The following are some of the words of condolence I have collected over the years. Please feel free to use them in your own lives if they are of help to you
Death is nothing at all … I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you … Whatever we were to each other that we are still. Call me by my old familair name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone; 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 ghost of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.
Canon Scott Holland (1847-1918)
Do not stand at my grave and weep – by Mary Fry
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.
Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven, where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy – Eskimo legend
Some people enter our lives and are quickly gone. Others stay longer and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never the same (unknown)
At the end of a beautiful day,
God displays more of His artwork.
Its beauty seems to say,
“Don’t worry, you are loved.
and I will care for you.
Rest well, my child.”