Lately it seems that a lot of people have been losing loved ones, here in "blog land" and also in the "every day land".
This is something I read in a novel...... a Taylor Caldwell I believe. It touched me so much that I wrote it down and saved it. Now I can share it with you.
I haven`t yet experienced losing someone close. I was very young unfortunately when all of my grandparents passed on and my own parents are still blessedly very healthy and active at 74.
The closest thing for me has been to lose my two dogs. Those were sad and rough time for me. I can`t begin to grasp a person. I don`t want to. It terrifies me.
But to those who have lost recently and those who have lost in the past........this is very beautiful and this is for you........ xox
“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."
Henry Scott Holland
** painting - "Vigil" by Valkyries **