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My 2 favorites are at the top of all poems. Betty
I have collected around 100 but the below have touched me; hope they touch and comfort you too.

If you like any, just copy/paste them to your wordprocessing software so you can have it like you want it in font.....ok.


My First Christmas in Heaven
I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below,
With tiny lights like Heaven''s stars reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear,
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,
But the sound of music cannot compare with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart,
But I am not so far away, we really aren''t apart.
So be happy for me dear ones, you know I hold you dear,
And be glad I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I send you each a special gift from my heavenly home above,
I send you each a memory of my undying love.
After all, Love is a gift more precious than pure gold
It was always most important in the stories that Jesus told.

Please love each other as the Father said to do,
For I cannot count the blessings or love He has for you,
So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear,
Remember I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.


IF TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME
If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;

I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand,


And said my place was ready, in heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eyeFor all my life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die.

I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized, that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories, would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
from His great golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you."
Today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
And since each day's the same way there's no longing for the past.

You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did
some things you knew you shouldn't do.

But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand and share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

Author, David M. Romano


GOD HAS NOT PROMISED
God has not promised skies always blue,
flower strewn pathways all our lives through.
God has not promised sun without rain,
joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God has promised strength for the day,
rest for the laborer, light on the way,
grace. for the trial, help from above,
Author Unknown

I'M FREE AT LAST
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with the times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, he set me free.
Author Unknown

TAKE MY HAND
I cannot ease your aching heart,
Nor take your pain away,
But let me stay and take your hand
And walk with you today.
I'll listen when you need to talk,
I'll wipe away your tears,
I'll share your worries when they come,
I'll help you face your fears.
I'm here and I will stand by you,
Each hill you have to climb.
So take my hand,
let's face the world --
Live one day at a time.
You're not alone, for I'm still here...
I'll go that extra mile,
And when your grief is easier,
I'll help you learn to smile!
Author unknown


I ONLY WANTED YOU
They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A millions times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
in death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place,
no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God call us one by one,
the chain will link again.
(author unknown)


THE DASH BETWEEN BIRTH & DEATH!
I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on his tombstone from the beginning..to the end.

He noted that first came his date of birth and spoke the following date with tears,

but he said what mattered most of all was the DASH between those years. (1958-1999)

For that dash represented all the time that he spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved him know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars..the house..the cash,

what matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard... are there things you'd like to change?

For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real,

and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more

and love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile..

Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy's being read with your life's actions to rehash..

Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?
Author Unknown

ANGEL IN MY HEART
When I have no one to turn to
And I am feeling kind of low,
When there is no one to talk to
And nowhere I want to go,
I search deep within myself
It is the love inside my heart
That lets me know my Angels are there
Even though we are miles apart.

A smile then appears upon my face
And the sun begins to shine.
I hear a voice, so soft and sweet
Saying, 'Everything will be just fine'
It may seem that I am alone
But I am never by myself at all.
Whenever I need my Angels near
All I have to do is call.

An Angel's love is always true
On that you can depend.
They will always stand behind you
And will always be your friend.
Through darkest hours and brightest days
Our Angels see us through.
You are one of my Angels.
Perhaps I am one for you.
Author Unknown

TAKE MY HAND
I can not ease your aching heart,
Nor take your pain away,
But let me stay and take your hand,
And walk with you today.
I'll listen when you need to talk,
I'll wipe your tears away,
I'll share your worries when they come,
I'll help you face your fears.
I'm here and I will stand by you,
Each hill you have to climb,
So take my hand, let us face the world.....
Live one day at a time.
You are not alone, for I am still here....
I will go that extra mile,
And when your grief is easier,
I'll help you learn to smile!
Author Unknown

FAITH
Faith isn't anything you can see;
It isn't anything you can touch.
But you can feel it in your heart.
Faith is what keeps you trying
When others would have given up.
It keeps you believing in
The goodness of others
And helps you find it.

Faith is trusting in a power
Greater than yourself
And knowing that whatever happens,
This power will carry you through anything.
It is believing in yourself
And having courage
To stand up for what you believe in.
Faith is:
Peace in the midst of a storm,
Determination in the midst
Of adversity,
And safety in the midst of trouble.
For nothing can touch a soul
That is protected by faith.

