Remembrance and grief

These poems were written in remembrance of those who have died and to help those who have been left behind, including myself. Some have been read at funerals.
The poems on this page in the order given are

Remember Me
Though You may now be at Rest
Losing a loved love
Because they Lived (For Remembrance day)
At the End of Your Day
God Forgets not those who Grieve

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Remember Me

They are still alive in your heart

Remember me for who I am,
At this time when we must part.
Remember me and the life we shared,
For I am still alive in your heart.

Although the wind I can no longer feel,
Nor will the sun now touch my face.
I will still be there beside you my love,
When you walk away from this place.

I will still walk amongst the flowers,
I will still live beneath the sky.
I will still be where you are my love,
For memories can never die.

Please do not mourn for what will be no more,
Do not feel sad at this last refrain.
But enjoy the memories left by us,
Farewell my love, until we meet again.

 ©Jenny Maryl

Though you may now be at rest

For a friend who died too young

Though you may now be at rest and asleep,
Within my heart I still silently weep.
To mourn for a friend, a friendship so dear,
That, thought you are gone, I can still feel you near.

You brought laughter and sunshine filled with love,
Gifts I still feel, though God has taken you above.
You lived life to the full and brought joy to the heart,
Golden memories from which my soul will not part.

Always a smile for your friends could be found,
The world became brighter when you were around.
You made life richer for those whom you cared,
I will cherish forever those moments we shared.

 ©Jenny Maryl
(In memory of Linda, who was a splash of colour in a dull world)

Losing a loved one 

Those first moments of grief 

Golden trees
The passing of a loved one brings the laying of the wreath,
And the time that follows brings the pain that they call grief.
A pain drenched in memories of a life that is no more,
A life whose final journey has been though death’s dark door.

No longer can you hold them, to tell them what you did that day,
And comes the pain of telling others that they have passed away.
A place so full of memories and, yet, such emptiness within,
You want to mourn for what is lost, but the tears will not begin.

They say that time brings healing, that grief’s hold will not be so tight,
But that thought brings little comfort on a sleepless restless night.
And yet I will hold that thought there in the hope that that is so,
That some warmth will return a smile, from the pain of letting go.

 ©Jenny Maryl

Because They Lived

Least we forget

Because they lived and chose to fight,
In a war on foreign land,
We have the freedom and the right,
To choose where we can stand.

They gave to us their tomorrow,
For a future they would never see.
They lived in a time of needless sorrow,
Their sacrifice given for you and me.

Remember them with respect, as they lay still,
Under the fields where the poppies grow.
For, from their courage and their strength of will,
They gave to us the world we know.

 ©Jenny Maryl

At the end of your day

The final moments of life

When God calls you at the end of your day,
When your sun sets low in the sky.
When God asks you to walk his way,
So you may see what rests upon high.

A path you will find, will appear before you,
A safe passage full of golden light.
And a guide will come to lead you to the new,
And give you his hand as your soul takes flight.

Hold out your hand; do not fear where you now go,
As you are taken on your journey to above.
Be calm, for it is peace you will now know,
In a place where you are surrounded by love.

 ©Jenny Maryl

God forgets not those who grieve

God is with you in your sadness

God forgets not those who grieve,
Who, in times of great lost, need to believe.
That God is listening and hearing your prayer,
For those that you loved and are no longer there.
Of those who are no longer a part of your life,
A friend or a relative, a husband or wife.

Gently He will hold you within His embrace,
Catching your tears that fall from your face.
His knows of your grief and the lost you now feel,
Giving you his love so that the sadness will heal.
He will stay at your side as you silently mourn,
And know that, with Him, they have now been reborn.

 ©Jenny Maryl

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