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This memorial website was created in memory of our son Sean Kivlahan. He lost his battle with opiod addiction on 5/17/2017 and now our world will never be the same. 

August 18, 2023
August 18, 2023
Today Sean would have turned 32. I miss you everyday Sean. 
May 17, 2023
May 17, 2023
Six years,,,,six very long years we said good bye and I love you. The last time I saw you alive was eating as many chicken wings as you could at the sports grill. That was a nice day all out together . Things have changed but not really, the days may be different but our loss of you is always there. What could we have done? How did we not know? I don’t think you even knew, but that was Gods plan. Our grieving of your loss continues daily, just like our thoughts and memories of you. There is a deep hole in our hearts that will never heal, but makes us stronger as the days go by. I miss your Bronco football games, how you were so funny, big bear hugs and the awe of the amount of food you could consume! Trying to find cool shoes in your size and watching how excited you got fishing! That big bass is still waiting for you under the Hamlin Lake docks just like we are until we meet together again. Love and miss you so much Sean. Big hug and kiss to Dad for me, I miss him terribly. Love, hugs and kisses Tia
August 18, 2022
August 18, 2022
Happy 31st Birthday Sean. I wanted you to know that it was such an honor, joy and privilege to have you in my life. I still remember watching you as a toddler (remember Shamu the whale and Barney!) like it was yesterday, you ate anything and everything! It was amazing watching you grow so big through the years. I loved going to your basketball and football games, you were quite the athlete and exciting to watch. My memories of those days, Michigan summers and Christmas at Marco Island have a special place in my heart and soul. Miss you so much big guy and I love you even more. Big hug and kiss to you and Grandpa. 
August 18, 2022
August 18, 2022
This year would be your 31 birthday - hard to believe its been 5 years since we were with you. We think of you everyday, all the time. So many things remind us of you and we pray that your at peace and that we will see you again in heaven. Thank you for watching over us and Rachel and for the wonderful memories you gave us as being your parents in this world. 
August 18, 2020
August 18, 2020
Happy 29th Birthday Sean! Just wanted you to know that you don't cross my mind, you live in it. Still look at the stars at night and see your smiling, dimpled face, knowing you are watching over all of us. Hopefully you and grandpa are out fishing or at a casino having a great time together. Give Dad a big hug for me and tell him I love him. Crazy times down here, maybe you guys are the lucky ones? On your 29th day of birth, I am so grateful to have you in my life, although we all wish it could have been much longer. May your day be filled with joy and laughter, may you eat, drink and be merry because you deserve that and so much more. Our lives have not been the same without you and I continue to think of you everyday. Take care of grandpa and happy birthday kiddo. With much love, Tia
August 18, 2018
August 18, 2018
Happy Birthday Sean! I love you.
It's your big 27! I miss you so much and you know that. Been teary eyed all week knowing your birthday was coming up and you wouldn't be here. We probably would have hit the buffet at POC and you would have done some damage, maybe played some poker or gone fishing and of course an ice cream or Publix cake (Publix please!). A day doesn't go by that I don't think of you. How much taller have you grown, or how you would be wearing your hair now, would you have become the next American ninja or professional poker player? What would you become?  You have left an absence of laughter, funny slang sayings, nicknames, great hugs, huge smiles and unconditional love. Wonderful memories fill my head from the first time I saw you in the hospital nursery (moose!) to eating wings on Mother's Day. But knowing that your happy, in peace and watching over all of us everyday lessens my pain. Know that you are my sun, my moon and when I look at the stars I can feel you looking down and grinning at me and saying I got this Tia, its all good. Big hug and kiss sweetheart, I love you.

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August 18, 2023
August 18, 2023
Today Sean would have turned 32. I miss you everyday Sean. 
May 17, 2023
May 17, 2023
Six years,,,,six very long years we said good bye and I love you. The last time I saw you alive was eating as many chicken wings as you could at the sports grill. That was a nice day all out together . Things have changed but not really, the days may be different but our loss of you is always there. What could we have done? How did we not know? I don’t think you even knew, but that was Gods plan. Our grieving of your loss continues daily, just like our thoughts and memories of you. There is a deep hole in our hearts that will never heal, but makes us stronger as the days go by. I miss your Bronco football games, how you were so funny, big bear hugs and the awe of the amount of food you could consume! Trying to find cool shoes in your size and watching how excited you got fishing! That big bass is still waiting for you under the Hamlin Lake docks just like we are until we meet together again. Love and miss you so much Sean. Big hug and kiss to Dad for me, I miss him terribly. Love, hugs and kisses Tia
August 18, 2022
August 18, 2022
Happy 31st Birthday Sean. I wanted you to know that it was such an honor, joy and privilege to have you in my life. I still remember watching you as a toddler (remember Shamu the whale and Barney!) like it was yesterday, you ate anything and everything! It was amazing watching you grow so big through the years. I loved going to your basketball and football games, you were quite the athlete and exciting to watch. My memories of those days, Michigan summers and Christmas at Marco Island have a special place in my heart and soul. Miss you so much big guy and I love you even more. Big hug and kiss to you and Grandpa. 
His Life

Dear Sean,

May 17, 2019

Each day is hard but these special days are the hardest.  Today marks two years since I have seen you.  It's almost unbearable but I am surrounded by our loving family who miss you as much as I do and with their help and faith we continue on.  I pray that you are watching over all of us and that you are peaceful and happy.  I pray that you can sense the depths of my thoughts so that you feel just how much I love you and how much I miss you.  

Love, 

Mom

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Thoughts about Sean's life

February 7, 2018

Sean loved us all so much.   His love never waivered even when his demons tried to take him away.  His family and friends loved him greatly in return offering all the love and support they could muster and forgiving him for sometimes causing pain, fear and sorrow in their lives.  He was extremely smart.  Especially with numbers.  He was funny - the kind of person everyone loved to be around. 

As a kid he had huge dimples and a face that lit up a room.  He loved sports especially football and basketball and he excelled at both. He had an enormous appetite and a love of salads!  He weighed 10 pounds, 11 ounces at birth so the hospitaly nurses nicknamed him "moose".  He loved to give people nicknames like" momja" for mom and dad was "pa-squigly". 

He loved his gradma and grandpa so much.  Some of his favorite times were spent in Michigan with them at the lake.  He loved to catch the large bass that lurked under the pontoon boats there.  He sometimes made grandma cook them right after he caught them!  He loved to play poker and wanted someday to try to play professionally. 

He loved his sister, aunts and uncles and his cousins.  He loved Kiki the cat and I often marveled at the gentle loving way he petted her- especially since he was sometimes like a bull in a china shop because he was so big and had those size 15 feet!  Everyone was always in awe of his giant shoes. 

In Mississippi at a place called Home of Grace he found religion and excepted God and Christ- this gave him hope and joy for the first time in a long while. 
While living in Bradenton we were directed to Bayside Church by his aunt Kathleen.  He attended eagerly and it was amazing to watch him pray so ferverently.  

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