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When I'm Gone
When I come to the end of my journey, and I travel my last weary mile,
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned, and remember only the smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken; Remember some good I have done,
Forget that I ever had heartache, and remember I've had loads of fun.
Forget that I've stumbled and blundered, and sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought some hard battles, and won, ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going, I would not have you sad for a day.


Come to Me

God saw you were getting tired, And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you, And whispered, "Come to Me."
With tearful eyes we watched you, And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.


Do Not Stand

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's gift of snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the autumn's gentle 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.


Remember Me

Remember me when flowers bloom early in the spring
Remember me on sunny days in the fun that summer brings
Remember me in the fall as you walk through leaves of gold
And remember me in the wintertime in the stories that are told
But most of all remember Each day, right from the start
I will be forever near For I live within your heart



One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Scenes from my life flashed across the sky.  In each, I noticed footprints
in the sand. 
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints; other times there was only one.
During the lowest time of my life I could see only one set of footprints so I said, "Lord, you promised me, that you would walk with me always.  
Why, when I have needed you most, would you leave me?" 
The Lord replied, "My precious child, I love you and would never leave you. 
The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."


God's Garden 1

God looked around the garden and saw an empty space.
He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful for he only takes the best.
He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone;
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.


God's Garden 2

God looked around the garden, and saw an empty space.
He looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful for he only takes the best.
He knew that you were weary, and He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never be well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids, and whispered "Peace be thine."


I Am Free
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 undone must stay that way. I've found that peace at the close of the day.
If 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 times of sorrow;I wish for 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, God set me free.

When I Must Leave
When I must leave you for a little while --
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
and hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile:
And for my sake and in my name
live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
and I in turn will comfort youand hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky.

We Thought of You Today

We thought of you with love today, But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday and days before that too.
We think of you in silence, We often speak your name
All we have now are memories and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake with whom we will never part.
God has you in His keeping, We have you in our hearts.
If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place, No one else can ever fill
It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn't go alone,
For a part of us went with you the day God took you home.



I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

Just a Memory Away

I’m no longer by your side, But there’s no need to weep;
I’ve left sweet recollections, I’m hoping you would keep.
Eternal joy and memories Stay in our hearts forever,
Strengthening our special bond that parting cannot sever.
Now it’s time to journey on, So let your faith be strong,
For I am in a better place…I’m home where I belong.
And if times of loneliness Bring sorrow and dismay,
Don’t despair, for I am there…Just a Memory Away
                                                                                    Rita S. Beer


Remember Me

Remember me when flowers bloom early in the spring
Remember me on sunny days in the fun that summer brings
Remember me in the fall as you walk through leaves of gold
And remember me in the wintertime In the stories that are told
But most of all remember each day, right from the start
I will be forever near for I live within your heart


Remember Me 2

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 speak, but I can listen.  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 upon a flower and admire it's simplicity, Remember me.
Remember me in you hearts, 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.


You Toiled So Hard

You toiled so hard for those you loved.  You said goodbye to none.
Your spirit flew before we knew, your work on earth was done.
We miss you now, Our hearts are sore.
As time goes by, we miss you more.
Your loving smile, Your gentle face:
No one can fill your vacant place.
Your life was love and labor, Your love for your family true.
You did the best for all of us. We will always remember you.

Time Has Taken Me

Time has taken me from you, Although not very far.
I'll be watching through the sunshine and through the brightest star.
I'll be watching all of you, From the heavens up above.
So take good care of each other and carry all my love.
If you're ever wondering if I'm there, here's where you can start.
Take a look inside yourself deep within your heart.
I'll always be your baby, your child, your best friend.
So anytime you need me, Close your eyes I'm back again.


While We Are Apart

Distance may separate us, but my heart will never let you go,
For I carry a part of you with me always.
It keeps me going through the day.
It brings a smile to my faceand tears to my eyes.
It is a part of my dreams that I live for and cherish.
That part is my wish, my only one,
To see you again soon.
I know that wish will someday come true.
But for now, I will hold in my heart
The memory of you
And never let you go.
The Memory of Grandma’s Love
Grandma always held my heart, right from the very start.
Her arms were open wide. She had the safest place to hide.
Inside of Grandma's hug,I was safe and snug.
Grandma's love always appeared, then trouble disappeared.
Grandma made me happy, because she loved me.
Grandma wiped my tears, and chased away my fears.
Grandma's love will always be, A precious memory to me!
A Beautiful Life
A beautiful lifethat came to an end,
She died as she lived, everyone's friend.
In our hearts amemory will always be kept,
Of one we loved, and will never forget.
Treasured Seasons
For everything there is an appointed season,
And a time for everything under heaven-
A time for sharing, a time for caring.
A time for loving, a time for giving;
A time for remembering, a time for parting.
You have made everything beautiful in its time
For everything You do remains forever.

Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too, This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight, you gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find, and in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another, Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best, Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you've earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we'll eternally keep.

You Can Shed Tears

     You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because  you can't see her,
or you can be full of the loved you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her
memory and let it live on. Or you can do what she'd want: smile,
open your eyes, love and go on.
                                                                                        -  David Haskins

Welcome Home

To those I love and those who love me, When I am gone, release me; let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.  You must not tie yourself to me in tears;
Be happy that we had so many years.
I give you my love and you can only guess  how much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown. 
But now it's time I traveled on alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must;
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
 It's only for a while that we must part.
So bless the memories  within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on.  So if you need me, call & I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near; and if you listen with your
heart, you'll hear my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say, "Welcome Home."


Little Angel 1

I will not forget you, My precious little child
I will always cherish memories; the love we shared, your smile
And you will be remembered each day, right from the start
As a special little angel, who lives within my heart.

Little Angels 2

When God calls little children to dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometimes question the wisdom of His love.
For no heartache compares With the death of one small child
Who does so much to make our world seem wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to His fold,
So He picks a rosebud before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them, and so He takes but few
To make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult, still somehow we must try.
The saddest word mankind knows will always be "Goodbye"
So when a little child departs, we who are left behind
must realize God loves children, angels are hard to find.

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 all must take and each one 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.

Poem for Thy Living

When I am dead, cry for me a little.
Think of me sometimes, but not too much.
It is not good for you, or your wife or your husband, or your children
   to allow your thoughts to dwell    too long on the dead.
Think of me now and again as I was in life at some moment which it
   is pleasant to recall.  But not too long.
Leave me in peace as I shall leave you, too, in peace.
While you live, let your thoughts be with the living.


His/Her 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 livingin the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost --and he was loved so much.
                                           - E. Brenneman


Grieve Not

Grieve not...nor speak of me with tears...
but laugh and talk of me as though I were beside you.
I loved you so...'twas Heaven here with you.
The Magic of a Mother's Touch
There's magic in a Mother's touch,
and sunshine in her smile.
There's love in everything she does
to make our lives worthwhile.
We can find both hope and courage
just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter is a source of joy,
her words are warm and wise.
There is a kindness and compassion
to be found in her embrace,
and we see the light of heaven
shining from a Mother's face.
Religious Poems

I Believe in Angels

I believe in angels --that they're always hovering near,
Whispering encouragement whenever clouds appear.
Protecting us from danger and showing us the way,
Performing little miracles, within our lives each day...
Yes, I believe in angels, and I'm sure that you do too,
And I'm convinced that angels are watching over you.
I still think angels sometimes come to wipe our tears away...
When night seems darkest, I believe we'll see a light shine clear,
and when the storm is gone, I'm sure a rainbow will appear...

You Never Said Goodbye
You never said I'm leaving, You never said goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it, and only God knew why.
A million 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, That no one could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you, But you didn't go alone
For part of me went with you, The day God took you home.

When Curtain falls

When through our tears of sorrow, we see a curtain fall,
And know a dearly-loved one has gone beyond our call,
We must have faith and confidence in God and in His way,
For He will raise the curtain on a fairer scene some day.


Letting Go

The angels gathered near your bed, so very close to you
For they knew the pain and suffering that you were going through.
I thought about so many things as I held tightly to your hand
Oh, how I wished that you were strong and happy once again.
But your eyes were looking homeward to that place beyond the sky
Where Jesus held His outstretched arms, It was time to say "goodbye"
I struggled with my selfish thoughts for I wanted you to stay
So we could walk and talk again like we did just yesterday
But Jesus knew the answer, and I knew He loved you so
So I gave to you life's greatest gift, the gift of letting go
Now my heart will carry memories of the love you gave to me
Until we meet again in Heaven, where the best is yet to be.


