POEMS AND READINGS
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Although You Have Gone
Although we cannot hold you near and touch your loving face
You've left a part of your sweet soul in every little face
For as we watch the children grow amongst our family tree
We see a smile, expression, that speaks of one so dear.
We see you in their faces, in every laugh and play
They are a part of you, a part of us that will never fade away
So although we miss you dearly and wish you were here today
We thank you for your gift to us, that leaves its mark today
When I Must Leave You by Helen Steiner Rice
When I must leave you
For a little while-
Please do not grieve
And shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you
Through the years,
But start out bravely
With a gallant smile;
And for my sake
And for my name
Live on and do
All things the same,
Feed not your loneliness
On empty days,
But fill each waking hour
In useful ways,
Reach out your hand
In comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you
And hold you near;
And never, never
Be afraid to die
For I am waiting for you in the sky.
Until we meet again, Author Unknown
We think about you always
We talk about you still,
You have never been forgotten Dad
And you never will.
We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain,
To walk and guide us through our lives
Until we meet again.
Sometimes by Maggie Dent
Sometimes, on our journey through life we meet people who leave footprints on our minds.
They challenge us to see things differently and to question our personal reality.
Sometimes on our journey through life we meet people who leave footprints on our hearts.
They create a safe place for us to open our hearts to feel loved and special.
Then sometimes, on our journey through life we meet people who leave footprints on our souls.
They share themselves with us so profoundly that they touch the very essence of who we are in that secret quiet place.
NAME has left gentle footprints on the minds, hearts and souls of all who knew and loved her.
May we always remember the beauty of her love, her kindness and the special way she touched our lives.
One Last Kiss by Marty Pijanowski
I have fought the feelings and emotions inside
That fills and empties me, like a fast rolling tide.
There are moments of pain,of sorrow and hate,
Leaving me to ponder many hours of late.
I love you, honey, it's your presence I miss.
And I terribly long for that one last kiss.
But the greatest pain of all that hurts me so deep,
Is after giving you my love, I can't have yours to keep.
To have you by my side, always longing for more,
And have you feel the same, to mutually adore.
You see, my love, I have given you my heart
And revealed the depths of my soul,
And now I am left feeling hopelessly empty,
Paying this immeasurable toll.
It's selfish, I know to feel this way,
But it's how I feel, each and every day
Always hoping and praying, for the next time we meet
For you to allow me, once again to feel complete.
And rest assured, I WILL see you again,
For it's not a question of if, but a question of when.
And when that time comes, I'll be in total bliss,
For no longer will I wait, for that one last kiss.
Miss Me, But Let Me Go by Betty Miller
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in gloom-filled rooms,
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little--but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low;
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me--but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know,
And busy your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me - but let me go.
The Broken Chain, Ron Tranmer
We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Silent Strong Dad, Author Unknown
He never looks for praises
He's never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He's there.... A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.
We will miss you so much Dad.
God Saw You Getting Tired, Author Unknown
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you and whispered, "Come to Me"
With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly we could not make you stay.
A Golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.
She is Gone by David Harkins
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Do not stand at my grave and weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
We Remember Them by Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer
At the rising sun and at its going down; We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter; We remember them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring; We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer; We remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn; We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends; We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as We remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength; We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart; We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make; We remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs; We remember them.
For as long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as, We remember them.
Hold On, My Friend, by L.R.Knost
In your worst moments
when all that is good
and right in the world
seems so far away
and hope is no more
than a distant dream,
remember these things,
The stars remain steadfast in their spaces
and the moon still guides the tides in their paces
and the planets are still lined up in their places
and you're loved as you are...
because that is what grace is.
Please hold tight. Don't let go.
Try to breathe through the pain.
Like the sun every morning, hope will rise once again.
Hold on, my friend. Hold on.
To One in Sorrow by Grace Noll Crowell
Let me come in where you are weeping, friend,
And let me take your hand.
I, who have known a sorrow such as yours,
Let me come in -- I would be very still
Beside you in your grief;
I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend,
Tears can bring relief.
Let me come in -- I would only breathe a prayer,
And hold your hand,
For I have known a sorrow such as yours,
Heartache by Dally Messenger:
The hurt is almost unbearable –
Yet we will live through it.
It is because we now feel such deep pain,
It is because the inner ache is so great,
That we realise how much we loved her.
And yet the agony inside
Gives us a strange comfort.
It tells us how much we loved her.
We really would not want to feel any other way –
Because the grief and heartache we feel
Bears witness to the depth of our love.
