Read the latest beautiful blog posted by Kevin Burdick on his new special blogsite, The Unprepared Father: http://unpreparedfather.posterous.com/all-about-dempsey
Our Journal – Thoughts and Updates Over the Years
April 4th, 2010 — Huge thanks to AT&T for their employee fundraising efforts – the corporate support is hugely needed and extremely appreciated. Also, big thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Foundation at the Benefit Concert in Arizona this week. To read about the concert or see photos from the event, go to: http://kevinburdick.com/?p=991
December 5th, 2009 — The Christmas Box Angel Ceremony was held today in Idaho. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend and perform. However, I was touched that they wanted to play “Too Good For This World” as a tribute to the babies we’ve all lost. I wrote this reading to be shared before the song was played – I hope it brought some of the families comfort and maybe inspired them a bit:
Losing my daughter, Dempsey, 5 years ago to a heart defect is one of the hardest things I have ever had to endure – I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. It has tested my faith and my courage. Some days it’s still hard to wake up. The pain never seems to completely go away, but it does get easier knowing that I’m not alone and that their are others who are also searching for the will to be brave and continue on.
It’s hard to ever look at losing the love of my life, Dempsey, as anything positive – but through her strength, well as they say, hindsight is 20/20. Without her, we wouldn’t have had the inspiration to start the Dempsey Burdick Memorial Foundation which, this year alone, has helped 7 financially struggling families with funds for a headstone for their baby’s grave-sites. Without her, I wouldn’t be pursuing my dream as a national touring musician and would never have written this song about my daughter. This song I give you all as a gift from my baby to yours – may it give you the same comfort and peace that it gives me knowing that one day I’ll see my loved one again on the other side. It’s called “Too Good For This World” and it is available for free download on my daughter’s website – www.dempseyburdick.com.
April 15th, 2009 — We have established a presence on Facebook to help create more awareness about the Foundation. Hopefully friends of the charity will take the time to add and explore us there.
February 25th, 2009 – We would like to thank Kele & Company for working closely with one of the founders of the Dempsey Burdick Memorial Foundation (and my sister), Mrs. Allison Petersen on The Dempsey Pendant (featured here). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this pendant will be donated to the Dempsey Burdick Memorial Foundation.
February 12th, 2009 — Thank you for visiting the Dempsey Burdick Memorial Foundation home page. Please accept this mp3 download as a free gift for supporting us. It is national touring musician Kevin Burdick’s heartfelt song about the loss of his daughter Dempsey, entitled “Too Good For This World.” Simply click on the FREE SONG link on the player and enter your e-mail address in order to send the file to your computer. In exchange for the mp3, no payment is required, however, we would appreciate a donation of any kind. Donations are used entirely to provide needy families with a permanent grave marker for their lost child. Click here to donate.
February 9th, 2009 — Today I discovered this very worthwhile charity today that is also doing some amazing things to memorialize lost children for grieving families. Please check it out. I know that the photos I have of my Dempsey are some of my most prized possessions: http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/
October 23rd, 2008 — We’ve have a great year so far this year and have met a number of amazing families. Read their stories by clicking here.
June 12th, 2008 — Watch Dempsey’s tribute video with incredible photography by top National photographer Jared Platt (how nice is it to have famous friends who have the ability to capture something so entirely amazing as the short life of my daughter).
December 29th, 2006 — December fund-raising efforts, including our 2nd Annual Dempsey Burdick Memorial Silent Auction, have yielded $1350 this year, about $600 more than last December. Thank you everyone for participating.
December 12th, 2006 — We have just started the bidding in our 2nd Annual Dempsey Burdick Memorial Silent Auction.
September 6th, 2005 — We would like to thank everyone that bid in the first annual Dempsey Burdick Memorial Silent Auction. With all bids we earned $730 and are able to provide 2 more grieving families with headstones. Thank you for all of your help.
July 26th, 2005 — Today we opened up the Dempsey Burdick Memorial Silent Auction. Friends of the charity are encouraged to bid generously on donated items. Because we are a Public, Non-Profit Charity which has been granted 501(c) (3), tax exempt status, charitable contributions to this foundation are tax deductible. Bidding for the auction will last until August 31st, 2005 at midnight.
July 25th, 2005 — Out deepest sympathies and love go out to the Rod & Janna Evans family of Ogden, Utah who lost their daughter Megan on June 7th, 2004. We are pleased to present the Evans Family with a special headstone from our daughter to theirs. We feel honored to have felt their story and know that we are better people for having known them.
July 3rd, 2005 — “Too Good For This World”, written and recorded for Dempsey Burdick, was donated to the Dempsey Burdick Memorial Foundation today. The song was composed and paid for by her father Kevin Burdick; produced and engineered by Utah Recording Artist Joel Pack. Families and friends of the organization are welcomed and encouraged to download the MP3 free of charge, by clicking the following link:
** Friends of the foundation who also want to make a donation to the charity of $1 or more in exchange for the song can do so from our donations page.
June 14th, 2005 — We have recently been contacting various other charities and corporations as we work to forged a number of new partnerships.
May 28th, 2004 — Our deepest sympathies and love go out to Erin & John Johnson of Holliday, Utah, who endured the death of their angel baby, Abigail, in July 2003. We are pleased to present the Johnson Family with a special headstone from our baby to theirs. We feel honored to have felt their story and know that we are better people for having known them.
May 1st, 2004 — An introduction letter was mailed to 35 families who’s babies do not have headstones in the Baby Land area of the Larkin Sunset Gardens memorial park.
April 18th, 2004 — I have been taking a little more time this weekend to go to the cemetery where my daughter is buried. She is buried in a section of the cemetery called “Baby Land.” It is filled with children who died too early. The saddest thing is that there are at least 15 babies there who’s parents haven’t provided them with headstones. Whether or not they are financially struggling or don’t care, I’m not sure. It did get me thinking. I am going to start a headstone fund for these families.
I went to the Larkin Sunset Gardens and told them of my idea: The Dempsey Burdick Memorial Headstone Fund. They supported it and said that for a minimal amount we could provide each family a 8″ X 16″ headstone in several different styles and have it engraved, placed, and maintained. The last few days I’ve been meeting with various companies in soliciting donations. We’re going to make sure that those babies get remembered. Larkin is putting together a list for me of addresses of these babies families and a letter will go out as soon as I get that list.