Wednesday, December 22, 2010

laugh as we always laughed

Rest peacefully sweet Nana. Know that you were admired and adored by so many. You have touched our lives in more ways than you could ever imagine. I know you are in a beautiful place, chatting and laughing, having a cup of tea and perhaps baking a batch of your unforgettable christmas cookies.

Mabel Lydia Thiel Gorrek
(30 August 1920 - 18 December 2010)

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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.
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 affect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolutely 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.

by Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral

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