We know that thoughts of her,
Will ever bring us comfort.
I Am Always With You by Linda Rogers
When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with too many tears
But be thankful we had so many good years
I gave you my love, and you can only guess
How much you’ve give me in happiness
I thank you for the love that you have shown
But now it is time I travelled on alone
So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
That it is only for while that we must part
So treasure the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away for life goes on
And if you need me, call me and I will come
Though you can’t see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All my love around you soft and clear
And then, when you come this way alone
I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.
Death is Nothing at All by Canon Henry Scott Holland
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other
That we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes
We enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me,
Let my name be ever the household word that
It always was.
Let it be spoken without effort,
Without the trace of a showdown on it.
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am
Out of sight? I am but waiting for you
For an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner.
All is well.
A Message From Heaven
Perhaps you aren't ready yet to have to say goodbye...
Perhaps you've thought of things you wish you'd said--well, so have I.
For one thing, I'd have told you not to worry about me...
I'm with the Lord in Heaven now, you knew that's where I'd be.
I'm sorry that you're feeling sad, for I'm so happy now....
I've asked the Lord to ease the hurt and comfort you somehow.
It's hard at the beginning, but I know you'll make it through...
I hope it helps to know that I'll be waiting here for you.
For NAME by Pam Nelson
Some people light up rooms with their laughter
Others can brighten the world with a smile.
Many will make you feel happy
By sitting nearby for a while.
Some folk can cheer up a cold day
With just a few words or a glance.
Others can make things seem better
If you just give them half of a chance.
But there are those whose whole life is a blessing,
Not just a moment, a smile or a word.
They make all around them feel special,
No person ignored or unheard.
They give all they have and then give more,
While helping somebody get through.
It’s not about thanks or for mention,
It’s something that’s in them they do.
And when it’s time that they sadly must leave us
We grieve … but also we smile.
We give thanks that our lives were connected
And were tucked in their heart for a while.
Dear Mum – you were a person
Quite apart from all the rest
You gave your never ending love
You did your very best.
You listened to our problems
And all our joys you shared
And any time we needed you
We always found you there.
Always there to lend a hand
In everything we’d do
You’d help us guide us, comfort us
With a love that was so true.
We took so much for granted
And though we tried to show we cared
We’ve only realised your value
Now we find that you’re not there.
So when you look down on us,
And you ask the reason “Why”
You see how much we’re hurting
And you see how much we cry.
Well, it’s just because we love you,
And it’s SO HARD to let go
Of the dearest, and the kindest,
Precious Mum, we’ll ever know.
We miss so much a lady
Who lies peaceful now and still
She showed us how to fight in life
She showed she had a will.
She showed us courage and compassion
We won’t forget her lovely face
She did so much for all of us
She is impossible to replace.
She truly was the family key
It’s hard to see another
She was the force behind us all
Above all, she was our mother.
A limb has fallen from the family tree
I keep hearing a voice that says, grieve not for me.
remember the best times, the laughter, the song,
the good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls.
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin,
until the day comes when we’re together again.
There’s a place that lies within you
A place I’d like you to go
When you feel you can’t take any more sorrow
There is something I’d like you to know
There is comfort in your memories
When you think of me
Just go to that place inside your heart
Look and you shall see
I’m still there, I’ve never left
Even though I had to die
Think of the peace that I have now
Just smile for me, don’t cry
I don’t feel pain any more
It is beautiful where I reside
Reunited with the ones l’ve loved
Until you are by my side
I wish I could make it better for you
If there was only something I could do
But I have to wait until we are reunited
Then you will understand too
We will all be waiting until you come
Then we will all rejoice and sing
The only tears that will be there
Are the ones that happiness brings
So to my family, friends and those I loved
When the sky seems dark and grey
Just remember that I loved you all
And don’t be sad for me today
A Death Has Occurred by Paul Irion
A death as occurred and everything is changed.
We are painfully aware that life can never be the same again,
That yesterday is over, that relationships once rich have ended.
But there is another way to look upon this truth.
If life now went on the same,
Without the presence of the one who had died, we could only conclude that the life we remember made no contribution, filled no space, meant nothing.
The fact that this person left behind a place that cannot be filled is a high tribute to this individual.
Life can be the same after a trinket has been lost, but never after the loss of a treasure.
YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW by Julie Hutton
You were in our midst - a loving, caring person.
A pillar; a rock; a devoted and adored friend.
Without our knowledge, you brought closure to your darkness.
How we wish we could have looked deep into your eyes and willed you to stay;
cemented your soul to ours; saved you from torment.
