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Seeking a Quote or Poem for a Funeral

Hello moms. I need your help, I'm looking for an inspirational poem or quote to put in a simple funeral program. I lost my aunt who lost her battle with cancer, and I have been handling her final goodbye. I had to do this a year ago for my father, but I'm finding it difficult to come up with something special for my aunt. I guess I'm trying too hard to cover the spectrum of my extended family's emotions. Thanks for your help, and I hope you can help inspire me.

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Hello again! Thank you all for your replies. The poems and quotes were great and were exactly what I was looking for. I did wind up writing some memories from my heart and spoke about her last days. I felt it was important to share with the other family members the fears that stood before my aunt and those of us who took care of her. Though it was a painful experience to see someone special suffer and be crippled with cancer, I'm glad to have been with her through her last journey. It was a true blessing to be by her side when she took her last breath, as we knew that she was surrounded by love.
I did find this quote in my searching, and would like to share, though I did not use it, I liked it.

"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." ~Author Unknown

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My condolences. I have done similar things recently for my family. Here are a few websites I found useful.

http://angel-on-my-shoulder.com/quotes.html

http://www.quotegarden.com/index.html

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My Mom used this poem at my Grandmother's funeral:

Her Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of her as gone away-
her journey has just begun
life holds many facets
the Earth is only one

Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years

Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away

And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost-
And she was loved so much.

- Ellen Brenneman

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Hi D.,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to you and your family in this time of sorrow.

This is a poem I have held onto for over 30 years. I've lost many relatives over these years and I always go back to this poem for comfort. It reminds me that there is life after death and although our loved ones are not physically with us anymore, they are they in another form.

It is Untitled and the Author was Unknown, but here it is:

Do not stand by my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am a diamond glint of snow.
I am the sunlights on a ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of
quiet birds in circling flight,
I am the soft starshine at night.

Do not stand by my grave and cry,
I am not there...I did not die.

Many blessing to you and your family D.,

T.

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I don't know if you are religious or not... but
this is beautiful... this is an excerpt of a poem from a eulogy my sister wrote for my Aunty's funeral and it suited my Aunt so well
(the poem's author is Luke Easter & Dee Cheeks):

A Strong Woman Vs. Woman of Strength:
A strong woman works out everyday to keep her body in shape,
but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.

A strong woman isn't afraid of anything,
but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of fear.

A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her,
but a woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone.

A strong woman walks sure footedly,
but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face,
but a woman of strength wears grace…..

(Here is the link for the full version of the poem):
http://simplyyin.blogspot.com/2009/04/strong-woman-vs-wom...

I hope you find inspiration in this... and that it provides some help as you create beauty for your Aunt's funeral, as I'm sure she created beauty for others in her life and is much loved.

Sorry for your loss...
All the best to you,
Susan

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Dear D.,

Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your Aunt. I am attending a funeral tomorrow and so I had these two poems out for a card. I have found comfort from them and hope they may be helpful to you:

I WILL NOT REMEMBER

When Heaven stands before me
And I am home at last,
I will not remember
The worries of the past;
I will not be aware of all
The trials in this life,
The many times I shed some tears,
The troubles and the strife,
For I will have before me
All the glories spread above.
The meaning of it all will be
Quite softened by His love.

Bonnie L. Nelson

THE SHIP

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 and I stand and
Watch her until at length she hangs like
A speck of white cloud just where the
Sea and sky come down to mingle with
Each other. Then someone at my side says,
"There! She's gone."

Gone Where?
Gone from my side,
That is all. She is just as large in mast and
Hull and spar as she was when she left my side,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight
To the place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her;
And just at that moment when someone at my side says,
"There! She's gone,"
There are other voices ready to take up
The glad shout,
"There She Comes!"

(author unknown)

I will say a prayer for you that you may feel the love and peace that comes from the Lord at this time of trial. I know there is Eternal life and may you feel comfort in this.

H.

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My condolences. I have done similar things recently for my family. Here are a few websites I found useful.

http://angel-on-my-shoulder.com/quotes.html

http://www.quotegarden.com/index.html

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We used this one for my Uncle's

I’m 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 left undone must stay that way.
I found the place at the end of the 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 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 your hearts and share with me
God wanted me now, He set me free.

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D. K

I am very sorry for your loss, I lost my aunt several years ago. It was not an easy task. Stay strong, things will work out. I was sent this in an email and thought you might be able to use this or parts of it to describe your aunt to others. This also describes how and what my aunt meant to me. I hope this helps.

One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.

They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding. Their hearts break when a friend dies.. They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Women come in all shapes, sizes and colours. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning. They bring joy, hope and love. They have compassion and ideas. They give moral support to their family and friends. Women have vital things to say and everything to give. Author unknown

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Hi. I read this somewhere and copied it down. I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but I thought it was nice. I don't know if you have received it yet, I haven't read your responses yet.

My condolences...
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I Did Not Die

Do not stand on my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints in the snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am a gentle Autumns rain
When you awaken in the morning hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
I am the birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
So do not stand on my grave and cry
I am not there.... I did not die

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