When a loss is fresh, there aren’t a lot of things that help a surviving loved one as they face the day with a new life in front of them. Friends and family provide a needed buffer to the shock of what has happened. And there are words that help too.
This piece comes to mind, written by Helen Steiner Rice. I leave it with you all today, while I think of my friend Lisa, as she grieves over the loss of her husband and my friend Bruce and to all of us who have walked this road.
WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU
When I must leave you
For a little while- Please do not grieve and shed wild tears and hug your sorrow to you.
Through the years, but start out bravely with a gallant smile:
And for my sake and in my name live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die, for I am waiting for you in the sky!