Thursday, January 22, 2015

taking some time

Death is nothing at all.
 It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
 Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
 I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
 Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
 Call me by the old familiar name.
 Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
 Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that 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 an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
 Life means all that it ever meant.
 It is the same as it ever was.
 There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
 What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.
 All is well.
 Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
 One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again.
Henry Scott Holland  


Lori Buff said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Take all the time you need, we will be here.

Michèle Hastings said...

thinking of you.

Tracey Broome said...

What a sweet photo, you look so much like her!
Let me know when you are ready, we will talk of happier times....

Nancy Blokland said...

so sorry for your loss.

smartcat said...

Thinking of you and your family. xoxo

Linda Starr said...

good words by Holland, so very sorry for your loss

Laurie said...

I love the truth of this quote. Sending hugs your way.

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Anna M. Branner said...

I am saving this post to my computer. So eloquent. More hugs your way.

cookingwithgas said...

Thank you all, we are working on the many things that are to be done.
Thank you for the thoughts, well wishes and prayers.

Trish said...

Thinking of you and your family.