My 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 Christmas songs that people hold so dear, but the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas choir up here.  I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring, for it's beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your hearts.  But I am not so far away, we really aren't apart.  So be happy for me loved ones, you know I hold you dear, and 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 the gift more precious than pure gold.  It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

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


Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs, I still see the lights
I still feel your love on cold wintry nights.
I still share your hopes and all of your cares
I'll even remind you to still say your prayers.
I just want to tell you, you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders above all the crowd.
Keep trying each moment, to stay in His grace
I came here before you to help set your place.
You don't have to be perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip, if you continue the climb.
To my family and friends, please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you, in a new special way.
I love you all dearly, now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my Christmas with Jesus this year.
The Broken Chain
We little knew that morning that GOD was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you do not go alone;
for part of us went with you,the day GOD called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same;
but as GOD call us one by one, THE CHAIN will link again


Safely Home

I am in Heaven, dear ones; Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over; every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever, safely home in heaven at last.
Did you wonder why I so calmly trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! But Jesus' love illumined every dark and fearful glade.
And he came himself to meet me in that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on, could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely, for I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows, pray to trust our Father's will.
There is work still waiting for you,so you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth --you shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all complete,He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,Oh, the joy to see you come!

Precious Memories

I am gone, but please don't weep or grieve with great despair
For I am now with Jesus Heaven's beauty I now share
Try to look beyond today for there's much for you to do
God has many blessings waiting on this earth for you
And think on precious memories until the day we'll be
Together in God's Heaven for all eternity

Firefighter’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage;
give me strength to save some life, whatever be it's age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late;
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me;
to guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life; please bless
with your protecting hand my children and my wife.


Fireman's Prayer

Almighty God, Protector of all Mankind,
Your strength, power, and wisdom are a beacon of light to all men:
Give special guidance to Firemen and Firefighters so that we may be protected
from harm while performing our duty.  Help me with Your loving care while
I work to save the lives and property of all people young and old.
Give me the courage, the alertness to protect my neighbors and all others whom
I am pledge to aid when involved in a fire or accident.

Policeman's Prayer

Lord, I ask for courage: courage to face and conquer my own fears;
courage to take me where others will not go.
I ask for strength; strength of body to protect others;
strength of spirit to lead others.
I ask for dedication:  dedication to my job to do it well;
dedication to my community to keep it safe.  Give me, Lord, concern:
concern for all those who entrust me;
and compassion for those who need me;
and please, Lord, through it all, be at my side.


Golfer's Prayer

For all the times I have swung a club.
For the many friends  and the game I love.
For the patience I have found in sand or rough.
For the excitement of making shots thought tough.
For success in not measured by holes in one,
But by the times that are shared when you are having fun.
Lord would you grant me one last request,
To play you a round of the game I love best.

Stars and Stripes

The Stars and Stripes, they flew forever always in his heart.
He was loyal to his nation and bravely did his part.
Always thinking of his brother ever in his mind.
He stood for love of country and most of all mankind.
Now gazing down with his Master  through a light and heavenly cloud,
He's still looking out for us of whom he is so proud.



Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hill, From the sky.
All is well, safely rest   God is nigh.
Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'Neath the sky.
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.  Amen.


Irish Blessing (Nautical)

May the tide rise to meet you.
May the wind always fill your sails
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your decks.
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


Fisherman's Prayer

God grant that I may live to fish for another shining day,
But when my final cast is made, I then most Humbly pray,
When nestled in your Landing net as I lay Peacefully asleep,
You'll smile at me and judge that I am Good enough to keep.


Psalm 23: Mariner's Version

The Lord is My Pilot

The Lord is my Pilot; I shall not drift.
He leadeth me across the dark waters
and steereth me in the deep channels.
He keepeth my Log and guideth me
by the star of holiness for His Name's sake.
Yea, though I sail amid the thunders and tempests of life,
I shall dread no danger, For Thou art with me;
Thy love and Thy care, they shelter me.
Thou preparest a harbour before me
in the homeland of eternity;
Thou anointest the waves with oil,
and my ship rideth calmly,
Surely sunlight and starlight shall favor me
 all the days of my voyaging,
and I will rest in the port of my Lord forever.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth;
 and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
 born of the Virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell;the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, and sits  at the right hand of God,the Father Almighty. 
From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,the Holy Catholic Church,
 the communion of Saints,the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,and life everlasting. Amen.


Irish Blessing

May the road rise with you,
May the wind be always
  at your back,
May the sun shine warm
  upon your face,
And rains fall soft
  upon your fields,
  And until we meet again,
    may God keep you
 in the hollow of His hand.

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