FOUR CANDLES
The Four Candles burned slowly.
Their Ambiance was so soft you could hear them speak...

The first candle said, "I Am Peace, but these days, nobody wants to keep me lit."
Then Peace's flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.

The second candle says, "I Am Faith, but these days, I am no longer indispensable."
Then Faith's flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.

Sadly the third candle spoke, "I Am Love and I haven't the strength to stay lit any longer."
"People put me aside and don't understand my importance. They even forget to love those who are nearest to them."
And waiting no longer, Love goes out completely.

Suddenly...
A child enters the room and sees the three candles no longer burning.
The child begins to cry, "Why are you not burning? You are supposed to stay lit until the end."

Then the Fourth Candle spoke gently to the little boy, "Don't be afraid, for I Am Hope, and while I still burn, we can re-light the other candles."
With Shining eyes the child took the Candle of Hope and lit the other three candles.

Never let the Flame of Hope go out of your life.
With Hope, no matter how bad things look and are...Peace, Faith and Love can Shine Brightly in our lives.
Author Unknown

HIS JOURNEY'S JUST BEGUN
Don't think of him as gone away-
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets-
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today,
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched.
For nothing loved is ever lost-
and he was loved so much.
By E. BRENNEMAN


Life is for the living, and so we must go on-
trusting God to see us through
when those we love have gone.
But those who have departed now claim their sweet reward-
exchanging life on earth for life forever with our Lord.


You are not alone in sadness,
You are not alone in grieving,
You are not alone in missing what you've known.
As friends and family gather,
in the time that will come after.
Please always know that you are not alone.
There's one who knows why you are sad.
There's one who cares for you.
Just look to him and trust in him.
And he will see you through.
He knows your loss and sorrow.
He hears your prayer above.
Each day he freely gives to you the strength of his great love.

BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE
by Emily Matthews

The world is full of miracles to those who recognize them,
but we have to look the right way since God sometimes will disguise them.
He shines his light in places where we'd least expect him to,
and often does the opposite of what we think he'll do.
He has a way of bringing out the best within the worst.
The moment we stop worrying and choose to put him first.
And if we do, he'll pull us through and help us find the door
that opens to the very thing that we'd been looking for.
Sometimes things happen that are hard to understand,
but I believe that your faith will see you through.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

The 7 Ups
1. Wake Up !! Decide to have a good day. "This is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up !! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7

3. Shut Up!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!! . . . for what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up !! . . . to the Lord. "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me".
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up !! . . . for something higher. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up !! . . . your Prayers. "Do not worry about anything; instead Pray about everything."
Philippians 4:6
Author Unknown

Life can seem ungrateful ~ and not always kind... Life can pull at your heartstrings ~ and play with your mind... Life can be blissful ~ and happy and free... Life can put beauty ~ in the things that you see ... Life can place challenges ~ right at your feet... Life can make good ~ of the hardships we meet... Life can overwhelm you ~ and make your head spin... Life can reward those ~ determined to win... Life can be hurtful ~ and not always fair... Life can surround you ~ with people who care ... Life clearly does offer ~ its Up and its Downs... Life's days can bring you ~ both smiles and frowns... Life teaches us to take ~ the good with the bad... Life is a mixture ~ of happy and sad... SO... Take the Life that you have ~ and give it your best... Think positive be happy ~ let God do the rest... Take the challenges that life ~ has laid at your feet... Take pride and be thankful ~ for each one you meet... To yourself give forgiveness ~ if you stumble and fall... Take each day that is dealt you ~ and give it your all... Take the love that you're given ~ and return it with care... Have faith that when needed ~ it will always be there... Take time to find the beauty ~ in the things that you see... Take life's simple pleasures ~ let them set your heart free... The idea here is simply ~ to even the score As you are met and faced with ~ Life's Tug of War.
Author Unknown

DON'T GIVE UP HOPE
Hope gives you the strength to keep going when you feel like giving up.
Don't ever quit believing in yourself. As long as you believe you can, you will have a reason for trying.
Don't let anyone hold your happiness in their hands; hold it in your own, so it will always be within your reach.
Don't measure success or failure by material wealth, but by how you feel. Our feelings determine the riches in our lives.
Don't let bad moments overcome you. Be patient, and they will pass.
Don't hesitate to reach out for help; we all need it from time to time.
Don't runaway from Love, but towards love; because it is our deepest joy.
Don't wait for what you want to come to you. Go after it with all that you are; knowing that life will meet you half way.
Don't feel like you've lost when plans and dreams fall short of your hopes.
Anytime you learn something new about yourself, or about life, you have progressed.
Don't do anything that takes away from your self-respect. Feeling GOOD about yourself is essential to feeling GOOD about life.
Don't ever forget how to laugh or be too proud to cry. It is by doing both that we live life to the FULLEST.
~author unknown~

I WISH YOU ENOUGH
Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish you enough." She in turn said, "Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy."

