Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Extract from a famous Eulogy

Some men see things as they are and say "Why?" I dream things that never were and say "Why Not?"

(For Bobby Kennedy given by Edward Kennedy)

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore.

A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other

Then someone at my side says; "There, she is gone!"

"Gone where?" Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!" There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying.

Henry Van Dyke

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Reassuring Quote

Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.

Helen Keller

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Friday, September 08, 2006

They even offer stuidies in Funerals now.

Masters of death: Funeral course helps break taboo -

Masters of death: Funeral course helps break taboo, China - 6 hours ago
Thirty-three people signed up for the two-year course run by the Shanghai University of Science and Technology, but only four were new to the funeral industry. ...

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The White Chariot

During your journey on your final flight home.
White wings will carry you and you will be flown.
To the pearly gates of Heaven, where they will usher you in.
To the feet of your Lord, your Saviour, and your friend.
He will hold you in his arms and the angels will sing.
As another one of His children is delivered by white wings.

With thanls to author: Julie Johnson and

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Funeral Verse for a Fisherman

Just as the mist it rises
Then vanishes way down the stream
John too has come and then left us
Today it seems like a dream
That he was so much part of our lives
That he lived and loved as we do
Now he has left our hearts and his home
Like the fish that a fisherman threw
Back in the stream to go on its way
And that is what John is doing today
To a bright new world, see the sun glitter
As he drifts from sight, though our tears are bitter
We know that he, like the salmon's leap
Will always be there in our memories deep.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Hello Everyone,

I have recently had trouble finding the most appropriate poem to read at a funeral. I hope to be able to bring together some information that will help the recently bereaved find the words they want to say to remember their loved ones.

Speak soon,