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We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun
and in its going down,
we remember them;

In the blowing of the wind
and in the chill of winter,
we remember them;

In the opening of buds
and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them;

In the blueness of the sky
and the warmth of summer,
we remember them;

In the rustling of leaves
and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them;

In the beginning of the year
and when it ends,
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 joys
we yearn to share,
we remember them;

So long as we live,
they too shall live,
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

from Gates of Prayer

This song is by Shirley Murdock. It is beautiful. It is a tear jerker. There is a chorus between lines that says celebrate my life… celebrate… I used it as a funeral. I read it for the message. I love to play it and sing it at the top of my lungs.

Don’t cry for me because I’ve gone to a better place. Try not to cry for me because I see the savior’s face. Just hold on. Hold on to all our memories. One day God will wipe away your tears and sorrow will be done. I’m looking forward to that wonderful day when the Lord shall wipe all our tears away. Never again will we have to part. We will all have his peace and his joy in our heart. Know that you will see me again. Love the Lord with all your heart and he will see you through. One day we will greet each other with a warm embrace. Celebrate my life. Celebrate the years. Celebrate the laughter. Celebrate the fun. Celebrate, the light that is my life, in your heart.

When tomorrow starts without me,
and I’m not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things
we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you,
And each time you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me, too.
But when tomorrow starts without me,
please try and understand,
That an angel came and called my name
and took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready
in heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
a tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I’d always thought
I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for
and so much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible
that I am leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared
and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
I thought, just for a while,
I’d say good-bye and kiss you
and maybe see your smile.
But then I fully realized
that this could never be.
For emptiness and memories
would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things
that I’d miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God look down and smiled at me,
from His great golden throne.
He said, “This is eternity
and all I’ve promised you,
Today your life on earth is past,
but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
but today will always last,
And since each day’s the same day,
there’s no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful,
so trusting and so true,
Though there were times you did some things
you knew you shouldn’t do.
But you have been forgiven,
and now at last your free.
So won’t you take my hand
and share my life with me?”
So when tomorrow starts without me,
don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here in your heart.

I love these. Some express what I cannot put into words.

http://home.att.net/~ophelia2/poems/poems.htm

Death is nothing at all 

Death is nothing at allI have only slipped away into the next roomI am I and you are youWhatever we were to each otherThat we still are 

Call me by my old familiar nameSpeak to me in the easy way which you always usedPut no difference into your toneWear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow 

Laugh as we always laughedAt the little jokes we always enjoyed togetherPlay, smile, think of me, pray for meLet my name be ever the household word that it always wasLet it be spoken without effectWithout the ghost of a shadow on it 

Life means all that it ever meantIt is the same as it ever wasThere is absolutely unbroken continuityWhat is death but a negligible accident? 

Why should I be out of mindBecause I am out of sight?I am but waiting for you at an intervalSomewhere very nearJust around the corner 

All is well. 

Henry Scott Holland 1847-1918Canon of St Pauls Cathedral

I wish it was this easy.. I cannot wait to hear Welcome Home. 

To Those I Love And Those Who Love Me
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 tears,
Be thankful for our many beautiful years.
I gave to you my love,You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it’s time I traveled on alone.
I won’t be far away,for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can’t see or touch me,I’ll be near
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and say–
“Welcome Home”
Author Unknown

I really like this. It inspires me. 

AS LONG AS I CAN

I will look at this world for both of us
As long as I can
I will laugh with the birds,
I will sing with the flowers,
I will pray to the stars,
for both of us.
As long as I can
I will remember how many things on this earth
were your joy.
And I will live as well as you
would want me to live
As long as I can.
-Sascha

Here is “A Litany of Remembrance” by Roland B. Gittelsohn.
In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
We remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
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 joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.
So long as we live, they too will live,
For they are a part of all who have known them.
We remember them.

I found this online. It says so much. 

To love and to lose is one of the biggest tragedies in life, yet one fails to see the blessing in the loss. We lose for many reasons – a death, a divorce, a broken friendship and the end of a relationship. In that moment, we feel our life has come to an end. How are we to go on? A piece of your soul is taken leaving an empty hole in your heart. The question of “why me” repeats in your mind but as the beauty of time progresses, we see the answer. Loss makes us stronger and wiser. A loss helps us to appreciate even the smallest, insignificant things in life. Our hearts become softer and full of even more love than we had to begin with. A loss helps us to see that we can’t do it alone, that we need faith and hope to get us through. We learn the mercy and grace of God.

When the grieving and the healing have taken their course, we are renewed, ready to begin a new chapter in our lives with a whole new outlook and attitude. Only then are we able to appreciate the lesson learned through that loss. One never forgets those we lost, but we do learn to let go.

We learn to keep living even though we don’t want to. We learn to treasure each moment and each person. In turn, losses make our lives a lot richer.

To love and lose is a tragedy, but it’s not the end of our lives. It’s part of our journey.

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