They kissed and she left. He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?"

"Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me.

So I knew what this man experiencing.

"Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?" I asked.

"I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back would be for my funeral," he said.

"When you were saying goodbye I heard you say, "I wish you enough." May I ask what that means?"

He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more."When we said 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them," he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he
were reciting it from memory.

"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much
bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."
He then began to sob and walked away.
My friends, I wish you enough!
by Bob Perks
www.bobperks.com

WHATEVER YOUR CROSS, WHATEVER YOUR PAIN
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine after the rain.
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall,
But God is always ready to answer your call.
He knows every heartache, sees every tear,
A word from His lips can calm every fear.
Your sorrows may linger throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish at dawn's early light.
The Savior is waiting somewhere above,
To give you His grace and send you His love.
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
God always sends rainbows after the rain.
Have A Blessed Day
May God Watch Over You And Keep You Safe
Author Unknown

GOD'S GARDEN
God looked around his garden and he found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth, and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful he always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering; He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw that the road was getting rough, and the hills are hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids, and whispered "peace be thine".
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone
for part of us went with you the day God called you home.
anonymous

Hug
When you've struggled through the day
and nothing seems to go your way.
There's just one thing I have to say,
You really need a HUG.

You work so hard to do things right
and no one seems to care.
You wonder if it's worth the fight,
You need a HUG to share.

When sad and tears begin to flow
and words can't reach your heart.
I care and want to let you know,
a HUG says more than words impart.

When you're filled with love and happiness
and you want to share those feelings
that words can't quite express,
a HUG will say it best.

So whatever the day has brought your way
Here's a great big hug
From me to you.


~DEATH~
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO EXPLAIN IT!

A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said,
"Doctor, I am afraid to die.
Tell me what lies on the other side."
Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know?
You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside.

He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.

I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough."


May today there be peace within you.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly. Just pass this on.


If Only You Could See
I know you're feeling sad and lonely because I had to go.
I know you have so many things that remind you of me so.
And though you cry as you recall the times you spent with me.
I know your pain would turn to joy if only you could see.
I'm in Heaven with Jesus now we laugh, we sing, we play.
He holds me gently in His arms I know no pain today.
And though we're apart a little while Jesus has promised me
He'll someday bring you here where we'll live for eternity!
Author Unknown

MOMMA'S GIFTS
The chill you get for no reason at all;
Is Momma smoothing your hair.
A brush on your face
when no one's around?
Momma's kiss on your cheek,
so dear.

When you feel a warmth
come over you
With no one else in sight;
It's Momma's arms surrounding you
And holding you so tight.

That penny you find just lying there
When you feel so down and blue;
Is Momma saying, "I'm always here,
And watching over you!"

A smile you feel deep in your heart
When nothing's been said or done,
Is Momma whispering in your ear,
"I love you, Precious One!"
~ Debbie Edmiaston ~
July 26, 2001

MOTHERS
For those who are lucky to still be blessed with your Mom this is beautiful. For those who aren't,
this is even more beautiful.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked. And the guide said "Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, and taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike and reminded them to feed the dog, and do their homework and brush their teeth.
The sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be
lovelier than this."

Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her arms, and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary.

But at all times she said to the children, A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and as they climbed they learned to weather the storms.

And with this, she gave them strength to face the world.

Year after year, she showed them compassion, understanding, hope, but most of all....unconditional love. And when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we would not have done
it without you."

The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she became little and bent.

But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And the mother, when she laid down at night, looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and are now passing these traits on to their children."

And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her,
and gave her their strength,
just as she had given them hers.

One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill, they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.
And mother said: "I have reached the end of my journey.

And now I know the end is better t
han the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity and pride,
with their heads held high,
and so can their children after them."

