someone we love is one of the most difficult
experiences we can go through. We feel sadness, the
pain of loss, and a "disconnectedness" from the person
who was so much a part of our lives. But then, in
time, a kind of healing takes place within us, and we
experience a new and different way of being connected
to the person we lost to death. We begin to feel their
presence within us and around us. We experience them
in ways we never had before. We realize that, though
they are gone from us in body, their spirit is always
a part of us and they are not truly gone at all.
This popular poem, written by an unknown author, is often quoted at funerals, in obituaries, and on memorial cards. Put to music by Robert Prizeman, the director of the English boys' choir "Libera", this haunting song leads us to that place where we are reminded that those who die are not gone forever, but remain connected to us in new and different ways.
|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 glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle, gentle autumn rain.
not stand at my grave and weep.