Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!
I follow the plan God laid for me.
I saw His face, I heard His call,
I took His hand and left it all...
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
And if my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss...
Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
My life's been full, I've savoured much:
Good times, good friends, a loved-one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
Don't shorten yours with undue grief.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.
It has been 3 months and a week since I loss my husband Jim unexpectedly in Belize Central America. I was looking for the Irish Blessing this afternoon on the internet and came across this on the Island Ireland site along with so much more. This one I thought was well passing on to all who are traveling this journey we call grief. For indeed it is a journey that is long and hard. It is a journey that we all must make at some point in our life, some of us just sooner than others.
Grief affects us all in different ways and we all handle it differently. What might be right for one is not always right for the other. I am thankful that I found this site and I return to it often to read where others are in this journey and it helps to know that one day I will get there also.
As I sit here writing this the poem by Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken" came to mind. It is a road I have not traveled before with this much pain and loneliness. I have traveled it with losing loved ones along the way, but their passing cannot compare to this road we are traveling on now. I wish we did not have to travel this road during our life time but the loss of our spouse, soul mate, companion and friend is not something we can escape though I wish we could.
I leave all of you with a simple prayer:
May you all make this journey safely. May God hold each of you in the palm of his hand as you travel this unfamiliar territory. God bless and keep you all. May we all find peace as we travel this long road called grief. May you each remember the joys and sorrows and know that you are not alone in this. I ask that God be near you at the start of each new day. I ask to grant you health and blessings and friends to share your way but for His loving care I pary the most of all.