And the children said, " You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates."

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone,
and the gates closed after her.

And they said: "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory.
She is a living presence."

Your Mother is always with you.
She's the whisper of the leaves
as you walk down the street,

she's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick
and perfume that she wore,

she's the cool hand on your brow
when you're not feeling well,

she's your breath in the air
on a cold winter's day.
She is the sound of the rain
that lulls you to sleep, t
he colors of a rainbow,
she is Christmas morning.

Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop.

A mother shows every emotion:
happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy,
love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow.....

and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take.

She's your first love, your first friend,
even your first enemy,
but nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not space; not even death!
MAY WE NEVER TAKE OUR MOTHERS FOR GRANTED.

MOTHERS NEVER DIE; THEY JUST KEEP HOUSE UP IN THE SKY
When we are children,
we are happy and gay
And our Mother is young
and she laughs as we play.
Then as we grow up,
she teaches us truth
And lays life's foundation
in the days of our youth.
And then it is time for us
to leave home
But her teachings go with us wherever we roam.
For all that she taught us
and all that we did
When we were so often
just a "bad, little kid".
We will often remember
and then realize
That Mothers are special
and wonderfully wise.
And as she grows older,
we look back with love
Knowing that Mothers
are "Gifts from above".
And when she "goes home"
to receive her reward
She will dwell in God's Kingdom
and "keep house for the Lord".
Where she'll "light up" the stars
that shine through the night
And keep all the moonbeams "sparkling and bright".
And then with the dawn,
she'll put the darkness away
As she "scours" the sun to new brilliance each day.
So dry tears of sorrow,
for Mother's don't die..
They just move in with God and "keep house in the sky".
And there in God's Kingdom,
Mothers watch from above
To welcome their children
with their undying love!
By Helen Steiner Rice

IF I COULD TALK TO YOU
No more we communicate
the way we used to do.
There are many things I'd like to say if I could talk to you.
I would tell you, Mom, I'm happy that you are free from care;
to know you are at perfect rest, safe in HEAVEN up there.
It seems so hard to give you up, and yet, you suffered so.
How could we ever keep you here; we had to let you go.
Our dear Lord came to comfort me, he seemed to understand.
He helped me look beyond this world to that dear, precious land.
A land where you are safe right now. A place beyond the blue;
a place where we shall meet again, where I can talk with you.
Anonymous

MY MOTHER
Her eyes were a sea of green,
She was everything to me.
The days of my youth passed
so quickly by,
Now the time comes to say goodbye.
A Mother's love unfailing and true,
how can we share love so deep
and let go so soon?
When does the moment come
when all will be calm,
and we no longer feel our selfish pain
For love does not end but merrily fades to grow yet stronger again. Goodbye my Mother,
I say it once again.
You taught me in the end
not to be scared
but to let peace fall down like rain.
You are in peace...
there is no more pain,
and never more will be.
I will keep a piece of you
in my heart forever,
along with the promise we made not to forget each other.
By Tammy Barnes Dowell

MOTHERS
For those who are lucky to still be blessed with your Mom this is beautiful. For those who aren't, this is even more beautiful.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked. And the guide said "Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better
than these years.

So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, and taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike and reminded them to feed the dog, and do their homework and brush their teeth.

The sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."

Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her arms, and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary.

But at all times she said to the children, A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and as they climbed they learned to weather the storms. And with this, she gave them strength to face the world.

Year after year, she showed them compassion, understanding, hope, but most of all....unconditional love.

And when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we would not have done it without you." The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she became little and bent.

But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And the mother, when she laid down at night, looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and are now passing these traits on to their children."

And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her, and gave her their strength, just as
she had given them hers.

One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill, they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.

And mother said: "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity and pride, with their heads held high, and so can their children after them."

And the children said, " You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates."

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her.

And they said: We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day.

She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning.

Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop.

A mother shows every emotion: happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow..... and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.
Not time, not space; not even death! MAY WE NEVER TAKE OUR MOTHERS FOR GRANTED.
Author Unknown

You are "A People"
A little girl was asked to bring her birth certificate to school one day. Her mother wisely cautioned her about the important document and told her to be especially careful with it. But in spite of her good intentions, the child lost it. When she became aware of its loss, she began to cry.

