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 glints on snow…
I am the sunlight on ripened grain…
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight…
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry—
I am not there… I did not die…
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free!
I follow the plan God laid for me.
I saw His face, I heard His call,
I took His hand and left it all…
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
And 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, shall miss.
My life’s been full, I’ve savoured much:
Good times, good friends, a loved-one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
Don’t shorten yours with undue grief.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.
Mary Elizabeth Frye


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  1. I feel the same way. I’m not afraid for when it is my time to die, because I know what we have waiting for us, and it is infinitely better that what we have here! Bless you, jenny

  2. Jonie, this is so lovely. Thank you for sending me here today after losing our beloved black lab, Jasper, as well as my mom a few weeks ago. They have not gone. A quote I’d like to share: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

  3. It is so lovely and the picture fits perfectly with it.
    Mum would have loved it!
    Love you, your little sis xxx ooo

  4. hugs… big huge hugs, jonie, for you and your family.
    you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
    oodles of hugs,

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