There is a void. Disbelief. An absence.
Gone from our lives, is what we cherished the most.
Empty, puzzled and bereft, we suffer our loss together.
Your burden of sadness has shifted to us.
We search for answers in the hope that by sharing and understanding, we can somehow retrospectively lessen your anguish.
Rest now, released from your pain.
We will trudge on carefully and slowly, negotiating a safe route through an unknown path.
We will try to let go of our anger, and any regrets; we will try not to lose our way.
We will accept what we cannot change. We will be calm.
We will hope for happiness.
We will remember you, with love.
The Train of Life
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,
And we believe they will always travel by our side.
As time goes by, other people will board the train.
And they will be significant, our brothers, sisters, friends, children, and even the love of your life.
However at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey called life alone.
Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum.
Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize that they have vacated their seats.
This train ride will sometimes be full of joy, and sadly sometimes of sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hello’s, goodbyes and farewells.
Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers which will require that we give the best of ourselves,
The mystery to everyone is: we do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.
So we must live our lives in the best way we can, we need to love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.
It is important to do this because when the times comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will need to continue to travel on the train of life without us…
The Dash Between by Ron Tranmer
I knelt there at the headstone of one I love and cried.
Name, with dates of birth and death were perfectly inscribed.
I pondered these two dates and how little they both mean
when compared to the tiny dash that lies there in between.
The dash serves as an emblem of our time here on the earth,
and although small, it stands for all our years of life, and worth.
And our worth will be determined by how we live each day.
We can fill our dash with goodness, or waste our life away.
To ourselves, as well as others, let’s be honest, kind and true,
and every day, live the way we know God wants us to.
May we look for opportunities to do a worthy deed,
and reach out with compassion to those who are in need.
For If our hearts are full of love throughout our journey here,
we’ll be loved by all who knew us and our memory they’ll hold dear.
And when we die, these memories will bring grateful, loving tears,
to all whose lives were touched by the dash between our years.
How do We Let a Mother Go - Unknown
How do we let a mother go?
How do we say "I'm ready now to go on without you"?
How can we ever have a clue of what that really means?
And of a sudden the moment is upon us, and there's no turning back.
And then we know what grief is and guilt and love and things undone.
Try to prepare and we will fail in some way, be it subtle or looming....
But there is peace too.
Peace, acceptance and overwhelming love that we maybe weren't aware of.
Waves and waves of conflicting emotion and laughter.
Memories we hadn't bothered lately to recall come flooding back in shared company and it's all about you mum...
And there's gratitude… so much of that, that we had you, such a wonderful mother...
Bright and shining, nobody's fool, independent, but humble too; smart, kind, fun and adventurous..
A part of you has passed away, but much is carried everyday within us, and will as long as we are here.
This may be a final tribute, a day to celebrate your life and say goodbyes;
But it's not final.
Every day I'll celebrate in some way, just by the virtue of how you shaped my life,
The absolute and incredible fortune that I knew you.
As a mother, a friend and a woman.
Look For Me in Rainbows lyrics by Conn Bernard
Time for me to go now
I won't say goodbye
Look for me in rainbows
Way up in the sky
In the morning sunrise
When all the world is new
Just look for me and love me
As you know I loved you
Time for me to leave you
I won't say goodbye
Look for me in rainbows
High up in the sky
In the evening sunset
When all the world is through,
Just look for me and love me
And I'll be close to you
It won't be forever
The day will come and then
My loving arms will hold you
When we meet again
Time for us to part now
we won't say goodbye
Look for me in rainbows
shining in the sky.
Every waking moment
and all your whole life through
Just look for me and love me
as you know I loved you.
Just wish me to be near you,
And I'll be there with you.
One at Rest by Author Unknown
Think of me as one at rest, for me you should not weep
I have no pain, no troubled thoughts, no sorrows do I keep.
The living thinking me that was, is now forever still
And life goes on without me now, as time forever will.
If your heart is heavy now because I've gone away
Dwell not long upon it friend, for none of us can stay
Those of you who liked me, I sincerely thank you all
And those of you who loved me, I thank you most of all.
For in that span of years, as time went rushing by
I found some time to hesitate, to laugh, to love, to cry
Matters it now if time began, if time will ever cease?
I was here, I used it all, and now I am at peace.
His Journey's Just Begun by Ellen Brenneman
Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.
The Empty Chair, Cheryl Weeks
It stands alone – so quietly in the corner of the room,
“It’s just a chair!” you say to me,
“You should get rid of it you know.”
