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.The Birth That We Call Death.
by Henry Van Dyke

In a beautiful blue lagoon on a clear day, a fine sailing ship spreads
its brilliant white canvas in a fresh morning breeze and sails out to the open sea.

We watch her glide away magnificently through the deep blue and
gradually see her grow smaller and smaller as she nears the horizon. Finally,
where the sea and sky meet, she slips silently from sight; and someone near me says,
"There, she is gone!" Gone where? Gone from sight, that is all.

She is still as large in mast and hull and sail, still just as able to bear her load.
And we can be sure that, just as we say, "There, she is gone!"
another says, "There, she comes!"

.Remember Me.
by David Harkin
.(A Poem read at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth).

You can a shed tear that she is gone
or smile that she has lived.

You can close your eyes and curse your emptiness
or open your eyes and be filled with the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and mourn yesterday
or live for tomorrow . . . because of yesterday.

Your heart can feel sad because you're not with her
or feel glad because she is with God.

You can think of her and only that she's gone
or you can cherish her memory . . . and let it live on.


Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
That Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere it's setting,
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home

      - William Wordsworth

What is this thing that men call death,
This quiet passing in the night?
"Tis not the end, but genesis
Of better worlds and greater light
      - Gordon B. Hinckley

I will not leave you comfortless:
I will come unto you.

      - John 14:18

These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation,
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world
     - John 16:33

Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you; not
as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
      - John 13:27

And God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes; and
there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be anymore pain:
for the former things are passed away.

      - Revelation 2:10

Then shall the dust
return to the earth as it was;
and the spirit shall return
unto God who gave it.
      - Ecclesiastes 12:7

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered
into the heart of men,
the things which God hath prepare
for them that love Him.

      - 1 Corinthians 2:9

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