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Thread: I saw this once at my parents burial ground....

  1. #1
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    I saw this once at my parents burial ground....

    ...I never forgot it and look for it every time I go there. It was written in 1932

    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 glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    Mary Elizabeth Frye

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    Sep 2010
    Hi macjoh,

    That gave me goosebumps. I've seen this prayer before. About a year before my Dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, he sent this to me via email. It kind of scared me and I called him and asked if he was trying to tell me something. He said no, he was still in excellent health and intended to stay that way. He simply liked the poem and wanted to share it. After he passed away, I was going through all of his emails and found it again along with his note to go with it. I sent it along to my brothers and told them that Dad had sent it to me a year before he got sick...They both replied..."That is so Dad". I have a copy of the poem over my desk today. It brings me alot of comfort and I see and feel him in all the things that are mentioned in the poem. Thanks for sharing it on the Forum.

    Caregiver to my Dad, who was diagnosed in June 2010 with Stage 1V NSCLC with single met to brain,
    He sadly lost his battle in August 2010 and we miss his smiling Irish blue eyes terribly.
    My Dad's story:

  3. #3
    Wow, this is beautiful and made me cry. I am sitting here typing with tears on my face!
    I am writing this down, thank you.


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