had rainbow stripes down its back and its eyes were baby blue. Then I started walking again, and I heard a voice. It sounded so cute. It sounded like it said," Don't leave." So I walked backwards. It go louder and louder. I was looking around and then I went to the caterpillar. The sound was comming from it. It said its name was Chrissy. She said, " Can you take me to your house?' I said yes, so she came on my hand. When we got home, she saw my dog Bella. She was scared of her. I put Chrissy in a cup with holes and put some different types of vegetable leaves in it. The next morning she was in a blue chrysalis. I started to talk to her but it sounded like she said. " Mmm! Mmm! Mmm! " So I just waited for one month and then I saw a crack in the chrysalis. The chrysalis started to shake and then it opened! It was a rainbow colored butterfly! I let her out of the cup. Then she flew by my sister. She thought it was a remote control butterfly because it was so beautiful it looked fake. My sister said " Who is that?" I said "Chrissy." Then she said, " Can I have some of the eggs when she lays them? I said "no." She said " Aww!" So I said, " Okay." Chrissy said she wanted to show some old friends her wings like Geoffrey the glow worm. So she flew to his house. He was now a lightning bug. He said " These wings are so cool." Chrissy showed Geoffrey how she can fly and do eight flips. He said " That's cool. Watch this!" He made himself light up. She said "That's so cool." He said, "Thanks." Then I let go of Chrissy and they flew away together. A couple of years passed and I got mail from them. It said they got married.
CHRISSY, THIS SONG SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN WRITTEN FOR YOU. IF VISITORS WOULD LIKE TO LISTEN TO IT SUNG PLEASE GO TO THE AUDIO SECTION OF THE WEBSITE AND ENJOY!
Fly,fly little wing Fly beyond imagining The softest cloud, the whitest dove Upon the wind of heavens love Past the planets and the stars Leave this lonely world of ours Escape the sorrow and the pain And fly again
Fly, fly precious one Your endless journey has begun Take your gentle happiness Far too beautiful for this Cross over to the other shore There is peace forevermore But hold the mem'ry bittersweet Until we meet
Fly, fly do not fear Don't waste a breath, don't shed a tear Your heart is pure, your soul is free Be on your way, don't wait for me Above the universe you'll climb On beyond the hands of time The moon will rise, the sun will set But I won't forget
Fly, fly little wing Fly where only angels sign Fly away, the time is right Go now, find the light.
Chrissy, We thought of you when we found this Poem...
I thought about you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake, With which I'll never part. God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart.
WHAT HAS MY CHILD TAUGHT ME
I'VE LEARNED THAT YOU CAN KEEP GOING LONG AFTER YOU THINK YOU CAN'T I'VE LEARNED THAT FRIENDS AND RELATIVES CAN BECOME STRANGERS, AND STRANGERS CAN BECOME FRIENDS, I'VE LEARNED THAT IGNORANCE ISN'T AN EXCUSE FOR THE LACK OF COMPASSION I'VE LEARNED THAT SOME PEOPLE WILL NEVER, EVER, "GET IT" I'VE LEARNED THAT THE COMMUNITY OF SORROW IS THE STRONGEST OF ALL. I'VE LEARNED THAT NO MATTER HOW BAD YOUR HEART IS BROKEN THE WORLD DOESN'T STOP FOR YOUR GRIEF, I'VE LEARNED THAT YOUR LIFE CAN BE CHANGED IN A MATTER OF MINUTES, I'VE LEARNED THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE YOU CARE MOST ABOUT IN LIFE ARE TAKEN FROM YOU TOO SOON, I'VE LEARNED YOU SHOULD ALWAYS LEAVE LOVED ONES WITH LOVING WORDS. IT MAY BE THE LAST TIME YOU SEE THEM, I'VE LEARNED THAT LOVE ISN'T MEASURED BY THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU HAVE WITH SOMEONE, I'VE LEARNED THAT SOME SORROW IS SO DEEP THAT IS HAS NO WORDS, BUT SO IS LOVE! AS MY HEART ACHES EACH DAY, LOOK AT THE STARS AS SMILES FROM THE MANY ANGELS THAT HEAVEN HOLDS. THANK YOU CHRISSY FOR BEING PART OF MY HEART THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER. LOVE, DAD
"What a caterpillar calls the end of the world, God calls a butterfly!"
as she is in Heaven, so if you have a story please take the time to write! Let us remember
Merry Christmas in Heaven / Mom
My dear Chrissy, Wishing you a beautiful Christmas with Jesus and our family. I know that Mama, Papa, Aunt Diana, Grandpa Rossi and the rest of the group are celebrating. My wish to you Chrissy is that you forgive me if there was ever anything I didn...
FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS ~ 2013 / BECKY..MOTHER TO FFF JARRETT LITTLE
Happy 7th Angelversary / Linda (Mom to Angel Chrissy )
My Sweet Chrissy,
Another year has come & gone, another year filled with what-if's and wishes that will never come true. But, I know that you are watching over our family, and I ask that you continue to help us all through our struggles. Your pu...
My condolences / Winter Cohen (No Relation-NARSAD )
I found out about Chrissy through the event listing on NARSAD. I am a big supporter of NARSAD and I have suffered with clinical depression on and off for 15 years. I am a clinical nutritionist and I do research about nutrients and brain function. You...
MY GIFT TO YOU / BECKY..MOTHER TO FFF JARRETT LITTLE
MR.ROSSI, JUST WANTED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR. YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE 'EM THOUGH. IF YOU WANT A DIFFERENT DESIGN~LET ME KNOW. THINKING OF YOU ALL ~
Update on Memorial fund As this year has passed and our work to have the Chrissy's Wish Memorial fund come to life, I am so glad to report that it truly is taking it's own wings to fly. As of today, July 19, 2007 the golf outing is looking to be a success. The golfer attendees are at the maximum number of 144 and the dinner- only attendees are upwards of 134+. I know that with Chrissy's guidance and so many wonderful people behind her fund, we WILL make mental illness something of the past. God Bless all the supporters, friends, family and angels that are behind us. This will be the first of many to come, so let's all pray for the researchers and for our continued support.
UPDATE ON MEMORIAL FUND
I'D LIKE TO UPDATE EVERYONE ON THE MEMORIAL FUND. WE MET WITH THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM "NARSAD" WHO IS GOING TO HELP US ORGANIZE THE 1ST ANNUAL GOLF OUTING IN JULY 2007. OUR FIRST MEETING WILL BE HELD THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY. ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE OUTING, DONATING TO THE FUND, HAVE ANY IDEAS TO RAISE MONEY, OR CONTACTS TO HELP WITH THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT ME AT WWW.LINDANIGHTENGALE@AOL.COM. IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE INFO ON NARSAD, SEND ME YOUR ADDRESS AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO SEND OUT A PACKET. NARSAD IS A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHERE 100% OF THE DOLLARS WILL BE DIRECTED TO RESEARCH FOR MENTAL HEALTH. TOO MANY PEOPLE SUFFER OR KNOW SOMEONE THAT IS AFFECTED BY MENTAL DISORDERS SUCH AS DEPRESSION, BIPOLAR DISORDER,ANXIETY DISORDER, ADHD, AUTISM, BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER, DEMENTIA, ALZHEIMERS, SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER, PARKINSON'S DISEASE, TOURETTES JUST TO MENTION A FEW. PLEASE HELP US FIND A CURE OR AT LEAST BETTER TREATMENTS TO SAVE OTHERS FROM THESE TORMENTS AS WELL AS HELP SAVE ANOTHER LIFE TO SUICIDE. I WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED AND THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INTEREST. THIS IS OUR HOPE AND CHRISSY'S LEGACY.
Memorial Fund Many people have been asking what they could do to celebrate and remember Chrissy's life. We are in the process of developing a Memorial Fund to support research for better medications and treatments for these devastating disorders that affect so many people. As soon as the fund is established I will notify all through this site. Perhaps Chrissy's death could help bring peace and happiness to many other talented, beautiful people!
Chrissy's Hope Chrissy, my beautiful baby tried so hard to live peacefully and happily, but unfortunately her illness was too difficult to bear. I know Chrissy would love to know that mental illness research continues, but at a much faster rate to find cures or at least to keep many of the disorders under better control. Chrissy loved all animals whether 2 or 4 legged, showing tolerance to all and tried to help as many as possible. Please be kind to all God's creatures and try to help those less fortunate or in need. Always, Mom