Thursday, August 31, 2006

Now She Is Gone.

Hi Everyone ~~ Back with you again after my trip to the

funeral. It was very nice, and I plan to post a reading

from it in a little while. Kath’s daughter Kerry spoke very

well, about her mother’s illness, her happier times and

her days as a child, when she and her brother would wag

school and have a day off. There were little anecdotes etc

and lots of memories, and Kerry did it beautifully. Her

husband spoke briefly, and the reading was by their son

aged 15. He read it very well which must have been hard.

Apart from that there were 8 first cousins there and it

was great to see and talk to them for a little while.

I am most grateful to John for taking me.

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Reading : “Now She Is Gone.”

You can shed tears that she is gone

or you can smile because she has lived.

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You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back

or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

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Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her

or you can be full of the love you shared.

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You can turn your back on tomorrow and live

yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow

because of yesterday.

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You can remember her and only that she’s gone

or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

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You can cry and close your mind, be empty

and turn your back or you can do what she’d want

smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

<><><><> Read by Kath’s young grandson, Zachary.

A little poem called “Bless You” and I would like to

dedicate to you, my friends for the kindness and love

you have shown at this sad time. Thanks, and bless you.

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Bless you for all your kindliness,

for all you have done for me,

For little courtesies of heart with

No one near to see,

For moments when, without your smile,

I would have lost my way ---

For these, and all the other things,

Bless you so much !! I say.

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Bless you for all the nights of prayer

And watch when I am ill,

When Faith shines like a steady flame

In long, dark hours, and still,

And bless you for your morning smile

When dawn breaks through at last.

Bless you --- you are in my heart ---

Where I will hold you fast !!

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And a couple of jokes now - - - -

A man is playing piano one night in a bar,

In walks an elephant who goes over to the pianist,

and suddenly starts to cry.

“There there,” says the pianist.

“Do you recognise the song?”

“No, no,” says the elephant.

“I recognise the white keys.”

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An elderly couple went to the doctor for Viagra.

The doctor advised against it because of the gent’s

age, but gave in with warnings to take a tablet one

night, then skip the next and so on.

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A week later the doctor bumped into te old chap’s wife

and discreetly inquired how things were going.

“Oh, my husband died,” she matter-of-factly replied.

The doctor was distraught. “I knew I shouldn’t have

given him the Viagra, but you both insisted,” he said.

“Oh. it wasn’t the Viagra that killed him doctor,” she

assured him. “It was all that skipping.”

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And a few thoughts to finish - - - -

He who has roses in the garden also has roses in his heart.

-- Anonymous.

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In peace and quiet pass our days,

With nought to vex our craniums,

Our middle beds are all ablaze

With red and white geraniums.

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Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent

perspiration. – Albert Edison.

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You are surrounded by gifts every living moment of every

day. Let yourself feel appreciation for their presence

in your life and take the time to acknowledge their

splendour. ---Lon G. Nungesser.

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You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

--Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese poet and writer.

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Bye now, till next time, Take care my friends, Merle.

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19 comments:

Puss-in-Boots said...

Some funerals are beautiful, especially when the families take a part in it. It's a good way of saying goodbye and having closure.

The poems are lovely. Poetry can sometimes say more than mere prose, I find.

Take care my friend. Robyn

jel said...

sorry you had to go, but glad that you got to go and say good bye! :(


I hope that made sense.



take care
huggs

Karen said...

I am sorry about your family's loss. The funeral sounds like the perfect tribute to her and may she rest in peace. *HUUGS* and I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammy said...

(((hugs))) to my sweet Meryl...we are so blessed to know You!!!
:-D

Donnak said...

Very nice poem by Zachary. :)

Sue said...

Dear Merle,
Sounds like a wonderful tribute was given to your dear cousin. I hope you found comfort in those beautiful words...
So glad you're here in blogland to brighten the day of so many of us....
((hugs))

JunieRose2005 said...

Merle,

All of that was wonderful.
Happy to have you back! :)

June

Jon Cox said...

Beautiful poem & wonderful post! I'm extremely sorry for your family's loss. :o( I'm glad you got back safely. Thank you so muh for stopping by, I'm very glad you enjoy my latest work! :o)

Ava said...

I'm so glad that your trip went well and you got to see family. I too am grateful to John for taking you.

Great post!

Meow said...

Sounds like the funeral was a very moving and loving tribute to a person so obviously loved by many. I always feel a funeral should be a celebration of life, with lots of smiles (and of course tears ... but that's inevitable). The poem is beautiful.
You are a special lady, Merle. Thank you for all that you share with us.
Take care, Meow

Connie and Rob said...

Funerals are so difficult to make yourself attend but in the end sometimes they can really bring you peace in your heart. This sounds like one of those times.

You are a very sweet person and I really love visiting. We are there for each other. Thanks for being such a good blogging friend.

Take care,
Connie

mreddie said...

Eulogies are never easy and it must have been extra difficult for this young man - but very brave. Had to chuckle much about the elephant and the white piano keys. :) ec

PEA said...

I'm glad you were able to get to the funeral...I know how much it meant to you to be able to go! I loved the reading her son read...what a beautiful and heart warming tribute. I've had to attend a lot of funerals and each one has been so special and the legacy left behind will keep on living in the hearts of those who knew them. Take care dear Merle! Hugs xoxo

Susiebadoozie said...

love your positive spin on the funeral

audrey` said...

Hi Merle

You're still in our thoughts and prayers.
Please take care.

Pamela said...

Merle, So nice that you were able to get a ride to the funeral; Kath will be in the hands of our dear Lord and her memories will live on in your heart. Bless you always for all that you give in so many ways...it brings joy to our hearts. :)

Donnak said...

I have already visited once today but I wanted to let you know I tagged you for for a meme, here: http://gvtnx.blogspot.com/2006/08/5-weird-things-about-me.html

I hope you'll play along. :)

Jeanette said...

Dear Merle
So glad that John could take you to the funeral.So you could say goodbye to Dear Kath.
A lovely reading from Zachary so touching.
and a lovely poem.
Take Care Merle love. Janxxx

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