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I Felt a Funeral in my Brain

I felt a funeral, in my brain,
And mourners to and fro
Kept treading–treading–till it seemed
That sense was breaking through
And when they all were seated,
A service, like a drum
Kept beating–beating–till I thought
My mind was going numb

And then I heard them lift a box
And creak across my soul
With those same boots of lead, again,
Then space–began to toll,

As all the heavens were a bell,
And being, but an ear,
And I, and silence, some strange race
Wrecked, solitary, here

And then a plank in reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down,
And hit a world, at every plunge,
And finished knowing–then–

—Emily Dickinson

I did not die

I did not die

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 hushI 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.

Author unknown

Turn again to life

If I should die and leave you here a while,
be not like others sore undone,
who keep long vigil by the silent dust.
For my sake turn again to life and smile,
nerving thy heart and trembling hand
to do something to comfort other hearts than thine.
Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine
and I perchance may therein comfort you.

By Mary Lee Hall, read at the funeral of Princess Diana
by her eldest sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale

Final message to my dear wife

My Dear, for all these many years
Together we have been.
Always my loyal, faithful wife,
You’ve also been my friend.

Through all the highs and lows of life
Both joy and tears we shared.
Strong obstacles overcome because
Each knew the other cared.

We’ve travelled to many a foreign field,
To so many sites we have been.
But always held together close
By the peace we share within.

I sense that mystical square peace
Which passes all understanding.
And the Mark of God for eternity
On my soul an angel’s branding.

At the midnight hour, my bell will toll.
The clock now chimes eleven.
So let me hold you one more time,
‘Til I hold you again in Heaven.

Farewell my love

Sometimes in my heart
or when I hear your name
I think of the day I lost you
there still is so much pain.

You were my only love
and also my best friend.
With you I choose to be with
my life I wanted to spend.

I really have to thank you
for giving me your love.
For guiding and advising me
and placing me above.

God choose you to be His angel
now, you watch me from above.
He had better plans for you
but still I feel your love.

You were a great teacher
I’ll remember you forever.
Somewhere in another place,
we will be back together.