But every time I see it – when I go into the room,
The memories keep pouring from its depths –
I still can’t let you go.
The arms that firmly held you, kept you securely in its lap,
The back so tall and straight, now empty,
Wants you to come back.
The dinners where its presence was always there for you,
It kept you safe and held you close, securely in its place.
So you see – to me it’s not JUST a chair,
It’s a part of you to me.
And one day soon, I may let go….
But just not yet – not yet.
Destination Unknown, Cherie Curlis
You have started upon a journey
This trip wasn’t in your plans
You have taken it on your own
No suitcase needed to be packed
No tickets to be had
On angel’s wings you travel
To a place not on the map
There was no ‘bon voyage’
No farewell to be had
Just a quiet leaving
And for this we are so sad
But as you travel this adventure
You will not be alone
For our thoughts and prayers are with you
On that destination “unknown”
I’m Gone Now Mary M. Green
I'm gone now, but I'm still very near.
Death can never separate us.
Each time you feel a gentle breeze,
It's my hand caressing your face.
Each time the wind blows,
It carries my voice whispering your name.
When the wind blows your hair ever so slightly,
Think of it as me pushing a few stray hairs back in place.
When you feel a few raindrops fall on your face,
It's me placing soft kisses on your cheeks.
At night look up in the sky and see the stars shining so brightly.
I'm one of those stars and I'm winking at you and smiling with delight.
For never forget you will always be close to my heart.
In Memory of My Mother
Somewhere in my heart beneath all my grief and pain,
Is a smile I still wear at the sound of your dear name.
The precious word is ‘MOTHER’, she was my world you see,
But now my heart is breaking cause she’s no longer here with me.
God chose her for His angel to watch me from above,
To guide me and advise me and know that I’m still loved.
The day she had to leave me when her life on earth was through,
God had better plans for her, for this, I surely knew.
When I think of her kind heart and all those loving years,
My memories surround me and I can’t hold back the tears.
She truly was my best friend, someone I could confide in,
She always had a tender touch and a warm and gentle grin.
I want to thank you Mum for teaching me so well,
And though the time has come that I must bid you this farewell.
I’ll remember all you’ve taught me and make you proud you’ll see.
Thank you my Dear Mum for all the love you showed me.
Although you’ve left this earth and now you’ve taken flight,
I know that you are here with me each morning, noon and night.
A Life Well Lived
A life well-lived is a precious gift of hope and strength and grace
from someone who has made our world a brighter, better place.
It’s filled with moments sweet and sad, with smiles and sometimes tears,
with friendships formed and good times shared and laughter through the years.
A life well-lived is a legacy of joy and pride and pleasure,
A loving, lasting memory our grateful hearts will treasure.
The Legacy of Love
A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep
"What Can You say"
What can you say
To someone who has always been one of
The most essential parts of your world;
Someone who took you by the hand
When you were little
And helped to show the way.
What do you say to someone
Who stood by to help you grow,
Providing love, strength, and support
So you could become the person
You are today?
What can you say to let them know
That they are the best there is,
And that you hope you’ve inherited
Some of their wisdom and their strength?
What words would you say
If you ever got the chance?
Maybe you'd just say,
I love you NAME,
and hope they understands.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die:
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to break down, and a time to build up:
A time to weep, and a time to laugh:
A time to mourn and a time to dance:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
Remember Me by Christina Rossetti
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards, remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Then that you should remember and be sad.
I am Here
Please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
And within your heart I long to stay.
My body is gone but I’m always near
I’m everything you feel, see, or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
As long as you keep me alive in your heart.
I’ll never wander out of your sight
I’m the brightest star on a warm summer’s night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach
I’m the warm damp sand when you’re at the beach.
I’m the colourful leaves when winter comes round
And the pure raindrops that blanket the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.
I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine
And you’ll see that the face in the moon is mine.
When you start thinking there’s noone to love you
Talk to me and I will listen.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees
And you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.
I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a stranger’s face.
Just look for me…I’m everyplace
A Bird in the Mist
At times like this,
We may look through books for the perfect words
To give form to our feelings,
Make the thoughts complete,
Set the matter at rest.
Yet, in the hours of searching,
Each piece is rejected - too precise, too difficult, too sweet
Too harsh, implying what we do not wish to say.
But, look into the grey wide sky,
And thoughts will come like this:
Remember me when I loved you most and you loved me most.
Remember me when I was my bravest and I did you right.
Then let that be our secret bond.
And, let us rise in the morning and enjoy the light.
And I know that the bird in the mist is returning to the sun.