Saturday, October 30, 2010

On Death

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 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 shadow
in it. Life means all that it ever meant...
there is absolutely unbroken continuity.
I am waiting for you — somewhere near
just around the corner. All is well.
Quote from In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living by Nancy Cobb

I read this in the comments section of a blog that I frequent.  With the coming of All Saints Day I thought I'd share this poignant piece by Nancy Cobb

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