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1 Poems for Memorial or Tribute Miss Me But Let Me Go Miss me but let me go When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little - but not too long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love that we once shared Miss me, but let me go For this is a journey that we must all take And each must go alone It's all a part of the Master's plan A step on the road to home When you are lonely and sick at heart Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss me, but let me go Success To laugh often and love much To win the respect of intelligent persons And the affection of children To earn the approbation of honest critics And to endure the betrayal of false friends To appreciate beauty To find the best in others To give of one's self To leave the world a little better Whether by a healthy child A garden patchor a redeemed social condition To have played and laughed with enthusiasm And sung with exultation To know that even one life has breathed easier Because you have lived 1 / 6

2 This is to have succeeded Ralph Waldo Emerson If I should Die If I should die before the rest of you Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone Nor, when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice But be the usual selves that I have known Weep if you must Parting is hell But life goes on So laugh and sing as well Joyce Grenfell ( ) No Night Without There is no night without a dawning No winter without a spring And beyond the dark horizon Our hearts will once more sing For those who leave us for a while Have only gone away Out of a restless, care worn world Into a brighter day Helen Steiner Rice ( ) Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep 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 sun 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 starlight at night 2 / 6

3 Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there, I did not die Mary Elizabeth Frye 1932 When God Saw You Getting Tired When God saw you getting tired And a cure was not to be He put his arms around you And whispered come to me With tearful eyes we watched you as you slowly passed away And though we loved you dearly we could not make you stay So today we say goodbye And as you take your final rest His garden must be beautiful Because he only takes the best Life is a Book Life is a book in volumes three The past, the present and the yet to be The past is written and laid away The resent we're writing every day And the last and best of volumes three Is locked from sight God keeps the key Author Unknown Afterglow Id like the memory of me to be a happy one Id like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is down Id like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days Id like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun 3 / 6

4 Of happy memories that I leave when life is done Helen Lowrie Marshall I'm Still Here Friend, please don't mourn for me I'm still here though you don't see I'm right by your side each night and day And within your heart I long to stay My body is gone but I'm always near I'm everything you feel, see or hear My spirit is free, but I'll never depart As long as you keep me alive in your heart I'll never wander out of your sight I'm the brightest star on a summer night I'll never be beyond your reach I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach I'm the colourful leaves when autumn's around And the pure white snow that blankets the ground I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond The clear cool water in a quiet pond I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring The first warm raindrops that April will bring I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine And you'll see that the face in the moon is mine When you start thinking there's no one to love you You can talk to me through the Lord above you I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees And you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep I'm the smile you see on a baby's face Just look for me, friend, I'm every place Author Unknown Death Is Nothing At All Death is nothing at all I have only slipped away into the next room I am I, and you are you 4 / 6

5 Whatever we were to each other That we are still Call me by my old familiar name Speak to me in the easy way which you always used Put no difference in 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, and pray for me Let my name be ever the household word that it always was Let it be spoken without effort Without the trace of a shadow on it Life means all that it ever was There is absolutely unbroken continuity What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind Because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you for an interval Somewhere very near Just around the corner All is well Nothing is past, nothing is lost One brief moment and all will be as it was before How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again Canon Henry Scott Holland ( ) Let Me Go We've known lots of pleasure At times endured pain We've lived in the sunshine And walked in the rain But now we're separated And for a time apart But I am not alone You're forever in my heart Death always seems so sudden And it is always sure But what is oft' forgotten It is not without a cure There may be times you miss me I sort of hope you do But smile when you think of me For I'll be waiting for you 5 / 6

6 Now there are many things for you to do And lots of ways to grow So get busy, be happy, and live your life Miss me, but let me go Remember Me Remember Me To the living, I am gone To the sorrowful, I will never return To the angry, I was cheated But to the happy, I am at peace And to the faithful, I have never left I cannot be seen, but I can be heard So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea- remember me As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty remember me As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity remember me Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, and your memories of the times we loved The times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed For if you always think of me, I will never be gone Margaret Mead ( ) Tears If tears could build a stairway And memories a lane I'd walk right up to heaven And bring you home again 6 / 6

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