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« on: March 30, 2009, 02:18:27 AM »

There is a short piece on the subject by Canon Henry S. Holland of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England, that is sometimes read at funerals. It is Canon Holland's thoughts about what he might say to the living after his death Perhaps you may find some comfort in it.

Death is nothing at all-I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you always used.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes 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 the ghost of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant....
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you-for an interval-somewhere near just around the corner.
All is well.

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2009, 06:45:53 AM »

Thank you for the source of the idea that the dead have just slipped away "to the next room." I've read this before and thought it was an interesting idea.

I've been thinking about that saying recently. My mum died but I still think about her a lot and I feel she is close, in the 'next room'.

However, my dad has been saying some things about her and about death (to my children). He says things like: life is there and then it's gone, there is nothing left, there's no meaning to it; your grandmother was so full of life, she may have worn bright-coloured clothes when she was alive but it now means nothing, she's gone, there is nothing for it.

He seems to wallow in the meaningless of it all.

I find this dishonouring to my mother, because I feel she is close, ' in the next room', so to speak. I want to say to my children that this is not the right view of things. I personally feel my late mother is quite close to me. I think the idea of the next room is a clever way of describing something real.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2009, 11:15:12 AM »

I agree with you completely. But he is probably to old to change his thoughts now.

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