"What's the problem, Honey?" her teacher asked sympathetically.

The little girl wailed, "I lost my excuse for being born!"

Isn't it wonderful that we don't need an excuse for being born? We need make no apologies for being who we are. Nobody on planet earth is more or less valuable than you. Sometimes we need to be reminded of that, especially when our sense of self-worth is less than
it ought to be.

Several years ago, an older friend of mine developed Alzheimer's disease. Bill had lived an active and productive professional life. But in his latter years, his wife cared for him at home. He was aware of his increasing dependency on her and of the debilitating effect of the disease on his mind. Bill gave up everything he had ever done for himself until eventually nothing was left. As his mind suffered, his sense of worthiness also took a beating. He felt as if he were nobody.

There was one group to which he belonged that decided to stay with him during his decline. He sat on the University of Denver Board of Trustees and was encouraged by them to continue attending meetings as long as he was able. One of the board members drove Bill to the meetings and brought him back home afterward. This continued even after he had lost his ability to remember names, track a conversation or participate in any meaningful way.
His wife knew that he remained a board member in name only and that their decision to include him was made solely out of compassion. But Bill seemed to enjoy himself at the meetings and she reasoned that they were probably good for him. After he returned from one such meeting of the trustees, his wife asked him, "Did you have a good meeting, Bill?"

He thought for a moment before replying. Then he answered quite honestly, "I don't know." After a pause, he added this heartfelt comment: "But they still think I'm a people."

To them, he was somebody. To them, he mattered. He was still a person of value and worth. He could no longer read or write or do any of the things that had been important earlier. But he was still "a people."

You need make no apologies for being who you are. You are a person of value -- unique and beautiful. You are "a people" -- unrepeatable and of infinite worth. That is something to celebrate!
Used with Permission Steve Goodier


Here is a poem that gives me strength when I lose a pet . I truly believe in this. It makes me cry when I read it so if you do not want to cry do not read it.

RAINNBOW BRIDGE

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.

His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your s
special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

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Thank you!!

So many...and so beautiful!
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up for those who have lost loved ones, and this is their 1st Christmas without them.....
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up for dark green; sorry, lyme fog..can't remembe the name.

in sympathy of your Dad....

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For all our pets.

"Rainbow Bridge Crossings"

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal close to us dies, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together....


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up; i added another one at the end of long post of poems! [Wink]
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somehow my mother's poems were left off ... so i added them again; they are at the bottom of 1st post folks. [Wink]
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a few of my favorites--
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When Death Comes

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering;
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it's over, I want to say; all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.


Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Beacon Press, 1992.
**

'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.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.

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.

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.

All is well.


~ Henry Scott Holland
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For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

- Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet
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when god lets my body be

From each brave eye shall sprout a tree
fruit dangles therefrom

the purpled world will dance upon
Between my lips which did sing

a rose shall beget the spring
that maidens whom passions wastes

will lay between their little breasts
My strong fingers beneath the snow

Into strenous birds shall go
my love walking in the grass

their wings will touch with their face
and all the while shall my heart be

With the bulge and nuzzle of the sea


by e.e. cummings
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thank you for your contributions too! 2nd one down is a favorite of mine too, and if it wasn't in my above list, it's in my PAPER collection. [group hug] [kiss]
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UP FOR OTHERS GOING THRU THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE ESPECIALLY THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS!!
[group hug] [kiss]

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Beautiful, very moving-!!!

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There is no wealth but life.
-John Ruskin

All truth goes through 3 stages: first it is ridiculed: then it is violently opposed: finally it is accepted as self evident. - Schopenhauer

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bringing this up in memory of my dear online lyme friend, GAry Norbut, where caring bridge does not allow any web links on their pages....

may you rest in peace; and thank you God ... NO MORE PAIN GARY! [group hug] [kiss]

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up for others who have lost loved ones....
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If you're ever going to love me,
Love me now, while I can know
All the sweet and tender feelings
Which from real affection flow.
Love me now, while I am living,
Do not wait till I am gone
And then chisel it in marble
Warm love words on ice-cold stone.

I won't need your kind caresses
When the grass grows o'er my face,
I won't crave your love or kisses
In my last low resting place.
So, then, if you love me any,
If it's but a little bit,
Let me know it now while I am living,
So I can own and treasure it.

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