It seems these last three years have been a mixture if new hellos and sad goodbyes for my family, we have had two births but 9 deaths, two of which were my mother’s brothers and both in the last 3 months.
The youngest of them we said goodbye to yesterday and the service chosen for him was a non religious one, he didn’t hold with the concept of god but of nature, he loved to be outdoors walking with his family and his dogs. The service was amazing as it reflected his personality, it was witty and had his family and friends laughing through the tears at some of the memories mentioned, and a poem was read that Had so much meaning and summed his caring side up. I have taken the liberty to print it below, I believe the author is unknown. I hope it gives some peace to those of you that take the time to read it, I shall certainly be adding it to my service plan.
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 re-capture a time, an hour a day,
That brings him back so 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 in your heart.