When your years catch up to you…

 Death is never a happy instance for those of us still alive in this world. Maybe it was time or maybe it was not. Either way, loss is a hard emotion to deal with. Even if you know the one you lost is in a place free of pain, it still hurts because they’re no longer with you (at least not physically). It’s difficult to see your friends or family come together to celebrate, but mostly mourn, that person’s life. Here are some words that I found comfort in.

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there.

I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there.

I did not die.

– Mary Elizabeth Frye

 

Words can make a difference, just like the people that say them.

xxx Jedidiah

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