Poem Selections:



Poem 1 - God's Garden

God looked around his garden

and found an empty place,

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,

He always takes the best.

He knew that you were in pain,

He knew that you would never

get well on earth again.

He saw the road as getting rough

and the hills were getting 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.




Poem 2 - Footprints in the Sand

One night a man had a dream.

He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.

For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand:

one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it:

"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way.

But I have noticed that during the most

troublesome times in my life,

there is only one set of footprints.

I don't understand why when

I needed you most you would leave me."

The Lord replied:

"My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.

During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."




Poem 3 - Do Not Stand at My Grave

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep,

I am the thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glint on snow.


I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain,

I am the shining star at night,

When you wake to the morning light.


My time has come, I am at rest,

I am the sunset in the west,

I am the clouds that race above,

Where I watch over those I love.


Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there, I do not die,

So hear these words that here I say,

I am the love that guides your way.




Poem 4 - To Those Who I Loved

I leave myself to your memory, with love I leave my thought,

my laughter, my dreams to you whom I have treasured.

I give you what no thief can steal,

the memories of our times together:

the tender moments,

the successes we have shared,

the hard times that brought us close together

and the road we have walked side by side.


I also leave you a solemn promise

that after I am home in the arms of God,

I will still be present, whenever and wherever you call on me.

Whenever you are in need, call me;

I will come to you, to be your avenue to God.


And all I take with me as I leave is your love

and the millions of memories of all that we have shared.

So I truly enter my new life as a millionaire.


Fear not nor grieve at my departure,

you whom I have loved so much,

for my roots and yours are forever intertwined.




Poem 5 - I'm Free

Don't grieve for me for I am free,

I'm following paths God made for me,

I took His hand, I heard Him call,

Then I turned and bid, farewell to all.


I could not stay another day,

To laugh, to love, to sing, to play,

Tasks left undone must stay that way,

I found peace at close of day.


And if my parting 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 deep with sorrow,

I wish you sunshine of tomorrow,

My life's been full, I've savoured 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 wants me now,

He set me free.




Poem 6 - 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 a little - but let me go.


For this is a journey that we all must 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 of heart

Go to the friends we know

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.

Miss me - but let me go.




Poem 7 - 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 as 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.




Poem 8 - 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




Poem 9 - When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When 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 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.
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.





Poem 10 - Safely Home

I am home in heaven, dear ones; oh, so happy and so bright!

There is a perfect joy and beauty in the 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.

There is work still waiting for you, so you must not idly stand,

Do it now, while life remaineth, you shall rest in God's own land.

When that work is all completed, He will gently call you home;

Oh, the rapture of that meeting oh, the joy to see you come!




Poem 11 - When I Must Leave You

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 you

and hold you near; and never, never be afraid to die,

for I am waiting for you in the sky!




Poem 12 - Along The Road

Along the road to yesterday,
That leads me straight to you,
Are memories of happy days,
Together we once knew.
A silent grief that’s in our hearts,
No human eye can trace,
For many a broken heart is hid,
Behind a smiling face.
A light is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled.
May the God of love and mercy,
Care for our loved one who is gone,
And bless with consolation,
Those left to carry on.
Lonely is the home without you,
Life to us is not the same,
All the world would be like heaven,
If we could have you back again.




Poem 13 - The Reason

They say there is a reason,
They say that time will heal,
But neither time nor reason,
Will change the way we feel.
For no-one knows the heartache,
That lies behind our smiles,
No-one knows how many times,
We have broken down and cried.
Gone from home that smiling face,
Those cheerful, happy ways,
The heart that won so many friends,
In bygone, Happy days.
We want to tell you something,
So there won’t be any doubt,
You’re so wonderful to think of,
But so hard to be without.
We cannot bring the old days back.
When we were all together,
The family chain is broken now,
But memories live forever.





Poem 14 - If You Knew

If you knew where I am standing

If you could see the sights I see

If you could hear the angels singing

The songs they sing eternally

If you knew the One I'm holding

Could see the smile He smiles at me

If you knew where I am resting

You would not cry for me

I'm resting in the arms of Jesus

No other place would I rather be

So if you shed a tear

Please don't shed it for me

For if you knew where I am resting

You would not cry for me




Poem 15 - Thinking of You up in Heaven

My eyes look up to you in heaven

Thinking of embracing you.

Communicating my love to you.

Remembering your love and gentleness.

Remembering your courage, strength and determination.

Remembering how you celebrated life.

Treasured memories of our time together here on earth.

Knowing you are safe, and happy now forever.




Poem 16 - Do Not Cry Because I Have Gone

You can shed tears that I am gone,

Or you can smile because I lived,

You can close your eyes and pray that I will come back,

Or you can open your eyes and see all that I have left.


Your heart can be empty because you can't see me

Or you can be full of the love that you shared with me,

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.


You can remember me and only that I am gone

Or you can cherish my memory and let it live on,

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,

Or you can do what I would want:

smile, open your eyes, love and go on.




Poem 17 - Content

Now I am contented 
That my life it was worthwhile,
Knowing as I passed along the way 
I made somebody smile.
When you are walking down the street
And you’ve got me on your mind
I’m walking in your footsteps
Only half a step behind.
And when you face the gentle breeze
Or the wind upon your face,
I’m giving you a great big hug
Or just a soft embrace.
So please don’t be unhappy,
Just because I’m out of sight,
Remember that I’m with you,
Every morning, noon and night.




Poem 18 - We Lost a Mother/Father

We lost a father (mother) with a heart of gold,
How much we miss him (her) can never be told.
He (She) shared our troubles and helped us along.
If we follow his (her) footsteps, 
We can never go wrong.

We miss you from your fireside chair,
Your loving smile and gentle air.
Your vacant place, no one can fill,
We miss you father (mother) and always will.

He (She) was a father (mother) so very rare,
Content in his (her) home and always there.
On earth he (she) toiled, in Heaven he (she) rests,
God bless you father (mother),
You were one of the best.

Each time we look at your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
Don’t be sad, but courage take,
And love each other for my sake.




Poem 19 - An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you
in the palm of his hand.




Poem 20 - Smile, For We Walked Together For a Little While

If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand.
Don’t let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.

We’ve had so many happy years.
What is to come can hold no fears.
You’d not want me to suffer so;
The time has come - please let me go.

Take me where my need they’ll tend,
And please stay with me till the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.

Please do not grieve - it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We’ve been so close, we two, these years;
Don’t let your heart hold back its tears.
Smile, for we walked together for a little while.




Poem 21 - A Golden Heart Stopped Beating

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest
It broke our hearts to see you go,
God only takes the best

They say that memories are golden,
Well may be that is true,
But we never wanted memories,
We only wanted you,

Your life was love and labour,
Your love for your family true,
You did your best for all of us,
We will always remember you.

We sat beside your bedside,
Our hearts were crushed and sore,
We did our duty to the end,
‘Til we could do no more.

In tears we watched you sinking,
We watched you fade away,
And though our hearts were breaking,
We knew you could not stay.

Our lips cannot speak how we loved you,
Our hearts cannot tell what to say,
But God only knows how we miss you,
In our home that is lonely today.




Poem 22 - Afterglow

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I’d like to leave an after glow 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.