~ ‘Goodbye’ by Angela William‘
In our minds we always knew
this time would come to pass.
But knowing it, and living it,
has come and gone so fast.
Goodbyes are often hard to say,
they hurt so very much.
Though you’re not gone.
You still remain,
in the minds, hearts, and lives you’ve touched.‘
~ ‘Remember me’ by Peter Wyllie
‘Remember me with happy thoughts with laughter in the air,
Remember me, the me you knew, with smiles and not despair.
For even though there’s sadness now, that will not last for long,
As soon you find within your heart a brighter, happier song.
Remember all the happy times, the things we used to do,
The games we played, the jokes we shared, remember for it’s true,
That though my body now is gone, still alive within your mind,
are all the happy memories, That I have left behind!‘
~ Poem – ‘I’d Like’ (Afterglow)
‘I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
of happy memories that I leave when life is done.’
~ ‘The Life That I have’ by Leo Marks
‘The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.
A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause.
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.‘
~ ‘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 she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love 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’s 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.‘
~ ‘I’m Free’ by Unknown
‘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 his call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the end 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 too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’ 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.‘
~ ‘A Poem for Mother’ by Unknown
‘Mother, you were just a girl,
So many years ago.
You had your loves and had your dreams,
You watched us come and go.
You watched us make the same mistakes,
That you had made before,
But that just made you hold us tight,
And love us all the more.
We haven’t always thought about
The things that you have seen.
To us you’ve just been ‘Mother’,
No thought of who you’ve been.
But we remember now in love,
Your life from start to end,
And we’re just glad we knew you,
As Mother, and as Friend.‘
~ ‘Farewell My Friends’ by Rabindranath Tagore
‘Farewell My Friends, It was beautiful as long as it lasted,
The journey of my life, I have no regrets whatsoever
Save the pain I’ll leave behind.
Those dear hearts Who love and care…
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul…
The strong arm that held me up, when my own strength let me down.
At the turning of my life, I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me, even when time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell My friends, I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not, all I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me, for that’s what I’ll like.
When you live in the hearts of those you love,
Remember then, you never die.‘
~ ‘Indian Prayer’
‘When I am dead
Cry for me a little
Think of me sometimes
But not too much.
Think of me now and again
As I was in life
At some moments it’s pleasant to recall
But not for long.
Leave me in peace
And I shall leave you in peace
And while you live
Let your thoughts be with the living.’
‘Miss Me But Let Me Go’
‘When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set on me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room,
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 of heart,
go to the friends we know.
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
miss me–but let me go.’
‘Feel No Guilt in Laughter’
Feel no guilt in laughter, he’d know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever; he would not want you to.
He’d hope that you could carry on the way you always do.
So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, a word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour or a day,
That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here,
And fills you with the feeling that he is always near.
For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart
And he will live forever locked safely within your heart.