I’m Facebook friends with a number of pupils I used to teach. It’s really nice to hear about what they’re up to- stuff I did at their age- drinking too much, going out too much, working too much, not studying enough, but scraping by.
But this week there was some terrible news.
The best way to remember is not by the bitter tears you have cried (and will cry), or the black empty void in your heart… But by living your life to the full, in memory of the one lost too soon, and the warm glow of good times past you are left with.
The words below always give me comfort. I hope they help.
Lots of love xox
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 are still
Call me by my old familiar name Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
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.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
Canon Henry Scott-Holland